Where to next?
I’m based in Sydney, Australia. After several trips to Europe and a couple of trips to the US, I have been concentrating on seeing more of the Asia-Pacific region. In 2013, I crossed off one of the most important items on my bucket list, seeing Angkor Wat in Cambodia. In February 2014 I travelled to Bali, taking pictures of the southwest coast, around Bingin Beach and Ulu Watu, on the Bukit peninsula, as well as some rice paddy fields and other jungle shots around Ubud. I had been to Bali once before, in 2004. Back then, I stayed at Seminyak and Ubud.
Also in 2014, I travelled to the West Australian goldfields. I drove northeast from Perth to Mt Magnet, then east to Leonora and then down to Lake Ballard to see the sculptures of Antony Gormley. There I succeeded in taking some landscape shots of outback Australia and the Lake Ballard sculptures.
In early 2015 I crossed off another item off the bucket list: travelling to Myanmar (Burma). I did a 12-day photography tour with Nathan Horton Photography and then extended my trip with a few days at a Myanmar beach resort (Ngapali Beach) and a couple of extra days in Yangon.
Early in 2016 it was time to travel to a place I had wanted to get to for years: Luang Prabang in Laos, where I have written about viewing the sunset atop Phu Si hill overlooking the town. I also travelled to Nong Kiau, northeast of Luang Prabang, for a few days. Laos followed a brief stopover in Bangkok for a few days.
I definitely want to return to Cambodia, this time perhaps to the south coast, for a bit of island hopping.
Now, I hear Europe calling again. I’d love to park myself in Naples for a few weeks, practice my language skills and see all the nearby sights (of which there are plenty in that area). But first, the most recent plan is a trip in October to eastern Europe, starting in Budapest, maybe including Romania, then Slovakia, Poland, and eastern Germany, ending in my favourite city, Berlin.
Have you been to any of these places and have any tips? Or do you have any other suggestions? I’d be keen to hear them. Thanks.