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Gorilla Tracking in Uganda — Part II: Intense Encounters

The eyes of the silverback

A loud grunting sound suddenly echoes through the jungle. With the trackers in the lead, we move downhill, past moss-covered logs and over thick ferns, towards a clearing. There, an enormous silverback sits regally, as if on his throne, munching his way through leaves and branches, blithely ignoring our presence. Through the dangling vines and banana leaves, I can see [...]

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Gorilla Tracking in Uganda — Part I: The First Sighting

Up close with a gorilla in Bwindi

The walkie-talkie crackles. Our guide Benjamin listens intently and whispers back in the local Rukiga language. “We’ve found the gorillas. A male and a female. They are just ahead,” he announces. “Are you ready?” We drop our bags and proceed in silence through the thick and wet jungle with nothing more than our cameras. Even our porters have left [...]

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The Best of East Africa: Gorillas, the Big Five, and Village Life

Children of Bomani Primary School

After three weeks of traveling East Africa, I’m back at our home base in Spain and eager to share my experiences here. East Africa is a part of the world that’s particularly special to me. Five years ago, Alberto and I volunteered in a village in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania – and as cliché as it sounds, [...]

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Ice on Fire — Sunset in Paradise Bay, Antarctica

sunset

There are so many things that make Antarctica unlike anywhere else in the world: its remoteness, its icebergs, impressive glaciers, rich wildlife, and its magnificent sunsets. On our Antarctica expedition, we were blessed with bright sunlight and spectacular sunsets almost everyday. The sun would set upon the horizon around midnight each day and light up [...]

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Penguins, Seals and Whales: Wildlife in Antarctica

Observing the penguins at close proximity

Etched at the bottom of the world, Antarctica is as far south and remote as you can get. The seventh continent, as some call it, is covered in icebergs, glaciers, mountains and thick layers of snow.  At first glance, Antarctica appears vast and empty – with expansive ice fields stretching for miles without anything or [...]

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West Sweden’s Islands, Beaches, and Seals: Sea Kayaking and Camping in Bohuslän

Our lunch stop at a deserted island

We can’t quite believe our luck. It’s sunny and warm, and there’s not a single cloud above our heads. Summer in Sweden isn’t usually this glorious but we’ve clearly hit the jackpot with the weather. Here on our own deserted island, we’re basking under the sun, enjoying some packed Swedish meatballs and salad that we’ve packed – along with several other basic [...]

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Wet and Wild: Whitewater Rafting and Canyoning in Bled, Slovenia

Rafting along Sava Dolinka

“Ready? Paddle paddle paddle!” I rowed as hard as I could and suddenly I was catapulted into the air and tumbling into the cold emerald water of Sava Dolinka river. Minutes later, I emerged from the water and found myself getting pushed along by the current of the rapids. With a few quick strokes, I [...]

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That’s How We Roll: Zorbing in Bled, Slovenia

Ready to roll off a ramp

In a giant transparent ball, Alberto and I strapped ourselves onto our harnesses – one to the waist, another to the feet – and held on to the handle bars. And then, as though the operator had pressed the ‘start engine’ button on an amusement ride, I watched the world swirl  around us in 360 degrees. I [...]

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The Med Run: Train Travel Through the Balkans

Paragliding over Slovenia

Our itinerary of the Med Run, a train journey through the Balkans.

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Video: Jet Boating on the Sigatoka river, Fiji

one of the Speedboats

“Ready?” Our female captain Joey shouted as we whizzed over the water at over 80km/h. With that, she turned her steering wheel 180 degrees and sent us flying through the air, our hands flailing and water whipping our faces. It was our first time on a jet boat and we never imagined it to be [...]

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Riding the Eddies: White-Water Rafting in Fiji

winding through the narrow gorge

“Wananabu! Paddles up in the air!” roared Noah Lewaravu, our young Fijian rafting guide. We screamed with much enthusiasm and raised our paddles in the air to do a high five. Buzzing with a natural high, our boat of four rowers were cheering as water splashed in all directions, providing a cooling respite from the sultry heat of [...]

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8 Secret Adventures Around the World

Lagos de Montebello. Chiapas (México)

With adventure travel becoming more and more mainstream, established trekking routes like the Inca Trail and active tourism destinations like Costa Rica and Iceland are no longer secrets anymore. More and more curious travelers are seeking out these areas, ultimately leaving us with less and less unexplored places. Thankfully even though the world has expanded through [...]

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The Rewards of Traveling to Forbidden Lands

Children in North Korea

In our travels, we’ve visited several places that are considered ‘dangerous’ by many: North Korea, Burma (or Myanmar), Honduras, Israel, amongst many. Why? Because as curious travelers, we believe by seeing a place for ourselves is the best way to mitigate everyone’s fears and bust the myths surrounding it. Traveling is our way of learning on-the-ground knowledge, and visiting these forbidden lands is [...]

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How Travel Changed My Life

The Old Me

Twenty years ago, if you’d told me I would be jumping out of planes and climbing active volcanoes today, I would have laughed. In fact, the old me was far from an adventurer. You see, I grew up a shy and timid girl in Singapore, where creativity and social skills were always secondary to academic excellence. I [...]

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Diving Molokini Volcano Crater off Maui, Hawaii

Molokini from above

Dark rocks, giant boulders, and aged patches of lava surround us. In the midst of these rock tunnels and small coral caves, our marine biologist guide Pauline shines her torch to find endemic marine animals poking their heads out, curiously staring at us. Instead of the usual colorful spectrum of corals that we see underwater, [...]

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