Travelling came early, and naturally. My early years were spent between the UK, Canada and the USA. By the age of 15 I ended up in Australia, which has been home more or less ever since. I started out as a photographer and then one day I went to see a magazine with some images from Burma. The editor said “we like your pictures but we’d need a story to go with it,” so I ground out a story, it got published and I’ve been writing about travel ever since. I never feel more alive than when I’m away from home. Sensations are sharper, coffee tastes different, colours are brighter, even the light has a another quality to it when you’re away from the familiar. You also discover different things about yourself when you’re somewhere you don’t belong, and the more out of your depth you are, the more interesting the journey becomes.
I’ve written for Conde Nast Traveller, The Washington Post, Travel and Leisure, The Telegraph (UK), The Guardian and a whole lot of inflight, corporate and car magazines. I also write travel columns that appear every week in Traveller pages of The Sydney Morning Herald/The Age and The Sun-Herald, where I dish out advice as The Tripologist.
Tools. Nikon, iPad, MacBook. I got into Nikon back in film days, invested in lenses and other bits and that sort of anchors you. Also, after more than 10 cameras and some fairly horrific treatment I’ve never had a problem with Nikon gear and that inspires confidence. I’ll be reviewing the gear I use from time to time on this website.