Beyond the Ordinary

This publication is not just a travel photography book of out of the ordinary images, narratives and insights. It is a travel odyssey of one man, filled with a genuine wanderlust and an insatiable curiosity for searching, exploring and experiencing new and different getaway places around the world. Compared to the range of travel photography books featuring compilations from different writers and photographers, Beyond the Ordinary is a personal journey documenting the journeys, expeditions and ultimate travel experiences across 65 countries, captured through the lens of a single camera.

John has an incredible drive for adventure and travel, constantly seeking unusual destinations and modes of travel to all corners of the world and sharing his photography with those who are interested. I have been in the travel business for over 30 years and it has been a pleasure researching and planning John and Anne’s travels and accompanying them with other friends on a few of their trips. It is not every day that you get to work with someone who lives by his mantra of “living life today!”

John first approached me over ten years ago to help create ideas and suggestions for travel itineraries in what was referred to as a “gap year” after a busy life in the corporate world. John’s brief to me was very simple – “adventure and the unusual!” This never-ending gap year has continued for over a decade as the travel bug bit and adventure travel and photography evolved and developed as a new way of life…

The publication draws on John’s passion, enthusiasm and many miles travelled. His photography and descriptive writing reflect an appreciation for the natural wonders of the world, unique getaway destinations and interesting places and people. Beyond the Ordinary is John’s fifth photographic publication, which he has described as his “labour of love.” It contains a visually rich and inspiring collection of distinctive photographic images and information that illustrate and capture a cross- section of extraordinary travel.

Take time to enjoy this book and may your bucket list never be empty!

Debbie Archibald
Owner, Lavish Travels, South Africa

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