• Four Days in Valli Giudicarie, Trentino, Italy

    Most visitors to Italy make a beeline for the celebrity places, and I must admit …

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  • 28 Top Things To See and Do in Uganda

    Uganda! A country of rolling green hills, misty valleys and craggy mountains. Where lions stalk …

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  • An Unhelpful Guide to… New York & The Rockaways

    If you’ve read my Unhelpful Guide to Boston (and if you haven’t, why …

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  • Glamping in the Sahara Desert, Morocco

    As a travel destination Morocco just about has it all: beaches, mountains, deserts, vibrant cities, …

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  • 19 Wildlife Photography Tips for Beginners

    It’s fair to say that my absolute favourite type of photography is wildlife photography.  …

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  • 13 Top Tips for Taking Photos of Markets

    I’ve photographed markets from Cuba to Myanmar, and from Tanzania to Hungary, and I …

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  • Chimpanzee Trekking in Kibale, Uganda

    The 42-year-old chimpanzee lounges lazily on the branch, eyeing us congenially. Far from being bothered …

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  • Trek Nyiragongo: the World’s Largest Lava Lake

    Imagine a place straight out of fantasy and mythology: a portal to the centre of …

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  • Four Days in Valli Giudicarie, Trentino, Italy

    Four Days in Valli Giudicarie, Trentino, Italy

    Most visitors to Italy make a beeline for the celebrity places, and I must admit I was the same. I’ve ticked off Rome, Naples, the Amalfi Coast, Umbria and Sicily, all big-hitters, and all absolutely fantastic, don’t get me wrong. But I adore Italy and I want to …
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    Snow And Sounds At The Ice Music Festival Norway

    Snow And Sounds At The Ice Music Festival Norway

    There are hundreds of music festivals all around the world, from famous ones like Glastonbury to more niche ones like the Southern Soul Festival in Montenegro. But probably the most bizarre and beautiful all in one go is the Ice Music Festival in Norway. What Is The Ice Music Festival?&…
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    Ten Reasons To Go To A Blogging Event

    Ten Reasons To Go To A Blogging Event

    If you’re a new or small blogger, the idea of attending a blogging event or blogging conference can feel pretty terrifying. You’re probably thinking you won’t know anyone; that you’ll be the only newbie in a room full of super successful bloggers with zillions of followers, …
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    7 Best Weekend Trips from Kampala, Uganda

    7 Best Weekend Trips from Kampala, Uganda

    If you’re planning on spending any length of time in Kampala – perhaps because you’re living, studying or working there – there’s definitely going to come a point when you’ll feel the need to escape the city and see some more of Uganda.  When I was working there …
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    28 Top Things To See and Do in Uganda

    28 Top Things To See and Do in Uganda

    Uganda! A country of rolling green hills, misty valleys and craggy mountains. Where lions stalk their prey through grasslands, hippos soak lazily in the shallows, and mountain gorillas move purposefully though tangled forests. Where the calm waters of Lake Victoria transform into the thundering rapids of the River Nile as&…
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    An Unhelpful Guide to… New York & The Rockaways

    An Unhelpful Guide to… New York & The Rockaways

    If you’ve read my Unhelpful Guide to Boston (and if you haven’t, why not?!), you’ll know that I recently spent three weeks in the USA filming for one of the Science Channel’s longest-running TV shows. While I was there, I spent a lot of time working …
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    Sweat And Leather At Chouara Tannery, Morocco

    Sweat And Leather At Chouara Tannery, Morocco

    Leaning over the balcony rail with my camera, I watched the tannery workers in the courtyard below. Some of them were thigh-deep in vats of brightly-coloured liquid. One heaved skins one by one, wet and heavy, into a deep pool. Another looked up at me as he took a breather&…
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    An Unhelpful Guide to… Boston

    An Unhelpful Guide to… Boston

    It’s been a while since I’ve written one of these Unhelpful Guides. Yes, I know, I’m sure dozens of you have been tearing your hair out, trying to plan a trip without my help! I could practically hear you wailing and gnashing your teeth, crying ‘Oh GOD! …
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    Glamping in the Sahara Desert, Morocco

    Glamping in the Sahara Desert, Morocco

    As a travel destination Morocco just about has it all: beaches, mountains, deserts, vibrant cities, great food, ancient architecture, incredible scenery, fascinating culture, stunning arts and crafts, and great weather. No wonder more than 11 million people visited Morocco last year. And I was one of them. I was tempted…
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    Ten Reasons To Do Group Holidays

    Ten Reasons To Do Group Holidays

    Group holidays can get a bit of a bad press. Horror stories abound of being forced to spend your trip with a tedious bunch of randoms, having to share a room with a snoring stranger, spending hours on a bus being waffled at by a bored guide, or being dragged&…
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    A Morocco Itinerary in Two Weeks

    A Morocco Itinerary in Two Weeks

    Morocco has been on my bucket list for years. I’m not kidding. Like, 20 years! Why? Well, because it’s got everything the curious traveller could possibly want: history, architecture, adventure, mountains, deserts, culture, style, fascinating people, great weather, it’s close to the UK, and you can cover all …
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    Ol Doinyo Lengai – Climb the Mountain of God

    Ol Doinyo Lengai – Climb the Mountain of God

    Most climbers travelling to Tanzania have only one target in mind: the towering summit of the six-kilometre high Mount Kilimanjaro.  Ask them if they’re planning on climbing Ol Doinyo Lengai and odds are you’ll get a blank stare.  Ol Donny-who?! But if you want a serious challenge, in …
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    Two Weeks In Uganda – A Suggested Itinerary

    Two Weeks In Uganda – A Suggested Itinerary

    Regular readers of this blog will know that last year I spent four months living and working in Kampala, Uganda.  During that time I took a few weekend trips out of the city, but I didn’t get a chance to explore the rest of the country until the very …
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    Digging for Opal in Coober Pedy, Australia

    Digging for Opal in Coober Pedy, Australia

    We humans are obsessed with shiny, sparkly things, going to phenomenal lengths and expense to get our grubby little hands on gems like gold, rubies, diamonds and emeralds.  Wars have been started, lives have been cut short, and enormous fortunes have been won and lost scouring the earth in the&…
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    Gorilla Safaris In Uganda – The Real Inside Story

    Gorilla Safaris In Uganda – The Real Inside Story

    “Does everyone have waterproofs?” asks the ranger, looking around him.  The thirty-two of us, crammed into the tiny room, nod grimly.  Yes, yes we do.  And we know we’re going to need them. The gorilla safari briefing is normally held outside, but today we’ve been shoehorned into the …
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    An Overthinker’s Kilimanjaro Packing List

    An Overthinker’s Kilimanjaro Packing List

    In September I finally got round to ticking one of the top things off my bucket list – I climbed Kilimanjaro. I’m an organiser and planner by nature, so before I went I did a LOT of research to work out what should be on my Kilimanjaro packing list –…
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