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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.

Top 5 places to see in China

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Chinese New Year’s is coming up fast, so why not bring in the year of the monkey and take a trip to stunning China. China is big, you can travel across neon cities, scorching deserts, steamy jungle, and the soaring white capped peaks of the Himalayas all while not leaving its borders. Chinas plethora of sights, cities, landscapes and cultures will you keep you coming for many years to come. So celebrate this Chinese New Year properly in one of these five amazing locations! Read More

Japan Travel Guide

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Why Travel To Japan

Japan is another world. It’s a world where modern meets traditional. From the impossibly bright neon lights of Tokyo, to the peaceful zen temples of Kyoto, one thing is for sure. Japan will leave you in awe. If the Japanese are known for two things it would be this. Hospitality and perfection. Hospitality being the countless smiles and generosity you receive from even the most unlikely of people. Perfection, deeply rooted in the Japanese culture, which shows in their sublime, perfectly edged gardens, and the everyday activities. From serving tea in a tea ceremony to simply cutting that perfect piece of sushi. I can promise you. You will never forget this place. Read More

Morocco Travel Guide

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Why Travel To Morocco?

Morocco is amazing! No it’s Incredible….. Well to be honest I cannot think of the correct word to use for Morocco’s grandeur. From the peaceful serene bliss of the Sahara to the chaotic/colorful in your face bazaars Morocco has it all for adventure travelers and other travelers alike, also the luxurious Riads (Traditional Hotel), and the amazing beach resorts if you’re more of the Vacationer type. Read More

Colombia Travel Guide

Colombia travel guide

Why Travel To Colombia?

Colombia is usually overlooked by South American travelers because of its obvious political and crime issues. But good news! The days of gun wielding drug cartel are over. Colombia is becoming more stable than ever and a thriving tourist industry in its primitive state is emerging. Turquoise coast line with empty beaches, untouched amazon jungle and a unique culture unlike anywhere to South America. Colombia is now. Jump in before the wave gets here. Read More

Into the unknown, Darien Panama

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Darien. Panama

Everyone looks at you as if you were a mad when you mention you are traveling here. The lure of lost tribes, uncharted jungle and unique experiences is why explorers among travelers come here. This is the Darien Panama.
I boarded a small bush plane in Panama City connecting to a town near the Colombian border. The plane flew over turquoise blue waters speckled with small islands before arriving to the shoreline dense with jungle and volcanoes. It felt as if journeying back to a time when the internet didn’t exist and the great unknown lurked all around the globe. Out of the jungle I saw it, a half dirt half concrete landing strip, as we begun to land the chickens and assortment of other animals fled the strip. Read More

Nagaland: The hornbill festival, symbols of the past

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“Where am I”, I close my eyes and my hearing becomes heightened. In the distance musket rifles are being fired into the air followed by the screams of a war cry, the hauntingly beautiful humming of a tribal chant and the deep base from the longhouse gong being struck this is what I hear. Breathe in, the smell of fresh earth is replaced by smoking pork fat from the nearby longhouse. Open your eyes, and the whole world comes spilling in. Read More