Travelling through the lens with photographer Matt Powell

What started your interest in travel photography? I began taking photos about four years ago with my IPhone travelling around Vietnam. Looking back, it sounds pretty funny, but thankfully following that trip a good friend of mine encouraged me to invest in a Canon EOS600, which I still use today and I haven’t looked back. […]

Chiang Mai for Backpackers – Exploring Asia’s favourite city!

Chiang Mai for Backpackers Chiang Mai is turning out to be one of the trendiest cities in South East Asia. Located in the beautiful north eastern part of Thailand, Chiang Mai attracts over five million visitors a year with many choosing to stay long-term. But what is it about the city that has people raving […]

Learning to COPE – Visiting the COPE Centre in Vientiane, Laos

Learning to COPE! The COPE Centre in Vientiane was not on the top of my list of attractions to visit in Laos. In fact, I had never heard of it before arriving in Vientiane. The Laos PDR capital is often just seen as a short visa stop over for many travellers heading towards Thailand, Vietnam […]

Ten Truths about Solo Travelling with a Toddler

I understand now why people thought I was bonkers when I said I was off backpacking round south east Asia with my toddler. But despite all the warnings, I’m glad I had the guts, or is that lack of foresight, to just go for it. We swam under waterfalls, rode elephants, kayaked through mangroves and […]

Some tips to remember while travelling in South East Asia

Some quick tips to remember while travelling in South East Asia or other ASIAN countries… I’m sure most of you have heard about the ‘Malaysian mountain scandal’ by now. Where a group of over enthusiastic backpackers had a naked photo-shoot on top of one of Borneo’s most sacred locations. This unfortunately led to not only […]

What is Ethical Elephant Tourism in Asia?

Ethical elephant tourism in Asia Did you know elephants are highly sensitive and unique creatures and they are deeply social and receptive creatures? Their ears and tusks act as highly sensitive, vibration and sonar receptors that are crucial for migrations through forests and mountainous terrains. Truly magnificent!  In the wild they can usually live for […]