Rotonda a Mare Senigallia Italy pier

I’m starting to notice I wander a lot. I wandered in Sri Lanka. I wandered through Bologna. I even wandered through Wellington.

I do very much enjoy a good wander, particularly if time isn’t on my side. If I’m limited in that resource, then my first choice will always be to just wander around a location and take some photos, to see if I can get at least a feel for the location – to get my first impression of it.

Impressions of Le Marche: A Wandering Photo Essay

 Rotonda a Mare Senigallia Italy pier

I’m starting to notice I wander a lot. I wandered in Sri Lanka. I wandered through Bologna. I even wandered through Wellington.

I do very much enjoy a good wander, particularly if time isn’t on my side. If I’m limited in that resource, then my first choice will always be to just wander around a location and take some photos, to see if I can get at least a feel for the location – to get my first impression of it.

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Hey folks! Ever been to India? Well, I haven’t, but the nice folks at Southall Travel would certainly like you to think about it.

They’re one of the leading UK experts on travel to India, and would love to give you guys the chance to win a GoPro Hero 3 White edition, the perfect travel companion for your trip, in return for answering a question. More on that further down.

Southall sent over some text to explain why you might want to go to India. Personally, the photographic experiences would be enough for me!

Win a GoPro Hero 3 White Edition with Southall Travel! (UK residents only)

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Hey folks! Ever been to India? Well, I haven’t, but the nice folks at Southall Travel would certainly like you to think about it.

They’re one of the leading UK experts on travel to India, and would love to give you guys the chance to win a GoPro Hero 3 White edition, the perfect travel companion for your trip, in return for answering a question. More on that further down.

Southall sent over some text to explain why you might want to go to India. Personally, the photographic experiences would be enough for me!

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Oh Italy. You never cease to amaze.

When I visited Milan earlier on in the year, I wasn’t expecting a great deal to be honest – general feedback was that it wasn’t the most wonderful of Italian cities, being more industrial than some of Italy’s hotspots, with not quite so much to offer the visitor.

I was pleasantly surprised therefore to find that, in fact, I really loved the city. Waterways, cobbled streets to explore, a gorgeous pile of churches, and the feeling that this is a city that is really lived in with people and stories to discover. You can read more on all that in this post on Milan.

Sirmione: An Essential Lake Garda Experience

sirmione view from castle ramparts italy garda lake

Oh Italy. You never cease to amaze.

When I visited Milan earlier on in the year, I wasn’t expecting a great deal to be honest – general feedback was that it wasn’t the most wonderful of Italian cities, being more industrial than some of Italy’s hotspots, with not quite so much to offer the visitor.

I was pleasantly surprised therefore to find that, in fact, I really loved the city. Waterways, cobbled streets to explore, a gorgeous pile of churches, and the feeling that this is a city that is really lived in with people and stories to discover. You can read more on all that in this post on Milan.

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When I had a real job that involved me wearing a suit and tie every day, I spent two and a half years living in a major brand chain hotel as a result of a project I was on.

When it got to the point where I was invited to the staff Christmas party, I realised that perhaps it was time to move on with my life. Although I did have some pretty excellent holidays thanks to all the rewards points I’d been able to accumulate, so that was good.

As a result of that experience I was, for a long time, sort of over hotels except in necessity. Give me an apartment, or a funky hostel, or, well, anything which doesn’t have seemingly endless corridors of carbon copy rooms.

Experiencing Arabian Hospitality with Rotana in Dubai

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When I had a real job that involved me wearing a suit and tie every day, I spent two and a half years living in a major brand chain hotel as a result of a project I was on.

When it got to the point where I was invited to the staff Christmas party, I realised that perhaps it was time to move on with my life. Although I did have some pretty excellent holidays thanks to all the rewards points I’d been able to accumulate, so that was good.

As a result of that experience I was, for a long time, sort of over hotels except in necessity. Give me an apartment, or a funky hostel, or, well, anything which doesn’t have seemingly endless corridors of carbon copy rooms.

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As you’ll know if you’ve been following along for the last few years, one of my primary passions is taking pictures of landscapes.

Sure, I enjoy taking pictures of people, and architecture, but really I’m happiest somewhere in the middle of nowhere with my camera gear and a stunning mountain or two to shoot.

In today’s post I want to share with you some of my tips for helping you to take better landscape photos. If you find them useful, I’d also recommend signing up to to receive exclusive photography tips direct to your inbox, that I don’t share anywhere else. Let’s do this, starting with:

How To Take Better Landscape Photos

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As you’ll know if you’ve been following along for the last few years, one of my primary passions is taking pictures of landscapes.

Sure, I enjoy taking pictures of people, and architecture, but really I’m happiest somewhere in the middle of nowhere with my camera gear and a stunning mountain or two to shoot.

In today’s post I want to share with you some of my tips for helping you to take better landscape photos. If you find them useful, I’d also recommend signing up to to receive exclusive photography tips direct to your inbox, that I don’t share anywhere else. Let’s do this, starting with:

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Meteora first caught my eye in April 2014, when a chap wandered past me with an iPad showing some pictures of landscapes that I knew I had to find time to photograph. I asked him where the pictures were of, and he said Meteora.

Fast forward a few months, and I found myself in Athens again doing a whole host of exciting photography related activities, from teaching through to the official event photography for Europe’s largest travel blogging conference, TBEX.

All a lot of fun, but you as guys know that my real passion is landscape photography. Even if taking pictures of beautiful people have a wonderful time does come a close second.

Visiting Meteora: A photographer’s paradise

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Meteora first caught my eye in April 2014, when a chap wandered past me with an iPad showing some pictures of landscapes that I knew I had to find time to photograph. I asked him where the pictures were of, and he said Meteora.

Fast forward a few months, and I found myself in Athens again doing a whole host of exciting photography related activities, from teaching through to the official event photography for Europe’s largest travel blogging conference, TBEX.

All a lot of fun, but you as guys know that my real passion is landscape photography. Even if taking pictures of beautiful people have a wonderful time does come a close second.

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Pierre Soulages Museum, Rodez, France

The Aveyron region in France is dense with villages holding the title of the “Most beautiful towns in France”, but the reason I decided to go on a trip there was that the itinerary foresaw a visit to the contemporary art museum of Pierre Soulages in Rodez.

If you are like “Who? What? Where?” now – so was I. Ye olde Internet was fired up to provide some background information, which let me know that Pierre Soulages is a (super famous) painter who likes the colour… black. Which is really the absence of colour.

Pierre Soulages: The Painter of Black

Pierre Soulages Museum, Rodez, France

The Aveyron region in France is dense with villages holding the title of the “Most beautiful towns in France”, but the reason I decided to go on a trip there was that the itinerary foresaw a visit to the contemporary art museum of Pierre Soulages in Rodez.

If you are like “Who? What? Where?” now – so was I. Ye olde Internet was fired up to provide some background information, which let me know that Pierre Soulages is a (super famous) painter who likes the colour… black. Which is really the absence of colour.

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Milan Duomo day time

Milano! That’s where we recently went, because it was… wait for it… Fashion week! Okay, so that’s not at all the reason we went. But although we were told that all through the year Milan is full of fashionable folk (I don’t doubt that – hey, it’s Italy!), we saw some pretty far out people. Actually, some of them might have been aliens. Am I still talking about fashion? So sorry! Let’s get down and dirty with Milan!

What to do in Milan

Milan Duomo day time

Milano! That’s where we recently went, because it was… wait for it… Fashion week! Okay, so that’s not at all the reason we went. But although we were told that all through the year Milan is full of fashionable folk (I don’t doubt that – hey, it’s Italy!), we saw some pretty far out people. Actually, some of them might have been aliens. Am I still talking about fashion? So sorry! Let’s get down and dirty with Milan!

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Time to share another series of some of our most popular photos as shared on the site’s Facebook Page! We love sharing these images from our travels – and almost 300,000 folks are following along now, which is pretty awesome.

Since the last update, we’ve travelled to Dubai, Milan, Finland and Spain, so naturally photos from those locations have been featuring, as well as other shots from our travels.

21 Spectacular Photos From Around the World: XVI

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Time to share another series of some of our most popular photos as shared on the site’s Facebook Page! We love sharing these images from our travels – and almost 300,000 folks are following along now, which is pretty awesome.

Since the last update, we’ve travelled to Dubai, Milan, Finland and Spain, so naturally photos from those locations have been featuring, as well as other shots from our travels.

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Besalu Bridge Costa Brava

I am quite excited because the title rhymes. Most things that rhyme are pretty good, right? Apart from that, you probably don’t have the faintest idea where the heck Besalú is, but guess what: that already makes you smarter than me, because I had in fact been there two years ago and the name still didn’t ring a bell when we went back this summer.

‘What a memorable place this Besalú must be!’, you might be thinking to yourselves now, unaware of my incompetence when it comes to remembering names. Also, when I say that I had already been there, I by that mean: arrived, jumped out of the bus, had half an hour to take pictures of a bridge, jumped back on the bus, off we went.

What to do in Besalú

Besalu Bridge Costa Brava

I am quite excited because the title rhymes. Most things that rhyme are pretty good, right? Apart from that, you probably don’t have the faintest idea where the heck Besalú is, but guess what: that already makes you smarter than me, because I had in fact been there two years ago and the name still didn’t ring a bell when we went back this summer.

‘What a memorable place this Besalú must be!’, you might be thinking to yourselves now, unaware of my incompetence when it comes to remembering names. Also, when I say that I had already been there, I by that mean: arrived, jumped out of the bus, had half an hour to take pictures of a bridge, jumped back on the bus, off we went.

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Naturaki Can Martinot Costa Brava loft bedroom wooden

When I lived in the UK, friends and I would often band together and go on holidays to giant houses in remote parts of the country, including the Scottish Highlands or the Lake District.

We usually hired extravagantly huge houses for these adventures. I remember one on a 10,000 acre estate which came complete with its own Scottish Loch (prehistoric monster as an optional add-on).

Beyond the optional monster, that one had a 10 mile, hour-long, tremendously bumpy drive between the entrance gate and the actual building, more rooms than I can remember, and an entirely disturbing collection of dead animals on the wall.

How to stay in a Villa for less than the price of a Hostel

Naturaki Can Martinot Costa Brava loft bedroom wooden

When I lived in the UK, friends and I would often band together and go on holidays to giant houses in remote parts of the country, including the Scottish Highlands or the Lake District.

We usually hired extravagantly huge houses for these adventures. I remember one on a 10,000 acre estate which came complete with its own Scottish Loch (prehistoric monster as an optional add-on).

Beyond the optional monster, that one had a 10 mile, hour-long, tremendously bumpy drive between the entrance gate and the actual building, more rooms than I can remember, and an entirely disturbing collection of dead animals on the wall.

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Ah, Rio! It’s an amazing city for many reasons, although one of them might not come to mind as easily as, say for example, the beaches. I’m talking about Rio’s street art, which, once you’re there, you’ll find pretty much everywhere – yes, on the aforementioned beaches, too!

The Street Art of Rio de Janeiro

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Ah, Rio! It’s an amazing city for many reasons, although one of them might not come to mind as easily as, say for example, the beaches. I’m talking about Rio’s street art, which, once you’re there, you’ll find pretty much everywhere – yes, on the aforementioned beaches, too!

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I was in Finland recently for the first time, exploring the wonderful outdoors. During my stay however I had a few days of free time and glorious weather, which I used to explore the Finnish capital of Helsinki

In between making not exactly hilarious word-play jokes about never being “finnished” (sorry), I was able to get a quick feel for the city, and take in some of the essential sights. If you’re heading to Finland, then wandering Helsinki should be on your list. Here’s what I recommend:

What To Do In Helsinki

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I was in Finland recently for the first time, exploring the wonderful outdoors. During my stay however I had a few days of free time and glorious weather, which I used to explore the Finnish capital of Helsinki

In between making not exactly hilarious word-play jokes about never being “finnished” (sorry), I was able to get a quick feel for the city, and take in some of the essential sights. If you’re heading to Finland, then wandering Helsinki should be on your list. Here’s what I recommend:

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I often get asked how I go about finding places to stay. I mean, I travel a lot, presumably I have an awesome system in place for picking the best spots for the best price. A secret system, known only to seasoned travellers.

Obviously to anyone who knows me, I don’t have said secret system.

My travel booking process (although calling what I do a process is a bit of a stretch) tends to start a couple of months out, where I load up a few of the more common booking websites like Booking.com or Hostelworld, get some ideas as to price, get giddy as to the idea of going on a trip, and then get distracted by a kitten on Facebook.

Yonderbound: A whole new way to plan and book travel

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I often get asked how I go about finding places to stay. I mean, I travel a lot, presumably I have an awesome system in place for picking the best spots for the best price. A secret system, known only to seasoned travellers.

Obviously to anyone who knows me, I don’t have said secret system.

My travel booking process (although calling what I do a process is a bit of a stretch) tends to start a couple of months out, where I load up a few of the more common booking websites like Booking.com or Hostelworld, get some ideas as to price, get giddy as to the idea of going on a trip, and then get distracted by a kitten on Facebook.

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If I asked you to name the largest group of islands (by number) in the world, I wonder where you’d think that might be. Pause a moment and ponder.

If you’re anything like me, you’re probably thinking of sun kissed beaches and turquoise waters, with palm trees flapping around lazily in the breeze. Maybe there’s a pina colada somewhere in the shot.

Visiting the worlds largest Archipelago

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If I asked you to name the largest group of islands (by number) in the world, I wonder where you’d think that might be. Pause a moment and ponder.

If you’re anything like me, you’re probably thinking of sun kissed beaches and turquoise waters, with palm trees flapping around lazily in the breeze. Maybe there’s a pina colada somewhere in the shot.

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Here are three things I didn’t know about Finland: it’s made up of a lot of water and islands, Finnish people are crazy about the outdoors, and there are almost as many saunas as there are people.

Perhaps these things don’t come as a surprise to you, but this was my first visit to the country, and I like to go to a place knowing as little as possible, so I can be happily overwhelmed by new stuff.

That, or I’m too lazy to do research. I prefer to think of it as the former.

Exploring Finland’s Great Outdoors

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Here are three things I didn’t know about Finland: it’s made up of a lot of water and islands, Finnish people are crazy about the outdoors, and there are almost as many saunas as there are people.

Perhaps these things don’t come as a surprise to you, but this was my first visit to the country, and I like to go to a place knowing as little as possible, so I can be happily overwhelmed by new stuff.

That, or I’m too lazy to do research. I prefer to think of it as the former.

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Jambalaya at Momo in Poznan, Poland

Maybe you recall that we went to Poznan in Poland recently. Maybe you even remember that it was our second time; our first visit happening last November. Back then we did a post on the food of Poznan, with which we managed to surprise ourselves a bit, I think, because we usually don’t really do food posts. Anyway, you can imagine we were looking very much forward to coming back this summer and eating more of the same stuff again, but that didn’t happen.

The Food of Poznan– Summer Edition

Jambalaya at Momo in Poznan, Poland

Maybe you recall that we went to Poznan in Poland recently. Maybe you even remember that it was our second time; our first visit happening last November. Back then we did a post on the food of Poznan, with which we managed to surprise ourselves a bit, I think, because we usually don’t really do food posts. Anyway, you can imagine we were looking very much forward to coming back this summer and eating more of the same stuff again, but that didn’t happen.

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Dubai marina night skyline

Early on in 2014 I whizzed across to Dubai to take part in the Arabian Travel Market – a very large travel show where I was speaking on a variety of topics, from working with professional travel bloggers, through to the importance of mobile in today’s tourism industry.

Yep, I do more than take pictures it turns out.

In photos: Dubai

Dubai marina night skyline

Early on in 2014 I whizzed across to Dubai to take part in the Arabian Travel Market – a very large travel show where I was speaking on a variety of topics, from working with professional travel bloggers, through to the importance of mobile in today’s tourism industry.

Yep, I do more than take pictures it turns out.

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I popped over to the Visit Finland website recently, and discovered that they have a Finnish name generator. My Finnish name turns out to be Tapio Kontio, which means Ancient King of the Forest Bear. Which was nice. Try it yourself here, and let me know your Finnish name in the comments.

Anyway, I was on the Visit Finland website because I’ve recently been invited to visit Finland for the first time. I always get so excited about heading to a new country. It’s the little things that get me – the different shops on the high streets, the different cultural attitudes to asking the way to the toilet, and all those signs I can’t even begin to pronounce (assuming I can read them!).

To Finland!

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I popped over to the Visit Finland website recently, and discovered that they have a Finnish name generator. My Finnish name turns out to be Tapio Kontio, which means Ancient King of the Forest Bear. Which was nice. Try it yourself here, and let me know your Finnish name in the comments.

Anyway, I was on the Visit Finland website because I’ve recently been invited to visit Finland for the first time. I always get so excited about heading to a new country. It’s the little things that get me – the different shops on the high streets, the different cultural attitudes to asking the way to the toilet, and all those signs I can’t even begin to pronounce (assuming I can read them!).

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And so we roll around to version 15 of this post, where I highlight some of my most popular pictures I’ve shared on my Facebook Page from the last month or two. I’ve renamed the series to mark the fifteenth edition, but other than a prettier label, the filling remains the same.

Since the last round up we’ve had the pleasure of visiting Poznan, Dubai and Paris, and of course continued to share various images from our other travels. I’d add something brilliantly witty here, but having now done fifteen introductions to this post, I think you’re probably happier just getting on with the eye candy. Am I right?

20 Spectacular Photos From Around The World: XV

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And so we roll around to version 15 of this post, where I highlight some of my most popular pictures I’ve shared on my Facebook Page from the last month or two. I’ve renamed the series to mark the fifteenth edition, but other than a prettier label, the filling remains the same.

Since the last round up we’ve had the pleasure of visiting Poznan, Dubai and Paris, and of course continued to share various images from our other travels. I’d add something brilliantly witty here, but having now done fifteen introductions to this post, I think you’re probably happier just getting on with the eye candy. Am I right?

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