• A Weekend In Tunisia – The Perfect Itinerary

    Most travellers looking for a long weekend trip from the UK will automatically head to …

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  • The Amazing Animals Of Uganda: A Photo Guide

    If you’re a wildlife lover, you may well have dreamed of taking a trip …

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  • 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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  • A New Uganda Travel Blog

    A New Uganda Travel Blog

    2018 is going to be the year of what may well be my biggest adventure yet.  The day after tomorrow I’m off to Uganda, and I won’t be coming home again for nearly four months.  Eeek! You might think a huge trip like this is something I’ve been …
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    An Unhelpful Guide to… Canterbury

    An Unhelpful Guide to… Canterbury

    Working as a factual TV producer takes me to all sorts of weird and wonderful places.  I’ve filmed off the coast of Namibia on a diamond mining ship.  I’ve learned how they make pearls at an Australian pearl farm.  I’ve been inside a Polish apple juice factory, …
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    How to Grow a Pearl – Inside an Australian Pearl Farm

    How to Grow a Pearl – Inside an Australian Pearl Farm

    Ah, pearls.  Those gorgeous, lustrous, perfectly round jewels that seem to glow and shimmer with an internal light, like a full moon, or a lightbox, or a text message that wakes you in the middle of the night.  We’ve all seen them, some of you may even have some –&…
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    How to Prepare & Train For Kilimanjaro – Part 2

    How to Prepare & Train For Kilimanjaro – Part 2

    This is the second part of my guide to how to shop, prepare, pack and train for Kilimanjaro, doing the Lemosho Route with Exodus Travels*.  Read the first part here. Four Weeks To Go I’m starting to get really nervous now. I keep waking up in the middle of …
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    An Unhelpful Guide to… Poland

    An Unhelpful Guide to… Poland

    Recently, I was lucky enough to be offered an all-expenses paid trip to Poland. Whaaaaaat?  That sounds amazing!  I hear you cry. Ok, perhaps I misrepresented somewhat.  What I meant is: I was sent there for work – to film three stories for a British food-related TV series.  But all…
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    Preparing and Training for Kilimanjaro – Part 1

    Preparing and Training for Kilimanjaro – Part 1

    In September I will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.  At 5895m above sea level it’s the highest point in the African continent, and certainly WAY higher than anything I’ve ever scaled before.  I’m not an experienced hiker: I live in London, which is pretty much entirely flat, and …
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    Things To Do In Umbria: Assisi

    Things To Do In Umbria: Assisi

    I recently spent a week exploring and photographing the gorgeous Italian region of Umbria.  Click here for a look at Todi and Orvieto. Of course no trip to Umbria is complete without a visit to Assisi, the jewel in the region’s crown and a UNESCO World Heritage site.  And …
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    Things To Do In Umbria: Orvieto

    Things To Do In Umbria: Orvieto

    I recently spent a week exploring and photographing the spectacular region of Umbria in Italy.  Part One of my journey is about the beautiful town of Todi. After spending a few days relaxing and exploring the landscapes of Umbria, the next stop on the tour was the fabulous old town&…
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    Things To Do In Umbria: Todi

    Things To Do In Umbria: Todi

    The majority of visitors to Italy make a beeline for the big-hitting, headline attractions: Rome, Venice, Florence, the Amalfi Coast…  But if you want to avoid the crowds on your holidays while still soaking up Italy’s gorgeous scenery, fantastic weather, and incredible cultural heritage, you could do a lot …
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    Catacombs and Cemeteries in Naples, Italy

    Catacombs and Cemeteries in Naples, Italy

    With its fabulous food, edgy culture and seaside location, Naples is becoming an increasingly popular city break destination. Where once tourists simply passed through en route to the Amalfi Coast, today more and more are stopping off for a few days to explore Naples’ narrow alleyways, enjoy some of the …
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    The Real Lonely Planet Guide To Naples

    The Real Lonely Planet Guide To Naples

    Like most people, I never go abroad without a copy of the latest local guidebook.  And more often than not, that guidebook will be the Lonely Planet.  Ever since I first went travelling with the 1997 edition of ‘South America on a shoestring’ (all 1170 pages of it, weighing nearly 3/4…
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    The Beautiful Pagodas of Bagan in Myanmar

    The Beautiful Pagodas of Bagan in Myanmar

    Have you noticed how, when you arrive at a ‘must-see’ place, it often doesn’t look like the photos you’d seen in the brochure or online?  You turn up expecting a massive ‘Wow!’ moment, and you get more of an ‘Oh… ok… cool.  What’s for lunch?’ That seems …
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    India: a nation of selfie-lovers

    India: a nation of selfie-lovers

    The India found in the guidebooks is a magical and mysterious place.  Where exquisite palaces gleam and sparkle on the shores of majestic rivers.  Where dark-eyed beauties walk demurely between crumbling temples, their vibrant saris wafting the fragrance of perfume and spices.  Where monkeys play amongst statues of ancient gods …
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    India’s cash crisis – a tourist’s guide

    India’s cash crisis – a tourist’s guide

    When I thought about travelling to South India in December on a group tour, there were a few challenges I could foresee.  Would I get on with the group?  Would the heat and humidity be unbearable?  Would I manage to pack the right stuff?  Would I struggle with the long&…
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    The Unsung Heroes of Kilimanjaro

    The Unsung Heroes of Kilimanjaro

    No one survives even a day on Kilimanjaro, let alone making it to the top, without a frankly embarrassing amount of support from an enormous team of guides and porters.  It’s their job to carry your stuff, cook your meals, supply you with safe drinking water, put up your …
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    How To Climb Kilimanjaro In 10 Steps

    How To Climb Kilimanjaro In 10 Steps

    So your itchy feet have got the better of you and you’ve decided you want to climb Kilimanjaro?  Excellent decision!  But now you’ve got to actually organise and (eeek!) do the damn thing!  Here’s how… (Disclaimer: it does take a few more than 10 steps to get to …
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