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Free eBook: Wildlife Photography Special

s a travel writing and photography team, we have traveled to over 70 countries on six different continents to satiate our curiosity. In the past decade or so, we’ve combed the world in search of unusual experiences – from climbing active volcanoes in Guatemala and Iceland, to swimming with whale sharks in the Philippines and [...]

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Arctic Encounters: Ice World

Crackling glaciers, roaming reindeers and polar bears – the Arctic might be at the edge of the world, but it sure is bursting with life. By Nellie Huang | Originally published in WildJunket Magazine February/March 2012. olar bear on starboard!” I’d been so transfixed by the dazzling white ice field that I hadn’t noticed a [...]

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Whitewater Rafting in the Glacial River of Northern Iceland

// “It’s all about teamwork!” Our rafting instructor Girish shouts loudly to overcome the deafening sounds of the gushing water around us. “Forward,” he barks at us, “faster!” We paddle in full force, fighting hard to stay afloat amidst the powerful eddies that threaten to swallow us. One, two. One, two. I follow the momentum [...]

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Becoming a Wanderer in Residence for G Adventures

Sorry that I’ve been quiet on this blog for awhile! I’ve been kept very busy by the new digital magazine that we’ll be launching at the end of the year – plus the occasional freelance gigs and editing work. On another note, I’m stoked to announce that I’m officially part of the Wanderer in Residence [...]

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The Polar Dip: Swimming in the Arctic Waters

// “Run!” My expedition leader shouts. There’s no turning back. Despite the heavy snow, I’ve peeled off my parka, fleece, gore-tex, hat, socks and boots. Within seconds, my feet is numb and my hair is standing. In nothing more than my bikini, I race my fellow expedition mates towards the freezing waters. In the icy [...]

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Video: Playing with Walruses in the Arctic

// “Roaw roaw..” Our expedition guide Frank Todd called. The resident biologist who’d spent decades working with marine mammals, obviously had some tricks up his sleeves. It wasn’t long before an inquisitive group of over 25 walruses swam up to him, snotting and whistling as they waddled their way onshore. One of them came so [...]

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Landscapes of the Arctic: Glaciers, Ice Fields and Pointed Peaks

// There’s something haunting about the Arctic landscapes: aqua blue icebergs floating on crystal water, massive glaciers crackling in the background towered by snow mountains. Few places boast such striking physical appeal and raw wilderness as the polar regions. Since returning from the Arctic, I’ve found it hard to get the images of sparkling glaciers [...]

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Daily Travel Snapshot: Nordaustlandet, the Arctic

A walrus and its calf lounging on a floating ice sheet near Nordaustlandet in the Arctic.

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Arctic Expedition

Walrus on ice

I’ve just returned from an Arctic expedition with Gap Adventures, onboard their formidable MS Expedition cruise.  While circumnavigating the island of Spitsbergen in the Norwegian Arctic, we saw over 15 polar bears, came across a herd of over 100 walruses, climbed a massive glacier and even swam in the freezing Arctic waters. The Arctic conditions might be [...]

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Video: An Intimate Polar Bear Encounter in the Arctic

// “There it is!” A fellow passenger pointed out to a vanilla-colored fur ball in the midst of the dazzling white ice field.  The Arctic can play tricks on your eyes – under the glaring midnight sun and the reflective ice, it was easy to let your imagination run wild. I grabbed my coat and [...]

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Arctic Highlights: Polar Bears, the Midnight Sun and Crackling Glaciers

// I’ve just returned from an Arctic expedition, still struggling to piece together the touching memories and overwhelming sensations. My mind is trying to process what it was that moved me so – was it the surreal beauty, the extreme conditions or the rich wildlife? Perhaps it was the rare sensation of being literally at [...]

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Updates from the Arctic: Sailing Onboard the MS Expedition Cruise

// I’ve swapped the heat of Madagascar for the ice-cold chills of the Arctic, leaving behind sun-kissed beaches in exchange for glaciers, fjords and the midnight sun. Currently writing to you from Longyearbyen, I’m sitting in my cosy hotel lobby, looking out to a view of the fjord and pointed peaks. Longyearbyen is the world’s [...]

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My Travel Plans for Spring-Summer 2011

Icebergs in Alaska - hoping to see these in the Arctic!

The last few months have been a quiet one for me – as traveling took a backseat while I focused on writing. I started the year in Southeast Asia, before heading back to our base in Spain and hopping off on short trips around Europe. In the past month …

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10 Unique Transport Modes Around the World

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Sailing on an ancient junk boat in Vietnam, riding a rickshaw in Japan or seeing the pyramids on camels – there are thousands of strange and oddly intriguing forms of transportation around the world. Inspired by my hero Charley Boorman who travelled from Ireland to Sydney using 112 modes of transport on TV series ‘By Any [...]

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