• Calton Hill Edinburgh
    Photography,  United Kingdom

    Exploring Edinburgh with the Fujifilm X-T2

    I recently returned to Edinburgh for the first time in over seven years and, honestly, I’d forgotten how much I love this city.  The capital of Scotland is built on the remains of an extinct volcano, evident by the huge castle dominating the skyline and Arthur’s Seat hiding in plain sight just past Holyrood Palace.  Edinburgh’s Old Town is full of medieval buildings, homely pubs and almost too many souvenir shops.  On ground level, the New Town is full of Georgian buildings and all of your standard high street shops.  Everywhere you look, there’s something to catch your eye and point your camera at. As I was only in Edinburgh…

  • New Year's Eve in Allendale: The Tar Bar'l
    United Kingdom

    New Year’s Eve in Allendale: The Tar Bar’l

    If you’re anything like me, you’ll have started to realise that New Year’s Eve is so over-hyped.  Spending a ridiculous amount of money to stand in a packed bar with drunk idiots counting down to what, in reality, is just another day.  The first day of the year doesn’t suddenly mean that you now need to start new goals or brings an end to all the bad decisions you’ve made over the past year.  You can change your life any day you want, you don’t have to wait until the 1st of January.  This year in particular though, having just returned from travelling, I wanted to do something different for…

  • The Great Western Hotel in Rockhampton, Australia
    Blog

    2018: A Year in Review

    Well I can’t believe we’re here with only a few days left of 2018! I’m not going to lie but the last year, up until August at least, has been my favourite so far. The year started with fireworks in Sydney Harbour followed by a road trip half way around Australia and a quick stint in Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand. Since August, I’m afraid there’s not really been anything of note. It took far longer to settle back to the English way of life than I thought. I’m not actually sure that I have settled back in. I’ve managed to find a desk job (with flexitime) which is helping build…

  • Revolution in Durham
    United Kingdom

    Revolution in Durham: The Bar You’ve Been Waiting For

    It was only a few weeks ago that I sat down and wrote about the best bars and pubs in Durham. However, with the opening of popular bar Revolution in Durham, I think its time to update that post! It’s only just opened yet already I’d class it as THE place for food and drink in the city. Last week I was invited to check out Revolution in Durham prior to the launch on Friday. I was able to sample quite a few drinks and cocktails as well as the food. Whilst this was all provided free of charge, my opinions in this article will be completely honest. If you’ve…

  • Marina Bay Sands Infinity Pool
    Blog

    I’m In The UK Blog Awards!

    It’s true! I’ve been shortlisted for the UK Blog Awards for the best blog in both the ‘Travel’ and ‘Photography’ categories.  To even be able to say that after only running this blog for just over a year! To have people actually like my blog is still unbelievable too. I’m up against some big names with big followings so I know I have little chance of winning but I’d love to give it a good go.  The voting stage accounts for 40% whereas the judging accounts for 60%. I would hugely appreciate it if you could vote for me in the awards! The ‘Travel’ category is full of great blogs…

  • Byron Bay Surfer
    Photography

    My Travel Photography Prints Are Here!

    Yes, you read that right, I’ve finally gotten around to putting some of my favourite travel photography prints up for sale! I’m not sure how popular these will be but there’s 34 photos from my travels around Australia, Bali, Singapore and Thailand.  There’s even two from Europe! Who wouldn’t want to be reminded of that time they took a crazy tuk-tuk ride in Bangkok, chilled with elephants in Chiang Mai or watched the surfers in Byron Bay. If I could, I’d print all of my photos… Anyway, if you’re even the slightest bit interested, please check out my gallery and let me know what you think. All you have to…

  • Vanlife in Australia
    Australia

    Vanlife in Australia: The Statistics

    From late December 2017 to mid June 2018, I lived in a tiny metal box on wheels having the time of my life.  One small campervan gave Emma and I complete freedom; we could do what we wanted, when we wanted.  If we wanted to eat breakfast overlooking the coast, track down aboriginal hand paintings, explore prehistoric rainforests or simply sleep, we could.  Welcome to vanlife in Australia! I’ve said this before but there is absolutely no better way to experience all Australia has to offer than in a campervan.  From the unimaginable overnight heat, endless horizons and kangaroos coming to have a sniff around, these experiences all get under…

  • Marina Bay Sands
    Singapore

    Staying at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore

    For those that have been following my travels, you’ll know that Emma and I went to Singapore on our return from Australia.  Whilst we were there, we spent two nights in an Airbnb so we could concentrate fully on exploring before our final night staying at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. If you’ve ever seen photos of Singapore, it’s very likely that you’ll recognise Marina Bay Sands.  With it’s three huge towers connected by an elevated platform, it looks oddly like a cruiseliner, but contains one of the most famous hotels in the world.  Not only that, it’s home to the world’s largest infinity pool where you can swim up…

  • Visit Lincoln
    United Kingdom

    Ten Photos To Inspire You To Visit Lincoln, UK

    Hands up if you’ve ever been to Lincoln? Nope, didn’t think many of you had! For some reason, travellers don’t seem to visit Lincoln yet the city is up there with the best of them. Lincoln began many years ago as a Roman town and has been seen as an important settlement throughout history.  If you decide to visit Lincoln, you’ll struggle to miss the imposing castle and cathedral looking over the city.  The city is absolutely beautiful.  Of course, there are areas that are undergoing regeneration and the high street is just like everywhere else, but it’s certainly worth a weekend of your time. My favourite area is from…

  • my fujifilm jpeg settings
    Photography

    My Fujifilm JPEG Settings

    Due to the popularity of my post on switching from shooting RAW to JPEG for my images, I thought I best create one where you can see my Fujifilm JPEG settings.  These are much like using presets in Lightroom but you are applying them to the image there and then.  The below settings are the ones I use everyday and were developed through my time in Singapore, Chiang Mai and Bangkok.  At first, in Singapore, I wasn’t so good.  I kept changing my mind on how a photo should look so I kept switching JPEG profiles.  However, by the time of my last stop in Bangkok, I was much more…