Travelling to foreign lands, with its promise of unforeseen adventures and unforgettable sights, is an immersive and visceral experience. My travelling journey began back in my early twenties with a humble trip to Italy. Since then I've travelled to ninety five fascinating countries covering five continents - and counting. Through my photography and writing I try to capture a sense of the incredible places I have been: from Azerbaijan to Albania, Switzerland to Swaziland and Uzbekistan to Ukraine. People no longer ask how I am, only where I'm headed next. This is my story.
Where I've been
Where I am now
Where I'd like to go
Africa & Middle East
Asia & Far East
Countries Lived & Worked
pagodas, pyramids & epic journeys
Arguably it's only when you've seen the globe's most famous sights that you can truly say that you've travelled the world. I'm lucky enough to have photographed some of the world's most iconic, among them the Statue of Liberty in the USA, St Basil's Cathedral and the Kremlin in Russia, the Taj Mahal in India, the Lost City of Petra in Jordan, Niagara Falls in Canada, the ancient Pyramids at Giza in Egypt, the Great Wall of China, the Blue Mosque in Turkey, the sparkling golds of the Shwedagon Pagoda in Burma, the azure mosaics of the Registan Ensemble in Uzbekistan, the iconic Dome of the Rock in Israel, the moody peaks of Milford Sound in New Zealand, Table Mountain in South Africa, the Kyoto Golden Temple in Japan, and the smiling faces of Bayon at Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat Temple complex in Cambodia.
I have also embarked on longer, multiple-country adventures. Some of my longer journeys include the epic European Inter-railing trip which covered twelve countries across north, east and southern Europe; my incredible journey through seven countries of the Western Balkans by bus; my unforgettable odyssey along the Silk Road in Central Asia including Kasakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan; my triple country trip around Southern Africa, which included South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland and, more recently, my adventure around Southeast Asia, taking in three Asian gems: Thailand, Cambodia and Laos.
volcanoes, glaciers & hot air balloons
Travel is about sights but also about experiences. I have camped overnight in the desert in Jordan; ridden an elephant on safari in India; climbed and abseiled down a glacier in Iceland; white-water rafted through Bosnia & Herzegovina and Montenegro; floated in the salty waters of the Dead Sea in the Palestinian-controlled West Bank; got up close and personal with rescued orang-utans in a Borneo rainforest; been an English as a Foreign Language teacher to teenagers in Spain; been on an African game drive in search of the Big Five beasts in South Africa, eaten lunch with nomads on the top of a mountain in Armenia and clambered over active mud volcanoes in Azerbaijan.
I've also slept overnight in a yurt on top of a mountain plateau 3016m above sea level in Kyrgyzstan; showered in the cascades of a waterfall in Laos and in Cuba; been dolphin watching in the Arabian Gulf; climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia on my birthday; camel trekked through a desert in southern Jordan, drifted high above the ancient pagoda plain of Bagan, Burma, in a hot air balloon at daybreak on New Year's Eve; filmed incredible underwater creatures while snorkelling through a coral reef in Fiji, walked several kilometres of the Great Wall of China on a cold winter's morning, swum with sea turtles in the Philippines, hiked a mafia-controlled active volcano in the dark in Indonesia and hiked across a Polynesian island from north to south in the Cook Islands.
death masks, dictatorships & ufos
I derive great satisfaction from having been to some of the less frequented places out there; some elicit complete bafflement or just concern from the people that I tell. These are the kind of places most of my fellow countrymen would choose not to visit. I have a taste for the unusual and an inherent distaste for tourist honey traps. I've visited communist countries, emirates, unrecognised states, sultanates, police states, full-blown military dictatorships, and some of the newest countries on the planet.
Some of my more unconventional travel experiences have seen me technically stepping foot into North Korea through the infamous blue Armistice meeting room in the Demilitarised Zone whilst under the care of the United Nations; illegally entering an abandoned communist headquarters in the shape of a giant flying saucer 1441m up in the Central Balkan Mountains in Bulgaria; beholding Joseph Stalin's eerie death mask in his hometown of Gori in eastern Georgia; spending New Year in the capital city of the last dictatorship left in Europe in Belarus, as well as travelling to a country which doesn't even exist - the renegade breakaway state of Transnistria bordering Moldova.
As I attest often on this site, I travel to witness and I travel to learn. I've walked through the stained torture chambers and beheld stacked human skulls in Cambodia's infamous Killing Fields on New Year's Day; wandered among the watchtowers, barbed wire and gloomy red brick buildings of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in central Poland; and clambered through the dimly-lit wartime survival tunnels running under Sarajevo, dug by the army during the Balkans Conflict of the 1990s, in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
a new life in australia
With the prospect of the next few decades stretching out before me like an uninspiring concrete pavement and the words "more of the same" chalked tauntingly in large banal letters, I felt it was time to re-evaluate my life. It was now or never. So in 2016, and after a gruelling bureaucratic process, I packed up my whole world and moved from a rain-soaked part of England to a giant sunburnt country in the bottom right-hand corner of the globe.
Since emigrating I've travelled around a not-insignificant slice of Regional and Outback Australia, having now been to all eight Australian States and Territories. I've snapped an obligatory selfie with the smiling Quokka on Rottnest Island in Western Australia, climbed Cradle Mountain in northern Tasmania on Christmas Day, been whale watching out in the Pacific, appeared three times (briefly) on Australian television, been kayaking under Sydney Harbour's iconic bridge at sunrise, beheld the magical Uluru at dusk, sandboarded down giant dunes on Kangaroo Island in South Australia, and snorkelled the Great Barrier Reef in tropical far north Queensland. I've also developed a new-found love for hiking and the outdoors, having conquered six of Australia's toughest mountains, including the wonderful Warrumbungles (NSW), the strenuous Rawnsley Bluff (SA), the awesome Didthul Mountain (NSW), the iconic Cradle Mountain (TAS), the challenging Mount Sorrow (QLD) and the highest of them all: Mount Kosciusko (NSW).
In 2020 I embarked upon the metaphorical journey of Australian citizenship and in 2021 became a full citizen of Australia in a ceremony hosted by the Lord Mayor of Sydney. I'm now officially British-Australian.
frequently asked questions
Q: So, where are you going next?
A: Over the last twelve months, as the wheels of international travel began to turn again, I tentatively got myself back out into the world with relatively simple trips to Philippines, Indonesia, Cook Islands and New Caledonia. These trips were ultimately dictated by cost and availability, and not just my willingness to go anywhere. As my 2024 travel year looms, I'm setting my sights on more adventurous places I'd really love to visit: Nepal, Sri Lanka, Chile and Easter Island. A visit to South America will also bring me, finally, to my sixth continent!
Q: What's your favourite country?
A: I get asked this question the most and can never answer it succinctly. I start off with three or four in the hope of narrowing it down from there but then end up with a longer list. The truth is, I've found something to like and love in nearly every country I've been to. Then again, I suppose that's the way it should be, shouldn't it?
Q: How can you afford to travel so much? Do you have a rich benefactor?
A: I spend far less time travelling than others might. Whilst some stay for two weeks, I'll stay for just one. This helps to keep my costs down. My accommodation is mid-range, I organise my trips independently from scratch and only hire a tour guide when absolutely necessary. I also travel off-season quite frequently when everything from flights to accommodation is less expensive.
Q: Is it your plan to visit every country in the world?
A: Who wouldn't! Despite what the counters on my site may suggest, I'm not on a purely numerical quest here. There are countries I'm desperate to travel to, and others that I am not fussed about. Admittedly, though, I am looking forward to the moment when I can claim to have visited 101 countries and that moment is fast approaching. I am also looking forward to making it to my sixth continent, South America, soon.
This site brings together my love of travel, photography and writing. It contains no advertising or sponsored content because it is, quite simply, about chronicling my love of travel and the experiences I have had.
My Travel Chronicles are the leading pages of the site. They avoid the reductionist format of many travel sites which turn travel writing into listicles and top tens. Instead, I've opted for a detailed written piece supported by carefully curated photographs. This, I feel, helps to capture a more comprehensive sense of place. Countries visited more than once have been given their own menu page and journeys which have involved more than one country have been kept together on the same page to preserve a sense of the journey undertaken in its entirety.
My Blogs bring together three awesome strands of my travel life. The Adventure Travel Blog compiles those adventurous experiences in foreign lands which have well and truly taken me out of my comfort zone, The Australia Blog chronicles defining moments in my new life Down Under and The World Wonders Blog captures my ongoing quest to photograph the undisputed landmarks in global travel.
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postcard from... egypt
"Egypt is the stuff of dreams, a magical land of Pharaohs and sphinx, pyramids and hieroglyphics, Tutankhamun and, possibly, the most famous river in the world - the Nile. This is the land you learn about at school but think you'll never be lucky enough to see in your own lifetime. From my shores it seemed so magical, foreign and distant a place as to be a work of fiction - a place which can't possibly exist. Well, I've been there - and it does. Egypt - a long-held ambition of mine to experience this gem of north Africa has been achieved. It was my 71st country and only my second visit to the African continent... Cairo is one of the world's greatest mega cities and is home to nearly 22 million people. It comes with all of the craziness, smells, dust, scintillating sights - and potential problems - that this statistic implies. It's the kind of city that I love being in. The five days we spent there were barely enough to see this wonderful place: in Cairo everything is a potentially beautiful photograph which speaks so much of place. This was probably the longest I'd spent in any capital city abroad and yet still felt like I'd hardly scratched the surface. Lots of people travel to Cairo as a stepping stone to seeing the legendary Pyramids at Giza. Of course, Cairo is a destination in its own right and fully deserves a sizeable chunk of itinerary time."
Check out my full Travel Chronicle for Egypt
postcard from... russia
"Russia is a land of beguiling gold-domed churches, of soaring Stalin Palaces, of palatial underground Metro systems, of bitterly cold winters and of untrammelled toxic machismo. It is also a land infamous for its villainous dictators, its intractable corruption, its Machiavellian-style realpolitik. This land, the largest country in the world with eleven time zones and covering 11% of the global land mass, is arguably one of the most iconic on the planet. Russia has an allure all of her own, a compelling and enchanting mix of the dramatic and of the dangerous. There is something of the dark about Russia. The Cold War may officially be over, but its legacy persists in the Russian psyche. It runs deep. Indeed, it is this Soviet hangover which will ultimately shape your experience of this most enigmatic of countries. Russia is a thrilling place in which to be a traveller - thrilling because a visit to Russia is a visit to the Other; a different mindset and different aesthetic exist here. In travelling to Russia you enter a new world, one which you have to work hard at understanding. In parts it is mesmeric, in parts it is positively impenetrable. What is a Briton to make of Russians' steely and inscrutable faces? What is a Briton to make of the country's bizarre cosmic architecture which manifests itself in geometric patterns straight out of Science Fiction?"
Check out my full Travel Chronicle for Russia
"In the beginning of this record I tried to explore the nature of journeys, how they are things in themselves, each one an individual and no two alike. I speculated with a kind of wonder on the strength of the individuality of journeys and stopped on the postulate that people don't take trips-trips take people. That discussion, however, did not go into the life span of journeys. This seems to be variable and unpredictable. Who has not known a journey to be over and dead before the traveler returns? The reverse is also true: many a trip continues long after movement in time and space have ceased. I remember a man in Salinas who in his middle years traveled to Honolulu and back, and that journey continued for the rest of his life. We could watch him in his rocking chair on his front porch, his eyes squinted, half-closed, endlessly traveling to Honolulu."
John Steinbeck, Travels With Charley