Jamie Carter

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

Latest from Jamie Carter

How to plan a road trip and five of the best places to visit as lockdown restrictions ease off

Hitting the open road in a camper van, motorhome or RV could see a travel boom as lockdown restrictions ease off and people avoid cities. Here’s what to know before getting behind the wheel and five places worth visiting.

9 Jul 2020 - 9:05PM

Hitting the open road in a camper van, motorhome or RV could see a travel boom as lockdown restrictions ease off and people avoid cities. Here’s what to know before getting behind the wheel and five places worth visiting.

How to plan a road trip and five of the best places to visit as lockdown restrictions ease off
Cheap flights for the next two years on long-haul routes likely amid low demand for tickets, as domestic trips in Asia lead aviation’s weak recovery

Low airfares on long-haul routes are likely until at least the end of 2021, trade body IATA says. The only bright spot for airlines is a recovery in the market for Asian domestic flights.

2 Jul 2020 - 1:26PM

Low airfares on long-haul routes are likely until at least the end of 2021, trade body IATA says. The only bright spot for airlines is a recovery in the market for Asian domestic flights.

Cheap flights for the next two years on long-haul routes likely amid low demand for tickets, as domestic trips in Asia lead aviation’s weak recovery
Ring of fire solar eclipse visible in southern China this weekend; Hong Kong to witness partial solar eclipse

Hong Kong will get to see an 86 per cent solar eclipse on Sunday while parts of China will get to witness the full ‘ring of fire’ effect. Catch this one if you can – the next one of note from the city will not be for 10 years.

21 Jun 2020 - 4:50PM

Hong Kong will get to see an 86 per cent solar eclipse on Sunday while parts of China will get to witness the full ‘ring of fire’ effect. Catch this one if you can – the next one of note from the city will not be for 10 years.

Ring of fire solar eclipse visible in southern China this weekend; Hong Kong to witness partial solar eclipse
Five Bluetooth portable speakers, from Sony, Bose and others, for the beach, your lockdown balcony or wherever this summer

From a pocket-sized earbuds case that doubles as a speaker, to a boombox-sized speaker by JBL, five of the latest wireless speakers to consider before summer.

26 May 2020 - 8:41PM

From a pocket-sized earbuds case that doubles as a speaker, to a boombox-sized speaker by JBL, five of the latest wireless speakers to consider before summer.

Five Bluetooth portable speakers, from Sony, Bose and others, for the beach, your lockdown balcony or wherever this summer
No cruises, all-inclusive resorts: responsible travel tips for planning holidays post-coronavirus so your money goes to where it’s needed most

Experts give tips on responsible travel - how to help restore communities that rely on tourism and have been hard hit by global lockdowns, including avoiding cruises and all-inclusive resorts, and visiting countries most affected by Covid-19.

18 May 2020 - 4:41PM

Experts give tips on responsible travel - how to help restore communities that rely on tourism and have been hard hit by global lockdowns, including avoiding cruises and all-inclusive resorts, and visiting countries most affected by Covid-19.

No cruises, all-inclusive resorts: responsible travel tips for planning holidays post-coronavirus so your money goes to where it’s needed most
Cheap flights as airline ticket prices slashed in grab for cash – but think before you snap up that deal

Bargain long-haul fares to cities such as New York, Paris and London are on offer as airlines look to generate cash, but before you book get travel insurance and check cancellation and refund policies. Here’s our buyer’s guide.

7 May 2020 - 6:11AM

Bargain long-haul fares to cities such as New York, Paris and London are on offer as airlines look to generate cash, but before you book get travel insurance and check cancellation and refund policies. Here’s our buyer’s guide.

Cheap flights as airline ticket prices slashed in grab for cash – but think before you snap up that deal
Iconic Asian animals in contention for ‘New Big 5’ of wildlife photography – successor to colonial trophy hunters’ African ‘big five’

The survival of iconic Asian animal species is at stake amid destruction of their habitats. A ‘New Big 5’ project to choose the most photo-worthy wildlife aims to draw attention to their plight and the need to conserve them.

30 Apr 2020 - 6:18AM

The survival of iconic Asian animal species is at stake amid destruction of their habitats. A ‘New Big 5’ project to choose the most photo-worthy wildlife aims to draw attention to their plight and the need to conserve them.

Iconic Asian animals in contention for ‘New Big 5’ of wildlife photography – successor to colonial trophy hunters’ African ‘big five’
With travel on hold, take a masterclass or free online course – in astronomy, first aid, photo editing, and a lot more – to have a better holiday after lockdown

First aid, world history, astronomy, photo editing – while you’re in coronavirus lockdown there’s a wealth of free online courses, masterclasses and webinars you can tune into. Be a better informed traveller post-virus.

27 Apr 2020 - 5:00PM

First aid, world history, astronomy, photo editing – while you’re in coronavirus lockdown there’s a wealth of free online courses, masterclasses and webinars you can tune into. Be a better informed traveller post-virus.

With travel on hold, take a masterclass or free online course – in astronomy, first aid, photo editing, and a lot more – to have a better holiday after lockdown
Coronavirus silver lining: less pollution means more night sky – view it from home while you plan trips to world’s best dark-sky destinations

With factories idle, offices shut and cars off roads, the night sky has rarely been clearer. Admire it from your window, balcony or yard while you work out which of the world’s top 10 dark-sky destinations to add to your post-lockdown bucket list.

21 Apr 2020 - 8:55AM

With factories idle, offices shut and cars off roads, the night sky has rarely been clearer. Admire it from your window, balcony or yard while you work out which of the world’s top 10 dark-sky destinations to add to your post-lockdown bucket list.

Coronavirus silver lining: less pollution means more  night sky – view it from home while you plan trips to world’s best dark-sky destinations
Travel after coronavirus: learn something new on an ‘upskilling’ holiday, from boxing in Bangkok to salsa in Cuba

Everyone may be stuck at home right now because of the coronavirus but once it is safe to travel, the rising trend of ‘upskilling’ holidays – where you learn a new skill or hobby like singing, dancing or boxing – is likely to grow further.

9 Apr 2020 - 7:02AM

Everyone may be stuck at home right now because of the coronavirus but once it is safe to travel, the rising trend of ‘upskilling’ holidays – where you learn a new skill or hobby like singing, dancing or boxing – is likely to grow further.

Travel after coronavirus: learn something new on an ‘upskilling’ holiday, from boxing in Bangkok to salsa in Cuba
Best 360 cameras: GoPro Max 360 vs Insta360 One R Twin Edition. Which is for you? It depends on what you want one for

If you want rich colours and detail in a waterproof package, the GoPro Max 360 wins, but if you want hi-res video that you can preview in real time, the Insta360 One R is for you.

14 Apr 2020 - 1:20PM

If you want rich colours and detail in a waterproof package, the GoPro Max 360 wins, but if you want hi-res video that you can preview in real time, the Insta360 One R is for you.

Best 360 cameras: GoPro Max 360 vs Insta360 One R Twin Edition. Which is for you? It depends on what you want one for
Are you a travel addict? How bloggers, influencers and writers are coping with coronavirus lockdown

The global coronavirus lockdown has put a halt on overseas trips and tourism. Travel addicts, known as dromomaniacs, are looking for ways to cope with the situation, polishing their digital skills or dreaming of the next trip.

6 Apr 2020 - 6:59PM

The global coronavirus lockdown has put a halt on overseas trips and tourism. Travel addicts, known as dromomaniacs, are looking for ways to cope with the situation, polishing their digital skills or dreaming of the next trip.

Are you a travel addict? How bloggers, influencers and writers are coping with coronavirus lockdown
Edit, back up, share: how to organise your travel photos while you’re stuck at home – seven pro tips

What better time to clear up your SD cards and laptops crammed with JPEGs and RAW files, with travel restricted over the coronavirus? Seven pro tips on how to edit, back up, and improve your travel photos.

31 Mar 2020 - 4:15AM

What better time to clear up your SD cards and laptops crammed with JPEGs and RAW files, with travel restricted over the coronavirus? Seven pro tips on how to edit, back up, and improve your travel photos.

Edit, back up, share: how to organise your travel photos while you’re stuck at home – seven pro tips
Sunglasses or earphones? With Bose Frames the answer is both – these shades come with built-in stereo speakers

More like AfterShokz Aeropex than Google Glass, Bose Frames are sunglasses fitted with ‘bone conduction’ earphones. They’re fun to wear, but not at their best in busy areas.

20 Mar 2020 - 8:05PM

More like AfterShokz Aeropex than Google Glass, Bose Frames are sunglasses fitted with ‘bone conduction’ earphones. They’re fun to wear, but not at their best in busy areas.

Sunglasses or earphones? With Bose Frames the answer is both – these shades come with built-in stereo speakers
Asia has the top three mass transit systems in the world – and that’s not even counting the Hong Kong MTR

Seoul, Shanghai and Tokyo’s metros topped the rankings, based on convenience, connectivity, comfort and cost. Mexico City came fourth, followed by the London Underground.

19 Mar 2020 - 8:45PM

Seoul, Shanghai and Tokyo’s metros topped the rankings, based on convenience, connectivity, comfort and cost. Mexico City came fourth, followed by the London Underground.

Asia has the top three mass transit systems in the world – and that’s not even counting the Hong Kong MTR
Creative, sustainable hotels: Airbnb to give away US$1 million for unique home ideas, like the Big Idaho Potato

The home-sharing platform is inviting everyone to make their dream accommodation a reality. from Mongolian yurts to tree houses to hotels shaped like a potato, an elephant, and even a spaceship.

18 Mar 2020 - 6:19PM

The home-sharing platform is inviting everyone to make their dream accommodation a reality. from Mongolian yurts to tree houses to hotels shaped like a potato, an elephant, and even a spaceship.

Creative, sustainable hotels: Airbnb to give away US$1 million for unique home ideas, like the Big Idaho Potato
Home cinema – five things to look for when you buy a projector, including brightness, resolution and size

No room for a TV, or craving the cinema experience at home? Get a projector. We look at how to pick the right one for your needs, and some of the best options for various budgets.

12 Mar 2020 - 6:09PM

No room for a TV, or craving the cinema experience at home? Get a projector. We look at how to pick the right one for your needs, and some of the best options for various budgets.

Home cinema – five things to look for when you buy a projector, including brightness, resolution and size
Review | Epson EH-TW7000 home cinema projector review: super bright lamp puts others in the shade

Epson’s EH-TW7000 projector throws out colourful, sharp and incredibly bright images that can be seen even in a bright room. The only downsides are a lack of contrast and black tones that show as grey.

9 Mar 2020 - 2:00AM

Epson’s EH-TW7000 projector throws out colourful, sharp and incredibly bright images that can be seen even in a bright room. The only downsides are a lack of contrast and black tones that show as grey.

Epson EH-TW7000 home cinema projector review: super bright lamp puts others in the shade
From millennials to baby boomers: Airbnb’s Asia-Pacific five travel trends for 2020

Airbnb’s travel report is based on bookings in 2019 and shows the different preferences among various age groups. Here are five travel trends predicted by the online travel/accommodation site.

29 Feb 2020 - 8:00PM

Airbnb’s travel report is based on bookings in 2019 and shows the different preferences among various age groups. Here are five travel trends predicted by the online travel/accommodation site.

From millennials to baby boomers: Airbnb’s Asia-Pacific five travel trends for 2020
Review | The first hi-res 360-degree camera, Kandao QooCam 8K, sets the bar for the future

The QooCam doubles the resolution of other 360-degree cameras and offers in-camera editing, a large memory, selfie stick removal and image stabilising. A short battery life and its weight are the only negatives.

5 Feb 2020 - 8:32PM

The QooCam doubles the resolution of other 360-degree cameras and offers in-camera editing, a large memory, selfie stick removal and image stabilising. A short battery life and its weight are the only negatives.

The first hi-res 360-degree camera, Kandao QooCam 8K, sets the bar for the future
What smart airports of the future will be like: air taxis, 5G, sensor corridors for fuss-free security and much more

Sensor corridors for security, Biometrics, artificial intelligence, 5G networking, premium in-air Wi-fi, and even air taxis for pick-up and drop-off – airports of the future will be quite different to what they are now, and maybe sooner than you think.

23 Jan 2020 - 9:37AM

Sensor corridors for security, Biometrics, artificial intelligence, 5G networking, premium in-air Wi-fi, and even air taxis for pick-up and drop-off – airports of the future will be quite different to what they are now, and maybe sooner than you think.

What smart airports of the future will be like: air taxis, 5G, sensor corridors for fuss-free security and much more
2020’s top two emerging tourist destinations in China, and the places on most international visitors’ bucket lists

Most international visitors to China stick to the ‘golden triangle’ of Beijing, Shanghai and Xian, but there’s lots more to see. This year two places stand out as emerging destinations.

13 Jan 2020 - 11:35AM

Most international visitors to China stick to the ‘golden triangle’ of Beijing, Shanghai and Xian, but there’s lots more to see. This year two places stand out as emerging destinations.

2020’s top two emerging tourist destinations in China, and the places on most international visitors’ bucket lists
Cheap city breaks: Bangkok, Shanghai, New Delhi, and even Singapore ranked among 10 lowest cost destinations for a weekend holiday

Bangkok, Taipei, Seoul and (yes!) Singapore among the 10 cheapest cities for a weekend break, but Hong Kong among the five most expensive of 30 surveyed; rankings may put Chinese cities on the radar of budget travellers.

26 Nov 2019 - 10:47AM

Bangkok, Taipei, Seoul and (yes!) Singapore among the 10 cheapest cities for a weekend break, but Hong Kong among the five most expensive of 30 surveyed; rankings may put Chinese cities on the radar of budget travellers.

Cheap city breaks: Bangkok, Shanghai, New Delhi, and even Singapore ranked among 10 lowest cost destinations for a weekend holiday
Review | These swimming headphones use bone conduction to send sound waves to your inner ear: AfterShokz Xtrainerz review

The AfterShokz Xtrainerz bone-conduction underwater headphones send sound through your temporal bones directly to your inner ear. The sound quality is surprisingly good, especially when used with the included ear plugs.

9 Nov 2019 - 8:01PM

The AfterShokz Xtrainerz bone-conduction underwater headphones send sound through your temporal bones directly to your inner ear. The sound quality is surprisingly good, especially when used with the included ear plugs.

These swimming headphones use bone conduction to send sound waves to your inner ear: AfterShokz Xtrainerz review
Review | Rocksete vintage-style keyboard and compact workstation: looks odd, sounds great

Rocksete is a mechanical keyboard that has a flip up stand that can hold any touch screen device. The JBL wireless speakers and general sound quality are highlights; the revving engine sound, not so much.

28 Oct 2019 - 8:00PM

Rocksete is a mechanical keyboard that has a flip up stand that can hold any touch screen device. The JBL wireless speakers and general sound quality are highlights; the revving engine sound, not so much.

Rocksete vintage-style keyboard and compact workstation: looks odd, sounds great
Best selfie phone? Vivo V17 Pro review: dual pop-up front cameras a world first

Perfect for selfie lovers, the Vivo V17 Pro’s front-facing 32MP camera and 8MP super wide-angle lens capture selfies and ‘wefies’ like few other phones while allowing for a notch-less 6.4-inch display.

25 Oct 2019 - 3:09PM

Perfect for selfie lovers, the Vivo V17 Pro’s front-facing 32MP camera and 8MP super wide-angle lens capture selfies and ‘wefies’ like few other phones while allowing for a notch-less 6.4-inch display.

Best selfie phone? Vivo V17 Pro review: dual pop-up front cameras a world first
Why Bhutan, ‘world’s last Shangri-La’, tops Lonely Planet’s 2020 best places to visit list

The annual Lonely Planet Best in Travel book names Bhutan as the ‘best country’ to visit for 2020, with England and North Macedonia listed in second and third place, respectively. We find out why.

22 Oct 2019 - 3:14PM

The annual Lonely Planet Best in Travel book names Bhutan as the ‘best country’ to visit for 2020, with England and North Macedonia listed in second and third place, respectively. We find out why.

Why Bhutan, ‘world’s last Shangri-La’, tops Lonely Planet’s 2020 best places to visit list
Review | Peakago review: neither a laptop nor a tablet, but useful for business travellers with its keyboard, 7-inch touch screen and compact size

Genuinely useful for the business traveller, the Peakago, which is made in Hong Kong, has Wi-fi, Bluetooth and plenty of ports and connectors. A budget portable computer, it runs on Windows 10, has a real keyboard and folds in half.

12 Oct 2019 - 4:04PM

Genuinely useful for the business traveller, the Peakago, which is made in Hong Kong, has Wi-fi, Bluetooth and plenty of ports and connectors. A budget portable computer, it runs on Windows 10, has a real keyboard and folds in half.

Peakago review: neither a laptop nor a tablet, but useful for business travellers with its keyboard, 7-inch touch screen and compact size
E-reader that plays video: Onyx Boox Max3 review – amazing battery life, screen mimics writing on paper

Power-saving e-ink tech has been around since the Kindle was introduced, but no such device has been able to offer users such a seamless video-viewing experience – until now.

6 Oct 2019 - 7:34PM

Power-saving e-ink tech has been around since the Kindle was introduced, but no such device has been able to offer users such a seamless video-viewing experience – until now.

E-reader that plays video: Onyx Boox Max3 review – amazing battery life, screen mimics writing on paper
5G, Amazon TVs, folding phones, oh and 8K: IFA 2019 round-up

This year’s IFA tech show saw the arrival of Huawei’s 5G chipset, Samsung’s relaunched Galaxy Fold and one of the best sets of desktop speakers ever, while Amazon’s TV announcement is sure to worry established TV brands.

18 Sep 2019 - 9:41AM

This year’s IFA tech show saw the arrival of Huawei’s 5G chipset, Samsung’s relaunched Galaxy Fold and one of the best sets of desktop speakers ever, while Amazon’s TV announcement is sure to worry established TV brands.

5G, Amazon TVs, folding phones, oh and 8K: IFA 2019 round-up