Uncharted Backpacker

Author - Stephen Gollan

Moscow, Russia – Guide to the Red City

Moscow, Russia

I am not sure what it is, maybe it is the incredible architecture, the colorful domed churches or the massive Soviet monuments, but after all these years dreaming of traveling to Moscow, I finally made it. Entering the Red Square and walking across to the Kremlin was an epic milestone for me, the country with one of the hardest most expensive visas to obtain for westerners and I was finally here. Although I have been many places, Moscow is now on my list of top favorite cities. Do as the Muscovite’s do, down a vodka, enjoy the best of Russian cuisine and get lost in one of the worlds great cities! This is Moscow, Russia, nothing will prepare you for how amazing it really is!

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Andean Odyssey – A Trip Through Peru’s Sacred Valley

Peru, Sacred Valley

No, where on earth have I found a place like this, a remote indescribably beautiful and culturally diverse series of valleys containing all the historic riches of the Inca. From desolate high-altitude plains and misty cloud forests full of colorful birds. Peru’s highlands will take you on a whirlwind adventure transporting you in time entirely. It’s a whole other world just begging to be explored by the curious would-be adventurer. Time and time again I found myself walking in the footsteps of explorers long ago discovering ancient cities and vibrant villages. This is a destination for those who love travel, this is the Peruvian Highlands!

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Exploring the Radio Active Chernobyl Exclusion Zone – Ukraine

Chernobyl, Ukraine

Equipped with my Geiger counter I ventured deep into Chernobyl’s “Zone”. Every so often I would enter a room and the Geiger would alert that Radiation levels are dangerously high. This is a trip like no other I have undertaken before. It’s otherworldly, wandering the apocalyptic lands between radioactive forests, massive power plants, desolate villages, and dilapidated cities. Those who wander the area as they please are known as “stalkers” by locals. As a stalker, you have absolute freedom to explore this world’s end. I had been in search of a unique travel experience and becoming a nuclear disaster explorer has been nothing short of amazing! Grab a Geiger detector and gas mask and join me as I venture deeper into the Chernobyl disaster zone!

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Living Amongst Inuit Hunters, Uummannaq, Greenland

Uummannaq, Greenland

We all look for something special when we travel. An experience that no one else has had, something we can hold close to our heart for the rest of our lives. The crack of the whip erases my train of thought and I realize where I am. Gliding across the Arctic ocean of ice with my troop of dogs and Inuit hunter friends. Every so often we pass by bright blue glaciers the size of skyscrapers and mountains reminiscing a fairy tale scene. Being this remote, so far from the civilized world in a place that most will never even know exists is the kind of destination I have always dreamt of. This is travel, in its purest most special form. It’s a transformative experience that you will leave from as a new person. Welcome to Uummannaq, Greenland, the last true adventure!

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