We will provide everything you need for this course but you will probably find a notebook and pen will be handy. You will gain a lot of tips from our course tutor who is extremely well travelled and has experienced many of the "highs" as well as challenges of travel in places from near-by to far-afield.
James Riley has a Masters degree in geography from the University of Bristol, where his dissertation investigated the impact of aerial photography. He has a Masters in Geography Education from the Institute of Education and has been Head of Geography at The Perse since 2014. James has run photography classes in previous schools where he has taught as well as summer school courses.
James has spent over five years of his life travelling slowly with a backpack and has visited over sixty of the world's two hundred countries. In 2022-23 he took a sabbatical year abroad travelling round the world (Instagram: @travellinggeographer). His most memorable travel days include sea kayaking in the Haida Gwaii (Canada); self-led Andean volcano ascents; attending mask festivals in Papua New Guinea and visiting remote tribes in the Omo Valley, Ethiopia. He has travelled alone, with partners and in groups. He co-ran a charity who delivered aid to Bolivian schools whilst at The University of Bristol, has led multiple World Challenge expeditions and has been travel writing for a number of years. He has led over a hundred school trips. He regularly leaves the UK with nothing more than a return flight booked and a rucksack.