• Ten Reasons To Go On A Group Trip

    Group holidays can get a bit of a bad press. Horror stories abound of being …

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  • Highlights Of Morocco In Two Weeks

    Morocco has been on my bucket list for years. I’m not kidding. Like, 20 years! …

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  • How To Take Great Photos Of Wildlife

    It’s fair to say that my absolute favourite thing to photograph above everything else …

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  • Close Encounters in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda

    Welcome back! This is Part 2 of my trip to Uganda’s most popular National Park, …

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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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  • 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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  • Behind the scenes on a Tanzanian safari

    Africa.  The Serengeti. The Ngorongoro Crater.  The names alone conjure up thrilling images of vast …

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  • How to Take Great Photos of Markets

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

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  • The Only Kilimanjaro Packing List You Will Ever Need

    The Only Kilimanjaro Packing List You Will Ever Need

    In September 2016 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 to take – and you can read all…
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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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    Climbing Kilimanjaro – Day 8 – Descent

    Climbing Kilimanjaro – Day 8 – Descent

    This is the eighth and final part of my day-by-day account of what it was really like to climb the Lemosho Route on Mount Kilimanjaro.  If you missed it, Day Seven is here. Unsurprisingly, I slept amazingly well the night after the summit – as did everyone. There’s nothing like …
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    Climbing Kilimanjaro – Day 7 – The Summit

    Climbing Kilimanjaro – Day 7 – The Summit

    This is the seventh part of my day-by-day account of what it was really like to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.  If you missed it, Day Six is here. If you think it’s hard having to wake up at 4 am to catch a flight to go on holiday, imagine what it’…
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    Climbing Kilimanjaro – Day 6 – To Base Camp

    Climbing Kilimanjaro – Day 6 – To Base Camp

    This is the sixth part of my day-by-day account of what it was really like to climb the Lemosho Route up Mount Kilimanjaro.  If you missed it, Day Five is here. I woke well before the morning wake-up call on Day Six to a weird feeling in my face.  I …
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    Climbing Kilimanjaro – Day 5 – Barranco Wall

    Climbing Kilimanjaro – Day 5 – Barranco Wall

    This is the fifth part of my day-by-day account of what it was really like to climb the Lemosho Route up Mount Kilimanjaro.  If you missed it, here’s Day Four or start from the beginning with Day 1 – Getting Started. There had been a lot of speculation about the Barranco&…
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    Climbing Kilimanjaro – Day 4 – Lava Tower

    Climbing Kilimanjaro – Day 4 – Lava Tower

    This is the fourth part of my day-by-day account of what it was really like to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.  If you missed it, Day Three is here.  Today I’ll talk about the walk up to the Lava Tower. We were now almost halfway through the trip, and the altitude …
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    Climbing Kilimanjaro – Day 3 – Shira Plateau

    Climbing Kilimanjaro – Day 3 – Shira Plateau

    This is the third part of my day-by-day account of what it was really like to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.  If you missed it, Day Two is here. As dawn broke on day three, and with barely a cloud in the sky, we got our first proper look at where we …
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    Climbing Kilimanjaro – Day 2 – The Forest

    Climbing Kilimanjaro – Day 2 – The Forest

    This is the second part of my day-by-day account of what it was really like to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.  If you missed it, Day One is here. It’s not something that had occurred to me before starting, but the nights on the mountain are LOOOONG.  The sun set at …
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    Climbing Kilimanjaro – Day 1 – Getting Started

    Climbing Kilimanjaro – Day 1 – Getting Started

    For several years I had talked occasionally about how ‘One Day’ I would climb Kilimanjaro.  It was one of those challenges that sounded like it might be a Good Thing to do (in a totally bonkers-painful, crazy-yet-hopefully-rewarding kind of way) but for a long time looked like it would be …
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    Training and Packing for Kilimanjaro – Weeks 4 to 1

    Training and Packing for Kilimanjaro – Weeks 4 to 1

    This is the second part of my account of how I trained, shopped, packed and prepared to climb Mount 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 …
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    Myanmar’s Marvellous Markets

    Myanmar’s Marvellous Markets

    Check out the details in this image: the produce neatly arranged, the clothes the women are wearing (and the fact that they are all women), the woven shopping bags, the digital scales… You can learn so much about a country by visiting its markets, and it’s one of the …
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    A Festival Of Ice Music

    A Festival Of Ice Music

    In January 2016, while working on a new video project for Lonely Planet, I was sent to Norway to film at the Geilo Ice Music Festival. Geilo is a tiny ski town in the mountains in the middle of the country, about halfway between Oslo and Bergen, and every year…
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    Taking Portraits in Myanmar (Burma)

    Taking Portraits in Myanmar (Burma)

    One of the things they say about Myanmar is that the people are really friendly.  Actually they say that about a lot of places – and sometimes it’s true.  But it tends to be only true in parts.  In most places people will be people: some are friendly, some are&…
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    How To Row With Your Feet

    How To Row With Your Feet

    If you’ve seen photos of Myanmar, or been there, chances are you’ll recognise these guys. They’re the Intha fishermen of Inle Lake, in the centre of the country, and they’re probably the most iconic representation of the country and its people. The best time to see …
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    Inside Myanmar’s Monasteries

    Inside Myanmar’s Monasteries

    In my previous post about Myanmar’s Buddhist monks, I noted how photogenic they are.  With their shaven heads, red robes, and peaceful expressions, they have this amazing ability to step into a location, no matter how dull or ugly, and transform it into an eye-catching scene. You see them …
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