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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

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

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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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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A Photographers Guide to Hong Kong

Hong Kong

An old style Chinese Junker boat ploughing through the waters across Hong Kong Harbour, a dazzling array of futuristic fluorescent in the distance, soaring modern buildings covered in glass stand beside dilapidated and overcrowded concrete blocks splattered with vibrant decked out kanji signs from a time long ago. This is Hong Kong; The old, the new and the unexplored, many travellers don’t even attempt to scratch the surface of this misunderstood city. Stay long enough and you will be rewarded with one of Asia’s most fascinating destinations. Hong Kong, city of colour and culture, a photographers dream. Read More

A Travellers Guide to Victoria, Canada

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Exploring historic avenues with haunted hotels, hiking in misty mountain rainforests, picnicking on a remote beach or being surrounded by countless Orca’s as they lunge out of the ocean in a spectacular display during a whale watching tour. This is Victoria, Canada, Vancouver Island’s main city. It’s much more laid back than nearby Vancouver and is a great base to explore other corners of the island. Whether you like Wine, Whales, History or nature, Victoria will stay with you long after you leave its shores. Read More

The Pirate Tropical Paradise – Ile Sainte Marie, Madagascar

Ile Sainte Marie, Madagascar

There is only one way to see this place, join the locals and hop aboard a scooter to zip down the 57km of road here. Look over there! An idyllic beach with a thatched hut village. What’s that you smell? Frying fish and other fresh assorted seafood. Continuing along you dodge chickens, pass by cemetery’s marked with the pirate symbol of a skull and cross bone and eventually find a beach that looks like a friken post card. This island paradise is tucked away in a remote corner of eastern Madagascar. There are no big crowds, no tour buses and definitely no McDonalds. This is Madagascar at its most beautiful, cultural and historic setting. It might be remote, but those who make the effort to get here just might find the paradise they’ve always dreamt of! This is Ile Sainte Marie Madagascar. Read More

Tips for Conquering Travel Anxiety

Travel Anxiety

I have dealt with a diagnosed generalized anxiety disorder since I was 13 years old. There are many tips and tricks that I have learned over the years that have helped me deal with some of the unpleasant sides of anxiety, as well as recognize the benefits! Yes, you head me right, the BENEFITS, most people do not discuss this side of anxiety but I believe it is important to understand all sides of the disorder and how it impacts our day to day lives.  Whether you’re in a busy market, loud bus station or lost in a new city, traveling with anxiety has its challenges but the opportunity to overcome those challenges will lead you on a great journey towards peace of mind, tolerance, and understanding. Read More

Fire and Ice – Travel Iceland’s South Coast

South Iceland

The road is long and as the hours drift by, my mind tries to comprehend the amazing journey i am on. Black sand beaches, colourful quaint villages, epic mountains dotted with volcanoes, lagoons filled with icebergs, and hills with dive bombing puffins. These are all things you will see along Iceland’s Southern road. Iceland’s Southern route is a traveller’s dream ticking off all the must see in this small but diverse region. At many of the pit stops I quickly pull my camera out as usual, but when I see such natural beauty I find myself lost in it and unable to focus on taking the photo. To sum it up into one word Southern Iceland is “Breathtaking” and as a travel photographer a dream come true! Read More