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The original world nomad "Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance." - Confucius.

Challenges & consequences of fresh water

TIMOR-LESTE | Monday, 10 Aug 2015 | Views [1214]

As I stand in a steaming hot shower in my hotel in Dili, washing off the dust and the heat from 12 hours on the road, I’m reminded of all the places I’ve been today that barely have running water. How easily we take water for granted in ... Read more >

Tags: timor, water, wateraid, world nomads

Photos: WaterAid in Timor 2015

AUSTRALIA | Saturday, 8 Aug 2015 | Photo Gallery

Trip to Timor Leste with WaterAid Australia http://www.wateraid.org/au/
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Travel & Street Photography

AUSTRALIA | Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | Views [1088]

Just finished an exhausting, exciting, draining, tough, depressing, inspiring, and challenging weekend street photography workshop with Eric Kim . Just 26 years old he has perhaps the best resource on the web for street photography and I was intrigued ... Read more >

Tags: erickim, learn, melbourne, photography, workshop

Chaos in China - notes from my paper diary of 1989

CHINA | Wednesday, 21 Aug 2013 | Views [1698] | Comments [1]

Memories can be disarmingly deceptive. It scarcely seems possible that its been 25 years since I first visited China. Because of the 25th anniversary of Tiannamen, I was asked recently about rarely reported chaos in Chengdu out west and what I knew of ... Read more >

Tags: 1989, chengdu, china, riot

10 things I love about the Fuji x100s as a travel camera

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 1 Aug 2013 | Views [13606] | Comments [2] | Video

As soon as I heard about the Fuji X100s I tried to get my hands on one for my trip to Oman and Iran, including approaching Fuji in Australia, who were very helpful, but they just weren't manufactured in time. Instead I was hauling around a 20Kg ... Read more >

Tags: camera review, fuji, nikon, x100s

On being a Photographer

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 9 May 2013 | Views [13199]

In conversation last week:   "With all due respect, I know you've been a photographer for a long time, but pretty much anyone can pick up a camera today and take a good photo."   Really?   You see I'm not a photographer.... Read more >

Tags: people, photographer, photography, travel

“If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.”

OMAN | Saturday, 16 Mar 2013 | Views [4642] | Comments [2]

Jason was laying in the dust trying to thrust his camera up the nose of one of the large bulls as it charged towards its opponent,  perhaps an arms length away with mass and momentum to avoid. Robert Capa famously once said, "if your pictures ... Read more >

Tags: camel, mad max, oman, peregrin adventures, scholarship, serendipity, travel photography

Photos: Oman - Travel Photography Scholarship

OMAN | Thursday, 7 Mar 2013 | Photo Gallery

Photo's from the Travel Photography Scholarship to Oman with Jason Edwards and Jake Sayers
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Hello. Goodbye. One Chat

MYANMAR | Friday, 10 Jun 2011 | Views [3468]

The little girl must have been perhaps four years old, was wearing what looked suspiciously like an old sack converted into a dress with no underwear let alone shoes, and was rolling around the rusted deck of the old river ferry excitedly screaming ... Read more >

Tags: burma, kyat, memories, travel with children

Bhutan travel photography with a National Geographic photographer

BHUTAN | Friday, 24 Dec 2010 | Views [1267] | Video

This tells the story of going on assignment with Jason Edwards as part of the World Nomads Travel Photography Scholarship in 2010.

Tags: bhutan, jason edwards, national geographic, photography, wildlife

Photos: Bhutan - Rough Cut

BHUTAN | Sunday, 12 Dec 2010 | Photo Gallery

Photo's from the 2010 Travel Photography Scholarship with Jason Edwards. (Only a rough selection until I get a chance to review properly ...)
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Photos: Adventures in Ecuador

ECUADOR | Thursday, 28 Oct 2010 | Flickr Photo Gallery

Photo's from the trip to Ecuador with Gap adventures to make a documentary on two schools we are helping to fund together.
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An enchanting journey into the Amazon

ECUADOR | Wednesday, 27 Oct 2010 | Views [2326]

You could feel it in the morning air: this was going to be one of those special and extraordinary days, the ones you hope for but can't engineer nearly often enough. Here you've got to be up early to catch the soft, gentle light ... Read more >

Tags: documentary, ecuador, footprints network, gap adventures, hope, philanthropy

On being a Digital Nomad

FRANCE | Tuesday, 27 Jul 2010 | Views [7182]

  Years ago travelling before the age of the internet, people would actually talk to each other in cafés and meeting places. Sadly, today all I seem to see are travellers hunched in internet cafés, desperate to stay connected to ... Read more >

Tags: ebooks, ipad, mapping, mobile, planning, r&d, travel, wifi

Photos: Paris in Summer

FRANCE | Wednesday, 7 Jul 2010 | Flickr Photo Gallery

From our 10 days in Paris this Summer
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What does it mean to be a world nomad?

FRANCE | Tuesday, 6 Jul 2010 | Views [2489]

The eastern edge of the Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris is often a photographers gallery organised by the city along some theme or other. As it happens, the theme to day was on Nomads. Real Nomads of the world and their culture. We've often struggled ... Read more >

Tags: ethinic, lives, nomad, paris, philosophy, world

How time stretches when you travel

EGYPT | Wednesday, 20 Jan 2010 | Views [1553]

Time. It does the strangest things when you travel. Three weeks goes past in the blink of an eye when occupied with home, kids, school or work, but the same time travelling, filled with new experiences and rich memories not only seems to stretch ... Read more >

Tags: reading, travel, travel literature, travel photography

Travel tips for travelling with a family

EGYPT | Sunday, 10 Jan 2010 | Views [2016] | Comments [2]

    Everyone travels differently but this is a list of a few special extras we pack as a family, apart from all the standard stuff you need. Our boys are now Riu aged 7 and kai aged 5. No need for strollers: this is the ... Read more >

Tags: egypt, tips, travel with a family, travel with children

Photos: Down the Nile

EGYPT | Saturday, 9 Jan 2010 | Photo Gallery

Luxor, Valley of the Kings, Aswan & Abu Simbel. www.flickr.com/photos/simonmonk/
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Tags: aswan, egypt, luxor, nile

What are you going to do with your life's great fortune?

EGYPT | Friday, 1 Jan 2010 | Views [3040]

  January 1st 2010 finds us staying with a Nubian called Mustafa who definitely has the house with the best view in the whole of Aswan. Perched on the roof as the sun sets over the Nile and the desert beyond, you can pretend that you are miles ... Read more >

Tags: aswan, flat, india, new year, nubian

Valley of the Kings

EGYPT | Monday, 28 Dec 2009 | Views [2874] | Comments [1]

"Well that was a nice easy day. We didn't do much". "No" replied Yuki "Just six tombs in the valley of the Kings and Tutenkamun's tomb" We looked at each other and laughed aloud. Travelling in Egypt can we a bit ... Read more >

Tags: archaelogy, pharoh, tombs, valley of the kings

Photos: Cairo & the Pyramids

EGYPT | Sunday, 27 Dec 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Flight delayed ... flight delayed ... flight departed. Huh?

EGYPT | Sunday, 27 Dec 2009 | Views [3131]

Well that was exciting!     Waiting in Cairo airport for our flight to Luxor, we weren't particularly surprised or alarmed when 'flight delayed' appeared on the departures board. The flight was supposed to be 40 minutes late. So with 10 minutes ... Read more >

Tags: flights, mishap, travel with children

Impressions of contemporary Cairo

EGYPT | Friday, 25 Dec 2009 | Views [2437]

Anyone thinks Cairo is a dirty and polluted third world city then they obviously haven't been to a dirty and polluted third world city. While the traffic crawls along, the traffic lights are ignored and the driving is pretty haphazard, at least your ... Read more >

Tags: cairo, clothes, tutankhamun

My name is Ali (yeah, sure it is)

EGYPT | Monday, 21 Dec 2009 | Views [2376]

"I don't want to go to the Pyramids" said Kai after breakfast, acutely unaware of the oldest man-made structure on earth just down the road.  Everything about the Pyramids is simply awe inspiring: their size, their age, their accuracy.... Read more >

Tags: cairo, pyramids, touts

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