“You and I have memories… longer than the road that stretches out ahead.” ~ The Beatles
A Madness Shared By Two!
We’ll just cut to the chase. We are Jett & Kathryn Britnell, a happily married couple who exchanged wedding vows in Waimānalo, Hawaii in 2008. Our story is unlike the vast majority in the travelogue blogosphere as we chose not to quit our day jobs, uproot our family, and sell everything to escape the human rat race. Instead, we nurtured and maintained a healthy work life balance and simply embraced travel in all its varied forms and firmly integrated it into our lifestyle. Our home is in Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada.
Today, we are internationally published travel writers, photographers, scuba divers, explorers, shark advocates, guest speakers, book reviewers, wine connoisseurs, single-malt scotch swillers, marine conservationists, lifestyle and devil may care adventurers. Jett is also a self-proclaimed wife whisperer. It’s true; he lives and breathes it (he also wrote this). To which, Kathryn sighs with eyes turned skyward, “Where does this hedonistic bon vivant ever find the time?” Suffice to say… we travel, scuba dive, write & create breathtaking images and love hanging out together!
“The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.”
~ Friedrich Nietzsche
Charmed, We’re Sure
Spend time getting to know us and you’ll soon discover what floats our boat. We write and photograph about things that interest us and are honest about the things we like. We are passionate about adventure travel, fine dining, wine, scuba diving and photography, both topside and underwater. We also strive to surround ourselves and, keep in our orbit creative, sociable, authentic, sincere and positive people. For us, it all comes down to living an intentional life with gratitude. And to always, always, did we say always… have fun!
Our publishing credits include, The Globe & Mail, British Columbia Magazine, Matador Network, Photo Comment, Alert Diver, Diver Magazine, Scuba & H2O Adventure, Sport Diver, Travel Thru History and numerous other publications. Jett’s photography has also graced the covers of magazines 55 times. Along with travel writing, we have been guest speakers at trade shows and give presentations on destinations, photography seminars and workshops.
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” ~ Helen Keller
We are both members of the British Columbia Association of Travel Writers. Our work as travel writers has taken us to England, France, Italy, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Tahiti, the Maldives, Fiji, Indonesia, Palau, Truk Lagoon, Ponape, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Cook Islands, Hawaii, Cozumel, Baja, Bonaire, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Puerto Rico, The Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, The Philippines, Panama, Greece, Turkey and Alaska.
In July 2014, we were both accepted as Matador Ambassadors for Matador Network.
Matador Ambassadors are a vetted group of leading photographers, journalists, musicians, artists, educators and writers with a passion for storytelling, travel, and conservation and whose work intersects place and travel culture. Matador Network is an independent media company and nexus of travel culture worldwide. It was the world’s first interactive travel magazine that has taken the best of professional journalism and online community and blended the two to create something much more compelling than either by itself. It is now one of the largest independent travel publishers online, reaching over 12 million unique monthly visitors. Our work with Matador Network allowed us to expand our editorial reach to topside adventures.
“I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” ~ Mary Anne Radmacher
In keeping with some of the ocean research work we are involved with, we are also both members of the Underwater Archeological Society of British Columbia (UASBC) – UASBC is a group dedicated to researching, locating, identifying, surveying, and protecting the maritime heritage of British Columbia. UASBC is committed to this task for the interest, education and benefit of all British Columbians, present and future.
Kathryn is an underwater model, writer, girly girl, reef angel, JTZ GRL (her car license plate), kitchen lawyer, former teen model, Queen of the Brine, “Wonder Spouse,” stiletto shoe aficionado, ocean temptress, medicine woman, lecturer, photographer, chefette, siren of the sea, mermaid & tea sommelier. The first published photo of her work as an underwater model appeared December 22, 2010 in PhotographyBB Magazine. Certainly a notable achievement as she was only certified as a scuba diver three weeks earlier in the Philippines on November 30, 2010! In the past, Kathryn has published work as a Travel Editor for Northwest Dive News and her contribution to the team is that of co-author, underwater model and topside photographer. Kathryn has experienced exhilarating encounters with tiger sharks, whale sharks, sea turtles, sea lions, and several species of venomous lionfish in the Philippines, splashing into zero degree centigrade iceberg infested waters in Alaska and has explored the ocean’s depths after dark.
“The essential thing ‘in heaven and earth’ is that there should be a long obedience in the same direction; there thereby results, and has always resulted in the long run, something which has made life worth living. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
Jett Britnell FI’16, FRGS
With over 30 years experience, Jett is an award-winning (“Yes, I’ve also done well in a few international photo contests”) freelance photojournalist who specializes in underwater, travel, wildlife, editorial assignments and digital stock photography. Jett is a Fellow in the prestigious and rather exclusive “fraternity of adventurers” known as the Explorers Club and also a Fellow in the UK’s prestigious Royal Geographical Society. He is also a member of the highly esteemed Ocean Artists Society, a unique alliance of the world’s top marine life artists, sculptors, painters, photographers, and filmmakers, who use their talents to foster an interest in the ocean arts and marine-life issues. The list of members includes people such as Wyland, Bob Talbot, Ron & Valerie Taylor and Dr.Sylvia Earle.
In the past, Jett contributed magazine editorial as a Travel Editor for Northwest Dive News (USA), a Contributing Editor for Diver Magazine (Canada) and was also a member of the Professional Writers of Canada and a nationally accredited member of the Professional Photographers of Canada (Underwater & Editorial & Travel Illustration).
Postcards From The Depths
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