• What To See and Do in Uganda – 28 Highlights

    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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  • Behind the Scenes on Safari in Tanzania

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

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  • Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route 1 – First Day

    Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route 1 – First Day

    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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    How To Prepare For Kilimanjaro – Weeks 4 to 1

    How To Prepare For Kilimanjaro – Weeks 4 to 1

    This is the second part of my guide to how to shop, train, pack and prepare 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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    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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    How To Prepare for Kilimanjaro – Weeks 9 to 5

    How To Prepare for Kilimanjaro – Weeks 9 to 5

    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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    Red Robes And Ringtones

    Red Robes And Ringtones

    One of the things you can’t fail to notice when you travel around Myanmar is the large numbers of Buddhist monks. They’re everywhere, going quietly about their business, and in their red robes with their shaven heads they’re impossibly picturesque and photogenic, especially against all that beautiful …
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    Iceland’s falls and springs

    Iceland’s falls and springs

    Iceland is famous for being, well… icy.  Clue’s in the title, after all!  Snow-capped mountains, frozen lakes, whirling blizzards, ancient glaciers… when it comes to the white stuff, Iceland’s got it covered.  Literally! But when all that H2O isn’t busy being frozen, Iceland has two other …
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    Sneaker Waves and Black Sand Beaches in Iceland

    Sneaker Waves and Black Sand Beaches in Iceland

    It might not come as much of a surprise to learn that Iceland was one of the last places in Europe to be inhabited by humans.   Early settlers would have had to navigate the treacherous North Atlantic Ocean in little wooden boats, and many would have died or given up …
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    How To Take Great Photos Of The Northern Lights

    How To Take Great Photos Of The Northern Lights

    Viewing the Northern Lights is on many people’s bucket lists.  To be honest, it wasn’t really on mine. I certainly wouldn’t have made a special trip to Iceland just to see them, that’s for sure.  But since I was there for work anyway, and had the …
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    A Glacier Hike on the Svínafellsjökull Glacier, Iceland

    A Glacier Hike on the Svínafellsjökull Glacier, Iceland

    This is the Svínafellsjökull glacier in Iceland.  Have fun trying to pronounce that!  In Icelandic, ‘ll’ is pronounced something like tl, with a flattened tongue and a click in the back of the throat.  So I guess you’d say ‘SVEEN-a-FETLS-yok-utl.  Or just start confidently with ‘Sveen’ and …
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    The Beautiful Icelandic Horse

    The Beautiful Icelandic Horse

    Along with Vikings and fermented shark, one of the most well-recognised icons of Iceland is its tiny horses.  And no, you mustn’t call them ‘ponies’ – Icelanders are very particular about that and I was told off for it! I got confused by this as I thought a pony was …
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