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Brazil in Photos: Waterfalls, Beaches, Street Art and Carnaval

Walking towards the Iguassu Falls

Over the last three weeks, I’ve been exploring the southern part of Brazil with G Adventures, discovering quite a bit of what the country has to offer. We traveled from the colonial fishing town of Paraty where we island-hopped (and drank too much caipirinhas) and feasted on fresh-from-the-sea fish, before finding our way to the earth-shattering waterfalls of Iguassu that’s so massive it straddles two countries. From there, [...]

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From the Road: Celebrating Carnaval in Brazil

Paraty

Olá from Brazil! I’m currently writing to you from Rio de Janeiro, having spent the past week or so traveling around the country with G Adventures. I’d long dreamt of visiting Brazil to explore its rugged jungles, see its endemic wildlife, and get lost in its colonial towns. On our four-month trip around South America [...]

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What is Adventure Travel?

Adventure travel

Adventure travel has been around for more than two centuries, tracing its roots back to explorers such as Edmund Hillary, who completed the first successful ascent of Mount Everest, and David Livingstone, the first European to see Victoria Falls. They truly revolutionized the way we see the world. Today, modern travelers continue to push beyond [...]

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Photo Essay: The Back Roads of Bhutan

Punakha Valley

A trip to Bhutan is not complete without a road trip through the mountain passes, twisting valleys and treacherous switchbacks that characterize the country. Entrenched with the Himalayan mountain range, the country is almost entirely mountainous, blanketed with plunging gorges and steep slopes. 72% of the country is forested — you don’t have to drive far to see acres upon [...]

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Colors of the Tibetan Prayer Flags

Prayer flags made into the shape of a stupa

On my recent trip to Nepal and Bhutan, I was truly captured by the colorful and vibrant Tibetan Buddhist architecture — their prayer wheels, the intricate carvings on their stupas, their regal fortresses, and most of all, their prayer flags. It’s hard to miss them. They’re everywhere. Strung from one tree to another, erected on a [...]

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Dawn on Nepal’s Rapti River: Birds, Crocodiles and Pink Skies

the gharial

Out on the brackish water, a pair of eyes lurks above the surface. Our boat man paddles gently to get a closer look. It stares straight at us and doesn’t move an inch. When we are just a few feet away from it, the motionless creature comes into full view — all of its marble-like [...]

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Meet The Huli Wigmen of Tari Highlands, Papua New Guinea

Napata, the wig specialist

When the first European explorers found their way into the Highlands of Papua New Guinea in the 1930’s, they didn’t find the mountain ranges they were expecting. Instead, they chanced upon heavily cultivated valleys and over one million people living here. Today, this part of the PNG is still the most densely populated area of [...]

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The Lelioa Trek: Going Backcountry in Papua New Guinea

The ridges and rias of Tufi

The air is hot and steamy, and I’m completely drenched in sweat. It rained the day before and the trail is still muddy and slippery. There’s actually no trail to speak of, we are literally bashing our way through the thick vegetation that is sprouting in all directions. I am here on the Lelioa Trek, [...]

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An Outdoor Lover’s Playground: Tufi, Papua New Guinea

The deck at Tufi Resort

As a first-time visitor to Papua New Guinea, I wanted to see and explore as much of the country’s famous tribal culture, hiking trails and dive sites as possible — and at Tufi Dive Resort I did just that. Located off the Solomon Sea in northeastern Papua New Guinea, Tufi Dive Resort is set right [...]

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Women’s Travel Fest – Helping Women Conquer the World

Women

Traveling the world solo is awesome, but sometimes, things get a little sticky. That’s why the we’ve organized the Women’s Travel Fest—a one-day consumer event dedicated to inspiring, empowering and helping women to travel the world—held in NYC on March 8, 2014. There are a ton of things I wish someone had told me before [...]

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20 Life Lessons We’ve Learned from Traveling

travel quote

The arrival of the new year has gotten us thinking a lot about the past year  of travels – in fact the past decade of our travels – and what we’ve learnt from it. We’ve come such a long way — from the early days of shoestring backpacking around Europe to now traveling full-time for [...]

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Happy Chinese New Year from Singapore!

Chinese New Year

After a whirlwind trip to Papua New Guinea, I’m now back in Singapore! PNG was truly an amazing place and I can’t wait to share all my stories with you, but I’m equally excited to be home. It’s been two years since we last stepped foot on Singapore soil and boy is it good to be [...]

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The Sounds and Colors of a Papua New Guinean Sing-sing

Paddling on outrigger canoes

Wayne assured me that I would be in the company of real tribesmen and witnessing a truly authentic and unique sing-sing (celebratory festival or dance). I’d come all the way to Tufi, a remote  settlement in northeastern Papua New Guinea, to do just that — yet I still didn’t truly believe it could happen. The [...]

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Flying Over the Fjords of Tufi, Papua New Guinea

A view of the fjords from the air

For such a massive and diverse country like Papua New Guinea, the best way to see it is from above. Only by taking to the skies can you truly understand the geography and terrain of the island nation. On this trip, I had the opportunity to fly to the northeastern corner of mainland Papua New [...]

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Introducing Papua New Guinea’s Capital City, Port Moresby — On Safety and Things to Do

Port Moresby from the air

Claiming fame as the bad boy of the Pacific, the Papua New Guinean capital of Port Moresby is often described as gritty and dangerous by the news media. On the surface, Port Moresby may look and feel like a mid-sized city anywhere else but a look at the barbed wires that surround every hotel and [...]

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