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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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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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 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.

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 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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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’.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

The best video projectors for microflats, in Hong Kong or wherever – you just need a wall, preferably grey

So your apartment is too small to fit a big-screen TV? A new generation of ultra-short-throw projectors offer a solution: place one 30cm from your wall and it projects a 100-inch image

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
The best video projectors for microflats, in Hong Kong or wherever – you just need a wall, preferably grey

So your apartment is too small to fit a big-screen TV? A new generation of ultra-short-throw projectors offer a solution: place one 30cm from your wall and it projects a 100-inch image

How to fly business class for less on your next holiday – an insider’s tips on flying in style

From monitoring sales to researching the seat layouts of planes, it’s possible to fly business if you plan ahead

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
How to fly business class for less on your next holiday – an insider’s tips on flying in style

From monitoring sales to researching the seat layouts of planes, it’s possible to fly business if you plan ahead

Oman’s new Unesco World Heritage Site: Qalhat, a ruined medieval port city where only one building from its ancient past still stands

Still in remarkably good condition, the tomb of a 13th-century king’s wife is all that remains of Qalhat, an ancient medieval port city that dealt in everything from Indian spices and Arabian horses to dates, incense and pearls.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
Oman’s new Unesco World Heritage Site: Qalhat, a ruined medieval port city where only one building from its ancient past still stands

Still in remarkably good condition, the tomb of a 13th-century king’s wife is all that remains of Qalhat, an ancient medieval port city that dealt in everything from Indian spices and Arabian horses to dates, incense and pearls.

Pollution mask, map watch, e-skates – IFA 2018’s best travel tech reveals

Segway skates, a GPS-assisted smartwatch with altimeter, barometer and map functions, a slip-over cyclist’s pollution mask, a travel speaker and the ultimate in noise-cancelling headphones catch the eye in Berlin.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
Pollution mask, map watch, e-skates – IFA 2018’s best travel tech reveals

Segway skates, a GPS-assisted smartwatch with altimeter, barometer and map functions, a slip-over cyclist’s pollution mask, a travel speaker and the ultimate in noise-cancelling headphones catch the eye in Berlin.

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