Relaxing in the heat of Marrakech, Morocco (2011)

Hi and welcome to Image Earth Travel, a photography and travel blog geared towards independent travellers, and anyone with a passion for photography. 

I love capturing the globe with words and lens! And when not travelling to exotic destinations, I’m based in Brisbane (Australia), working as a Technical Writer and freelance Photographer.


My intrigue with photography started at a young age using a 110mm film camera (remember those?) – I was addicted!

Working in an Old Time studio for a couple of years shooting everything on an old Hasselblad Flatbed camera, I saved enough money for my year away from Australia.


With a lust to travel, I donned my first backpack in 1985 and spent about a year backpacking around the world solo.

Met loads of other travellers along the way whilst travelling through Africa, Europe, Britain, Egypt, India, and a first quick taste of Thailand.

Travelling by bus, train, boat, and hitchhiking, cemented forever my passion for travel and photography. Although I travelled independently, a 21-day Topdeck tour made sure I didn’t miss the main sites in Europe.

Abu Simbel, Nubia, Egypt, Africa

Abu Simbel, Nubia, Egypt (1985)

Restless in one place, saw more travel over the years to SE Asia and Europe (again), Morocco, the US, Caribbean, and South America.

Chalalan, Madidi National Park, Bolivia

Chalalan, Madidi National Park, Bolivia (2011) Photo: Neil Lintern

Life at Sea

Apart from local and global overland travelling, I’ve been a part of building (from plans) a Roberts 28′ Motor Sailor and launched ‘Naiad’ in the Hawkesbury River (NSW).

Motored Naiad to Sydney for work and to finish her fit-out, which took over 4 years (on top of the initial 5+years to launch). Set sail bound for Brisbane (Queensland), meandering up the coast for 6 months and also lived up and down the coast for years.

This part of the Australian East Coast has some of the best and most pristine cruising grounds in the world, and especially the Great Barrier Reef.

During this time, we extended Naiad to 34′ and lived on her for 20 years in total, until deciding we needed a bigger boat.

Sailing, Whitsundays, Australia

SV Naiad – Whitsundays, Australia (2005)

In 2008, we flew to the US to buy a Catalina 47′ and after only looking at 3, settled on ‘Reality’, which was already hauled out and winterised in Long Island (NY).

After trucking Reality to Miami by road, fitting her out for ocean passages, we finally set sail down the Miami River and onto Florida. From buying Reality, fitting her out, and finally leaving the US took 3 months – we left on the last day of my 90-day visa!

From Florida, we sailed to Cuba, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and almost due south in the beautiful Caribbean Sea to Bonaire. A short sail to risky Venezuela to explore this spectacular country for a while, then onto Curacao.

I love the sea and always feel at peace on the water; especially during night watches, when a backdrop of a million stars kiss the horizon, fusing everything together – magic!

Sailing, Long Island, NY, USA

Reality under snow and mastless – Long Island NY (2008)

Sailing, Los Roques, Venezuela, South America

Los Roques, Venezuela (2008)

Sailing, Los Roques, Venezuela, South America

Concentrating whilst underway in gorgeous Los Roques, Venezuela (2008) Photo: Colin Palmer

Sailing, Dominican Republic, Central America

Dominican Republic (2008)

During the 2011 Brisbane floods, I lived on Reality on my own, which was scary. Although with the help and support from close friends, all went well and Reality made it through safely.

floods, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Flood waters – check out white and blue fenders on right timber awning, marks how high the river rose (Photo: Peter Cawdron)

An extended journey

After a 10-month trip in 2011 to Morocco and South America, and more short overseas trips, finally left Australia again in March 2014. This time for an extended journey.

Landing in Singapore without a real plan, travelled through SE Asia for over 10 months.

Crossing overland borders through Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand, the only flight was into Myanmar (Burma) from Thailand, as border crossings were closed or only granted a 15-day travel visa, at the time. From Thailand, crossed overland to Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam taking our time to experience each country.

The rough plan after a couple of months in Vietnam was to do the Trans-Siberian through China, Mongolia, and Russia over many months and possibly a year or so. Sadly, the visas were too short, too expensive, and too difficult to obtain once outside of Australia (country of residence). If you’re doing a short trip or organised tour then it’s not a problem.

So, a quick change of plan and onto Eastern Europe…during the bitterly cold winter!

Arrived in Estonia in January then travelled by bus and train through Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland.

Konglor, Laos, SE Asia

Konglor, Laos (2014)

It’s a real pain that Australians can only stay 90 days within a 180-day period in Schengen-agreed countries; as of today, that’s 26 EU countries. Sadly, I had to leave again, after 3 months.


From Poland, we flew to the UK for a while but I did have a short 6-day stay back in Australia. Whilst there, a wonderful 2-week sailing trip in Fiji saw me catching up with friends that I hadn’t seen in years, before returning to the UK.

Buying a 1997 Fiat Ducato Motorhome (Reg) in the UK and experiencing some of England’s beautiful corners first, the tail end of 2015 through to 2016, saw us driving for 3 months through France, Spain, and Italy. An amazing experience and comfortable way to travel whilst meeting loads of like-minded travellers.

Once again, I had to leave the Schengen area and return to the UK.

How to fill in 3 months before returning to the EU? Volunteer with FED again…of course. This is the NGO in Thailand that we volunteered with back in 2014, but this time will see a stay off 3 months to help out.

More time in Europe

During the past years, the desire to obtain Italian Citizenship grew even stronger, but this was always going to be difficult. Instead, another trip to Australia end of 2016 to request a 12-month Italian Residency Visa, then back in Italy I had to submit another request for permission to stay, I’ve only just received my residency card, some five months later.

Now that I have this card and with a base in Southern Italy, I can finally relax and soak up the wonderful Italian culture and connect with relatives, but also make new wonderful friends. So, stay with me, leave me a comment now and again, so I know you’re still out there, and read the next adventure!

Meanwhile, a quote that resonates, by the Roman satirical poet Decimus Junius Juvenalis:
“The noiseless foot of time steals swiftly by, and ‘ere we dream of manhood, end is nigh.”



Don Khong, Mekong, Laos, SE Asia

Don Khong, Mekong River, Laos (2014)



Want to send me on a trip? Contact me via email at Nilla’s Photography to discuss.

See my global travel images at Nilla’s Photography, visit my Facebook page, or read more posts on this site.


112 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Nilla, Wow! What an amazing life you’re living. That’s fantastic. There must be very few corners of the globe that you haven’t explored. You are the definition of intrepid. As a kindred spirit, I’m looking forward to reading so much more. All the best, Terri

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    • Hi Terri, thank you for you wonderful words!

      I think I’m destined to roam this earth until I can no longer…and then I hope that someone will be kind enough to wheel me around! 🙂

      There are so many corners of the world that I haven’t seen yet as I’ve only travelled to just over 60 countries. Too many more to go and only a lifetime to do it all in – I don’t do the checklist thing and try to stay a while in each country.

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  2. Pingback: Taking a Travel Break: Headed to Morocco | Oh, the Places We See . . .

    • Thank you! I saw her on her porch whilst riding past on the back of a motor bike (scooter) and had to stop.
      Look forward to reading more of your travel posts!. 🙂


    • Always pays to check, especially as Australians can only stay in Schengen countries (about 26 I think) for 90 days then we have to exit for 90 days.

      When I first travelled through Europe in 1985, Schengen didn’t exist, so at each border, passports were checked.


  3. A very nice “about”. 🙂 I can’t believe that Australians are limited to 90 days in Schengen. Another example of our (European) stupidity… Well… flying to Singapore in a few hours. That should be interesting. Any recommendations?
    Buon Natale

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    • Ha, ha, yeah I wouldn’t believe it until your daughter stays for at least a couple of months!
      I intend to keep travelling until I can’t do it any more…then might take a campervan/motorhome around Australia. 😉

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  4. I am passionate about photography. I used Zenza Bronica 6×6 photocamera and I love b/n photo….
    You’re very clever, compliments!
    I don’t read your name… have I to call you “Mrs x”?? 🙂
    have a nice day

    (thanks for your comment to my post)

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    • Hi Antonio!

      Thank you for the kind feedback.

      Photography is also my passion and apart from my Nikon D600 camera, I still use several film cameras. I still love film!
      My name is Nilla and hope you’re having a great weekend. 🙂


  5. Hi, I have just come across your photography site, it looks fabulous. You have certainly seen lots of the world, how wonderful. I am kind of jealous that you’re travelling right now LOL. I will enjoy reading about your adventures to come 🙂 xx

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    • Hi, always more of the world to see… 😉

      Thank you for checking my other site out! It’s quite dated now and the reason I’m building my new one as we write.

      I don’t have all my Galleries on that site. I stopped loading photos to Nilla’s Photography because of the new site. Back in 2013, I scanned 4,000+ negs and slides; and still need to sort these countries out for my new site. 🙂 x

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  6. Across your images is evident your love for travel, photography, composition and humanity. It’s quite complete the way you share not only your travels but the tools for other travelers. Thanks very much and kind regards from Peru. 🙂

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    • Very cool! I’m about 11 months behind with posts; just have everything in Word. I will publish another one on Italy today/tomorrow.

      Travel is in my DNA, as is photography! Love your recipes by the way and look forward to trying out a few. 🙂

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    • Ha, ha try to be!

      Traveling is my drug. Over the last 30 years, I only stop travelling to work for funds!
      I have so many posts and photos to upload yet as I’m about 11 months behind on this current trip. So, stay with me and I’ll try to bring you some sunshine on those dark rainy days! 😉

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    • Thanks for your kind feedback and glad you like my blog!

      I still have many countries to upload. Great to catch up with you again; it’s lovely and sunny here in Spain…for now. x


  7. Wow! I didn’t realise you had a blogsite too (as well as Nilla’s Photography). Your posts are fascinating. Needless to say the photography is amazing but I already knew that. And I’m always glad to see my little old Laotian lady (above). 🖖🏼

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    • Thanks Gail! I had a blog site with Matador Community for several years but last December, everyone was told they had one week to move or lose all blogs, so I had to build this WP site. I’ve linked my WP site from within my Nilla’s Photography also.

      I’m very behind with my posts and uploading to my photo gallery as the internet is not always the best but also because I’m busy travelling – into the 19th month now! 🙂


    • Congratulations on your award and many thanks for nominating me for Liebster; I’m very honoured!
      Sorry for my late response but I was away for almost a month. A fleeting 6-day visit to Brisbane (Australia) then onto Fiji for a couple of weeks’ sailing on my friends’ boat, but not much wi-fi. To top it up, I’ve just gone over to the dark side and bought a MacBook Air so madly transitioning all my work over; it’s not a smooth transition from Windows! Thanks again!

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    • You are welcome! I hope you enjoyed your trip, it sounds amazing! No worries about the award, I just wanted to let you know that I enjoy reading your blog 🙂 and good luck with getting used to your new system, it is always hard 😦 Have a nice day and thanks for your comment!

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