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Skydiving Gold Coast — Plunging Off at 12,000 Feet Above Ground

Preparing to take off

“Are you ready?” David, my skydive master from Gold Coast Skydive, shouts from behind me amidst the strong winds and the roaring engine. I’m sitting at the ledge of the plane’s opened door, about to jump from 12,000 feet above the ground. Looking down at the earth far beneath my feet, my head spins deliriously and my heart races faster than [...]

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Road Warriors: Testing our New Eagle Creek Gear

Eagle Creek ORV Trunk 36

As adventure travelers who spend a great deal of time on the road, we take our travel gear quite seriously and we always make sure to invest in quality products that can withstand extreme conditions. Through the years, we’ve spent quite a lot of money, time and effort to find the gear that suit our needs but it hasn’t [...]

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Shotover Canyon Swing — the World’s Highest Cliff Jump

Shotover canyon swing

“1…2….3….” Counting to three, I mentally brace myself for the jump and slowly push myself backwards with my toes. But just as I’m pivoted on the ledge, the jump master pulls me back up. He laughs at the expression on my face, but I’m too scared to laugh along. It’s not funny when you’re the one sitting [...]

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New Zealand Road Trip Part I: Exploring the North Island

Day one of #NZ roadtrip with @gadventures and we

Over the past two weeks, I’ve been traversing the North Island of New Zealand with my main partner G Adventures. The landscapes have been stunning: rolling green hills, herds of sheeps and snow-peaked mountains sprawl across the country, with huge swells and black volcanic beaches on the west coast and calm clear bays on the east. [...]

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Exploring Adels Grove in Outback Queensland — Part I

Constance Range

Flying over the vast savannahs, I feasted on amazing views of  orange earth and green spinifex cacti that ran for miles and miles. The terrain twisted and curved around gentle hills and long dirt roads, and cattle herds ran in all directions on the dusty plains. This was my first glimpse of Outback Queensland. It [...]

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Outback Queensland: Red Earth, Emerald Water and Blue Sky

Sunset at Harry Hill

Rose red sandstone mountains rise from parched grey earth dotted with lime-green spinifex grass and eucalyptus tree, while emerald water runs through the gorges lined with green palm trees. This part of Outback Queensland reminds me of the Red Center (specifically the area around Uluru) — but  without the crowds. It’s hot, dry and harsh, studded with gorgeous unearthly landscapes and criss-crossed [...]

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Annapurna Foothills Trek — Part II: Walking from Sunrise to Sunset

My favorite spot

Read first – Annapurna Foothills Trek Part I: A Walk in the Clouds Day 3: Arriving at Dhampus in the darkness – 18km It’s 7am by the time I leave the warmth of my sleeping bag and head down to the breakfast table on the open porch of Breeze Teahouse. The view before us comes as quite a shock to my [...]

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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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Photo Essay: The Colors of Papua New Guinea

Flying over the fjords of Tufi

Known as the Land of the Unexpected, Papua New Guinea is indeed shrouded in mystery and packed full of surprises for those curious enough to see beyond the headlines. As a remote and largely unexplored country, Papua New Guinea is a hodgepodge of impenetrable jungles, ancient mangrove swamps, wide savanna grasslands. In the midst of [...]

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Christmas Greetings (Plus a Book to Give Away!)

The Adventure Traveler

Christmas is right around the corner — how and where are you celebrating? Last year we had a gorgeous white Christmas in Norway and it was the perfect setting for the festive season, but we won’t forget the miserable X’mas dinner we had (made up of instant noodles and a hotdog) at the only place [...]

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Announcing the Release of My New Book: The Adventure Traveler’s Handbook

The Adventure Traveler

2013 is a special year indeed. It marks five years since I started this blog and left a career in Engineering to pursue full-time travel and writing. In these five years, my life has completely taken a 360 degrees turn. I have a career that I absolutely love and I lead a semi-nomadic lifestyle that I always dreamt of. Along the way, I built a great [...]

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5 Great Adventure Destinations for a Winter Escape

Paragliding in Cape Town

Winter’s quickly creeping up on us (in the northern hemisphere), and it’s about time to start planning where we’re off to this winter. Whether you’re planning to get active or simply enjoy the winter sun, we’ve come up with a short list of great places to spend the end of the year. Cape Town, South Africa [...]

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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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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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Wildlife and Scenery: Kayaking Lake Nicaragua

Blue Skies

From my room at the I could see the shimmering Lake Nicaragua lit up by the morning rays.  At 7 am, the tropical air was already hot and steamy. The howler monkeys were already awake, their loud bawls echoing from the jungle surrounding the lake.  Birds perched on tree branches were chirping and singing their morning tunes. [...]

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