Friday, January 27, 2017

Tech Tips for Travellers


Tech-head, Thang Ngo, has tips for travellers to make their holidays more enjoyable

We research hotels and holiday destinations with obsessive fervour. Spending a few minutes thinking about technology before, during and after the holiday could make it much more enjoyable - and safer:

 How to secure your WiFi and PC while away
 How to keep data safe when using open WiFi networks
 Useful (mostly free) apps like city guides, currency converters, free WiFi finder etc
 How to back up your pictures easily and quickly on the go
 Tips on selecting right o/s SIM service
 Apps and cameras that allow you to monitor inside your home from anywhere

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Ponant South America, Amazon and Caribbean


Confirmed for March 2017

Expedition and adventure cruising specialist, Roderick Eime, will revisit luxury French cruise line Ponant for a comprehensive double-header along the east coast of South America, including the Amazon and Caribbean.

Rod will sail aboard the state-of-the-art vessel, Le Soleal.

The itinerary includes unusual destinations such as French Guiana, Barbados and Martinique.

Editorial and images will be available from early April

For full details of both itineraries, see below



By Royal Appointment: aboard QM2




During March 2017, Rod will spend 9 nights aboard the world's newest and largest proper ocean liner as she sails between Adelaide and Sydney via Melbourne and Kangaroo Island.

There will be plenty of time to explore the new "remastered" features introduced mid-2016 as well as venues such as The Verandah, Carinthia Lounge, Kings Court and Commodore Club.

Rod has undertaken this journey at his own expense and will be joined by his dear mother.

Editorial will be available from end February.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Photo Assignment: Saudi Arabia

Veteran travel photographer, David Kirkland, has just returned from Saudi Arabia 

"It’s been a successful shoot, with plans to bring me back in 2017 to photograph the Kingdom’s major cultural event and train some of its local photographers to capture tourism photographs, before heading off on a tour of the Empty Quarter with its towering 300 metre sand dunes (yahoo).

In the meantime, here’s a sample of some of the photographs captured during this visit, which concentrated on a welcoming people, significant landmarks, the sophistication of the capital, Riyadh, and the Kingdom’s fascinating culture."

Friday, November 11, 2016

Andaman Sea Expedition aboard Silver Discoverer

UPDATE: Journey complete [preview images]

This month, expedition cruise specialist, Roderick Eime, will set out on an 11-day voyage aboard Silversea's Silver Discoverer to explore some of the remote territory in and around the Andaman Sea.


The route includes visits to the bustling ports of Phuket and Yangon, but ranges out into the Andaman Sea to Port Blair and the derelict colonial capital on Ross Island, abandoned for more than 80 years.

Ruined and overgrown church, Ross Island
Rod will scuba dive on some of the remote reefs as well as explore ashore in such isolated locations as Burma's Mergui Archipelago and India's Cinque Island Wildlife Sanctuary.

Proposed expedition route

Commissions are invited. Please contact Rod

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Pack your bags: Not all luggage is created equal


So when you go to buy a new car or washing machine, who would provide the most reliable endorsement of the product's reliability? The salesperson? No. How about the repair person?

No, this is not my bag, but it could be yours.
Yep. When things go wrong, it's the person who has to fix it who can quickly tell the dud from the deluxe.

When his expensive suitcase fell victim to rough baggage handlers, Rod sought out the experts. You might be surprised at the verdicts.

Want to make baggage handlers' job easier? Try this pre-smashed range of luggage.



Monday, November 7, 2016

Stunning new Tahiti and French Polynesia images

Our busy pro shooter, David Kirkland, has just returned from a 10-day assignment of French Polynesia, shooting for the tourism authority. He started on the main island of Tahiti, before heading off to Moorea Island for a couple of days, then finishing up on Taha'a Resort near Bora Bora.

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