Janos Gal Solaris Traveller Blogger JournalistWhile I was a reporter at AFP I had a press pass for the Hungarian Parliament where I was regularly briefed (along with other journalists) by the Prime Minister and other important officials about policies, laws and current affairs. I also paid regular visits to the various ministries and embassies as well as cultural organizations where I represented Agence France-Presse, a leading global news organization.

For the past six years I’ve been producing global market reports on fertilizers, petrochemicals and feed additives. Speed, accuracy and a reputation for intelligent, sensitive reporting are the ingredients that have made my reports respected by leading company executives engaged in the day-to-day business of buying, selling and trading commodities.

Using Twitter, Linkedin and Facebook I’ve been monitoring market developments and competitor activity. In addition, I’ve kept a close eye on agricultural commodity developments, mining and other industries and how this impacts world trade, shipping, demand and prices.

In my free time I am also the webmaster of the St Leonards and Hastings Rail Improvement Programme website and the southcoastmainline.com website, both railway related.

Solaris Traveller Press Kit – 2017

Janos Gal Article Portfolio

I wrote these two articles below as Skyscanner Elite’s contributor influencer.

Things to Do in Portland,  Oregon – on Skyscanner Elite Blog

Pros and Cons of Travelling by Amtrak’s Acela Express

I have also created various youtube videos during my travels.

This one below has won an award by the Spanish Tourism Board:

The below articles are interviews I created with famous travellers:

Simon Reeve’s Travel Bucket List 
An interview with Simon Reeve about where he is planning to travel.

High Altitude Advice by Masha Gordon 
Masha Gordon gives advice on how to climb high altitude mountains. She is one of 2016’s Explorer’s Grand Slam champions.

Insight by Melvin Bocher, CEO, Traveldudes 
An interview with Melvin about his success in travel blogging.

Hitch-hiking on Bolivia’s “Death Road” Through The Rainforest 

The Ganges River vs Single Use Plastic 
An interview with Spike Reid after his successful paddle boarding trip down the Ganges River.

A Helping Hand From Uganda Marathon 
A report about Uganda Marathon, a charitable organisation that helps Uganda’s poor and uneducated.

Articles Related to Business & Politics

I’ve written about the below while working as a foreign correspondent and market analyst.

Georg Habsburg from Red Cross Hungary (grandson of Emperor Charles I of Austro-Hungary): I interviewed him for various projects including the Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt donation to the Kolontar Disaster Fund.

Sandor Fazekas, Agriculture Minister of Hungary: Article about Kolontar disaster and its immediate aftermath.

Hungarian Minister of Economy: Various interviews about a number of subjects such as Hungary’s IMF loans, credit ratings and economic outlook.

Dunja Mijatovic, head of Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe: Interviewed her about the press crackdown in Europe in 2010.

Jiansheng Ding, CEO of Wanhua Industrial Group: Interview about the company’s global plans and outlook. Wanhua is the second largest isocyanate producer in the world.

Zsolt Petho, CEO of TVK, a major Hungarian chemical plant owned by MOL: interview about company’s future plans and growth.

Alistair Steel, Executive Director of Euro Chlor – interview about the European chlor-alkali industry’s future outlook. Euro Chlor represents the European chlor-alkali industry.

Damien Perriman, Vice President of Genomatica, a biotechnology company developing renewable petrochemical feedstock.

Tim Staub, Vice President of Business Development at Green Biologics: interview about renewable petrochemicals.

Captain Philip Haslam, Chief of Staff for EU NAVFOR – A special Insight about piracy off the coast of Ethiopia and Somalia and its effect on global petrochemical shipping. An analysis about the increasing cost of piracy premiums and how this is impacting shippers.

Fazilet Cinaralp, the Secretary General of the European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers’ Association (ETRMA) – special feature about changing tyre labelling legislation in Europe.


The Falklands Conflict and the Argentine Media 
A book about the crisis and how it was reported by the Argentine press.

Fertilizer Articles

Changing Global Sulphur Supply Trends 
A report about changing sulphur supply trends.

Migrant Crisis

Migrant Tide Tests Hungary’s Hospitality 
Reporting from Hungary’s razor wire fence.

Natural Disasters

Hungary village evacuated as new toxic flood ‘likely’ 
Reporting from the Kolontar toxic flood.

Human Negligence – Toxic Sludge Boss Arrested 
Reporting from the Kolontar toxic flood.


How sustainable are bio-based chemicals 
A report about bio-based chemistry and sustainability.

Press Freedom

In Hungary a shift to the right stifles press freedom 
A report about Hungary’s press freedom issues.

In Cuba Words Can Captivate You 
A report about Cuban Press Freedom.

Quoted in the Press

Wanhua Group Website 
The firm used me as a reference on their global website. The company is the third largest polyurethane producer in the world.

Video Channel on Youtube

This one below is about my trip to France

Janos Gal’s Travel Videos 
A collection of my videos shot on my iphone 5s.