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Traveling the Silk Road — A Quick Guide

PicMonkey Collage

The Silk Road is the greatest travel route of all time, spanning 8,000km across continents, weaving through deserts, mountains and grasslands and bringing traders from East to West and vice versa. The original overland odyssey has long lured travelers, from the likes of the world’s first professional traveler, Marco Polo, to modern-day Silk Road author, [...]

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Traveling Iran — What it’s Like

Old world Persia

As a curious traveler, I believe visiting a place for myself is the best way to learn on-the-ground knowledge and to see a place beyond the headlines. My recent visit to Iran – just like my previous trips to troubled lands like North Korea and Palestine – further reaffirmed that what we see in the media isn’t always the real truth. As [...]

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Traveling Central Asia: The Mind-Boggling Visa Application Process

Central Asia map

Amongst the nuances of travel, applying for visas is one of the things we hate about traveling. Sadly this is probably the most annoying part of planning a trip to Central Asia. Almost every country in Central Asia requires a visa to enter (for most nationalities). The ever-changing rules for visa applications in Central Asian nations [...]

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Finding a Life of Adventure: How to Overcome Your Fears

Fear quote

For many people, fear is the biggest obstacle to achieving personal goals. We give fear so much power that we sacrifice our dreams to avoid anxiety or the possibility of rejection or failure. The first step towards dealing with fear is to recognize that it is inevitable. We all experience fear, whether first-time travelers or [...]

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Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro: A Quick Guide

Samba dancers in Sambadrome

arnaval is Brazil’s biggest festival of the year, and it is celebrated throughout the country – from the Amazon to the Bahia coast – with week-long street parties, samba dancing and music. While customs, celebrations and costumes vary by region and city, Rio de Janeiro’s Carnaval is the biggest and flashiest. More than 500,000 foreign [...]

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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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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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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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Disconnecting from Technology and Why You Should

Working on the go in Africa

Last November, I went on an overland camping trip in Southern Africa with the main purpose of visiting Namibia and Botswana, places I’d always been intrigued in. But what I got out of the trip was a lot more than just phenomenal sights, lifelong friends, and fantastic travel memories — I was also plunged deep [...]

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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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Travel Photography Tips Part IV – 5 Basic Post-processing Tools

Editing in Aperture

Have you ever arrived from a trip excited about your pictures, only to find they don’t exactly look right? You shot what you wanted to capture, the light conditions were perfect and you got the frame just right but somehow the resulting picture looks dull, dark or not perfectly focused. Although there’s some debate about [...]

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Travel Photography Tips Part III: How to Take Great Photos from a Moving Vehicle

In this third edition of our ongoing photography series, I want to give some tips about a recurring situation when taking shots on the move. Travel photography is about being at the right place at the right time. But sometimes you might not have the time or the budget, so some good photography spots of [...]

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Travel Photography Tips Part II – Photo Composition

Simplicity

This is the second edition of our photography series: My first post explained the basic elements of photography: exposure, aperture and shutter speed; in this second post, I want to talk about photo composition, which is probably the most important aspect of a good picture. Sometimes the beauty of a picture is not what you are [...]

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Travel Photography Tips Part I – The Basics

We often receive emails with positive comments on our photos and questions on how to take better shots, so I’m here to share with you what I have learned over the years to help you get the most out of your camera. In this first photography article of our photography series, I’m going to explain [...]

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Tips for First-Time Travelers in Asia

Rice fields

This is a guest post by Jemima Lopez. Planning on trekking through the world’s largest continent? Asian countries are rich with cultures that have existed long before many western countries were even formed, and there is a wealth of opportunity to see and experience parts of this heritage as you travel in the region. But [...]

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