Get to Know Us.

Hello!

Who We Are

Captivated by wild places and passionate about their preservation, we have always been drawn to the outdoors, happily embracing the simple life necessary to exit the mainstream and stay away for good. We hike, climb, 4WD, paddle, snorkel and sail, experiencing and documenting the kinds of outdoor adventures that we hope will inspire all travellers, but especially families, to leave home and get wild.

We want to inspire you, excite you, tell you about places that will make you want to pack a bag and explore, and share with you how we live, travel and raise our child without four walls, a mortgage and 9-5 jobs.
 We won’t tell you about the world’s hippest bars, what galleries to see (unless they are Indigenous rock art galleries) or what tours to take, but we can guide you into some of the best wild places we know.

Since storytelling is how we make a living, we travel most of the year, dividing time between 4WD forays into Australia’s most remote destinations, tackling global roams across Asia and the Pacific, and taking time-out ‘at home’, on our sailing catamaran ‘Storyteller’ based in Cairns, Australia.

For the better part of two decades, David and I have earned our living working for travel, outdoors, food and lifestyle publications and their websites: writing, editing, photographing and filming our experiences.

Our first book Highway One – The Ultimate Australian Road Trip was published by Australian Geographic in 2012, based a six-month round-Australia odyssey with our then four-week-old daughter (now a bomb-proof four-year-old who accompanies us everywhere and is now onto her second passport).

We launched this site to share one of our greatest passions with other itchy-footed people: the immense joy of a life lived simply. Let’s face it, who doesn’t feel invigorated and free by the paring down of life’s possessions when you fill a backpack and head off hiking, paddling or backpacking somewhere far, far away.

This is possible even with kids, who invariably find amusement in the world around them, and need far less to survive than we saddle ourselves with.

We are gradually building the site with stories from our recent adventures so keep in touch, and if you’ve got a Wild Travel Story, we’d love you to share it with us too.

Field Test your Gear

We love gear that gets us into the outdoors and takes us far from home, so if your company makes products indispensible to adventurous travellers with children, we’d love to hear about them. As experienced users and reviewers of outdoors equipment, we favour products designed with a conscience; perhaps they are constructed from recycled materials, organically grown fibres, or sourced under fair trade principles. They might be designed and constructed without cheap outsourced labour, benefit conservation projects through percentage sales, or they might just be damn fine products that really perform and will last a lifetime.

Basically, if your product is good and does good, we are happy to field test it, review it and share our thoughts with readers. Any favourite pieces of kit that survive our punishment make it to the ‘gear we love page’. To discuss our review process, feel free to get in touch.

Partnership

As widely published travel and food photojournalists, we specialize in self-sufficient travel, tackling challenging trips to destinations off the beaten track so that we can create exceptional website content, and produce dynamic films, magazine and newspaper features, photo essays, and conduct rigorous, honest reviews of adventure experiences, tours, hotels and equipment for discerning travellers exploring under their own steam.

Having entered our chosen professions in our teens (a Journalist and a Cameraman/Editor), we’ve had several decades to perfect our skills and as long-term freelancers, are experts in establishing itineraries, stretching budgets, and embracing trips to places that no one else is talking about.

We love editors with a vision and welcome new commissions. If you haven’t worked with us before, we are always happy to link you with relevant, recently published work, and discuss what you need and how we can deliver.

Advertise with Us

We welcome website advertising and support from ethical, visionary companies with products or services we think our readers might be interested in. Please contact us to discuss terms, ideas and rates.

Permissions & Copyright

We welcome editorial, commercial and private inquiries regarding the licensing of our images, films and stories, and commissioning of our documentary services. Our rates are very reasonable and we are experienced at meeting commissioned requests.

Worldwide copyright to all works (text, images and video) on this website resides exclusively with David Bristow and Catherine Lawson.

That means you cannot reproduce, download, copy, publish, paste or use the work in any way, at any time, now, or in the future, without our written consent.

Terms & Conditions

We travel independently, at our own expense and without endorsements, ensuring our editorial voice is our own. Great care is taken to ensure that all information on this website is correct at the time of posting.

However, travel operations are fragile creatures and may close their doors, increase prices, change their services and their contact details without notice.

While we endeavour to update our most prominent features, we cannot be held responsible if the information offered here is not correct when you travel there.

If you find that things have changed, please let us know; feedback, updates and recommendations are always welcomed and fellow readers will love you for it