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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.

Iceland Romantic Travel

Romantic Iceland Travel 

When I think of Iceland I think of Vikings, big burly bad asses roaming the land with swords, ready to ward off anyone who wishes to stand in their way. When we got there we quickly realised how sweet and romantic it really is. The chilly weather sets the tone for cuddling up at night under the northern lights, the luxurious lagoons throughout the country make everyday a spa day, and the pristine nature means you are always surrounded by beauty. If you’re looking for a romantic destination that’s different from the typical “tropical hideaway” then we highly encourage you to come to Iceland and experience this winter wonderland for yourselves. You won’t be disappointed. Read More

Riding Motor Cycle in Ladakh and the World’s Highest Pass – Nubra Valley, India

Ladakh, India

The air is so thin that my Royal Enfield Motorbike struggles to keep moving from the lack of oxygen. My mind often becomes hazy and my heart labours just like the motorcycle, but every time I look up from the terrifyingly steep, pothole-riddled and rough road I see some of the most majestic scenery I have ever witnessed. Stark and jagged mountains, rugged blue glaciers, remote Buddhist villages, and mountain passes covered in colourful prayer flags. This is just some of the epic landscape set before my eyes on this journey. Every hour I climb higher and closer the Khardung La, the world’s highest motorable pass set at a dizzying altitude of 5602 m. This is one of the world’s last great adventures to be had!

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Off The Beaten Track in Iceland – The West Fjords

Iceland, West Fjords

How I have longed for a place like this. The mountains here tell stories long forgotten. Such beauty masked and hidden deep in Fjords only reachable until recently. Villages caught in a time vault and a rugged wilderness of which much has never been explored. This is the Iceland we all look for but never find. The few that manage to make it here will tell you, this is their favourite part of the land of Fire and Ice. Being the oldest region in Iceland, and the West Fjords are clouded in a shroud of mystery and adventure. Whether it’s the awe-inspiring landscapes, Fjords filled with sea monster folk legends, or the people who have kept their Icelandic culture more so than anywhere on the island, the West Fjords are a traveller’s paradise. Welcome to the West Fjords of Iceland, off the beaten track!

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Best Drone for Travel – Traveling with a Drone

Drone Travel

The world of travel photography and videography is changing fast. The days of having to rent a small plane or hot air balloon for copious amounts of money to get a eagles eye view are no longer necessary because of the availability of consumer drones. Drones are not only greatly increasing our creativity with photography while we travel, but for the first time, travellers are able to see amazing places in extraordinarily different ways. The world of Drone Travel is new and exciting, but for many still misunderstood. After traveling for a few years with my drones I have created this informative post to let you know how to pick the right travel drone for you and to keep you up to date with the most important tips to keep it legal. It’s time to dive in and join the world of travel drones! Read More

Guatemala’s Witchcraft Market – Chichicastenango

Chichicastenango, Guatemala

I have always been intrigued by the weird and wonderful sights of the world. Any time witchcraft or voodoo is mentioned I usually get lured in, not because I believe in it, but instead because these misunderstood beliefs that are demonised by most are actually some of the last remnants of ancient civilisations on the planet. High up in the misty mountains of Guatemala is the small town of Chichicastenango famed for its colourful markets, pre-Colombian ruins and of course witchcraft. Walk anywhere in the village and you will see signs of it, from the ancient inscribed tablets to the ancient symbols that are hidden amongst the Catholic churches. This is one of Central America’s best-kept secrets! Hop ion a chicken bus and venture into the unknown at Chichicastenango, Guatemala.

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Guide to Madagascar’s Capital – Antananarivo

Antananarivo, Madagascar

For most travellers, they see Antananarivo or Tana for short as merely the gateway to the far-flung island of Madagascar. A quick hop onto your 4×4 and you’re out of there as fast as possible. Those who linger here longer find something much different. Underneath the traffic-clogged streets, decaying buildings and mess of power lines is the lifeblood of Madagascar as a whole. In Tana, you will find the new face of Madagascar, but also the old mixed with its diverse population that hails from the tribes from every corner of Madagascar. Tana is also where you can see the island history, from the kingdoms of Malagasy tribes to the colonising French, it’s all here in one big wonderful melting mix. Before you think all Madagascar has is lemurs you need to see its equally impressive culture, starting here in Madagascar’s capital city, Antananarivo.

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Arctic Adventure Day Trips from Ilulissat – Greenland

Ilulissat Greenland


Soaring above a bay full of thousands of massive icebergs in a bush plane,hiking along ancient Inuit paths past colourful villages, searching for families of whales, kayaking through Ice fjords and venturing to one of the largest disappearing glaciers in the world. These are just some of the amazing experiences to be had around the UNESCO town of Ilulissat on Greenland’s North.

Tourism in the Arctic is a new idea and because of how remote it is, getting here has kept the tourist crowds away. Instead, you will find the hardcore travellers. The one’s who venture to the ends of the earth hunting for their next great experience. And I can assure you once they venture into Ilulissat and join in on the authentic activities, they will never forget it. From the howling sled dogs, dazzling northern lights, hospitality from the Inuit locals or the stunning scenery, Ilulissat, Greenland is the next big travel destination!

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A Travelers Guide to Punjab India


Punjab India


This is a part of India you may not have heard of. A widely misunderstood area tucked away in India’s North West corner on the border with Pakistan is the province of Punjab, home to the Sikh faith. A trip to Punjab almost feels as if you have left India and entered a whole new country. For starters, Punjab is against the cast system making it one of the most accepting regions of the country.It is also home to quite possibly the best food in all of India due to the region being blessed with fertile pastures and a great growing season, many refer to Punjab as the Naan basket of India. This extraordinarily different side of India is addictive and has now brought me back for a third time to try and delve deeper into Punjab’s incredible culture! Welcome to Punjab, India.

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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