We are Catherine and Dave – Adventurers, authors, parents and sailors, captivated by wild places and passionate about playing a part in their preservation. We live off-grid aboard our catamaran Wild One, currently sailing through Southeast Asia in search of coral reefs, surf breaks, caves and great communities to connect with.
We exited the mainstream 20 years ago and have been happily embracing a life of wanderlust ever since. We work (as digital nomads), travel full-time and worldschool our daughter along the way.
We hope to inspire you to take the plunge and follow your dreams, wherever in the world they lie. After 20 years of travelling off the beaten track, we’ve learnt a lot about how to plan great adventures, pack light, get where you need to go (on any budget), and have discovered thousands of incredible places to hike, paddle, cycle, dive, swim and explore.
As photojournalists (Dave is a photograher/cameraman while I trained as a journalist), we’ve been lucky enough to have published more than 1000 magazine articles and had our books published along the way. Our latest book The Hunter and The Gatherer is a guide for ocean-loving foodies keen to carve out a sustainable life at sea, foraging coastlines, fishing, growing and feasting on our 160 original recipes. Our travel guide to Australia’s tropical north is available here: 100 Things to see in Far North Queensland.
We launched wildtravelstory to share our greatest passion – the immense joy of a life lived simply while travelling and exploring with the people who make your world turn. Not only is this possible with kids, but it’s incredibly fun too.
We are continually adding new stories from our adventures so keep in touch.
Field Test great gear
Our adventures are tough on our gear, so we love equipment that’s well designed, built to last, looks good and does good for the environments we travel so far to explore. Because images of our adventures are so widely published – by magazines, websites, and in our own books and social media channels – the gear we use is very much on show.
If you’ve created a product is good and does good, we are happy to use it, field test it, review it for you and share it with our followers.
Favourite pieces of kit that survive our punishment make it to the ‘gear we love‘ page, and are talked about in our work for adventure magazines. To discuss our review process, feel free to get in touch.
Partner with us
We specialise in independent adventurous travel. We do this because we love a good challenge, and to create exceptional, unique website, magazine and book content, to produce dynamic films and photo essays, and to conduct rigorous, honest reviews of our experiences for those who follow us.
We are experts in establishing itineraries, stretching budgets, and embracing trips to places that no one else is talking about.
We welcome editorial commissions, website advertising and support from ethical, visionary companies with products or services our readers might be interested in, so get in touch.
Permissions & Copyright
We work hard to gather all this great content, so while we welcome editorial, commercial and private inquiries regarding the licensing of our images, films and stories, and commissioning of our documentary services, we don’t give it away for free.
Worldwide copyright to everything on this website resides exclusively with David Bristow and Catherine Lawson – all text, images, video and concepts.
That means you can’t reproduce, download, copy, publish, paste or use our work in any way, at any time, now, or in the future, without our written consent. Simple.
T & C
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, but as you know, prices, trips and places themselves can change in a heartbeat. We aim to keep our content updated, but cannot be held responsible if things have changed by the time you pack your bags. If you have feedback, please get in touch and let us know.