Day 16, West Africa Cruise – Cotonou, Benin

Latitude: 6° 28.1006′ N Longitude: 2° 23.4704′ E As I mentioned yesterday, the port of Cotonou, Benin was closed for Easter. Technically speaking, we could have gone to Benin on Easter because the Benin navy had offered to transport people to shore for the low, low price of €350 per person….each way! It also would …

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Learning To Dive in Fiji

This post was written by Matt Kepnes. All photos used were taken by me. I’ve always wanted to learn how to scuba dive. When I started traveling, I promised myself I’d learn to dive. It had always been a life long desire of mine- to explore the world under the sea. All the beautiful pictures …

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Using Twitter for Travel

If you recall, I have written about why you don’t need a guidebook to travel. They are heavy, expensive and out of date. Since I’ve wrote that article, I’ve encountered even more examples of how guidebooks have failed travelers and they had to end up getting information locally anyhow. But I’m not here to open …

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Preah Vihear: My Trip To A War Zone, Part 3

Read part 1 and part 2 first. The Temple We paid the dirt bike drivers $18 to take us round trip up the mountain. I don’t think they get much business lately. On the way up we saw periodic small groups of soldiers sleeping or bathing. They didn’t appear to be at Defcon 5. We …

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What do you get when you cross a whale and a shark?

I’ve seldom been in the right place at the right time on my trip. I wasn’t in Tonga to see whales, I wasn’t in Hawaii when lava was flowing, and I wasn’t in Japan to see the cherry blossoms. I finally lucked out and the whalesharks are currently in Exmouth! I honestly had no idea …

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Photo Essay : Italy

This May 11-24 I’ll be leading a travel photography tour through Italy with G Adventures. We will be traveling from Venice to Rome visiting many of the highlights of Italy along the way: Florence, Pisa, Cinque Terre, Sienna, Vatican City, Naples, Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast. I’ve previously visited most of the locations on the …

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Behind the Lens – Bangkok Red Shirt Protester

In the spirit of VH1, I am going to start taking time each week to tell the stories behind some of my favorite photos. This week I want to tell the story behind the photo of the red shirt protester I took in Bangkok in 2010. I arrived in Bangkok in early 2010 to take …

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My Day as a Photojournalist

Over the last three years I’ve taken somewhere around 60,000 photos. I’ve taken photos from the air, from the inside of caves, in deserts, in jungles, on islands and on mountains. I even spent one memorable day on the Great Barrier Reef as an underwater photographer. Until last week, however, I had never found myself …

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