20 Memorable Wildlife Sightings – World Wildlife Day #WWD2016

  A collection of my most memorable wildlife sightings to celebrate the beauty of the natural world for #WWD2016 The United Nations’ World Wildlife Day on 3 March, 2016 creates the opportunity to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants.  The theme of #WWD2016 is “the future is in our hands” […]

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 […]

Travel Photo of the Week: King Penguin Colony for #WorldWildlifeDay

This week’s travel photo is from St Andrew’s Bay in South Georgia, home to the island’s largest king penguin colony and one of the most incredible wildlife sights I’ve ever had the privilege of enjoying.    And as it’s World Wildlife Day, I’ve included a second view of this incredible colony – because let’s be […]

Travel Photo of the Week: International Polar Bear Day (Arctic)

As tomorrow celebrates the majestic king of the Arctic with International Polar Bear Day, I’ve reached for the archives for this week’s Travel Photo. I’d just returned to our expedition ship in 2013 after a fantastic zodiac cruise through crackling ice and blue skies.  This polar bear seemingly appeared from nowhere, a spot in the […]

Earth Day 2014: Celebrating Nature Through a Lens

Earth Day 2014: Earth Day is recognised on 22 April each year to promote awareness and appreciation of the earth’s environment.  It inspires a number of activities across the world – from planting trees, collecting trash, participation in recycling and conservation activities, airing of environment related programs, festivals and rallies and petitions calling for stronger […]

Part 2: International Women’s Day 2014 – Photo Gallery

In celebration of International Women’s Day 2014, acknowledged around the world on 8 March, I’m sharing a collection of my travel photographs in a a Photo Gallery of Celebration and Awareness.  This is Part 2 – you can see Part 1 here.   There is no greater lesson than the one taught outside the classroom […]

Part 1: International Women’s Day 2014 – Photo Gallery

In celebration of International Women’s Day 2014, acknowledged around the world on 8 March, I’m sharing a collection of my travel photographs in a a Photo Gallery of Celebration and Awareness.  This is Part 1 – you can see Part 2 here.   There is no greater lesson than the one taught outside the classroom […]

#PenguinAwarenessDay: 10 Photos from Antarctica

Is there anyone in the world who doesn’t love penguins?  Their lack of co-ordination is enough to melt the hardest of hearts.  The school yard antics they display with each other entertain children and adults alike.  And their tuxedo-like exterior contrasts perfectly with their waddling stride. When I told my family I was heading to Antarctica last […]

International Day of the Girl – And Why It Is Important #DayoftheGirl

For the first time in over seven months, I am sitting in the living room of my flat in north west London.  Having just ended my latest career break, I have spent the day unpacking whilst reflecting on the incredible experiences I’ve enjoyed this year. And not for the first time, I’ve recognised how lucky […]

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 […]

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 […]

Photos & Quiz: World Penguin Day

Have you ever met anyone who doesn’t love penguins?  Me either! April 25 is World Penguin Day, so let’s celebrate these cute little creatures. What is your penguin personality?  Take this quiz over at The Pew Charitable Trust to find out!  By the way – apparently I am a Chinstrap! Here at Destination Unknown, I’m […]

Travel Ideas: V is for…Volunteering

Welcome to the A to Z Challenge, an initiative that invites bloggers to post an alphabet-themed post every day (excluding Sundays) during the month of April.  As part of this challenge, I’ll be sharing my experience of a destination or activity to help inspire your TRAVEL BUCKET LIST, in addition to an item that still remains on […]

Photo Gallery: A Tribute to International Women’s Day 2013

Today, 8 March, is International Women’s Day. This day is designed to inspire women and celebrate their achievements and is recognised as a public holiday in 27 countries (for “women only” in three of these). As a female born in this modern era I have had the opportunity to finish high school, complete further education, […]

ANTARCTICA POLAR PLUNGE: Challenging Myself for Charity

No matter how far we travel there is always further to go and in December 2012 I will be turning a dream into reality as I set foot on my 7th continent. ANTARCTICA! I have my packing list ready: passport, camera, warm jacket, trousers, fleece, thermals, gloves, hat, waterproof trousers, swimsuit… Swimsuit? Yes! Whilst I […]

A “Life Lesson” in Celebration of UN’s International Day of the Girl: 15 Travel Tips on Responsible Travel in Myanmar

Last week I explained why I was supporting the International Day of the Girl, which will be celebrated on October 11 as declared by the UN after an extensive campaign by Plan.  I recognize that I am lucky to be a female born in this modern era, having had the opportunity to finish high school, […]