Announcing the Travel Photography Academy

I’m pleased to announce the launch of the Travel Photography Academy! The Travel Photography Academy is an online course I’ve been working on for the last 2 years. When I started traveling in 2007, I knew absolutely nothing about photography. I did what many people did and purchased an expensive camera on the assumption that …

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The Danakil Depression: The Most Hellish Place on Earth

The Danakil Depression in Ethiopia is one of the lowest, hottest places on Earth. Geographically, it is part of the African Rift which extends from the African rift lakes of Malawi and Tanganyika, up through the Red Sea and into the Dead Sea of Jordan and Israel. Politically, it is part of the Afar region, …

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Seven Tips For Visting An Art Museum

I am not an artist. In fact I am probably the farthest thing from an artist you can possibly be. I can’t draw, paint, sculpt or play a musical instrument. I’m also not a serious student of art history. I’ve never taken a course on the subject or studied it in a rigorous manner. I …

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Driving On The Left

Since I’ve started my trip, I’ve rented cars in Hawaii, Easter Island, Fiji, New Zealand, Japan and Australia. As an American, I am accustomed to driving on the right-hand side of the road. I haven’t driven on the right, however, since I was in Easter Island back in May 2007. In fact, save for my …

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UNESCO World Heritage Site #1: Volcanoes National Park

From the World Heritage inscription: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park contains Mauna Loa and Kilauea, two of the world’s most active and accessible volcanoes where ongoing geological processes are easily observed. This property serves as an excellent example of island building through volcanic processes. Through the process of shield-building volcanism, the park’s landscape is one of …

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Day 12, West Africa Cruise – Sao Tome

Latitude: 0° 20.9204’ N Longitude: 6° 45.7471’ E On day 12, the G Expedition pulled into the tiny island of Sao Tome. I’ve spoken previously about the poor conditions and lack of a tourist infrastructure we found in Angola and Congo. On paper, Sao Tome is poorer than either of those two countries (primarily because …

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Help Eliminate Pretentious Travel Douchebag Syndrome

You have probably met them. They get back from a semester of study abroad or their 2-week vacation in Europe and all they can talk about is where they’ve just been. Talking about it isn’t so bad, but they somehow manage to drop the fact that they’ve just been abroad into every single conversation. ..and …

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The Sour Toe Cocktail Club

Drink it fast or drink it slow, your lips must touch the toe – Recited before entry into the club I carry only a few things in my wallet: a credit card, my drivers license and some of my frequent flyer cards. There is one other thing I carry with me. Something that I’m extremely …

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