Strangers and People are the Highlight of Travel

Strangers and People are the Highlight of Travel

Picture this – a world without people in it. Travelling to other countries without anybody to see or talk to. Sure there would still be art and beautiful beaches. But if there were either no people there, or everybody was the same, travel would simply be dull.

Culture or language would not exist without people. Some of my favourite experiences while travelling have only been brought to life because of the people that surrounded me, even if they were just…. strangers.

I love photographing strangers while I’m travelling. If I see people talking in a photograph, I imagine what they are talking about, or where they are walking to. Watching people celebrate festivals or even funerals in a different way than I have only known in my own, “normal” life, is magnificent.

Here are my favourite photographs of strangers that I have taken during my travels over the world.

  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
   

I feel that photographing strangers is the best way to reflect on your travels and really discover the culture of the places you visit. You can learn so much from people you don’t know.

7 of the most ridiculous reasons to call in sick when you’re really abroad.

7 of the most ridiculous reasons to call in sick when you’re really abroad.


You know somebody who has pulled a long term sickie from work when they have booked a holiday, or failed to return to work when they were supposed to because they are STILL on holiday!!! Or maybe you have done this yourself?

I have decided to do some research, including speaking to office managers to find out some of the worst excuses given when a staff member has gone missing in action.

1. ‘My flight got delayed by 4 days and I had no battery on my phone to call you.’

2. ‘I contracted Malaria whilst in Ghana, Africa so I had to stay in hospital for 2 months. Here is my genuine sick certificate…’

3. ‘I’ve been in a witness protection programme.’

4. ‘My granny has died so I need some time off.’ (The same granny has died 3 times now).

5. ‘I’m addicted to crack cocaine and my dealer has been arrested so I need some time off to recover.’

6.’I’m… Erm…. In a Thai prison.’

7. ‘I missed my flight and can’t get on another one for 3 weeks!!’

If you’re planning on doing this, for the love of god come up with something more original.

9 ways to spend the perfect ‘cannabis free’ weekend in Amsterdam

9 ways to spend the perfect ‘cannabis free’ weekend in Amsterdam

Most people think Amsterdam is only good for smoking cannabis legally and heading to the red light district. But what if you don’t like smoking weed or hiring prostitutes?

I like neither of these things and had a fabulous time in Amsterdam. There is so much character and beauty in this charming city. Here’s how to spend the perfect weekend in Amsterdam.

Anne Frank Museum:-

The house where the Jewish girl hid during the Second World War. It’s amazing and a must see. It is recommended to book tickets at least a month in advance as it is very popular!

Boat tour:-


This is a must do. The boat trips are reasonably priced, take around 1.5 hours and you see and appreciate so much more of the place drifting through the canals.

Walk around:-


You must spend at least half a day wandering the streets. You will be amazed by how much exciting and great stuff there is to be seen!

Sex museum:-

It is cheap to get in, around 3 euros, and very eye opening! It is mostly photographs of sex from different eras – good fun!

Bar hopping:-

The nightlife is fantastic! Loads of beautiful bars and wine is really reasonable at around 3 euros a glass. There are loads of sports bars and live music venues – something for everyone.

Eat a pancake:-

You don’t have to have a smoke and a pancake, you can just get a pancake! Amsterdam knows exactly how to do them.

Spot graffiti:-


Personally, I think graffiti is art. If you look closely around the back streets of Amsterdam, you might just find many pieces like this, taken during the canal boat tour.

Hire a bike:-


This is the cliche obvious! It’s either hire a bike or spend the whole trip trying not to get run over by one!

Buy lots of cheese:-

Dutch cheese is by far the best in the world. Go to a cheese shop and purchase some of the round goats cheese in various flavours. You will pay over 10 euros each but I’m considering buying a flight just to get some more, it’s definitely worth it!

There is so much more to do as well, it’s not all partying, sex and drugs! If you like that stuff then that’s great, but there is so much more to offer in this quaint and quirky world.

Look Up More…

Look Up More…

I realised recently that most of us look within our line of vision to appreciate the beauty of a town or landscape. It occurred to me that this is cutting out maybe 60% of the actual view on offer and if we ‘look up’ more, there is so much more to be seen. It’s like you are seeing beneath the facade of what that particular location wants you to see and can appreciate the reality of this space.

I have taken some photos of a different perspective of towns and places and I feel that by seeing these, I have really seen the place.

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Homes and flats above the shops in the city centre, Hanoi, Vietnam.
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A stunningly unusual tree in Kerala, India.
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Flats and homes above businesses in central London, England.
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Beautiful art work for sale in Ubud, Bali.
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The white blob on the top balcony is actually a cat balancing on the edge, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
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The detail in the upstairs / terrace of this old house, Malta.
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The actual insane beauty of the Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain.
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Rooftops and flowers taken in beautiful Bali, Indonesia.