I was 19 when boarded an airplane for the first time. I remember feeling nervous as the engines roared and the attendants demonstrated how to fit life-jackets and oxygen masks - I was crapping myself to say the least. Even now that flights have become almost as frequent for me as bus journeys I'm still not a great air traveller - I see each one is a necessary evil in the life of a travel photographer.
Since that first flight all those years ago I have racked up 21 countries, 51 world heritage sites and countless dodgy curries. Always with my camera in hand.
I've never done a beach holiday, never drank all inclusive cocktails or sat by a resort swimming pool. Somehow I always end up being the 6 foot tall western guy stuck at the back of the chicken bus trying to twist myself into a good enough position to take photos out of the window. And that's the way I like it.
I left on a round the world trip back in April 2014 with my girlfriend and partner in crime. It feels like a lifetime ago. We spent 10 months in Asia initially, during which time we hiked, hitched, climbed and tuk tuked our way around, whilst eating way too many banana pancakes. For Australia, we upgraded ourselves, entering the realm of rubber tramps (travellers who own a car). With a beast of a 4x4 we were able to explore all over the Outback.
2016 is an exciting year for me. I have 6 months left on the road and I'm going to make the most of it. First stop New Zealand.
I'm going on an adventure and I want to take you with me. Join me on Instagram at @travelflash