Published Work

Published Work

I specialise in features on scuba diving, marine and eco travel. Please see below for my published work.

Tofo, Mozambique

August 2018
Small town, big experiences.

Fitness Tips from a Real Life Shark Diver


Oct 2018
Lukas Mueller gives his tips for keeping fit…

Where the Whale Sharks Are


August 2018
When Stella Diamant arrived in Madagascar a few years ago, little was known about the island’s whale-shark aggregations. Her recently published study, which shows that the country is a feeding hotspot for juveniles, could put it on the map.

Best Places in the World to See Sharks


Nov 2018
Shark scientists spill the beans

Can't swim, will swim


Oct 2018
Meet Mozambique’s new ocean conservationists…

How a Mozambican Fishing Community is Saving the Ocean


Oct 2018
Fishing communities in Tofo Beach, Mozambique, coming together to protect the ocean and their livelihoods

Beyond the Comfort Zone


August 2018
For 27-year-old Lukas Mueller, freediving with the ocean’s apex predator is a day-to-day reality. MELISSA HOBSON met him to hear his story.

Rhinos in eSwatini


Oct 2018
Why eSwatini is one of the best places in Southern Africa to see rhinos…

Life on the Other Side


Nov 2018
Dr. Simon Pierce’s packing tips…

Souvenirs You Can Only Buy in eSwatini


Oct 2018
Which unique mementos should you bring home from eSwatini?

Queen of Mantas

Oct 2018
How Andrea Marshall has dedicated her life to manta ray protection.

Swazi Foods to Try


Oct 2018
Some of the country’s traditional dishes to look out for when in eSwatini’s…

Where to See Wildlife in eSwatini


Oct 2018
The African country might be tiny but you can still see the Big Five!

21 SiSwati Phrases


Oct 2018
Useful phrases to help you during your trip to eSwatini…

Best Museums in eSwatini


Oct 2018
Some of the best museums to visit in eSwatini’s…

Best Things to Do in Mbabane


Sept 2018
The best activities in eSwatini’s capital city…

Best Day Trips from Mbabane


Oct 2018
Easy day trips from eSwatini’s capital…

Contemporary Musicians from eSwatini


Oct 2018
Introducing some of eSwatini’s most popular musicians…

Swaziland to eSwatini


Sept 2018
The story of the country’s name change…

How to Navigate: eSwatini


Sept 2018
Getting around the tiny country of eSwatini…

Absolute Monarchy: eSwatini


Sept 2018
Introducing Swaziland’s Royal Family…

Stargazing with Whale Sharks

July 2018
Anyone can help to save marine life with the help of a NASA algorithm and a snorkel.

Reshaping whale shark tourism in Madagascar

June 2018
Oceanographic spoke with Stella during the week her new study on whale shark aggregations in Madagascar was published.

Eat your way around Amsterdam


Jan 2018
Falling head over heels (via our stomachs) in love with Amsterdam…

Questions to ask yourself before volunteering


Sept 2018
Planning for a volunteering trip can feel overwhelming – here are some tips to make it feel more manageable.

Keeping Whale Shark Tourism Sustainable

Sept 2018
How Stella Diamant is working for sustainable whale shark tourism in Nosy Be.

How to plan the ultimate African safari


September 2018
Three ways to safari…

Marine Biologist Interview


July 2018
Simon Pierce and Andrea Marshall reveal what’s actually involved in a career in marine conservation.

Sea Change

Aug 2018
The Mozambican fishermen turning farmers to protect the ocean.

7 Whale Shark Facts


Sept 2018
& how you can help…

Marine Conservation in Mozambique


July 2018
How I quit my job and moved to Mozambique to volunteer for a marine conservation charity.

Day in the Life of a Volunteer


June 2018
Intrigued by the idea of volunteering abroad but don’t know what’s involved? Read on…

11 Things To Do in Tofo

July 2018
Best things to do in Tofo Beach, Mozambique…

Bikinis Can't Save the World...


June 2018
…But the Women Who Wear Them Can!

In Conservation with Alessandra


June 2018
An interview with the founder of the Women in Travel CIC initiative

The rising tide of plastic pollution

June 2018
What can you do to help?

Inspiring Future Ocean Guardians


May 2018
Marine Megafauna Foundation has launched a new GoFundMe campaign for its flagship education program.

Swim with whale sharks...responsibly


May 2018
How to make sure your whale shark encounter is responsible.

5 reasons to visit Mozambique

May 2018
5 reasons to visit this amazing country

Yoga and Surfing in Morocco


May 2018
Finding zen through adventure…

How students can save the ocean

April 2018
Can – and should – we be doing more?

5 simple ways you can help protect our oceans


April 2018
What can you do to help?

Holidaying in Helsinki


Jan 2018
Embracing winter in the fabulously frosty Helsinki…

10 extra AF yoga classes


Jan 2018
Making it our mission to try out the weirdest types of yoga to see if they’re fab or fad…

PR Out of Africa

May 2018
Escaping the rat race and moving to Mozambique – my story!

Kalopanayiotis, Cyprus


November 2017
This man turned an abandoned village into a luxury mountain retreat: Review of Casale Panayiotis, Cyprus.

Yurts in Cyprus


November 2017
The ultimate eco-friendly Glamping holiday: Yurts in Cyprus.

Hostel64, Osaka


August 2017
From warehouse to guesthouse: Review of Hostel64, Osaka.

Green Berlin


August 2017
A guide to Berlin – the greenest city in Europe.

Eco Friendly Weddings

 

Aug 2017
Thinking of going green with your wedding planning? Here are 10 ways to do it.

Eco Glamping


July 2017
Glamping review: The Original Hut Company and Host Unusual.

Craziest B&Bs


June 2017
Stay in weird accommodation – from helicopters to trains, submarines, your own island and more…

Cocoroom Guesthouse


June 2017
Cocoroom – a guesthouse bursting with colour and pattern – is using art to help the huge number of homeless people in Kamagasaki, Osaka, Japan.

Tobago: Both Sides Now


June 2017
From sharks to turtles and the small stuff too – checking out whether the nutrient-rich Orinoco River really does mean better diving in Tobago

FOMO Inducing Florence


April 2017
Get it on with Michaelangelo’s David, drink all the chianti, check out the stunning views…

22 Fab Things in New York


April 2017
For those who’ve never been to the Big Apple, here’s our pick of the things you can’t miss on your first visit to the city that never sleeps…

9 Coolest UK Marine Animals


March 2017
The coolest marine animals you might not realise you can spot off the UK coastline.

12 Most Instagrammable Student Halls


March 2017
THE most Instagrammable student halls.

Japan's Mainland Mecca


February 2017
Dodging typhoons and braving rough seas to scuba dive in Wakayama, Japan

Japan's Mainland Mecca

6 Aussie Phrases You Need to Know


January 2017
Shut the front door. Getting up to speed with some Aussie lingo for MTV…

5 Eco-Travel Resolutions You Need to Make in 2017


January 2017
At the start of another new year, some resolutions to make (and hopefully keep) in 2017.

5 Ways to be More Eco Friendly When Travelling


February 2017
Some tips on how to go green on your travels.

Diving as a Family


July 2016
Some of the best places to learn to dive as a family.

Paradise with a Black Eye

Paradise with a Black Eye


January 2017
Enjoying the ultimate in luxury (with a black eye).

Reinventing Family Travel


January 2016
Say bye-bye to the predictable and experience something new with your kids.

10 Thoughts I Had Visiting a Japanese Onsen


December 2016
Thoughts on visiting my first onsen (naked public baths).

16 Best Things to Do in Osaka, Japan


December 2016
Best things to do to make the most of Osaka –  ‘the Nation’s Kitchen’. Spoiler: involves lots of eating!

Paradise Beach: Luxury Island Retreat


December 2016
Enjoying the remote island of Nevis at a resort that offers the ultimate in luxury and tranquillity: the aptly named Paradise Beach.

15 Weird af Things (And Places) to Eat in Japan


November 2016
Checking out loads of totally bonkers food you can eat in Japan (if the delicious sushi, sashimi, yakitori, ramen, katsu and udon isn’t for you).

Satisfy Your Hunger in Kyoto, Japan


January 2017
Five amazing places to eat in Kyoto, Japan – yum!

Spicing Things Up at Cinnamon Soho


December 2016
A review of Vivek Singh’s Cinnamon Soho.

Foodie Hotspots in Osaka


November 2016
Five uber-delicious places to eat in Osaka, Japan.

Plastic Bags Littering UK Beaches Have Halved


November 2016
Just over a year after the 5p plastic bag tax was introduced in the UK as a means of reducing plastic pollution, the number of plastic bags on our beaches has almost halved.

13 Best Things to Do in Kyoto, Japan


November 2016
Kyoto, the former capital of Japan, is full of temples. Like, bursting with them. The city has over 1,600 Buddhist temples and 400 Shinto shrines. If I’d been left to my own devices, I wouldn’t have had a clue where to start. Luckily, the crew at The Dragon Trip took me under their wing to show me the city’s best bits.

Reinventing Adventure Travel, One Continent At A Time


November 2016
Interview with Bruce Poon Tip, founder of G Adventures.

The Weirdest Things Ever Found on British Beaches


September 2016
Roundup of the weirdest things found along the British coastline. #6 is just BIZARRE!

12 Things You Need To Know About Pandas


September 2016
Awesome facts about pandas. Just because.

Must See Borneo


September 2016
When I visited the beautiful island of Borneo several years ago, I was won over by what can only be described as a nature lover’s paradise.

Unique Artificial Reefs


September 2016
You wouldn’t believe some of the things sunk in the ocean to create artificial coral reefs!

Opening the Door on Cuba


With the USA relaxing travel restrictions to Cuba, exploring the idea that the quirks of this island nation might be lost forever.

12 Things You Need to Know About Tigers


July 2016
Cool facts about tiger for International Tiger Day. You’re welcome.

Why Sharks Are Not Scary AF


July 2016
The definitive guide to why sharks are nowhere near the brutal human-nibblers you’ve seen in Jaws.

How You Can Help Sharks Now


July 2016
Picking the brains of some of the world’s leading shark experts.

Interview with Lizzie Carr


June 2016
Interview with the first person ever to paddleboard the length of England via its canals and rivers.

7 Ways to Help Bees


May 2016
Trying my hand at urban beekeeping (!) and learning how we can protect the UK’s bees.

Visit Rye, East Sussex


Recommendations for one of my favourite places: the harbour town of Rye in East Sussex.

Hang Out with Elephants Without Hurting Them


April 2016
Tips to make sure animal welfare is at the heart of any elephant experiences on holiday.

Things Every Scuba Diving Virgin Should Know


March 2016
For those new to diving, here are some things you should know…

7 Ways to Protect the Ocean


March 2016
A few things everyone can do in their daily lives to help marine conservation.

Pristine Scuba Diving Spots


January 2016
Of the many dive sites I’ve been lucky enough to visit, here are three best dive spots doing particularly interesting things for conservation.

The Un-Still Life


January 2016
Diving in Grenada: from underwater cadavers to wrecks large and small, rebreather try-outs and the intriguing concept of scuba yoga.

Wedding Celebrations


August 2015
My first ever foray into Caribbean diving, which took me to Grand Cayman (but not to the renowned Kittiwake wreck).

Dangers and Delights at Aliwal


April 2015
My diving trip to the Aliwal Shoal in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, offered even more drama than I’d bargained for…!

Get the Par-Tea Started


October 2016
From traditional to tipsy, a roundup of afternoon teas to suit everyone.

Fab South African Fare


August 2016
Indulgence on the Thames’ North Bank.

Playing the Game at Neighbourhood


June 2016
Post-Olympics, are Stratford’s restaurants medal-worthy?

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