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Stephen Gollan; Travel photographer/blogger, travelling the uncharted parts of the world, exploring the culture, cuisines and natural wonders to get you the latest travel updates.

My Favourite Books for Travel Inspiration and Trip Planning

Travel Books

I am not sure about you, but once i settle into the routine of being home after long trip abroad, the first thing I do is pick up a few travel books and begin planning my next big trip. Throughout the years I’ve built my travel book collection up including pictorial books, travel guides, trip idea books, and some area-specific books to inspire me. Many of these travel books have given me the knowledge I needed to become a successful travel blogger and design the epic adventures you can see right here on Uncharted backpacker. Check out my list of my favourite travel books to inspire your inner wanderlust! Read More

Yemen Travel Video

Yemen Travel Video 

Yemen Travel Video

This year the team at Uncharted Backpacker visited the war torn nation of Yemen to promote future tourism and hope for this absolutely stunning nation. Despite the war raging between the different political states and foreign influences, Yemen’s people prevail and are optimistic that when the war is over, tourism will return. Contrary to what the media says we first hand witnessed that Yemen’s Historical and UNESCO sights have not been destroyed, in fact they sit frozen in time awaiting for the war to end just like the nations people do. This video is dedicated to the preservation of Yemen’s cultural and historical sights, but most of all to bring awareness to the struggles countless innocent people are facing amidst the war.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmBCg34ubPQ

Into the Void – Traveling to the Most Remote Places on Earth

Remote Destinations

When it comes to travel I can without a doubt say, that I travel a lot. Meeting new people is a common occurrence for me and I am often asked: “where is your favorite destination”. This is a hard question as I have found something I like in every country I have been to. An easier answer is my favourite places to travel are the hardest ones to get to, the most remote corners of the planet. Here life is tough, often nomadic or tribal, based on survival rather than living. The environments are extreme, it can be very technical and travel here can require a lot of planning but it is by far the most rewarding kind of travel I have ever encountered. So, if you’re ready, lace your boots up and pack your bag and let’s go to the most remote corners of the planet! Read More

The Cave Cities of Cappadocia – Turkey

Cappadocia, Turkey

Such an odd and wonderful place this is. A place where people sleep in caves, cities are constructed underground and the landscapes reminisce a fairy tale. Located right in the middle of Turkey, Cappadocia made a perfect stop to break up the dusty overland Silk Road journey. Arriving in the early hours of the morning I wandered the empty streets. Every so often a light would turn on through the window of a cave house. In the distance, the colorful rocks gleamed in the early morning light. An amazing first sight of Cappadocia! Read More

How to Cut Costs in Iceland

Budget Iceland Tips

If you’re traveling here then you must be aware that it gets pricey FAST. One of the locals was kind enough to explain the situation to us; “We as Vikings have gotten lazy, we don’t go to other countries to rob them. Now we just wait for them to come here. ” The meaning behind this is simple, flights are cheap because everything else is so expensive once you arrive. But not to worry, we have found tips to stretch your dollar so you can enjoy more and spend less! Read More

Understanding Dark Tourism and What It Is?

Dark Tourism

As one of the first pioneers in modern dark tourism I can tell you that this style of travel is widely misunderstood and frowned upon because of this. Many say Dark Tourism is politically incorrect, but the term Dark Tourism is actually a broad term for multiple categories within this style of tourism. This post is to take a look into the darker side of travel and understand why people not only enjoy it, but dedicate the entirety of their travels to it. Read More

Mexico’s Cultural Heart – Oaxaca

Oaxaca, Mexico

The streets are full of life, everywhere you look you see vibrant colours, smokey markets, and people as unique as the land they call home. Oaxaca is where travellers come to get a taste of the real Mexico, the Mexico you won’t find at one of the countries many coastal resorts. There’s no Senior Frogs or beach discos, instead, you will find markets teeming with Mexican food you probably have not heard of and venues playing classic tunes while locals sip on Mezcal. This is the Mexico that will get under your skin, this is Oaxaca.

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Into the Arctic – Guide to Ilulissat, Greenland

Ilulissat, Greenland

Icebergs the size of skyscrapers drifting across blue waters, beautiful skies that shift unimaginable colours throughout the day, and an Arctic settlement filled with Inuit cultural heritage. This is Ilulissat Greenland, one of the most spectacular destinations on the planet. Although it truly is amazing, it’s changing at a rapid pace. Modernisation is creeping in; climate change is altering the face of the glaciers and land. Like elsewhere in the Arctic the future is uncertain, but the time to visit the UNESCO village of Ilulissat or Greenland for that matter is now. Read More

7 Reasons To Visit Iceland Now

Travel Iceland

Iceland is often referred to as “The land of fire and ice” or “The land of dark and light”, but as I saw it Iceland is an area of all kinds of insane contrasts and geological wonders. The minute you leave the airport you will find yourself glued to the window as you wait to see if an alien will pop out of the Martian landscape you’re starring at in disbelief. We loved driving across this country and watching how quickly and dramatically the land could change, coming from an area where all we see are wheat fields and oil rigs, we were certainly never bored of Iceland’s intense scenery.

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The Truth Behind Travel Blogging – Why You Should Have a Travel Blog

Travel Blogging
Every traveler these days seems to have a travel blog. In a world that is connected in all ways imaginable we are constantly bombarded with happy couples in Paris, solo travelers backpacking in South East Asia, and Instagram stars on exotic adventures. With so many travel bloggers, and Instagram/Facebook celebrities it seems as if starting your own travel blog and traveling the world for free couldn’t be easier, this however is not the reality behind travel blogging. As one of the few online who can say I have some sort of success in the industry I can assure you that what travel blogging was created for and what it has become is a dark reality, but even though travel blogging has lost its ways there is still many out there who do it legitimately! Read More