• Fujifilm X-T2 and 23mm f/2
    Photography

    What Is In My Camera Bag?

    I’ve been meaning to write this post for a few weeks now and, as luck would have it, it’s been exactly twelve months since I wrote Ultimate Travel Photography Gear.  Not much has changed since then but I’ve travelled extensively with my equipment and made some additions. I think now is the time to share an updated post on what is in my camera bag. I’ve had a lot of compliments on my photography over the past year so I thought I’d share more details about my gear. What Is In My Camera Bag (Or Not) 1. Fujifilm X-T2 This has been my pride and joy for almost two years…

  • A Guide to Street Art in Townsville
    Australia

    A Guide to Street Art in Townsville

    Townsville is a coastal city situated in Northern Queensland, Australia, approximately 350km south of Cairns. Often seen as a stop-off point simply to visit the beautiful Magnetic Island or the Great Barrier Reef, Townsville is deserving of a few days of your time.  The city offers one of the most beautiful esplanades in Australia. You’ll struggle to find somewhere as nice for a sunset stroll; palm trees as far as the eye can see and Magnetic Island just off-shore. However, in between the esplanade and the giant red rock that towers over the city, you’ll discover some amazing works of street art in Townsville. I love street art thanks to…

  • Etihad Airways
    Journal,  Travel

    Yep, I Flew Business Class with Etihad

    You know when I said that drinks on a rooftop bar overlooking Bangkok was the perfect way to end our travels? Well, I was wrong. The perfect way to end our travels was by flying business class with Etihad! I’m not sure how I’ve kept that one quiet on social media as it was quite possibly one of the best experiences ever. You’re probably thinking, “how on earth did they afford that? I thought they lost all their money in the outback?” I’ll come to that. So, as most of my readers will know, our ten months of travelling came to an end a few weeks ago. After checking out…

  • Bangkok Skyline
    Journal,  Thailand

    The Long Way Home: Bangkok, Thailand

    Well, this is it. Our last stop in ten months of travel. We’ve lived in Melbourne and #vanlifed around Australia before flying to Bali, Singapore, Phuket and Chiang Mai. In a week, we will be back in England with not a clue on where we go from here. The only way to end this was with seven nights in the City of Angels; Bangkok. This city really causes a divide between people; some people absolutely love it whilst others hate it. We booked six nights at the Akara Hotel, which is close to the shopping district, before our final night at the Tower Club at Lebua, the hotel from the…

  • Journal,  Thailand

    The Long Way Home: Chiang Mai, Thailand

    Last time out we arrived into our fourth country, Thailand, for a relaxing week on the island of Phuket. After recuperating, we were both ready to make our way north to Chiang Mai for four nights. Chiang Mai is Thailand’s second largest city and lies next to the country’s tallest mountains. Before Thailand formed, Chiang Mai was the capital of the Lanna Kingdom for approximately 500 years. When planning our journey home, we decided to visit here for three reasons; the night markets, the temples and the elephants. The Flight I don’t normally get nervous when it comes to flying but, after that plane disappeared from Kuala Lumpar, I haven’t…

  • Kata Beach, Phuket
    Journal,  Thailand

    The Long Way Home: Phuket, Thailand

    Following on from our amazing stay in Singapore, we needed a bit of a break. Somewhere to relax with little exploring to be done. With that in mind, we’d booked to stay in the resort of Kata Beach on the island of Phuket in Thailand. I’ve been wanting to visit Thailand for a long time mostly for the food but also the beaches and Bangkok. Before we really looked into Phuket, I’d always thought that it was on Phuket where the towering cliffs and shimmering sands were but it turns out they’re on a separate island, Koh Phi Phi. Phuket’s reputation comes from it’s main town of Patong Beach where…

  • Journal,  Singapore

    The Long Way Home: Singapore

    We’ve now moved on from Bali to the urban metropolis of Singapore; the Lion City. Singapore is one of only three city-states in the world and is one place I’ve always wanted to visit thanks to Formula One. Before arriving, I knew that Singapore would be amazing but I didn’t expect to find such a clean, orderly, technologically-advanced and green country. Even walking between towering skyscrapers was peaceful; I didn’t hear a siren once. The Plan I’d read a lot of blog posts about Singapore highlighting what to do with just 24 hours in the country. Normally seen as a stop-over when flying long distance but I believe that Singapore…

  • Indonesia,  Journal

    The Long Way Home: Seminyak, Bali

    Following on from last week’s post, we have moved on from Ubud to Seminyak. As I said, Seminyak is described as an upmarket resort town. In my head, I pictured something similar to a European resort with nice promenades. Wishful thinking. The Hotel We stayed at the Jambuluwuk Oceano Resort, a four star hotel close to the beach and the famous Potato Head beach club. The pictures looked really good. The main pool looked inviting but not as great as the infinity pool and jacuzzi on the rooftop. Did I mention it had not one, but two, swim-up pool bars? When we arrived after a manic hour drive on the…

  • Photography

    The Great Switch: From RAW to JPEG

    I appreciate that this isn’t technically ‘travel-related’, but photography is such a big part of what I do here that I just had to write this post. It’s mainly for the photographers out there though you could just be interested for a bit of background to my images!  For a rundown of my gear for travel photography, just click here. In a debate that’s been around as long as digital cameras, RAW has always come out on top.  For those unfamiliar, a RAW image is essentially a digital negative stored directly from the camera’s sensor.  Once you get that file into an editing software such as Lightroom, you are able…

  • Ubud, Bali
    Indonesia,  Journal

    The Long Way Home: Ubud, Bali

    The time has come for us to leave Australia and start a new adventure in South East Asia. As I said last time out, we are on the way home to the UK.  However, we’re going the long way via Bali, Singapore, Phuket, Chiang Mai and Bangkok! Saying goodbye was hard; especially as the Perth winter had decided to heat up just for our last day. Once we were at the airport though we were ready for our first taste of Asia. Both Emma and I were anxious when checking our bags in as we were so overweight when coming across to Australia. We had so much stuff we had…