Hello, I am a UK-based freelance writer and journalist. Below is my selected portfolio.
I write about travel and adventure for publications including the Financial Times, the Guardian and The National (UAE). I also work as a freelance reporter specialising in environmental issues and I am a regular contributor to the Guardian's Country Diary column.
If you want me to write for you, email tomxallan[at]gmail.com
Through the dust I can see a throng of men on horseback. They press and jostle until one rider bursts clear, swinging a heavy object up to his saddle - the goat carcass which, in the Kyrgyz game of kok-boru, serves as a shaggy, leggy, 50kg ball.
Tom Allan joins Lewis Pugh as he bids to swim the length of the English Channel — and talks to others going further still
Using ski lifts, hiking trails and climbers’ refuges, a new trip takes cyclists deep into the mountains
Since the conflict with Russia that began in 2013-14, tourism has dwindled in the city. And yet it still has much to offer visitors
The flights Fly direct to Kutaisi with Flydubai from Dh925 return, including taxes. The flight takes 3.5 hours. From there, Svaneti is a four-hour drive. The driving time from Tbilisi is eight hours. The trip The cost of the Svaneti trip is US$2,000 (Dh7,345) for 10 days, including food, guiding, accommodation and transfers from and to Tbilisi or Kutaisi.
Every spring, the farming communities of the Valais stage a series of strange but traditional cow-wrestling contests
Unnoticed and unfeted, a US swimmer is breaking the sport’s boundaries
Guardian Country Diary
Wolfhopelee, Scottish Borders: What I remember as a patch of open tussocks fringed with spruce is now a quarry
The tide is ebbing at South Milton Sands, and soon the rock arch will stand naked over the reef. I'm snorkelling in the last few feet of glassy water, floating above glistening maroon tongues of dulse and the mossy puffs of sea flaxweed (Stypocaulon scoparium). It's getting shallow.
The low buzz gives them away. The thatched roof I'm working on, perched on a hillside above the pigeon-grey Kingsbridge estuary in Devon, is full of insects. I have replaced the ridge; the final job is to clean down the roof.
Papageien-Import nach Brandenburg Auf Dominica ist eine Papageienart vom Aussterben bedroht. Ein Verein bringt zwei Tiere nach Deutschland. Vogelschützer verlangen den Rückflug. DOMINICA taz | Die grünen Berge wachsen bis in die Wolken hinein. Zwischen den bewaldeten Gipfeln des Nationalparks Morne Trois Pitons im Süden der Insel Dominica leuchten Blumen, summen Hummeln, und ein Schwarm Papageien fliegt mit viel Radau über uns hinweg.
Environmental activists and locals are organizing against the project, which would pass through 11 nature reserves Above the low banks of the Pripyat River in Belarus, purple storm clouds press down like bruised cheeks. Swarms of mosquitoes and plump, shiny flies rise from the undergrowth as a group of protesters - a coalition of environmental activists, fishermen, and locals - drag their canoes from the water.
Protest gegen Umweltzerstörung E40 heißt das Projekt einer Wasserstraße vom Schwarzen Meer bis zur Ostsee. In Weißrussland sehen Ökologen den Fluss Prypjat bedroht. MINSK/KIEW taz | Über den flachen Ufern des Prypjat in Weißrussland hängen schwere dunkelviolette Sturmwolken.
On his land in the Svaneti mountains, Zaza Vibliani shows off his family's watermill, set inside a tiny hut underneath a stand of pear trees, driven by the steady flow of a mountain stream. It grinds corn that Vibliani has grown on his farm here on the southern slopes of the Caucasus range.