• 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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  • Packing and Training for Kilimanjaro – Weeks 9 to 5

    Packing and Training 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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    The Power of Iceland’s Waves

    The Power of Iceland’s Waves

    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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