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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


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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Tips to Planning a Round-the-World Trip

Macchu Picchu, Peru

Planning a Round-the-World (RTW) trip can be exciting, fun and sometimes daunting. Making the decision to travel around the world  is probably the easiest part of the journey – but after that comes researching, buying airtickets, insurance, and so on… I’ve compiled a few tips that will help calm your nerves and help lower the […]

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Travel Diseases to Watch Out For

This is a guest post from our supporters Lloyds Pharmacy. Venturing to far-flung lands is always exciting, but the wise traveler always makes sure they’re protected against whatever exotic bugs and diseases they may encounter. If in doubt, visit your GP or use an online service – they’ll be able to tell you whether you’re […]

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Travel Tips: How to Stay Fit While Traveling

This is a guest post by Jeremy Albelda. One of the biggest issues with extended travel is sacrificing yourself for the experience.  No no, I’m not talking about offering your heart (literally) to a forgotten tribe, I’m referring to your fitness and physical wellbeing.  Whether we’re vacationing on the beach for a week or backpacking […]

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Travel Tips: How to Keep in Touch While on the Road

This is a sponsored guest post by Evelynn Sidiropoulos. Whether you’re bushcamping in Africa or hiking in the Outback, keeping in touch with the latest news and happenings while on the road can be quite tricky. Internet access may be limited in certain parts of the world while phone communications can cost a bomb. But thanks […]

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