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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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?
Shenzhen, Indonesia, Sri Lanka on Lonely Planet’s 2019 best places to visit list

‘China’s most innovative city’ ranks with ‘capital of cool’ Copenhagen among publisher’s top cities to see in 2019; Sri Lanka rated for diversity of holiday options, and Kyrgyzstan for ‘amazing independent travel in unspoilt natural beauty’.

24 Oct 2018 - 8:02PM

‘China’s most innovative city’ ranks with ‘capital of cool’ Copenhagen among publisher’s top cities to see in 2019; Sri Lanka rated for diversity of holiday options, and Kyrgyzstan for ‘amazing independent travel in unspoilt natural beauty’.

Shenzhen, Indonesia, Sri Lanka on Lonely Planet’s 2019 best places to visit list
Five tips for using Booking.com, Skyscanner, Expedia and other online travel agents

If you’re searching for the cheapest flights or hotels, or the want most comprehensive search results, it pays to know how the online travel agency industry works.

17 Oct 2018 - 6:17AM

If you’re searching for the cheapest flights or hotels, or the want most comprehensive search results, it pays to know how the online travel agency industry works.

Five tips for using Booking.com, Skyscanner, Expedia and other online travel agents
Whale watching: how to do it responsibly, and the five best places to see them

Seeing whales in the wild is one of the most memorable travel experiences you can have, but tour operators should put the welfare of these highly intelligent creatures first.

10 Oct 2018 - 10:06AM

Seeing whales in the wild is one of the most memorable travel experiences you can have, but tour operators should put the welfare of these highly intelligent creatures first.

Whale watching: how to do it responsibly, and the five best places to see them
Which are the world’s most tech-friendly long-haul airlines? You may be surprised

Fast Wi-fi, live TV, comprehensive in-flight entertainment – a study rated the top 50 airlines in the 2018 SkyTrax World Airline Awards. A budget airline, and a US carrier, made the top five.

3 Oct 2018 - 6:15AM

Fast Wi-fi, live TV, comprehensive in-flight entertainment – a study rated the top 50 airlines in the 2018 SkyTrax World Airline Awards. A budget airline, and a US carrier, made the top five.

Which are the world’s most tech-friendly long-haul airlines? You may be surprised
Five ways business travellers can be productive at the airport – and in the sky

Are you making the most of your time in transit? Airports are often labyrinths designed to make people waste time – but you don’t have to. If you are travelling for work, here are five tips for how to use your time wisely.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM

Are you making the most of your time in transit? Airports are often labyrinths designed to make people waste time – but you don’t have to. If you are travelling for work, here are five tips for how to use your time wisely.

Five ways business travellers can be productive at the airport – and in the sky
Five alternative places to see Northern Lights and Southern Lights

Russia, Svalbard, the Faroes, Scotland’s northern isles – you have lots of options if you want to see the dancing green lights of the aurora borealis. The Southern Lights are harder, and may require a cruise.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM

Russia, Svalbard, the Faroes, Scotland’s northern isles – you have lots of options if you want to see the dancing green lights of the aurora borealis. The Southern Lights are harder, and may require a cruise.

Five alternative places to see Northern Lights and Southern Lights
Hotels in space – the final frontier for luxury travel or pure science fiction?

Billionaire entrepreneurs want to send space tourists on long orbital flights that could cost up to US$55 million for a 10-day stay on a space station, but some experts think the prospect is totally unrealistic.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM

Billionaire entrepreneurs want to send space tourists on long orbital flights that could cost up to US$55 million for a 10-day stay on a space station, but some experts think the prospect is totally unrealistic.

Hotels in space – the final frontier for luxury travel or pure science fiction?