Tips for Photographing Snow Monkeys at Jigokudani Park in Japan

Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park is one of Japan’s most popular tourist attractions, for observing and photographing snow monkeys at close proximity. Tourists, nature lovers and photographers regularly head to the park near Nagano for a closer look at the animals officially known as Japanese macaques, particularly in winter months when they descend each day from the […]

In Pictures: Photographing Snow Monkeys at Jigokudani Park, Japan

I hear a splash and look towards the hot spring. Mist dominates the scene, drifting around the dark shape that has just entered the water. I know it’s one of the snow monkeys that live in the area but I can’t yet see it clearly. I turn to my left, where more monkeys are descending […]

Indonesia in Pictures: People of Ubud, Bali

With its striking and contrasting landscape of rice paddies, volcanic mountains and tropical beaches, Bali is an island full of postcard-perfect opportunities for travellers interested in hiking and water-sports, vibrant bars and laid-back cafes, lively markets, luxurious spas, temples and religious festivals, yoga, meditation and more. For this reason it attracts travellers of varying ages, […]

16 Favourite Travel Photos of 2016

In reality, the first day of a new year is simply the ‘day after yesterday’.  Symbolically however, it holds more meaning.  For some, it represents the opportunity to close one chapter and open a new one.  For many, the start of the new year is motivation to make improvements to themselves or their lives.  And for […]

Son Doong Cave, Vietnam: The Largest Cave in the World

Son Doong Cave in Vietnam has opened it’s entrance to tourists for the first time, providing an exhilarating off the beaten track experience for those looking for adventure. (Photography credit: Chris Miller) In an age of accessible travel, in a world that has been extensively explored, the opportunities for off the beaten track adventures seem far […]

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 […]

15 Tips on Responsible Travel to Myanmar

I first visited Myanmar in December 2010 shortly after the elections took place, an event that received mixed reactions internationally and signalled that a potential change was on the horizon. The release of Aung San Suu Kyi from decades of house arrest became a key catalyst for the international community lifting the informal travel boycott […]

Memorable Moments of Insignificance in Myanmar

I am the type of traveller who loves to get off the beaten track.  I head to a destination keen to see the famous sights and the not to be missed attractions, but the highlights for me are always the ones you can’t plan.  The experiences you cannot predict in advance but end up enjoying […]

Destination: Bhutan – A Unique Travel Experience

Exploring Bhutan is an opportunity to discover a nation who are proud of and have retained their cultural identity.  It is a place like no other and visiting it feels like stepping into a magical vortex frozen in time. Bhutan is a peaceful and spiritual oasis lying in the heart of the Eastern Himalayas, dwarfed […]

You Know You Are In Bhutan When…

A question I am commonly asked is “what is your favourite country to visit”?  Having been to nearly 50 countries makes this a difficult question to answer but there is one country that will always be in my top three. Bhutan