Topography

Hugh McDermott
Bariloche, Argentina

Hugh is often called Argentina’s gay gaucho, having spent many years traversing the country by horse. Together with his husband, he runs adventure tour company,...

Floating history
Dead Sea, Israel

On the eastern edge of the Judaean desert, the gigantic temple of Masada sits baking in the oppressive heat. It’s the kind of heat that sends you scurrying for ...

BJ Pascual
Manila, The Philippines

At just 27, Filipino photographer BJ Pascual is already one of Manila’s biggest names. He’s the city’s go-to celebrity fashion photographer whose work has featu...

Children of the revolution, Madrid, Spain

The change that Madrid has undergone over the last few decades is evident in its trendy facades of Malasaña. Some call it gentrification and while I can’t deny ...

Jake Macapagal
Manila, The Philippines

Like a fine wine, Romano “Jake” Macapagal has reached his prime with maturity. He was recently nominated for a BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Theatre Arts) ...
Photograph by Martin Perry

Alberto Manguel
Buenos Aires, Argentina

If you walked past Señor Alberto Manguel in the street in London, you could mistake him for the most English of gentlemen. A handsome, distinguished man in his ...
Manila Intramuros

Walk this way
Manila, The Phillipines

I grew up with Imelda Marcos. Well, not literally – but in my young, gay, Asian eyes she was legendary. It wasn’t until I was older that I understood it was the...
Philip Cornwel Smith

Philip Cornwel-Smith, Bangkok, Thailand

If you want to reinvent yourself, come to Thailand. For 500 years, my adopted home has been a makeover reality show for adventurers, dealers, hedonists and esca...
Sri Lanka

Finding nirvana
Sri Lanka

The sun beams through the grey clouds onto the platform at Badulla station, high in the hills of Sri Lanka’s tea region. Rain is coming, probably the same rain ...

The new guests
Penang, Malaysia

All the best stories involve intrigue – and my own certainly does – worthy of the Chinese TV period dramas that my grandmother is glued to. I have very fond mem...
Shop Hop BA

Secret shopper
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Shopping in Buenos Aires has always come high on my to-do list. That probably goes for every worldly, stylish traveller, I’m sure. From its hipster Palermo Soho...

Grape day out
Hua Hin, Thailand

I’m one of the most open-minded people I know – yet I find the concept of wine production in Thailand somewhat strange. Everything points at the impossible – fr...
Iguazu

Water park
Iguazu, Argentina

An auspicious occasion brought me here and helped me check something off my life bucket list. My visit marked the 82nd birthday of when Iguazú Falls and its sur...
Ralf Obergfell - Urak Lawoi

Beating of the wave
Ralf Obergfell

I was out in the Andaman Sea, in the waters just close to the Malaysian maritime border, when the Tsunami struck. I was visiting Koh Lipe as a tourist and had b...
Balloon over Bagan

A new dawn
Mandalay, Myanmar

It’s 4:30am. It’s dark but the warmth of the air hugs me like an overbearing aunt who hasn’t seen you for years and still treats you like the little boy she rem...
WildCatter Ranch

Howdy cowboy
Graham, Texas, USA

A jagged scar runs through a town called Cool, the trail of destruction left by a twister that touched down here a couple of months back. The town itself is lit...
Seoul Food

Seoul food
Seoul, South Korea

It was a meeting of minds, to join Joe McPherson, the award-winning Korean food writer and blogger of Seoul foodie-musings, ZenKimchi, on his local food tour. W...

Greek love
Athens, Greece

The 2006 movie 300 – an explosion of CGI bloodshed and homoeroticism set in ancient Greece – contains a line of dialogue that caused a minor furore at the time....
Venice, Italy

Time to travel
Venice, Italy

It’s a dark, moonless night, but that doesn’t seem to bother our pilot, as he drives at break-neck speed, across the open stretch of black water towards the twi...
Manila Jeepney

Kings of the road
Manila, The Philippines

In a sprawling metropolis like Manila, where rapid modernisation gives little precedence to heritage, a somewhat humble mode of transportation prevails as the c...
Paris Koutsikos Athens

Art and optimism
Athens, Greece

Athens, more than any city I’ve visited, is a patchwork of the old and the new. Walk up any perfectly modern side street and you’ll happen upon a chunk of the O...

The time traveller
Athens, Greece

Photography and Creative Direction by MARTIN PERRY Styling by UWERN JONG Grooming by Tzivitzidis Michael Model Panayiotis Simopoulos at ACE MODELS Shot on...
Wine Athens

Dionysian legacy
Athens, Greece

Like almost all Athenian stories, this one inevitably starts with some mythology. The God Dionysis was the son of Zeus and clearly, nepotism was rife on Mount O...

On the road
Jujuy & Cafayate, Argentina

Too often these days, the journey itself is seen as the tedious bit; the no man’s land between where you are and where you want to be. But not in Argentina. Nev...

Amazing race
Salta, Argentina

I’m doing thirty on a moped, weaving through people, cars and market stalls on a narrow road. A Peruvian-American blogger is clutching onto my waist tightly as ...

Kyoto rules
Kyoto, Japan

As we descended from the charming speakeasy in Gion, a quintessentially filmic, Kyoto scene unfurled. Through the mist and drizzle on the lantern-lit, cobbled s...
Uwern Jong's tattoo by Joey Pang at Tattoo Temple Hong Kong

Ink credible
Hong Kong, China

Sometimes in life you travel to places for a larger reason, unbeknownst to you. It was on one such trip that I finally satisfied a long-held desire to get a tat...
Filipino Lechon

Manila-Namnam
Manila, Philippines

Anu’Man Kitchen & Pub is a cute and relatively new bar and restaurant in Manila’s Kapitolyo, a neighbourhood distinguished in recent years by a hipster dini...
Dalmatian Coast, Croatia, Uwern Jong

Dalmatia 101
Dalmatian Coast, Croatia

It was an invasion-by-sea, when I first set my eyes on Dubrovnik. Having sailed stealthily overnight, we anchored our ship as the sun rose slowly over the azure...

It’s the climb
Railay, Thailand

Stepping off the plane into the midday heat of Krabi was like a kick in the chest. By the time my feet hit tarmac, my previously crisp shirt looks like the Turi...
Palm Springs Modernist Architecture

Desert modern
Palm Springs, USA

Palm Springs is the soothing, sun-drenched Yin to Vegas’ hedonistic Yang. I learnt that while it has only relatively recently become a global tourist destin...
Lake Bled, Slovenia

How green is my valley?
Slovenia

I’m chagrined to admit that at first I found it a challenge to locate Slovenia on a map. In my somewhat limited experience of Central Europe, Slovenia was one o...
Toronto for foodies

Food for thought
Toronto, Canada

What exactly is Canadian food? It’s hard to get past the stereotypes of crispy bacon and maple syrup – after that I’m stumped when it comes to deciphering Canuc...

Take a hike
Bariloche, Argentina

I blinked hard and rubbed my eyes. I had just woken from a cat nap in the car just as we pulled into the Patagonian town of Bariloche. Had I somehow teleported ...
Isle of Skye, Scotland

Skye’s the limit
Isle of Skye, Scotland

“European railways were built for the war effort, you see. So they’re straight, efficient, orderly. Whereas, ours were built by a hodgepodge of Victorian indust...
Kayaking in Stockholm

Water boy
Stockholm, Sweden

Water, water everywhere. Not much of a surprise as central Stockholm is built on fifteen islands. So you’ll see why life on the water is pretty integral to the ...
Cesar Cigliutti CHA

The journey
Cesar Cigliutti

Thirty-two years ago, I met a great man: Carlos Jáuregui, then the President of the newly created Comunidad Homosexual Argentina (CHA). We became friends and be...
West Hollywood, California

Where’s Dorothy?
West Hollywood, USA

Yes, I’m a friend of Dorothy. I learnt the true meaning of this phrase on my recent visit to West Hollywood. Nothing to do with the Wizard of Oz it seems – but ...
Patrick Duffy's Tasmania

Best kept secret
Tasmania, Australia

Clear across the other side of the world lies a destination we have often longed to venture to – Tasmania. There’s a thrilling sense of adventure when one think...
Martin Perry's Vancouver

Ahead of the couve
Vancouver, Canada

As the patchwork of small islands that form the coast surrounding Vancouver slowly dissolve behind the clouds, my heart grows a little heavy with sadness. Just ...
Temples Bali, Martin Perry

Good God
Bali, Indonesia

I’ve come to know Bali as a land of many aliases – and they’re all somewhat spiritual – ‘Island of the Gods’, ‘Land of a Thousand Temples’, ‘Morning of the Worl...
Sao Paulo, Brazil

O Jeintinho Paulistano
Sao Paulo, Brazil

At the very mention of Brazil, you’d be excused if your mind is suddenly filled with vividly stereotypic images of tanned, chiselled, ripped-torsoed male-models...
Art on Stockholm's Subway system

Beneath the surface
Stockholm, Sweden

I’m stood on the platform at Stadion TBana (metro) station, beneath a giant mural of a rainbow. For a split second I felt the gayest I ever have – and proudly s...
South West Tokyo, Japan

Wade in Japan
Tokyo, Japan

On a recent trip to Tokyo, I found myself navigating the city's South Western shrines to retail enlightenment. Quite possibly the most eclectic and hip parts of...
Taipei, Taiwan skyline

The art of the city
Taipei, Taiwan

There is nothing more tragic than being born a natural flâneur in the wild west of the UK. It is a dismal world of corrugated iron and cow shit. I looked at the...
Thai Elephant at Patara Elephant Camp in Chiang Mai, Thailand

The big dream
Chiang Mai, Thailand

“A proper elephant skincare routine is an important part in ensuring its well being. It relieves the animal of distressing skin ailments and allows it to get a ...
Zack goes to Rock Camp

Whole lotta love
Las Vegas, USA

It’s like a dream come true. What better backdrop for indulging your most insane celebrity fantasies than Las Vegas? The concept: play on stage with your rock ’...