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Cafe Idler



For more than thirty years now I have been travelling the world writing and photographing for some of the world’s great publications. Since 1996 much of my work has been for National Geographic, where I have been a regular and frequent and award-winning contributor to National Geographic Magazine as well as to its sister publications, National Geographic Traveller and National Geographic Adventure. I’ve written or contributed to several “coffee table” books for National Geographic’s book division on subjects ranging from great railway journeys of the world to the history of photography at National Geographic itself. I wrote National Geographic Travellers guidebook to Australia.

I’ve also written two travel books (both published by National Geographic Adventure Press) One was Cold Beer and Crocodiles, about a 10,000-mile solo bicycle expedition I made through the Australian outback that was also a three-part series in the magazine. Another – Life on The Ice – is about my travels in Antarctica. I have also given lectures for National Geographic, taught travel writing and photography workshops on cruise ships and led more than thirty National Geographic-themed tours in places as diverse as Antarctica, New Zealand, Britain, Scandinavia and the Baltic States and South America.

I am a contracted photographer with National Geographic Creative. My work has appeared in Time, NewsweekNature, NPR, Conde Nast TravellerIslands MagazineSmithsonian, and Lonely Planet Traveller.  Corporate clients include Coca-Cola and Toyota.

My work has taken me to every continent and to more than 100 countries. I am a passionate cyclist and have done extended solo treks in Australia, the US, Africa, Europe, cycled the length and breadth of Great Britain and, in a light hearted moment, cycled ‘around the world’ in under ten seconds while on a National Geographic assignment at the South Pole in the summer of 2000.


Interior of the historic Cafe Sperl, Vienna

















The interior of the historic Café Sperl in Vienna. Established in 1880 is was popular with artists and actors and intellectuals. I captured this image while I was on assignment in Vienna in 2013 for Lonely Planet Traveller.