As you may or may not know, I recently spent just under three weeks in India touring the country by bus with the amazing Dragoman overland travel company. As part of our amazingly detailed and full-on itinerary, we saw many incredible sights, some iconic landmarks and some more off the beaten track destinations. One of these was a half day visit to the Sambhali Trust, just outside of the blue city of Jodhpur. We spent a whole afternoon there at the centre, sat on the floor chatting to the girls about their lives whilst they prepared us a simple meal for lunch, sang and performed for us and painted beautiful Indian henna on our hands and feet. The centre, set up by the amazing Sambhali Trust charity, acts as an all-important refuge for women who live in the surrounding area. It’s open to all ages – the women we met ranged from the age of about 12 (some of these girls were married) up to late 60s, and every age in between. There were young …
I am writing this from on board Daisy, our trusty (not-so-)little truck taking us from cities to deserts to the bush on our overland trip around India, and feeling particularly reflective today. I always look forward to sharing my travels through this blog, whether that be tips on travelling that part of the world, personal stories or a photography feature. Over the past few weeks I’d had a few ideas, including a photography series of India, as I had some beautiful close up shots of people I’d met throughout my trip in the cosmopolitan cities, desert towns and countryside villages we had driven through en route. I’ve always found that interacting with the locals really is the best way to get to know a country! And India isn’t an exception. The real beauty of India is its people. Yes, the incredible architecture and intricate decor of its temples, mosques and palaces really is incomparable to anywhere else in the world. The endless beeping of horns, dodging of cows and tuk-tuks in the streets, and constant …
There are hundreds of temples in Thailand’s bustling capital, but with so much choice how do you decide which ones to visit? Here I bring you a rundown of the top 4 must-sees whilst in Bangkok, so you can plan your day of sightseeing.
Sometimes there’s no better feeling than getting out and about in a country and doing something active in the fresh air and the great outdoors. Often it’s the best way to get the feel for a place, and leaves you with memories you’re not going to forget any time soon. I’ve been lucky enough to have had many incredible once-in-a-lifetime outdoor travel experiences over the years and thought I’d do a rundown of my 5 most memorable. 1. Boating and wildlife spotting down the Kinabatangan river in Borneo Kind of like your classic safari, except instead of in a 4×4, you are on a wooden boat on the river, and instead of spotting lions and elephants, you’re on the lookout for Proboscis monkeys and alligators. With a local tour guide and two safaris a day (both very early morning and late afternoon when the wildlife is most active), it’s truly incredible to see this wildlife, a few species of which are now endangered, in their natural rainforest environment. Visit full post here 2. Dolphin spotting …
There is a hidden story behind every face, a smile or an expression telling a thousand stories without any words. Some of my favourite pictures from my travels are of people’s faces around the world, a snapshot of someone’s daily life captured in a split-second action shot. It is true that one of the best ways to get under the skin of a country is through its locals. In my People Of The World series, I share my photographs of people from all around the world.
After a week of shivering up in north Vietnam, it was so nice to get back to the heat in Ho Chi Minh. I’m not sure if it was partly that and partly being back in a (fairly) civilised city after rural mountain life, but I really liked Ho Chi Minh.
Whilst I was in Thailand on the beautiful island of Koh Phi Phi, I decided (as spontaneously as it gets) to indulge in a souvenir which would last my lifetime – whilst at the same time participating in an ancient Asian tradition, that of the bamboo tattoo.
One of my favourite and most treasured memories of Vietnam has to be Sapa. It’s definitely worth the trip there – a 5 hour drive west of Hanoi to a gorgeous little mountain village
Just a few hours drive east of Hanoi is the beautiful Ha Long Bay, one of the seven wonders of the world. It is amazing to get out of the city for a while and breathe the fresh sea air.
After some time on mainland Bali, our next stop was the beautiful Gili islands!