When I left university I didn’t really know what I wanted to do, so I decided to go to Portugal on holiday because my friend had a house there. While I was there I met lots of backpackers and Australians who suggested I visit Australia. So I saved up some cash bartending and went on three month solo trip around Oz. Just before I left I met my (then) boyfriend, who was a web designer and wanted to go to Bali to surf. So after my trip we travelled around Greece and ended up moving to Bali. He suggested I start a travel blog and designed the site for me, then I taught myself how to run a website. I had always loved writing and I loved travelling, so it made sense.
I loved Cape Town. It’s the most beautiful place I’ve ever visited and I’d go back in a heartbeat. There are wineries, beaches backed by mountains, beaches with penguins on them…and the food is delicious.
Not really, I just use my eye. I’ve always had a good eye for angles and I never took any formal training. If I’m travelling by myself and I need a shot of me, I’ll frame the shot up and ask a stranger to hold my phone or camera in the exact same position.
I use Lightroom for all my editing, then I’ll use TouchRetouch for removing objects and Facetune to remove any blemishes. I don’t like to over process though.
Photo prints are a great way to preserve your photos and be reminded of your trips. Yes you can post photos to Instagram or Facebook but most of the time your albums just sit there on a hard drive. It’s nice to bring photos to life. When I was a kid I used to go through my grandparents’ photo albums all the time - I’m surprised at how many black and white photos the had of great-great family members. There’s something about being able to physically touch photos that’s so much more special so I’d like my future children to have the same experience.
This photo was taken at the southernmost JR station in Japan. I was on a press trip to Kagoshima and we stopped here just before sunset. The light was so perfect…this empty platform with the most stunning backdrop. I couldn’t help but feel that the Earth is an incredible place.
I was walking home from Penn Station after a day trip to the beach. I looked back and caught the #manhattanage phenomenon, which happens when the sun magically aligns with some of New York’s streets. The Empire State Building was in the background and it was just the most magical shot.
This shot was taken at Top of The Rock in New York by Sabina from @girlvsglobe. We took it in turns to get shots of each other, which took forever because there are LOTS of tourists on the viewing deck, so we had to wait and wait for a gap between the crowds. It’s a very touristy Instagram shot but it is spectacular.
I was recently in Qatar and stumbled across this gem of a restaurant walking through Souk Waqif. The entire entrance was covered in jewels and I felt it really encapsulated the magic of The Middle East. To capture this shot I handed my phone to another blogger while I walked up and down trying to get the perfect shot.
I tend to write about interesting places and my favourite foodie spots in the places that I visit. I love to experience a destination through food. But I also love writing about my own feelings and thoughts, for example what it’s like to travel alone.
Instagram is tough these days because of the algorithm…everyone is talking about it. A lot of Instagrammers have complained that their follower counts just aren’t growing or they actually lose followers if they’re not posting. I’d say post regularly (once per day) and make sure you look at what your “grid” looks like as a whole. It can be tempting to post a photo straight away just because you love it so much but in fact it might look better in the feed if you waited. Use relevant hashtags, tag the brands/places in your posts and use the analytics to look at the best time to post. When it comes to blogging, don’t just write about your day. Target SEO keywords and write long, really informational posts that would help your readers.
I’m going to Austin for SXSW and Los Angeles too. I imagine I’ll try to book some trips in Mexico, Central America and South America. I’d like to go to Caratgena in Colombia, perhaps Belize, the Bahamas and Tulum.
It’s super touristy but I would love to go to Bolivia and take pictures on the salt flats, it looks pretty fun. Cappadocia in Turkey would be cool too when the hot air balloons are out.