Travelling the world with an iPhone
One on One with passionate traveller Miles Gray
Home and Childhood
"I was born in a small town that no one has ever heard of, but when I was young my family moved to the sunny Gold Coast in Queensland. It is best known for the golden sand of Surfers Paradise beach."
Gray currently resides in the southern most city of Australia - Hobart, Tasmania!
If you could live anywhere on this awesome planet, where would you build your dream home?
"I would have two - a summer shack on the East Coast of Tasmania, then when it starts to get too cold for me, I'd move back towards the equator, anywhere that has a sea view really."
How often do you travel?
"I have at least one overseas trip a year. More, if I can get away from work easily. Living in Australia makes international travel difficult. If you're leaving this island, it's got to be for at least 3 weeks otherwise you waste too much time in transit. But once a month I'll do a domestic trip somewhere."
What has been the longest travel you have ever done?
"My longest trip was actually my most memorable, and it was around South America for almost 2 months."
How do you choose the places you want to see?
"I have a list of places I've wanted to visit since I sat down and wrote it as an 18 year old. I'm slowly ticking them off as I can, but I usually add other destinations based on where I have to transit with airlines to make use of flight networks.
Your top 7 places so far? (Countries)
How do you budget and save for your travels?
"I'm terrible at budgeting. I don't have a travel budget. I just do the trip the best way I can, and if it costs too much, then I just save for longer before I go again. I always hold the belief that it may be my only opportunity to visit a destination, and that I should do so in the most ideal way (which is often the most expensive unfortunately haha)."
Are you a travel photographer? Tell us your best story.
"I am a traveller first, and I like to share the places I visit. I wouldn't like to steal the title of photographer from trained professionals. My favourite and most popular travel photo is probably this shot."
"We basically ended up in the desert in 50 degree Celsius heat due to time constraints of government rules around entry times. Soon after this one the rest of the shots show me in nothing but underwear as it was just too hot to keep hiking over dunes in black pants!"
Do you make money while traveling? If yes then how?
"Sometimes through my agency if they've organised the trip, or through promotional posts for companies."
What profession(s) would you associate yourself with? And what advice would you give to someone wanting to join the same?
"I spend most of my time as a physiotherapist these days. I wouldn't suggest trying to build an Instagram following to support a full time career anymore - the app has changed too much! I'm excited for whatever the next social media platform turns out to be. Perhaps snapchat?"
Do you do sponsored Instagram posts?
"Not as often as people probably think. I find that sometimes sponsored posts can be very obvious and limiting for the art direction I have in my mind during any of my adventuring. But if it is the right fit, it will never be a challenge to incorporate into a shot, they are the things I agree to support because I believe in them or already use them personally."
What do you intent to reflect through your photographs?
"It's a total mix of spontaneous moments along with being inspired by another image or video I've seen and want to have my own take on."
What camera gears do you use?
"Just my iPhone!"
How do you market your photography?
"I market myself as one avenue to give exposure to a particular experience or product."
What made you get the travel bug, do you think you are addicted to travelling?
"My parents always travelled a lot when I was growing up. So much that I'd have to move schools and stay with my grandparents if they were gone for a while. I'd always admired that they saw their personal growth through travel as a major priority, and as soon as I turned 18 organised a big trip around Europe and I've continued for the ten years since."
That one factor that you love about travelling, which actually keeps you wanting to travel more?
"The many people I keep meeting on my travels. They make me want to continue, or even offer to come and meet me in some other new place!"
Miles is currently travelling between Greece and Turkey.
A Thank You Note for Miles Gray
Its inspiring to see all of your images through iPhone alone. Your travells are highly inspiring and a feast for the eyes. I hope to see more of your travel stories in the future. Have safe travels while you are on the road!
With Best Regards