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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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Scratch Off World Map Poster

The perfect gift for any traveller

Scratch off the countries you've been to to track your travels!

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The Sri Lanka Travel Guide

Sri Lanka Travel Guide

The first time I visited Sri Lanka was shortly after the end of their brutal civil war. I discovered a complex, stunningly beautiful and intriguing island nation that I fell in love with. Now, with the war long gone Sri Lanka has opened its heart for all to see. Idyllic beaches empty from tourists, hidden jungle Buddhist temples which require a pilgrimage to get to, national parks filled with wild elephants and an ancient culture that is so very addictive. If you’re thinking of heading to South Asia soon, then I can tell you this there is no place on earth like Sri Lanka. Grab a scooter, fill up on a curry spiced with the heat from hell and hit the roads around this simply perfect adventure travel destination! This is Sri Lanka.

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