Fiona and David are the team behind Travel Boating Lifestyle
Fiona Harper, travel writer, content creator and digital media manager is the founder and wordsmith behind Travel Boating Lifestyle. An Australian travel writer with thousands of credits to her name, her articles and images are published around the globe. Much-travelled and with a reputation for producing results, she holds a coveted Google #1 page ranking for best Australian travel writers. Handy with a camera too, she developed Travel Boating Lifestyle in 2008 as a portal for publishing stories from her travels around the globe.
An avid traveler and adventurer with a love for wild and remote places, Fiona’s most at home when she’s far from home. Stepping outside her comfort zone, she likes to get offshore and offroad to keep things interesting. Particularly if there’s the tantalising prospect of a tasty story to chase. On assignment, she’s run marathons in Paris and Auckland and half marathons as far afield as Laos and Christmas Island. Fiona hiked to Everest Base Camp (never mind that she succumbed to altitude sickness and was medi-vacced off Mt Everest – she got the story) and spent the best part of a year researching the world’s best mojitos (seriously...), slurping her way through the best and worst mojitos from Tokyo to Toronto. Her liver is still reeling.
Fiona has bunkered down in ridiculously plush beds in luxe hotels slept in by royalty and rock stars (which means she’s also peed and pooped in the same toilets as A list celebs), camped under the stars on the Great Barrier Reef and slept on innumerable aircraft, trains, ships, buses and transit lounge benches. She’s perfected the art of sleeping standing up while waiting in a check-in queue. Her much-thumbed passport reads like War & Peace.
Hiking the tundra with polar bears in the Canadian Arctic stands out as a career highlight. A lowlight was the time she missed the first flight of a complicated itinerary jigsaw which meant it took four days in transit, (she's not proud of the accompanying tears and tantrums) to get home from Nova Scotia to Australia.
A story teller whose best work emerges from the tropical regions, it’s no surprise that Fiona met her perfect partner in life, love and creativity, David Hartman, while on assignment in Fiji. Combining Fiona and David’s mutual passions for travel, adventure and sailing is a natural collaboration of these two creative storytellers. Travel Boating Lifestyle is all the better for it.
A skilled photojournalist and social documentary photographer with 30 years behind the lens, David’s images have graced the pages of publications around the globe. The New Yorker, Time Magazine, Canadian Broadcast Commission, the Toronto Star and CNN are just a few of the top tier publications where David's images have been published.
David's passion lies in capturing real stories of real people.
In South Africa he documented the apartheid era after a year-long cycling journey around his homeland opened his eyes to South Africa’s deep cultural roots. Shooting for Agence France Presse, his camera documented people’s struggles along with the injustices of apartheid.
Immigrating to Canada, he continued to hone his documentary photographic skills, refocusing his lens on the lives of working people, Indigenous Canadians, refugees and immigrants. Developing a wider audience for storytelling, David trained in digital media and web production, collaborating with Canada’s best documentary makers, pocketing coveted awards along the way.
Combining his love of storytelling with his passion for sailing, David launched the hugely successful Floating Classroom, based on a virtual science classroom which over 200 schools subscribed to, while sailing around the Caribbean.
Leaving Canada behind onboard his yacht ANAHATA to pursue his dream to sail to the South Pacific, David bounced around idyllic tropical islands living a dream lifestyle. His creative juices were revitalized after meeting Fiona Harper, the travel writer behind Travel Boating Lifestyle, while sitting out the cyclone season in Fiji. Combining their exceptional skills for storytelling while travelling the globe by air, land or sea together, their own story is worthy of a documentary in itself!