2017: A Year in Photography

2017 was an odd year for me. It was the least amount I have traveled since I started traveling full time in 2007. I “only” stepped foot in 14 countries this year. I did make the most of it as I visited 27 new UNESCO World Heritage Sites this year (plus 1 that was added this year which I previously visited). I also managed to visit over a dozen National Park Service sites in the US on various domestic trips I took.

Photography wise, I launched the Travel Photography Academy, which is my online travel photography training course. I also won 11 awards in the annual North American Travel Journalists competition and took home a bronze prize in the Single Subject Portfolio category of the annual Society of American Travel Writers photography competition.

You can also check out my year-end photo essays for 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2018.

As always, I hope you enjoy my images as much as I did taking them!


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Global Travel Conspiracy 47 – Stefan Krasowski on Traveling the World With Miles and More

This week I’m joined by renowned world traveler, Stefan Krasowski of Rapid Travel Chai and Frequent Traveler University, who just returned from Christmas Island, timing his trip with the annual red crab migration. The red crabs cover the beaches to lay their eggs at a specific time of year so it’s no small feat to witness.

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Global Travel Conspiracy, Episode 46 – Q&A Volume 3

For this episode of the Global Travel Conspiracy, I answer your question about his new additions to gear, upgrading camera gear, 3 important lessons about self-taught photography, purposeful practice, gear to carry, mirrorless cameras, what is best camera to carry, stock photography, renting gear for trip, smartphone photography tips (including nighttime photography tips), and watermarking photos.

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The Bizarre Bone Chapels of Portugal

The first of Portugal’s many Capelas dos Ossos that I visited was in Faro, the capital of the Algarve region. This southernmost slice of the country is best known for its sunny beaches and lively nightlife. Finding out there was a chapel decorated with human bones just a short drive from the sun-loungers and karaoke bars definitely made me raise an eyebrow.

It was certainly quirky enough to earn a place on my travel itinerary, and I jotted it down before absent-mindedly scrolling down to see what else Faro had to offer. It wasn’t until I was actually standing in the chapel, looking around, that I really began to think about what I had come out of my way to visit: a chapel made up of literally thousands of human bones.

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The Ultimate Arbitrary List of Places to Visit in 2018

The editorial team at Everything Everywhere likes to keep with the times. We’ve noticed a great many travel publications all publishing their list of places to visit in 2018 and we didn’t want to be left behind. We’ve studied all the lists and distilled what we believe to be the essence of what makes for great annual lists of places.

We recommend you visit these places in 2018 but not before or after. What makes them special will only exist between 12:00 am on January 1, 2018, and 11:59 pm on December 31, 2018. If you visit any time before or after, you are on your own.

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The Item Which Revolutionized My Travels

My favorite travel companion. My Amazon Kindle Voyage
I like to travel and I like to read.

These two things shouldn’t be in conflict. In fact, they usually complement each other quite nicely. However, I discovered just a few month’s into my travels back in 2007 that I had a big problem….several problems

  1. Books are heavy. If you have ever had to move and you own a lot of books you have probably discovered just how heavy they can be when you have more than one. If you are taking a trip with just a single book, weight usually isn’t an issue because you can just carry it with you on the plane. However, if you are traveling long-term, books tend to pile up. At one point, the weight of books in my checked bag was almost 1/3 of the total weight I was carrying around. You might just say I could throw the books away or leave them somewhere, but….
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The Top 10 World Heritage Sites in Greece

The Top 10 World Heritage Sites in Greece

To many people, Greece is known mainly as a country with beautiful turquoise colored waters, vivid architecture, and delicious cuisine. While this is true, Greece is also rich with history. Greece is home to over 18 unique UNESCO sites that you can visit. Because there are quite a few, finding the right sites to visit on a short trip here can be a little difficult. To help you, this article will highlight the top UNESCO world heritage sites in Greece that anyone traveling to there should consider visiting.

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