With just a few days to go before the deadline on Monday, I’d like to share with you my entry for the Thomas Cook Explore the Elements photography blogging competition. The idea is to share a photograph representing each of the elements and there are some great prizes up for grabs with the overall winner receiving £5,000. There’s still time to enter but you’ll have to be quick.


The volcanic landscape of Teide National Park on Tenerife conveys to me the drama and power of the Earth. Looking at the view before you is a reminder that deep inside the planet, molten lava bubbles and churns, eagerly awaiting its next release in a violent explosion onto the surface.

Explore the Elements - Earth - Teide National Park, Tenerife



I visited Kerala many years ago and spent a lovely couple of days simply floating along the backwaters on a rice boat. This shot was taken very early in the morning, just after sunrise, when we had stopped off to visit a boat builder.

Exlpore the Elements - Water - Kerala Backwaters

I don’t remember seeing any other tourist boats during that time, other than the two of the people I was travelling with. It was a peaceful, rejuvenating experience, watching the world drift by; a wonderful chance to see people going about their daily lives – washing, fishing and travelling along the waterways. I was so sad to recently read that Kerala’s famous backwaters are now over run with tourist boats and these are poisoning the water that the locals rely on.


In the Sinai Desert of Egypt the sky almost seemed to catch fire as the setting sun lit up the clouds. These same clouds obliterated the stars we were there to see late that evening but they made for one hell of a sunset.

Explore the Elements - Fire - Sinai Sunset, Egypt



In the busy spice souks, I had to be quick to catch this photo while on a fabulous food tour in Dubai. It is not always easy to capture the images you are after when in a group and you are all getting in each others’ way. Luckily I saw this picture coming with a split second to spare.

Explore the Elements - Air - The Spice Souks of Dubai

I love photographing hands, especially when two people connect. Added with the swirling smoke as it drifts through the air and the dazzling gold of the incense burner, this was just the sort of image I was hoping to capture.



My 5 nominations are below (sorry for the short notice). The deadline is 23.59 on 16th March 2015..

Veronica, A dangerously truthful diary of a Sicilian housewife

Madhu, The Urge to Wander

Anna, Penelope and Parker Travels

Angela, Chasing the Unexpected

Paula, Contented Traveller


Join my 'Behind the Scenes' newsletter

Delivered monthly to your inbox with all my behind the scenes news, latest posts and giveaways exclusive to my subscribers.


Travel Planning Resources

Please note that most of the following links are affiliate links which means that if you click on the link, I may be paid a small commission. You can find out more about affiliate links in my Disclaimer.


Travel Insurance

I never travel without insurance. If something unexpected goes wrong the costs implications are just too high to take the risk. World Nomads provides travel insurance to travellers from over 130 countries. They're the perfect choice for long term travellers or single trip insurance.


Travel clothes for women

Check out my guide to all my favourite travel clothes for women.


Book your hotel or package holiday

TripAdvisor is my preferred hotel search engine. They compare all the top sites to find you the best deal. I also use Airbnb ($31 discount) for booking rooms/apartments.


Book your flight

Skyscanneris my preferred flight search engine. I'd recommend them for finding the best deals on flights.

Rent a car

Discover Carsis a great site for comparing car hire prices to help you find the best deal. They search both local and international rental companies.


Book an experience

When I’m travelling, especially to a new city, I use Viator and Get Your Guide to book tours and excursions. You can't beat a good food tour to introduce you to a new city!


Don’t forget your travel adaptor

Worldwide travel adaptors are perfect no matter where you are travelling from or to. Buy this one from the US or this one from the UKIt’s pretty much the only one you’ll ever need. Please note that as an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.


Pin It on Pinterest

More in Uncategorized
10 Favourite Landscapes From My Travels #FriFotos

A photo essay from my travels for this week's #FriFotos theme on Twitter, landscape; a celebration of the diversity and...