Jamie Carter

Jamie has been writing about travel, technology and astronomy for SCMP.com for almost a decade. He's visited over 60 countries, picking up travel hacks and tech tips along the way. However, he's usually in search of wilderness and dark skies to indulge his joint interests of photography and stargazing. Astronomy and travel clash in his latest venture, WhenIsTheNextEclipse.com
Jamie Carter
Jamie has been writing about travel, technology and astronomy for SCMP.com for almost a decade. He's visited over 60 countries, picking up travel hacks and tech tips along the way. However, he's usually in search of wilderness and dark skies to indulge his joint interests of photography and stargazing. Astronomy and travel clash in his latest venture, WhenIsTheNextEclipse.com

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The best cities for Instagram photos, selfies, sexy poses – New York, London, Jakarta score, Hong Kong surprises

It’s no surprise London and New York are Instagramers’ most loved cities, but the No. 1 city in Asia will be a surprise to some; so too will the top cities for ‘sexually suggestive’ photos on the social media site.

8 May 2019 - 7:46PM

It’s no surprise London and New York are Instagramers’ most loved cities, but the No. 1 city in Asia will be a surprise to some; so too will the top cities for ‘sexually suggestive’ photos on the social media site.

The best cities for Instagram photos, selfies, sexy poses – New York, London, Jakarta score, Hong Kong surprises
Cheap flights: Hong Kong to Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand – year round bargains according to the data

Skyscanner research based on two years of booking details has found which places in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand are the cheapest to fly to from Hong Kong, as well as which have seen the biggest price drops.

24 Apr 2019 - 5:00AM

Skyscanner research based on two years of booking details has found which places in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand are the cheapest to fly to from Hong Kong, as well as which have seen the biggest price drops.

Cheap flights: Hong Kong to Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand – year round bargains according to the data
Climbing Sri Lankan holy mountain Adam’s Peak – and four other temple trails in Asia

Seeing the sunrise from the top of Adam’s Peak requires a five-hour night climb up 5,000 steps – it’s not for the faint-hearted; the 2,243-metre peak is a pilgrimage site revered by Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and Christians.

14 Apr 2019 - 7:06PM

Seeing the sunrise from the top of Adam’s Peak requires a five-hour night climb up 5,000 steps – it’s not for the faint-hearted; the 2,243-metre peak is a pilgrimage site revered by Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and Christians.

Climbing Sri Lankan holy mountain Adam’s Peak – and four other temple trails in Asia
Singapore Airlines best in world in TripAdvisor rankings again; Cathay Pacific misses top 10

Cathay Pacific misses out on global top 10, and isn’t ranked among top Asian airlines, while Singapore Airlines is also rated world’s best economy-class carrier; Asian airlines dominate, but Emirates, Qatar Airways also in world’s top five.

3 Apr 2019 - 11:47AM

Cathay Pacific misses out on global top 10, and isn’t ranked among top Asian airlines, while Singapore Airlines is also rated world’s best economy-class carrier; Asian airlines dominate, but Emirates, Qatar Airways also in world’s top five.

Singapore Airlines best in world in TripAdvisor rankings again; Cathay Pacific misses top 10
Four action cameras, from Sony to Canon to Ricoh, to improve your photo experience

Whether it’s a super zoom, an ultra compact or a 360 degree camera, these gadgets will up your photo game. We look at the Insta360 Evo, the Canon PowerShot SX70 HS, the Ricoh Theta Z1 and the Sony RX0 II.

31 Mar 2019 - 6:21PM

Whether it’s a super zoom, an ultra compact or a 360 degree camera, these gadgets will up your photo game. We look at the Insta360 Evo, the Canon PowerShot SX70 HS, the Ricoh Theta Z1 and the Sony RX0 II.

Four action cameras, from Sony to Canon to Ricoh, to improve your photo experience
3D 360 degree cameras go head to head: Vuze XR vs QooCam

The Vuze XR comes out ahead of the QooCam in resolution, build, stability and ease of use. The QooCam allows users to refocus 3D images after shooting and has better imaging options.

31 Mar 2019 - 6:21PM

The Vuze XR comes out ahead of the QooCam in resolution, build, stability and ease of use. The QooCam allows users to refocus 3D images after shooting and has better imaging options.

3D 360 degree cameras go head to head: Vuze XR vs QooCam
Wellness at airports: Frankfurt services best, LAX worst; Hong Kong, Singapore in top five

Twenty-five international airports were ranked on the quality and availability of stress reduction facilities. Frankfurt ranked first, followed by Amsterdam and Dubai. Hong Kong came fifth behind Singapore. LAX was last.

29 Mar 2019 - 2:29AM

Twenty-five international airports were ranked on the quality and availability of stress reduction facilities. Frankfurt ranked first, followed by Amsterdam and Dubai. Hong Kong came fifth behind Singapore. LAX was last.

Wellness at airports: Frankfurt services best, LAX worst; Hong Kong, Singapore in top five
An island idyll in Cambodia – and five other less travelled islands in Asia to avoid the crowds

Koh Rong Samloem is remote enough for all but the adventurous traveller; and it’s not alone – learn about five other Asian island idylls, from forested Yakushima, Japan, to the coral reefs of India’s Havelock Island.

21 Mar 2019 - 6:16AM

Koh Rong Samloem is remote enough for all but the adventurous traveller; and it’s not alone – learn about five other Asian island idylls, from forested Yakushima, Japan, to the coral reefs of India’s Havelock Island.

An island idyll in Cambodia – and five other less travelled islands in Asia to avoid the crowds
How technology and AI are helping hotels give more personal service

An AI assistant developed by a Hong Kong-based firm gives hotel staff information on the guests around them, such as name, VIP status, native language – and even where they might be going.

15 Mar 2019 - 10:24AM

An AI assistant developed by a Hong Kong-based firm gives hotel staff information on the guests around them, such as name, VIP status, native language – and even where they might be going.

How technology and AI are helping hotels give more personal service
Best bleisure destinations in Asia: Tokyo top ahead of Singapore and Hong Kong, according to new report

Tokyo topped the list by the Economist Intelligence Unit while other cities might want to take note of a travel segment growing quickly, especially among younger millennial corporate travellers.

12 Mar 2019 - 7:51PM

Tokyo topped the list by the Economist Intelligence Unit while other cities might want to take note of a travel segment growing quickly, especially among younger millennial corporate travellers.

Best bleisure destinations in Asia: Tokyo top ahead of Singapore and Hong Kong, according to new report
Japan’s cherry blossom season: best dates to catch sakura festival – and why Hongkongers are flocking there

If you want to experience cherry blossoms in full bloom without spending a fortune, head to Japan’s Kyushu island, or go to South Korea instead.

5 Mar 2019 - 8:28PM

If you want to experience cherry blossoms in full bloom without spending a fortune, head to Japan’s Kyushu island, or go to South Korea instead.

Japan’s cherry blossom season: best dates to catch sakura festival – and why Hongkongers are flocking there
How drones, robots and even private production teams are making holiday selfies obsolete

Travel photos demand more creativity than self-portraits against beautiful backdrops, and drones, robots and even private production teams have become available; the best selfie advice for travellers is increasingly: do not take them.

12 Feb 2019 - 8:48PM

Travel photos demand more creativity than self-portraits against beautiful backdrops, and drones, robots and even private production teams have become available; the best selfie advice for travellers is increasingly: do not take them.

How drones, robots and even private production teams are making holiday selfies obsolete
The future is now: five electric-car road trips in North America and Europe for ethical tourists

From cruising California’s ‘electric highway’ to chasing the northern lights in Norway in a Tesla X, eco-conscious travellers can explore parts of Europe and North America by road emissions-free.

22 Jan 2019 - 9:08PM

From cruising California’s ‘electric highway’ to chasing the northern lights in Norway in a Tesla X, eco-conscious travellers can explore parts of Europe and North America by road emissions-free.

The future is now: five electric-car road trips in North America and Europe for ethical tourists
5G explainer: how new network is different and how it will change the mobile web experience

Fifth-generation mobile networking offers possibilities including 8K streaming, driverless cars and instant text translation. Phone makers including Xiaomi, Vivo and Oppo showed 5G handsets at CES 2019 in Las Vegas.

16 Jan 2019 - 9:41AM

Fifth-generation mobile networking offers possibilities including 8K streaming, driverless cars and instant text translation. Phone makers including Xiaomi, Vivo and Oppo showed 5G handsets at CES 2019 in Las Vegas.

5G explainer: how new network is different and how it will change the mobile web experience
Best travel tech from CES 2019, from auto-follow suitcases to a motorcycle helmet that gives you directions

This week’s CES consumer tech show in Las Vegas saw plenty of innovations that could help define the future of travel.

12 Jan 2019 - 9:04PM

This week’s CES consumer tech show in Las Vegas saw plenty of innovations that could help define the future of travel.

Best travel tech from CES 2019, from auto-follow suitcases to a motorcycle helmet that gives you directions
Amazon could be set to redefine personal robots in 2019, as rumours fly at CES

Talking machines and companion robots were everywhere at the CES 2019 tech convention in Las Vegas, but a rumoured Amazon Echo bot could soon give them all a run for their money.

13 Jan 2019 - 7:42PM

Talking machines and companion robots were everywhere at the CES 2019 tech convention in Las Vegas, but a rumoured Amazon Echo bot could soon give them all a run for their money.

Amazon could be set to redefine personal robots in 2019, as rumours fly at CES
7 of the best new gadgets from Shenzhen and Hong Kong at CES

From 11K cameras to underwater drones, these intriguing innovations at CES all come from China’s Silicon Valley and Hong Kong.

10 Jan 2019 - 8:04PM

From 11K cameras to underwater drones, these intriguing innovations at CES all come from China’s Silicon Valley and Hong Kong.

7 of the best new gadgets from Shenzhen and Hong Kong at CES
No luggage, no plastic, no selfies: how travel is set to change in 2019

Higher fuel prices, more solo female travellers and greater environmental consciousness will all affect travel trends this year. We look at five of the biggest changes forecast for 2019.

8 Jan 2019 - 6:45PM

Higher fuel prices, more solo female travellers and greater environmental consciousness will all affect travel trends this year. We look at five of the biggest changes forecast for 2019.

No luggage, no plastic, no selfies: how travel is set to change in 2019
Six unmissable celestial events of 2019, from ‘kissing’ planets to incredible solar and lunar eclipses

The sky is going to be a busy place in 2019, and here are six of the best events. Look out for a blood moon, shooting stars, and partial and total eclipses.

2 Jan 2019 - 7:27PM

The sky is going to be a busy place in 2019, and here are six of the best events. Look out for a blood moon, shooting stars, and partial and total eclipses.

Six unmissable celestial events of 2019, from ‘kissing’ planets to incredible solar and lunar eclipses
The best flight deals in 2019, and the best times to book trips from Hong Kong

Airline ticket prices vary considerably depending on when you book and where you’re going. Some places are good for last-minute bargains, others are not. Find out how to save on short-haul and long-haul trips from Hong Kong.

1 Jan 2019 - 8:26PM

Airline ticket prices vary considerably depending on when you book and where you’re going. Some places are good for last-minute bargains, others are not. Find out how to save on short-haul and long-haul trips from Hong Kong.

The best flight deals in 2019, and the best times to book trips from Hong Kong
AI, rollables and voice-controlled gadgets galore expected at CES 2019 as US-China trade war threat looms

CES is one of the world’s biggest global tech conventions, with more than 4,500 companies showing off products in an effort to get noticed.

30 Dec 2018 - 4:25PM

CES is one of the world’s biggest global tech conventions, with more than 4,500 companies showing off products in an effort to get noticed.

AI, rollables and voice-controlled gadgets galore expected at CES 2019 as US-China trade war threat looms
How to see ‘Santa’s Sleigh’ from Asia this Christmas (hint: it’s the International Space Station)

The International Space Station will be visible in the sky for several minutes on Monday and Tuesday, and it will be impossible to mistake for anything else. What to tell your children? That’s up to you.

23 Dec 2018 - 10:45AM

The International Space Station will be visible in the sky for several minutes on Monday and Tuesday, and it will be impossible to mistake for anything else. What to tell your children? That’s up to you.

How to see ‘Santa’s Sleigh’ from Asia this Christmas (hint: it’s the International Space Station)
Do you book at bedtime? Hongkongers make holiday plans late at night based on social media

Peak time for Hongkongers booking trips on a popular travel website is 11pm to 1am, and 60 per cent said bed was where they planned holidays; social media and influencers are big factor in young travellers’ trip choices.

21 Dec 2018 - 8:14AM

Peak time for Hongkongers booking trips on a popular travel website is 11pm to 1am, and 60 per cent said bed was where they planned holidays; social media and influencers are big factor in young travellers’ trip choices.

Do you book at bedtime? Hongkongers make holiday plans late at night based on social media
A five-point in-flight etiquette guide for air travellers: follow this for a happy landing

From sensitive use of the overhead lockers to how to deal with unruly children, here are some golden rules and unspoken in-flight etiquette to keep us all sane in the air.

12 Dec 2018 - 6:57PM

From sensitive use of the overhead lockers to how to deal with unruly children, here are some golden rules and unspoken in-flight etiquette to keep us all sane in the air.

A five-point in-flight etiquette guide for air travellers: follow this for a happy landing
The ultimate guide to seeing the Northern Lights in Finland … and skiing during the day

Lapland in the Arctic Circle is a prime place to see the Northern Lights. During the day, you can ski on some great slopes and visit northern Finland’s ski resorts.

12 Dec 2018 - 5:58PM

Lapland in the Arctic Circle is a prime place to see the Northern Lights. During the day, you can ski on some great slopes and visit northern Finland’s ski resorts.

The ultimate guide to seeing the Northern Lights in Finland … and skiing during the day
What is a hearable? Plus why they’re going to be the biggest wearable

You’ve probably got one but didn’t realise it: products like Apple’s AirPods and Plantronics’ BackBeat FIT are set to dominate the wearables market, with their uses extending into hearing aids and medical devices.

7 Dec 2018 - 8:37PM

You’ve probably got one but didn’t realise it: products like Apple’s AirPods and Plantronics’ BackBeat FIT are set to dominate the wearables market, with their uses extending into hearing aids and medical devices.

What is a hearable? Plus why they’re going to be the biggest wearable
Airbnb uses location technology to hook you up with nomadic hosts – Mongolian reindeer herders

Airbnb hosts in most remote locations are shunning addresses in favour of a global address system that divides the planet into trillions of 3x3-metre squares, with Mongolia the first country to be used in the venture.

28 Nov 2018 - 1:18AM

Airbnb hosts in most remote locations are shunning addresses in favour of a global address system that divides the planet into trillions of 3x3-metre squares, with Mongolia the first country to be used in the venture.

Airbnb uses location technology to hook you up with nomadic hosts – Mongolian reindeer herders
The best airlines for overweight or obese travellers – ones with the widest economy seats

The width of economy seats varies widely between airlines and airliner types; with one in 12 people now classed as obese, airlines are having to think about more than just their own bottom line.

7 Nov 2018 - 2:07AM

The width of economy seats varies widely between airlines and airliner types; with one in 12 people now classed as obese, airlines are having to think about more than just their own bottom line.

The best airlines for overweight or obese travellers – ones with the widest economy seats
Inspirational Iceland: what to see in the ‘land of fire and ice’ and the best time to go

Avoid the tourist hordes by going in winter and heading west to the dramatic geothermal landscapes of Reykholt, the fiords of Vatnsnes, or the stunning Snaefellsnes Peninsula – places to see Iceland as it was until recently: empty.

29 Oct 2018 - 8:21PM

Avoid the tourist hordes by going in winter and heading west to the dramatic geothermal landscapes of Reykholt, the fiords of Vatnsnes, or the stunning Snaefellsnes Peninsula – places to see Iceland as it was until recently: empty.

Inspirational Iceland: what to see in the ‘land of fire and ice’ and the best time to go
GoPro Fusion vs Insta360 One X: which is the best 360-degree action camera?

The GoPro Fusion is waterproof, has voice control and runs at 5.2K resolution, making it best for sports action, while the One X has 5.7K resolution, the best editing software and can run 100fps slow-motion, making it best for videographers.

28 Oct 2018 - 7:22PM

The GoPro Fusion is waterproof, has voice control and runs at 5.2K resolution, making it best for sports action, while the One X has 5.7K resolution, the best editing software and can run 100fps slow-motion, making it best for videographers.

GoPro Fusion vs Insta360 One X: which is the best 360-degree action camera?