Some travel to explore; others to escape; some for work and others for fun – I get to travel for all those reasons.

I grew up in Scotland, before moving to South Africa to continue my studies.  What was intended to be a two-year plan, actually resulted in me being based in South Africa for the past 16 years!  I had grand plans to travel the world – and I still do: I will make the most of any whiff of opportunity to travel that drifts my way.

As an Exploration Geologist, my travels are often to places that you wouldn’t necessarily put on your bucket list.  I have found myself working in: South Africa (obviously), Finland, Spain, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali and The Sultanate of Oman.  At university I grabbed every chance to be a designated driver for under-graduate field trips that criss-crossed this mighty land I now call home.

Then, of course, there are the vacations!  Being based in South Africa is a great starting point for trips into neighbouring countries: Swaziland, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia.  I’ve even had the opportunity to pop over to Argentina and Chile from Johannesburg; flying times are pretty short in comparison with those from Europe and America.  I still go home to Scotland to visit my family. I try to make the most of my location and excellent travel links by launching short forays into Europe.

Photography is an essential part of my travels as I rarely buy souvenirs: I just wouldn’t have the storage space for it all!  Photos help me to remember my experiences, although I do realise keeping a journal would be equally helpful – if only I could be so disciplined as to do that!  By posting them up for the world to see, it pushes me to be more observant of the world around me, and helps to improve my photography.  So far, it has been a very rewarding experience: The Unwitting Traveller has enjoyed the Freshly Pressed limelight on two previous occasions (three, if you count the photo that was originally posted on my previous blog: Scene | Scope)

The Giant’s Causeway: Part Geology – Part Mythology

Giant's Causeway

The Amphitheatre

Shop Names of Ghana

Ripples in the Sand (via Scene | Scope)

Whilst current travels will dominate the agenda, some of my previous travels might make an appearance from time-to-time.  I’ve got old slide and negatives in the archives from at least 20 years ago, desperate to be rediscovered and not left to languish in a shoe-box at the back of the cupboard!  Now, if only I could find my memories 😉

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