Stuart Forster
Stuart Forster is a features writer and photographer with a passion for travel. You can read more from Stuart on his blog,

His written work has been published in publications including ABTA Magazine, Esquire, Forbes and National Geographic Kids. He has contributed to books such as 1001 Cars to Dream of Driving Before You Die, Driving Holidays Across India and National Geographic's Secret Journeys of a Lifetime .

Stuart is also an experienced professional photographer and a director of His work has been published in several national newspapers, plus magazines and books around the world. He undertakes photographic commissions and also submits stock images to agencies such as Rex Features and 4 Corners Images. He was shortlisted for the 2013 National Geographic Traveller Photographer of the Year Award.

Stuart has lived in India, Germany and Portugal and is never happier than when he's uncovering stories using words and pictures.

Entries by Stuart Forster

Travel Photography on Instagram

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2016 | 4:33 PM

Instagram, the popular photography sharing app, currently has more than 500 million active users. For travellers that means an array of pictorial insights from which to draw inspiration.

You'll find selfies, landscapes, cityscapes and carefully arranged food photos. Some accounts show holiday snaps while other streams display travel images by...

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500 Years of State Beer Regulation in Bavaria

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2016 | 6:01 AM

Not every celebration calls for Champagne. To mark the 500th anniversary of the introduction of Bavaria's Reinheitsgebot beer seems more appropriate.

The word Reinheitsgebot is usually translated as 'beer purity law' but, in fact, it originally had significantly wider implications. The law was introduced in 1516 to regulate the ingredients...

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What's an Advert Worth on Super Bowl Sunday?

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2016 | 6:15 AM

On 7 February 2016 the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos will take to the field of the Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, with the aim of winning Super Bowl 50.

As the teams compete to win the National Football League's championship the Super Bowl brings people together across the...

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Dresden: Germany's Most Photogenic Major City?

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2015 | 12:00 PM

All cities have stories. One of the joys of urban photography is conveying them with a camera. Dresden, the capital of Saxony, has many tales to tell and may well be the most photogenic of all Germany's big cities.


Don't get...

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Why Does the United Kingdom Start Celebrating Christmas So Early?

(41) Comments | Posted October 28, 2015 | 12:51 PM

No wonder so many people across the United Kingdom feel Christmas is overly commercialised. It's still October yet many stores are already geared up for the big day, the 25 December.

Yesterday evening I headed into Newcastle-upon-Tyne, shopping for a new suit. Walking along Northumberland Street I noticed a huge...

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Sommières in Southern France: Travel and Heritage

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2015 | 9:26 AM

Travel isn't always about touring capital cities and A-list attractions. To gain nuanced impressions of a nation sometimes it's far more rewarding to head to small towns and villages, where the pace of life is gentler. Quietly observing everyday scenes from the shaded seat of a provincial café is as...

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Travel Photography on the German Limes Route

(0) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 4:52 PM

Sunshine and blue skies are often regarded as key elements of attractive travel photography. Fortunately both were present for a good chunk of my recent trip along the German Limes Route.

The route, known in German as the Deutsche Limes-Strasse, is one of more than 150 scenic driving routes cutting...

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Walking With a Guide in Zagreb, Croatia

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 4:25 AM

"On Saturday mornings we don't take exercise or clean the house, we put on our best clothes and come to drink a coffee in the city. We like to watch people and be seen," says my guide as we wander across Petar Preradović Square in central Zagreb.

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Opatija: Croatia's Venerable Seaside Resort

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 3:26 AM

A hundred summers ago Opatija, on the Adriatic coast, was regarded one of Europe's finest seaside resorts. Head there today and you'll find an attractive Croatian town overlooking the shimmering water of Kvarner Bay.


The beginning of the Great War, in...

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Ranching in Canada's Saskatchewan Province

(0) Comments | Posted December 29, 2014 | 9:39 AM

You'll feel sore in the morning I was warned, ahead of my first time on horseback in years. But when you're out West and have the chance to go riding, isn't that the kind of thing you worry about afterwards? I reckon so.

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A Winter Break at Lech-Zürs in Austria's Vorarlberg Region

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 9:57 AM

Austria's Vorarlberg region is one of the world's leading winter sport destinations. The techniques employed on the mountains around Lech and Zürs in the early part of the 20th century became integrated into the Alpine skiing technique that would, in time, be taught in ski resorts around the globe.

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Exploring Malaysian Spa Resorts, Caves and Mountains

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 1:21 PM

When you head off on vacation, do you simply want to reach your hotel, unpack and spend a couple of weeks enjoying a relaxing change of scenery or do you consider switching accommodation while you're away?

There are benefits to the latter. During a recent trip to Malaysia I stayed...

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A Look at the Architecture of Rotterdam

(0) Comments | Posted October 18, 2014 | 10:03 AM

For many travellers the Netherlands is all about Amsterdam, although plenty of other places in the country warrant a visit. Rotterdam, the nation's second city, is a viable destination for a weekend break and has much to offer, particularly if you're an architecture aficionado.

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Places to Enjoy Good Food in Saskatchewan, Canada

(2) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 7:33 AM

The Canadian province of Saskatchewan has much to offer foodies who enjoy a casual approach to dining and big flavours. As you might expect from one of Canada's western provinces, steaks are popular but there's also plenty more for discerning diners.

Sunset Retreat...
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Cruising From the Port of Tyne on the Marco Polo

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 6:04 AM

Clouds hang low and heavy over Tyneside as I make my way towards the Port of Tyne to board the MS Marco Polo. It's one of many cruise ships that now dock on the river that became famous for exporting coal and shipbuilding.

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Visiting the Pinakothek der Moderne Art Museum in Munich, Germany

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2014 | 11:53 AM

If you enjoy viewing art chronologically then the Pinakothek der Moderne will be the third of the 'Pinakothek' art museums for you to visit in Munich's Maxvorstadt district, the area that has become known as the Bavarian capital's Kunstareal or 'art district.'

The museum displays works by modern and contemporary...

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A Day Out at Edinburgh Zoo: Tips for Better Zoo Photography

(0) Comments | Posted July 3, 2014 | 12:57 PM

Zoos are usually associated with family days out and opportunities to observe exotic animals without travelling too far from home. Yet if you are into photography you might also regard a zoo as a playground in which you can put your kit through its paces.

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Weimar, Germany: The City of Bauhaus, Goethe and Palaces

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2014 | 12:04 PM

History is full of conspiracies. Perhaps even history itself has conspired to ensure that the German city of Weimar is not been better visited by British travellers?


You might argue that's ironic because Weimar's name will be familiar to anybody who has read...

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Travel Photography With a Tripod

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 3:17 PM

When you're out photographing, especially while travelling, how often do you use a tripod? Some people shun them, arguing that they represent just one more item to for a photographer to schlep. But I'm a big believer that a tripod can prove a useful tool in returning home with high...

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Skiing at Alpe d'Huez, France

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 4:15 PM

I tend to listen to advice offered by friends. That said, I'm glad I ignored a well-meaning mate who told me early April was far too late in the season to go skiing in the French resort of Alpe d'Huez.


With 250km of...

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