Back to Africa: Kenya, Madagascar & Ethiopia

Africa: arguably the world’s most thought-provoking, captivating and conflicted continent. Africa: culturally rich, geographically diverse and historically fascinating. Africa: consistently producing a profound impact on all who venture there. Africa: my next travel destination. I was first introduced to sub-Saharan Africa six years ago, on a three month overland trip from Rwanda to South Africa, […]

Highlights of Iceland: Gullfoss Waterfall

I heard it before I saw it: a thunderous crash of water providing background music to one of Iceland’s most beautiful waterfalls. I followed the sound towards a mist in the distance, an intriguing invitation to come closer. And then I saw it: a spectacular multi cascade of water flowing from Iceland’s second largest glacier, […]

Photography: 20 Landscapes from Antarctica, Arctic, Africa & Australia

I’m often asked if I prefer wildlife or landscape, as both a traveller and a photographer.  This isn’t a surprising question considering my travel itinerary of the past year has been led by a desire to experience and capture some of the world’s most beautiful and unique environments, birds and animals My perfect scenario is […]

20 Wildlife Encounters from Antarctica, Arctic, Africa & Australia

I was recently enjoying a drink with some friends in London, recounting tales of recent and upcoming travel adventures when one of them asked me a question: “Do you ever go on normal holidays anymore”?  My instinct was to answer “yes, of course” but then I tried to remember the last trip I enjoyed that […]

Photography: Shooting Stars in Drakensberg, South Africa

“That’s a great photo – you must have a great camera”   Ask photographers of all levels what comment annoys them most and this is probably it. A great photograph is created from a recipe of mixed ingredients.   And as quality equipment is just one ingredient, having “all the gear and no idea” is unlikely […]

African Wildlife in Pictures: Dinner Time

  One of the harsh realities of life in the African bush is that one creature’s demise is another’s survival.   And as a volunteer on a photography project in South Africa, visiting the reserve during the wildlife’s “meal time” provided some of the highlights of my month.  Whether it was the grazers, browsers or […]

Top 10 Moments: Wildlife Photography Volunteering (Final Week)

“It’s not always unicorns and rainbows” – Mattias Karlsson (Volunteer) I learned a long time ago not to expect sympathy from friends back home when I complain about things whilst travelling. And deservedly so! But as one of the other volunteers so eloquently phrased “it’s not always unicorns and rainbows”. I began my last week […]

Community Day: Volunteering in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

A group of little girls giggle as they blow bubbles into the air.  Behind them, their friends at the face-painting stand are being transformed from little children into zebras, lions and butterflies.  Others are leaning over a piece of paper, in deep concentration as they colour in the picture on it.  As I pick up […]

Wildlife Photography & Conservation Project: Photos (South Africa)

One of the things I love most about travel is the people you meet along the way: the people of all ages and nationalities, from all walks of life, enjoying a variety of different lifestyles. As my experience as an African Impact volunteer nears its end, I am reminded that travel ignores the differences that […]

Top 10 Moments: Wildlife Photography Volunteering (Week 3)

As the first notes of Toto’s iconic but cheesy song “Africa” reaches my ears I smile to myself.  My iPod is set to shuffle but I suspect it is also feeling the uplifting and energising effect of being on one of the world’s most thought-provoking continents  My third week as a volunteer with African Impact […]

Top 10 Moments – Wildlife Photography Volunteer (Week 2)

  I zip up my jacket as a light breeze announces the presence of a South African winter evening.  I turn on my torch and scan my surroundings, searching for a pair of fluorescent eyes that suggests I have company – I see nothing. I am alone but not lonely. I take a sip of […]

Photography Volunteering (South Africa): The Hyena Encounter

As I sat back in the safari jeep that was taking me from a sunset shoot back to camp, I found myself reflecting on a recent post I published about the fine line between feeling free and lost. Today I felt free. I was surrounded by a South African landscape that stretched beyond the limitations […]

Photography Volunteering on a South African Game Reserve: First Impressions

“Where are you from?” “What project are you working on?” “How long are you here for?” The group sitting at the table outside Durban Airport gradually increases as volunteers arrive from various locations around the world.  Introductions are typically followed by the same three questions in a scene that resembles “first day at school”.  As […]

From The Arctic to Africa: Free or Lost?

There is a fine line between feeling free and lost.  And one of the greatest lessons travel has taught me is how to recognise the difference. When I began my first career break in 2009, I wasn’t searching for anything.  I simply found myself relatively commitment-free and at a stage in my career where a […]

5 Travel Destinations That Get Under Your Skin

Travel destinations provide different experiences for different people.  An energetic city break for one person is a stressful and tiring nightmare for someone else.  A backpacking adventure can be eye opening and exhilarating or it might feel uncomfortable and scary.   Volunteering in a developing country can be life changing for some but ethically uncomfortable for […]

Why I’m Supporting WATER AID’s “The Big Dig”

In 2009 I was lucky enough to spend three months over-landing through Africa in what I can only describe as an experience of a lifetime.  A continent rich in resources, culture and wildlife, plagued by the horrors of civil war, genocide and famine is one that created a rollercoaster of conflicting emotions that continues to […]