Uncharted Backpacker

Author - Stephen Gollan

A Journey into Bajau Laut, The Sea Gypsies of Borneo

Sabah, Malaysia, Borneo

Ever since I saw the BBC Human Planet documentary on the Bajau Laut I have been fascinated with these “people of the sea”. It is said that many of the Bajau can hold their breathe for upwards of five minutes, plunging into the depths with only a pair of wooden hand made goggles. Trying to find information on visiting the Bajau proved difficult but here I am speeding along in a small wooden boat, flying past remote islands and impossibly blue waters with my Bajau guide who I met only moments ago at the Semporna docks. Suddenly in the distance the rickety frames of wooden structures emerge like a mirage over the vast ocean horizon. Finally, I have made it to the home of the Bajau Laut!  Read More

A Travellers Guide to Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

The cool ocean breeze blows over your face as you sip on craft beer and dine on fresh oysters. The streets are buzzing with activity, faces from all around the world can be seen in this bewildering melting pot of a city. Above, sea planes barrel down landing with a splash in the harbour, this is Vancouver, Canada. Easily one of the most beautiful cities not just in Canada, but the world. Nearby to the city are dramatic coastlines, beautiful mountain vistas and ancient forest giving ample room for outdoor activities. Vancouver is the hub of western Canadian culture and will locals and foreigners alike! Read More

Travel Madagascar’s Wild West

Western Madagascar

The more I travel the harder it is for me to get excited. The once vibrant picture becomes more mundane and “normal”. Arriving to Western Madagascar changed this perspective. Having previously believed I may have seen it all has been turned upside down by this stunning region. When the pavement ends so does the modern world. Ancient Baobabs soar above, lemurs leap from tree to tree, eerie jagged rock formations conceal spirits of the dead and wild Zebu stealing tribes rule the areas as they have for centuries. I came looking for adventure and Madagascar gave me exactly this! Read More

Layover in Seoul – South Korea Guide

Seoul, South Korea

Those traveling from North America to Asia often transit through Seoul, South Korea. Seoul is not just a place to relax in transit. It’s a chaotic, fast paced, and modern city, and yet it’s managed to stay very traditional, which means a plethora of historic sights remain. Whether you have 12 hours or 36 hours, Seoul can offer the weary traveler a host of amazing experiences. With my Layover guide to Seoul you will be dining on Korean BBQ and walking the neon lit streets of Seoul! Read More

Top Twelve “Off the Beaten Path” Travel Experiences for 2018

Top “Off the Beaten Path” Travel Experiences

With the click of a button you can explore the world’s hidden wonders, get  off the beaten path and set off on your next adventure, but for the jaded traveler the average travel experience can seem mundane. After Eleven years in search of unique travel experiences I have devised a list of my favourite off the beaten track travel experiences from around the world. For those of you who are looking for something more than the average trip where you can delve into the unknown this list will help inspire your inner explorer, but most of all give you an insight into the lesser known corners of the world! Travel off the beaten track! You won’t be disappointed.  Read More

Picking the Best Travel Camera 2018

Travel Photography

When you research potential travel destinations what is the first thing you do? For the majority of us we look up high-quality travel photos of our chosen location, and in return, we all hope to capture similarly stunning and powerful images to show off to our friends. This is why selecting the best travel camera for you is so important.

Your photos ignite memories of your trips abroad, they bring a smile to your face and are something to be very proud of. Without the proper information, you can, unfortunately, end up with a camera that you are unhappy with, thus leaving you with lousy photos or none at all!

After eleven years of being a self-proclaimed travel photographer, I have been through all of the trials and tribulations of finding what I believe is the best line up for travel cameras and video cams. Use these tips and tricks to help you find and pick the best travel camera! Read More

Traveling the Non-Touristy Side of Bali

Bali, Indonesia

The tiny island of Bali hosts stunning lush tropical landscapes riddled with rice terraces and active volcanoes. It’s also home to an ancient Hindu culture that has left its mark here with intricate and ornate temples that reflect the islands intense beauty. Unfortunately for us travelers this is no secret and tourists have been flocking here for years. For the savvy traveler there is plenty of opportunity to find the parts unknown. After visiting Bali frequently for the past ten years I have developed a guide to help you find the authentic Bali you have been dreaming of. See why Bali is one of my favourite Islands! Read More

Why You Should Visit North Korea

North Korea Travel

Let’s put aside the politics, the propaganda and everything else negative about North Korea. Instead of looking at the constant barrage of negativity surrounding this controversial destination let’s take a look at the positives. I traveled to North Korea for two weeks and loved it. After traveling the most secretive country on earth I can tell you that it is a beautiful country that has stunning nature, clean cities, friendly people and of course bizarre but wonderful sights. North Korea also has a very distinctive culture that everyone shows with pride. Here is a list of reasons why you should visit North Korea! Read More

The Travelers Soul, Varanasi, India

Varanasi, India

I have been here before, a place in time where all my troubles seem irrelevant, where everything I thought I knew has just been turned upside down. The colours, sounds and people unfold in front of me in a dazzling display of culture. All the descriptive words I can write, but nothing will give this place the justice it deserves, this is Varanasi, India. You see, Varanasi is where traveling became something different for me, it’s the place where I abandoned my previous life and entered my new one. This place of life, death and everything in between is the place I keep returning to for many reasons, although many are still understood. Varanasi will change you, walk these holy shores and she will take a hold of you as she did to me. Varanasi, the ultimate traveling destination! Read More

Exploring Nizwa and the Hajar Mountains, Oman

Nizwa, Oman

Leaving Oman’s glitzy capital, Muscat, into the Hajar mountains things change. Life is slower paced out here. It’s decisively more conservative as well. The small communities that call the Hajar Mountains home are more traditional and are deeply connected to Omani culture. If you are looking for an Arabia that has been lost in neighbouring countries, than this is the place to come. This region is also famed for being one of the most gorgeous regions in all of Arabia, deep gorges cut through jagged black mountains while villages made of stone defy gravity by clinging to the Cliff side. Nizwa and the Hajar are impossibly beautiful.  Read More