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Naadam Festival – A Celebration of Manliness & Sports in Mongolia

Eagle trained to hunt in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

I flew halfway around the world and was greeted by this… Right now the 3-day celebration that is the pinnacle of the Mongolian tourist season is in full swing. Naadam is a festival of merriment and machismo. A celebration of what it means to be a man. Athleticism and physical prowess is revered. And men … Read More

The Lovely Bones of Sedlec Ossuary in Kutna Hora

Sedlec Ossuary, Kutna Hora, Czech Republic

Some people think death is the end….but it needn’t be. As the good people at the Sedlec Ossuary in the Czech Republic have proven, it seems we can all still be of some use after we leave this earth…as ornate interior decorations. Be honest…who wouldn’t one one of these in their house? In what can … Read More

Mountain Gorilla Trek in Rwanda

Mountain gorillas in northern Rwanda

“Quick, stand still and get ready – they are coming towards us”. This was the moment I had been waiting for. 3 hours earlier. I was standing under a tree outside the headquarters of Parc National des Volcanos, having just been introduced to our local guide for the day, a handful of specially trained gorilla … Read More

Walk With Lions in Africa

Walk with lions and lion cubs in Zambia, Africa

Three months travel in Africa created endless ‘great experience’ opportunities and one of the most memorable was a walk – in fact, two walks! After six weeks travelling through Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi I arrived in Zambia with the new addiction of admiring the African wildlife in their natural habitat. And the adrenaline … Read More

Christmas in Colombia: The Colors Of El Alumbrado in Medellin

El Alumbrado in Medellin, Colombia

Ever spent Christmas in Colombia? Specifically Medellin, the City of Eternal Spring. This business city turned tourist hub may never be able to shake away the memories of Pablo Escobar and the Medellin cartel, but that’s okay. History builds character and the modern Medellin has become one of the safest (and most fun) cities in … Read More

Exploring The Rock: Alcatraz Night Tour in San Francisco, California

Aerial view of Alcatraz prison, AKA The Rock, in San Francisco Bay, California

No visit to San Francisco would be complete without a tour of The Rock, the most famous former prison in the United States and one of the most famous historic prisons in the world. The island is a great day-trip however I highly recommend taking the Alcatraz night tour instead. Sadly, since I am not … Read More

16 Must See Places Before You Die

Breathtaking view of Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Everyone has a bucket list of things to accomplish in our lifetime, including exotic destinations to travel and see must places before you die. Those things that you’ve always wanted to do. What some people call dreams, you prefer to call goals. Why wait for tomorrow to fulfill those wishes? There is a universe full … Read More

Bhangarh Fort in Rajasthan, India — So Haunted It’s Illegal To Visit After Dark!

The haunted Bhangarh Fort in Rajasthan, India

Are you a fan of haunted places? Do you have nerves of steel? Well then, this place may be just for you — if you also do not mind being arrested abroad. Like all haunted places, Bhangarh Fort not far from Jaipur has no shortage of myths and ghost stories. However unlike other places this … Read More

You Know You Are In Bolivia When…

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Bolivia is a thought-provoking and unique country, with friendly locals who will not hesitate to share a smile with you despite the daily hardships they endure in the poorest country in South America. Hardships that we cannot even begin to imagine without visiting. You know you are in Bolivia when traveling the country is not … Read More