chaiwalla When watching a sunset don't forget to look behind you. Heart eyes emoji.

Home now and missing Florida and the friends I shared the experience with. At this particular moment we were about to start dinner but we had to put the Sour Apple Martinis down and run to the beach as the sunset was too irresistible! P.s. if you are going to Fort Myers and interested to know we ate at the Fresh Catch Bistro and I can totally recommend you get the Salted Caramel cheesecake for dessert. Oh my. #LoveFl @virginholidays
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chaiwalla That time I came head to head with probably the the scruffiest and cutest and most harmless donkey in the world.

This was taken on the glorious Island of Isla Del Sol on Lake Titicaca in Bolivia. The largest lake in South America and sitting at a height of 3812 above sea level. It took a not so fun boat ride to get here but the day hike around the island was a gooden. It felt more like being in Greece than South America. #Bolivia #laterjam
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chaiwalla Standing in the impressive and photogenic roots of a giant Mysore fig tree within the garden of Henry Ford's (you know, the chap that was the founder of Ford cars!) old residence in Fort Myers. Just one of the magnificent trees that has grown within the grounds (more photo evidence to come) --- Was great to wander the gardens and have a tour of the historic homes left with the original "Olde Florida" decor intact. The garden is home to over 1700 plants including varieties of palms, citrus, bamboo and orchids. My favourite being the mango trees. It wasn't quite the season but we managed to find one relatively ripe one that we tucked into #Lovefl @virginholidays #virginholidays 4d

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chaiwalla A simply stunning Lionfish from @motemarinelab.

These wee things are incredible to look and are known for their ornate beauty but be warned as they are also known for their venomous spine
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chaiwalla Lovers embrace.

I took this shot as we strolled back along Naples Pier whilst finishing our frozen banana lollies. It had been raining quite hard but the water was still warm and this couple decided to stay in the water and stay cosy. Potentially oblivious to the lens pointing their way #lovefl @virginholidays #virginholidays
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chaiwalla Eggs Benedict, shrimp addition. Please file under breakfasts never to forget. Ever.

We were lucky enough to have breakfast on the beach whilst at the Pink Shell, a bloody top notch breakfast at that. It was such a great experience. And for those that know me you'll know I love a good Eggs Benedict and this was up there as one of the best. Yum. #virginholidays #lovefl @virginholidays #onthetable
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chaiwalla Always like to take a stroll on along a beach in the morning. Call me a romantic. Its hard to resist when all the beaches on this coastline are so magnificent.

This photo was actually of a stunning white breakfast table of where we ate this morning at the Pink Shell but I liked the more minimalistic crop of the couple taking and wander in the background. I've a photo of the breakfast to come. In fact I've quite a few Florida posts to do so bare with me!

I also want to take this opportunity to mention that a few weeks ago I was honoured by the World Photography Organisation [@worldphotoorg] when I became their featured photographer. They shared 7 of my minimal travel photos over the space of a week on their feed and I told a short story about each photo in the description. To be featured sandwiched between @thefella and @wisslaren is incredibly flattering. Thanks to the team over there for the opportunity.
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chaiwalla Going for a little dip with Becky. There's something recharging about spending a few days in the sunshine by the sea. I'm a Florida convert for sure, the coastline is beautiful it feels like the water remains shallow for ages so you can walk really far it into the sea, as we did here.

#LoveFl #virginholidays @virginholidays
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chaiwalla Australian spotted jelly fish. There's something mesmerising about jellyfish, I'm always drawn to their tanks at aquariums. And these ones were particularly eye catching.

Yesterday we went to Mote Marine Lab in Sarasota. There's a fascinating array of tropical fish, stingray "touch tanks" and pools for turtles, sharks and giant lettuce munching manatee.

The great thing about @motemarinelab is that it's more than just an aquarium and it houses world-class scientists devoted to the ocean and its future. We had an enthusiastic guide (Im finding this a pleasantly typical thing here) that taught us a lot about topics such as conservation, breeding programmes and science. @virginholidays #alternativeflorida
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chaiwalla 5 friends. Together at sunset over the Gulf of Mexico. This place is rather dreamy. The sand is the whitest I think I have ever seen and the water is so warm its almost like swimming in a giant bath. Yesterday @englishmumdotcom and I were chatting away in the sea and we were oblivious to the fact that some dolphins swam past us! We only found out after a guy came over and told us. We wondered why he was pointing from the coast at us... @virginholidays #lovefl #virginholidays 1w

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chaiwalla 6.30am. I'm not the only one that likes to go out for a morning swim. Nothing beats it. Sets you up for the day.

View from my hotel room here at Lido Key. It's such a treat to wake up, go out to the balcony, stretch and have this view. Now for breakfast. Priorities. #virginholidays #iphone6 #lovefl @virginholidays
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chaiwalla Landing in Florida, USA. Simply cannot wait to get into that blue sea... and a bed. My last three nights have been a nightbus, a plane and a sofa... but I'm happy and loving life and it's all worth it.

I actually got up early today and tried to spot turtles nesting. See the short and silly documentary on snapchat @ the account Allan.hinton! #virginholidays #lovefl @virginholidays
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chaiwalla Sitting in the light. Taken on my last day on my recent trip to Germany. I turned the corner to find a stunning slant of soft light hitting the beautiful floor below it. A perfect place to sit and take a few photos.

This shot is the final in a threesome of shots I will post here on Instagram for @ugguk but I will be putting the full series on my blog soon. This specific task was made easier by the fact I was provided with such a nice pair of deck shoes. The pair I am wearing are called Murray and are in the colour blank canvas. #UGGformen
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chaiwalla Brasil, it's time for me to say boa noite.

Shot from the glorious sunset on the first night at Tomorrowland festival. Thank you to @absolutvodka for the opportunity to bring me to such a vibrant and friendly festival and allowing me to spend time with friends from across the world. I won't ever forget this.

The trip also gave me the opportunity to pop up to Rio and over the coming weeks I'll be sharing me pictures from here. Next on the cards for me is a 6 hour night bus to São Paulo, a 11 hour flight to Paris, a 5 hour stop over and a flight to London. It's going to be long ride but it's been worth it. #AbsolutNights
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chaiwalla Smile.

Remembering last weekends #TomorrowlandFestival. #AbsolutNights
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chaiwalla Wandering cobbled streets in Santa Teresa, Rio feeling content. I can't believe how many vintage VW's there are in this city. This makes me happy.

So I've just had an incredible 48 hours of adventuring around Rio with friends @garethpon and @paulodelvalle! Sadly I took a lot of pics with my XT1 and my memory card crashed saying "read error". Hopefully the pics are recoverable! The sun hasn't been out so I've not made it to the beach but the forecast is looking great for the weekend so I hope to spend some time relaxing in Ipanema and Copacabana. It's always been a dream to make it to these beaches so I'm very excited. Follow along my journey on snapchat @ allan.hinton 🏻
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chaiwalla Would you like to win two free tickets to Glastonbury music festival? If so, read on!

I am really happy to announce that I have been busy working with the charity @wateraid to help #makeithappen! For your chance to win these tickets get your creative juices flowing and dream up your caption for this fun photo I recently took with the help of some friends.

Get your entries in using bit.ly/glastonburyticket or go to wateraid.org/uk.

Good luck and I hope to see you there at the festival this summer!
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chaiwalla Adventuring through the forest jumping logs. Life's fun. #UGGformen @ugguk 2w

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chaiwalla Chasing light. Chasing light that falls onto beautiful floors is an added bonus! --- super thrilled and honoured to be teaming up with @ugguk for a series of shots for #UGGformen. Looking forward to sharing more with you. 3w

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chaiwalla United. Tomorrowland. Brasil. #AbsolutNights @absolutvodka #🇧🇷 # 3w

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