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Bhutan in Photos: from Lofty Mountains to Magnificent Fortresses and Happy People

The tallest mountain in Bhutan

Of all the 78 countries I’ve visited, none of them have captured me as much as Bhutan did. Here’s why: Entrenched within mighty mountain chains and surrounded by Buddhist myths and legends, Bhutan still remains shrouded in mystery. Having only opened its doors to international tourists in 1974, the country has come a long way in terms of [...]

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15 Aerial Photos from Around the World

Aerial shot of Bazaruto island

ur planet Earth is pretty darn amazing, but it’s even more beautiful when seen from above. Thanks to this blog and other travel writing opportunities, we’ve been lucky enough to have seen many parts of the world from the sky – whether on sightseeing planes, hot air balloons or paraglides. Some of these have resulted in the best experiences of [...]

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A Glimpse of Nepal through Instagram

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I’ve just spent the past two weeks in Nepal and have been completely swept off my feet by this stunning Himalayan nation. I love how Nepal makes me feel: silenced by awe and giddy with excitement, like a first-time traveler all over again. In all honesty, I haven’t felt that enthusiastic about a place in [...]

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Photoblog: Flamingos and Rhinos at Lake Nakuru

Flamingos taking off

By the time we arrived at Lake Nakuru in Kenya, we had already seen many of the big animals of Africa in the Masai Mara including lions, elephants, buffalos, hippos and even cheetahs. But we’d yet to see all of the Big Five, with just the leopard and rhino missing from our list. Here on the shores of Lake [...]

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On Safari in Kenya: Lions, Cheetahs and the Annual Migration at the Masai Mara Reserve

Wildebeest

Over thousands of wildebeests and zebras sprawl across the vast grasslands, peppering the landscape that runs for miles into the horizon. We’ve seen them before – but now to see them in such big numbers is just impressive. As we drive further along the rolling hills and surprisingly green fields, the sheer sight of the thousands of animals before us leaves us silent in awe. [...]

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15 Panoramas from Around the World

Expedition cruising in Antarctica

ertain landscapes are simply too vast and magnificent for a normal shot to do them justice and panoramic shots are the best way to capture the magnitude of a place in one shot. An extended frame tends to present a landscape at its best. Thanks to technology, you don’t have to be a professional photographer [...]

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Ice on Fire — Sunset in Paradise Bay, Antarctica

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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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Mauritius from Above: Flying over the North Coast on a Seaplane

Heart-shaped islets off the coast

With miles and miles of picture-perfect sandy beaches and acres of greenery, Mauritius is definitely best seen from the skies. Exploring on land and by boat may give good perspectives of the island, but only by taking to the skies can you fully get a grasp of the island’s geography. On our recent trip to [...]

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Sublime Sunsets Around the World

Avenue du Baobab, Madagascar

Sunset is my favorite time of the day — a short but intense moment when the entire landscape is transformed into a different world with the burst of golden rays. It’s that moment when every setting is at its best. Some of our best photos were shot just when the sun is fading beyond the [...]

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Photo Essay: Croatia’s Stunning Plitvice Lakes

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You hear them before you see them. Hundreds of waterfalls cascade from various heights in different corners of the impressive Plitvice Lakes National Park in central Croatia.  The emerald water shimmer and sparkle even from a far distance, reflecting the sun’s rays like a reflection. Thick beech and fir trees sprout out from the sides [...]

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Photo Essay: Snapshots from Our Train Journey through Slovenia

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Over the week, we journeyed from the western edge to the eastern coast of Slovenia by rail, taking in its backcountry from the comfort of the train windows. Train travel has always held the romance of travel to us and we savored it even more so here in the compact but nature-rich Slovenia. Despite its [...]

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Life on the Water: Honduras’ Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge

A crocodile in the Salado River

A thick leathery body floated over the glassy green water surface as we glided by the edge of the swamp in our motorized wooden boat. Our local guide Elmer signaled for the boatman to move closer. Once we were within an arm’s length from the body, we found a pair of big marble eyes staring back at us. An enormous [...]

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Photoblog: Maui At A Glance

At the summit of Haleakala Crater

Big swells, long beaches, tanned surfer dudes and hula girls: that was how I had imagined Hawaii to be. I had always thought Maui was all about beaches, beaches, and more beaches. But I couldn’t be more wrong. We’ve just returned from an action-packed week in Maui, and my perspectives of Hawaii have completely changed. Granted, there [...]

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Shades of Blue: The Grenadines From Above

A beauty beach from above

Over the past week, we found all means to explore the islands of St Vincent and the Grenadines: on foot, by car, and by boat. We hiked La Soufriere volcano, drove inland to see its waterfalls and towns, and island-hopped by boat. But it was only when we took to the sky that our understanding [...]

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Photoblog: Local Market Flavors in Nadi Town, Fiji

Lady selling plantains

Piles of bright green chili, orange tomatoes, and psychedelic pink dragon fruit distract my eyes, while heaps of Indian spices make my nose tinkle.  The air is humid and hot, with the smell of the seawater floating in from time to time. In the labyrinth that makes up the Nadi central market, all sorts of local produce are on offer — from the quintessential kava [...]

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