Top 15 People and Cultural Photos of 2015

I’ve spent the last few days looking back at 2015 by reflecting on the destinations I’ve enjoyed this year, the wildlife I’ve photographed and the landscapes that have taken my breath away. My reflection ends today with my favourite people and cultural photographs, taken in Madagascar, Kenya and Ethiopia. Now it’s all about 2016…I already […]

Top 20 Landscape Photos of 2015

I started by reflecting on the destinations I’ve travelled to this year, I followed up with a countdown of my top 20 wildlife photos and I continue today with my favourite landscape photos taken on my travels this year. Yes – I’ve joined the bandwagon and am reflecting on the ‘year that was’! 20. Windy […]

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 […]

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 […]

Thoughts You May Relate to if You Are Turning 40 This Year

Turning 40 years old:  milestone or just another day? This weekend my nephew will be celebrating his 6th birthday in Australia with cake, presents, games and a party. Like all kids his age, he is approaching it with enthusiasm and excitement. After all, this is a milestone: he is a year older and this means […]

2 Years of Destination Unknown – and 9 Reasons to Start a Travel Blog

  As I celebrate two years of travel blogging, I reflect on what motivates me to keep doing it. This week is Destination Unknown’s second birthday.  It’s been a rather low-key affair.  There’s no party, no cake, no presents: just a moment of reflection on the decision I made two years ago to create and […]

12 Valentine’s Day Personalities: Presented by the Animal Kingdom

The extent to which you celebrate or even acknowledge Valentine’s Day depends on where you are in the world, your relationship status and your attitude to love and romance in general. I’m a bit of a cynic and have always viewed it as a bit of a Hallmark Card day – but maybe that’s because […]

Winter Christmas or Summer Christmas? What is Better?

I don’t know how old I was when I first realised my Christmas did not resemble that of a Hallmark card.  But I do remember there was a point when the penny dropped.  It was probably around the same time I smugly realised I received all my presents from Santa before kids in the UK […]

2013 Travel Highlights: Top 10 Landscape Photographs

Top 10 Landscape Photographs of 2013 Travels This was the year I noticed a shift in my travel style.  Instead of being a traveller who takes photographs, I felt more like a photographer who travels.  Instead of an extra pair of shoes, I packed an extra camera lens.  Instead of feeling bored whilst queuing at the […]

2013 Travel Highlights: Top 10 Travel Quotes

My social media feeds are increasingly dominated by beautiful landscape photographs covered with inspirational quotes.  I find them irritating or inspiring, depending what mood I’m in. You know the ones I mean?  If you find them irritating, then you’re really going to hate this post! But if at this time of year, you find yourself […]

2013 Travel Highlights: Top 10 Locations

It’s that time of year again!  Newspapers reflect on the “year that was”, magazines publish their “best of” lists and TV stations screen their annual “countdown” programs.  So I’m joining in with my Top 10 Locations of the year! As individuals, we inevitably reflect on the year gone by, celebrating our achievements and lamenting our […]

Single Supplement: Unfair or Inevitable Cost for the Solo Traveller

“How many of you are interested in booking this trip?  Oh, just you?  Well that will be an additional £300.” Sigh… I had just run into the solo traveller’s greatest enemy: The Single Supplement. As the world grows smaller through technological advances, travel has become increasingly accessible and affordable, and more people than ever are […]

Winning a Wanderlust Travel Award

I recently attended the Wanderlust 2013 Travel Awards and was both excited and flattered to be announced the winner of the Most Popular Travel Blog category for my post “15 Tips for Responsible Travel in Myanmar”. Wanderlust prides itself on being an independent, multi-award winning, leading magazine for adventurous and authentic travel.  It compliments its […]

Christmas Away From Home: Unique Travel Experiences

I sigh as I drag my weary legs up the stairs to my third floor flat in West Hampstead, craving the silence that is waiting for me on the other side of the door.  I walk in and drop my shopping bags to the floor before I’ve even closed the door.  As I close the […]

Inspirational Travel Quotes and Why We Travel

Travel quotes are commonly used as a source of inspiration when planning an adventure, as motivation whilst on the road and to put reflection on a past experience into words. A memorable travel quote is inspirational, insightful and relatable. A travel quote can also help verbalise why so many of us are choosing to integrate […]

Why We All Need Adventure In Our Lives

Tick, tick, tick…I glanced up at the slowest clock in the world with hands that seemed to be moving in reverse as I sat in front of my computer, enduring the suffering that only other office workers can understand.  My eyes glazed over as I tried to concentrate on the spread-sheet in front of me […]

What Country Would You Like to Have Dual Citizenship For?

This was recently asked on the Bootsnall travel blog and as I just posted my application for a UK passport on the weekend, it couldn’t be a more well-timed question. There are two types of Australians who arrive in London ‘fresh off the boat’ for their ‘right of passage’ working-holiday experience – those who join […]

What Is Your Travel Personality?

I’ve travelled to nearly 50 nations, lived and worked in six different countries and combined a long term career break with shorter adventures, holidays and weekend escapes.  As a result my own travel personality, style and preferences have evolved with each experience and I have met many other travellers (and travel personalities) along the way. […]

QUIZ: What is Your Travel Personality

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TOP 5: Lessons Learnt from Travelling (and 20 lessons learned on the road)

Having the opportunity, freedom and desire to travel has created endless opportunities for me to visit countries outside of my own, explore different cultures and meet a variety of diverse and interesting characters.  I’ve lost count of the lessons I’ve learned along the way, but here are my most memorable. The Top 5 Things I’ve […]