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

Luxury travel post-Covid-19: Year of the Ox highlights, from a new private island at US$3,280 a night to a view of a super rare eclipse – for US$40,000

If normal travel resumes this year there are many reasons to get excited about the luxury end, with several landmark events, new openings and unique ways to spend big on adventures in Asia and beyond.

If normal travel resumes this year there are many reasons to get excited about the luxury end, with several landmark events, new openings and unique ways to spend big on adventures in Asia and beyond.

Luxury travel post-Covid-19: Year of the Ox highlights, from a new private island at US$3,280 a night to a view of a super rare eclipse – for US$40,000
13 Feb 2021 - 4:45PM
Where to go in 2021 now pandemic has changed travel: not East Asia, according to Lonely Planet, as it picks places and projects making a difference in our fragile world

Instead of talking up must-see places, Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2021 list champions community, diversity and sustainability. A Cambodian cafe is the sole entry from East Asia.

Instead of talking up must-see places, Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2021 list champions community, diversity and sustainability. A Cambodian cafe is the sole entry from East Asia.

Where to go in 2021 now pandemic has changed travel: not East Asia, according to Lonely Planet, as it picks places and projects making a difference in our fragile world
12 Dec 2020 - 10:12PM
Review | GoPro Hero9 Black review: action camera/webcam has 5K resolution, a new front screen and offers amazing video grabs

GoPro’s latest action camera also works as a webcam with its front-facing screen. With 5K resolution and upgraded image stabilisation, it allows for incredible video grabs and 20-megapixel stills.

GoPro’s latest action camera also works as a webcam with its front-facing screen. With 5K resolution and upgraded image stabilisation, it allows for incredible video grabs and 20-megapixel stills.

GoPro Hero9 Black review: action camera/webcam has 5K resolution, a new front screen and offers amazing video grabs
1 Oct 2020 - 2:45PM
IFA 2020: from a wearable air purifier to a brain cooler, the best travel gadgets from the Berlin technology fair

An extreme smartwatch, a smartphone tripod mount and wireless charger, a wearable air purifier, something to cool your brain and lull you to sleep – make sure you are geared up for when international travel resumes.

An extreme smartwatch, a smartphone tripod mount and wireless charger, a wearable air purifier, something to cool your brain and lull you to sleep – make sure you are geared up for when international travel resumes.

IFA 2020: from a wearable air purifier to a brain cooler, the best travel gadgets from the Berlin technology fair
14 Sep 2020 - 5:15PM
IFA 2020: best gadgets for a pandemic, from sex toys that operate remotely in lockdown to a face mask that sterilises itself

A sexual wellness brand’s new app allows couples to remotely operate each other’s sex toys during lockdown, and a portable ultraviolet mask steriliser, were among the coronavirus-ready tech on show at a socially distanced IFA 2020.

A sexual wellness brand’s new app allows couples to remotely operate each other’s sex toys during lockdown, and a portable ultraviolet mask steriliser, were among the coronavirus-ready tech on show at a socially distanced IFA 2020.

IFA 2020: best gadgets for a pandemic, from sex toys that operate remotely in lockdown to a face mask that sterilises itself
8 Sep 2020 - 6:58PM
10 dream holidays to give you an adrenaline rush – extreme skiing, a safari on foot, abseiling down the world’s highest waterfall

Ultimate adventure holidays – 10 trips to plan to some of the world’s most remote and unspoilt places, and the massive buzz you’ll have once you reach them.

Ultimate adventure holidays – 10 trips to plan to some of the world’s most remote and unspoilt places, and the massive buzz you’ll have once you reach them.

10 dream holidays to give you an adrenaline rush – extreme skiing, a safari on foot, abseiling down the world’s highest waterfall
9 Sep 2020 - 4:47PM
IFA 2020: seven best new gadgets, from an 8K TV with a camera to a smart indoor garden to an ultra-compact workstation

The 8K ultra-high-resolution television range from China’s TCL has a pop-up camera for crystal clear video calls, a German start-up touts the first ‘truly smart’ indoor garden, and if your cat is obese a Korean firm has the answer.

The 8K ultra-high-resolution television range from China’s TCL has a pop-up camera for crystal clear video calls, a German start-up touts the first ‘truly smart’ indoor garden, and if your cat is obese a Korean firm has the answer.

IFA 2020: seven best new gadgets, from an 8K TV with a camera to a smart indoor garden to an ultra-compact workstation
4 Sep 2020 - 6:55PM
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.

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
9 Jul 2020 - 9:05PM
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.

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
2 Jul 2020 - 1:26PM
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.

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
21 Jun 2020 - 4:50PM
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.

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
26 May 2020 - 8:41PM
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.

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
18 May 2020 - 4:41PM
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.

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
7 May 2020 - 6:11AM
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.

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’
30 Apr 2020 - 6:18AM
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.

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
27 Apr 2020 - 5:00PM
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.

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
21 Apr 2020 - 8:55AM
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.

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
9 Apr 2020 - 7:02AM
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.

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
14 Apr 2020 - 1:20PM
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.

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
25 Mar 2021 - 3:24PM
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.

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
31 Mar 2020 - 4:15AM
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.

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
20 Mar 2020 - 8:05PM
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.

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
19 Mar 2020 - 8:45PM
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.

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
18 Mar 2020 - 6:19PM
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.

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
12 Mar 2020 - 6:09PM
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.

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
9 Mar 2020 - 2:00AM
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.

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
29 Feb 2020 - 8:00PM
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.

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
5 Feb 2020 - 8:32PM
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.

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
23 Jan 2020 - 9:37AM
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.

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
13 Jan 2020 - 11:35AM
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.

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
26 Nov 2019 - 10:47AM