10 Night Skies Worth Staying Outside For

A star filled sky is one of my favourite sights, as both a photographer and a traveller.  As a photographer, the creative opportunities are endless: different foregrounds, light painting, star trails, milky way shots, the list goes on.  As a traveller, the opportunity to gaze up at the stars takes me back to my childhood […]

Penguins in Pictures for World Penguin Day

Have you ever met anyone in the world who doesn’t love penguins?  They  never fail to bring a smile to my face and World Penguin Day, celebrated on 25 April provides a great opportunity to share some of my favourite photos of them, taken in the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica.   Do you […]

10 Sunrises Worth Setting the Alarm For

When I was younger, a sunrise used to be something I accidentally stumbled across when it presented itself at the end of a really great party.  But as travel and photography becomes increasingly imbedded in my life, I find myself setting my alarm for an early rise more and more often.  There is something special […]

What is Your Favourite Type of Penguin?

Is there anyone in the world who doesn’t love penguins? Graceful in the water and awkward on land, their entertaining antics are enough to melt the hardest of hearts. Their white bellies, black overcoats and inability to fly make them instantly recognisable, but each type of penguin has unique features and personality traits, making some […]

The Many Faces of South Georgia’s Antarctic Fur Seal

Visiting South Georgia feels like being part of a wildlife documentary, and the fur seal is one of many characters auditioning for a leading role. South Georgia is a British territory in the southern Atlantic Ocean. It is wild and rugged, inhospitable but spectacular, historically fascinating, home to extraordinary quantities of wildlife and has long […]

5 Reasons To Choose South Georgia As Your Gateway to Antarctica

South Georgia has long been a gateway to Antarctica and there are five reasons why you should choose it too. So you’ve made the decision to go to Antarctica. Congratulations, you are in for the trip of a lifetime. But you’ve probably already realised there are a few more decisions to make: what month will […]

Antarctica Wildlife in Pictures: The Leopard Seal

Named after its spotted coat, the leopard seal is one of Antarctica’s fiercest predators. It is also one of my favourite photography subjects in the region. As our zodiac slowly navigates through a maze of ice, we notice a dark shadow breaking up the monotony of blue and white hues. The shape begins to move, […]

Travels to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica: Recap

There are many places in the world I’ve visited, enjoyed and left with a vow to return again one day. But it’s often a hollow promise, overshadowed by the desire to explore other locations and the fear that a return trip may distort and diminish the memories of the original experience. But Antarctica was different. […]

7 Reasons to Join a Photography Tour

Whether you are a traveller who takes photographs or an amateur photographer who travels, a photography tour is a great way to improve your skills whilst exploring new destinations with like-minded people. I usually choose to travel solo.  I love the freedom it creates with the ability to adapt to my surroundings with a flexible […]

The 10 Commandments of Solo Travel

People choose to travel on their own through desire, necessity or both.  It’s by far my favourite way to travel: I love the freedom it gives me, the ability to adapt to my surroundings with a flexible itinerary and mindset, and the opportunity to follow my own path both spiritually and geographically.  I have found it […]

Wildlife Travel in Pictures: Whales and Dolphins in the Azores

The Azores is one of the top 10 best destinations in the world for whale and dolphin encounters, being a temporary or permanent home to more than a third of the world’s species. The Azores is a Portuguese archipelago of nine volcanic islands in the Atlantic Ocean.  Europe lies to the west (about 1,500km from […]

17 Ways Travel has been my Greatest Teacher in Life

The greatest education in life is the one taught outside the classroom. And travel has been my greatest teacher. Having the opportunity, freedom and desire to travel has provided my greatest education in life: the one taught outside the classroom. My decision to enjoy a lifestyle dominated by travel over the past five years is […]

16 Tips for Photographing Wildlife and Landscape in Antarctica

Practical tips for photographing wildlife and landscape in Antarctica: for those shooting with DSLR or point and shoot cameras.   Having made the decision to return to Antarctica at the end of this year, I’ve been reflecting on my first adventure as I plan the second. Over the past two weeks, I’ve shared my answers […]

Preparing for a Trip to Antarctica: FAQs (Part 4: Photography Equipment)

The decision to travel to Antarctica is a big one. It requires a commitment of both time and money and involves more planning and preparation than most other trips. But like all great travel adventures, this is part of the overall experience and part of the fun. Having made the decision to return to Antarctica […]

A Photography Day at the British Wildlife Centre

A photography day at the British Wildlife Centre is a great opportunity to enjoy some photography whilst learning more about the native wildlife of the UK.   My growing interest in wildlife photography has taken me to some incredible locations in the world. But it’s also opened my eyes to the photography and wildlife viewing […]

Bardarbunga Volcano Lights Up the Sky at Jokulsarlon Lagoon, Iceland

When the Bárðarbunga volcano started erupting two weeks before I was due to fly to Iceland, I instantly feared the worst: a selfish panic that my flight and holiday might be cancelled. But not only did I arrive without delay, the erupting volcano provided one of the most unexpected and incredible sightings of my trip. […]

Dancing Skies: Northern Lights at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Iceland

“Time feels as frozen as the icebergs floating on the glacier lagoon in front of me.  My mind has stopped wandering, incapable of focusing on anything but the moment I am in.  My eyes are fixated on a sky that has transformed into a kaleidoscope of colours.  It’s the Northern Lights – and it’s an […]

Travel Tips: The Azores, Portugal

(Moon rising over Pico Mountain) Perfect for photographers, hikers and general lovers of the great outdoors, the Azores offer a number of activities and highlights that seems out of proportion with the size and tranquillity of these picturesque islands. I have a confession to make.  If you mentioned the Azores to me six months ago, […]

Looking Ahead: Whale Watching in the Azores

(Humpback Whale, Antarctica) The Azores is reputed to be one of the best – and little known – locations for whale and dolphin watching. And I’m heading there next week to find out if it’s true. Until recently, my whale watching experience was sporadic and underwhelming. I’d looked out to sea on the Fleurieu Peninsula […]

8 Reasons to Swap Your Briefcase for a Backpack

Whether it’s for three months or three years, swapping your briefcase for a backpack could be one of the best decisions you’ll ever make. More and more people of all ages and backgrounds are choosing to take time out from their day-to-day lives to travel. They do it for different reasons, in different ways and […]