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Video of a Mexican Mayan shaman performing a traditional ritual with words, drums and incense to cleanse, bless, and protect me. In Spanish, he wishes good health, luck with family, and my travels.
Hiking Albania's Accursed Mountains? Check-out my experience of hiking from Valbone to Theth - awesome - in this photo story with travel advice.
New Year 2017 started for me in North Korea in Pyongyang. I went to North Korea by train from China, and traveled with a Chinese tour group.
Traveling to Sirigu Village known for geometric designs and folk art painted on the houses by the artistic women of northern Ghana.
The night hike up Kawah Ijen to Indonesia's famous blue-flame volcano, complete with green crater lake and workers extracting sulphur amid toxic smoke.
The ultimate zero-BS India travel advice. First timers often find it overwhelming but these expert tips help avoid problems, so you can enjoy India more.
Sudan's pyramids are older than Egypt's and there are more of them! But the pyramids at Meroe are much smaller. Still, you'll probably be alone & in awe.
I hitchhiked amid the Maramures Region of Romania to the idyllic peasant village of Botiza. Homestays are available and the tranquil countryside is great for walks. .
Watch the exciting Friday ceremony of the Sufis gathered at the Hamid El-Nil Mosque in Omdurman, in Sudan.
The Marsh Arabs of Iraq are a unique Middle Eastern culture that have thrived in the marshlands of southern Iraq for millennia. I visited them in 1989.
Exploring Anlong Veng - the ex-Khmer Rouge stronghold - on the trail to Pol Pot's mountain jungle hideaway, and visiting his pitiful grave.
Adventures of trekking with a mule to the ruins of the last Inca Kingdom of Vilcabamba in the Espiritu Pampa of Peru.
Women with lip plates and killer warriors - yeah these Mursi tribe traditions still exist in Ethiopia. But today, the Mursi also pose for tourist dollars.
Glowing psychedelic skulls grin at me. The dead are alive. Today is the Day of the Dead. What the Maya call Hanal Pixan is also known as The Day of the Dead in Mexico.
Looking at the women of Minab Market reveals the ancient trading routes that once connected southern Iran with the Arabian Peninsula, Pakistan, and beyond.
When it comes to man-made disasters - it’s difficult to top the Aral Sea disaster. At the fishing port of Moynaq, the rusted, stranded ships are now 170 km from the actual shores of the Aral Sea.
The rock-hewn churches of Lalibela remain one the world's least-recognized man-made wonders, yet in Medieval times they were known as “The Jerusalem of Ethiopia”.
Get expert hitchhiking advice about what to do, how and why from a guy who's hitchhiked the Sahara Desert and from England to India, etc.
Traveling the Srinagar-Leh Highway. Travel photo-story and advice for the journey into the Himalayas. Built by the military, this is the only road linking isolated Ladakh with Jammu and Kashmir states.
Transylvania is a cultural and scenic cinema. But thanks to Bram Stoker's Dracula, western imaginations - mine included - fly into vampire overdrive.
Read this before you hit the road. It could save you some stress. Backpacking travel advice by an expert nomad traveling across the planet, since 1988.
Video of traditional Mongolian folk music - with throat singing - recorded in a tent in Karakorum, Mongolia, once the capital of Genghis Khan's empire.
At last, we arrive in "Little Tibet". Surrounding blue sky. Massive brown mountains. Snow jagged peaks. Tails of bright prayer flags.
A gigantic, ancient stone face is half-buried in the earth at the mysterious Pipil site of El Baul; today, lost amid vast sugarcane plantations.
Visiting a fishing village of the Muslim Cham people on the Mekong River, amid the high fishing season in Cambodia.
Victoria Falls - the largest waterfall in the world - is impressive, even in the dry season. In fact, the views are better as the falls aren't obscured by mist.
Travel advice & pics for backpackers hiking Mount Sinai in Egypt. Consider hiking during the day, allowing 3 hours - with plenty of rest and photo ops.
Video of boys surfing barefoot down ancient irrigation channels amid the mountain villages in Yemen.
A dental disaster when a broken tooth became a root canal and then a torturous extraction and a drugged high.
The tiniest village in Bulgaria is Melnik - seemingly lost amid the eroded hills, yet it's famous wine was once the toast of Europe, for over 600 years.
Video of traveling Sierra Leone in a bus crawling amid a crowded, early-morning market spilling onto the roads of Freetown.
Taking the ferry 2 days across Lake Tana, from Gorgora to Bahir Dir and stopping overnight in Konzula, is a great backpacking adventure.
Xinye is a time trip - reaching back 100s of years, this ancient Chinese village remains intact from the Ming and Qing eras.
Discovered in 2005 and yet 5000 years old, Las Geel is one of the world's greatest prehistoric art sites.
Australian United Nations Peace-Keeping Force of armored personnel carriers (APCs) assemble and then set off on a reconnaissance mission to the volatile Indonesian border nearby.
The world is a fascinating place - and part of that wonder is people. Even people going about the everyday.
Across the world there's loads of natural and historic beauty - and I've been lucky, having experienced many.
Sailing south by passenger ship across Lake Nasser - up the Nile to the border port of Wadi Halfa in Sudan can be an arduous, but memorable journey.
On my birthday, I go to the village of Santiago Atitlan to pay homage to Maximon - a Maya god that smokes + drinks.
Antarctica Watercolor Art - landscapes & wildlife of the great southern continent.
Visit markets, see tribes, hike the weird-humped Taka Mountains and explore the ruined Khatmiyah Mosque.
Impressions of crazy love amid a surreal past - MesoAmerican ruins of the Maya and others.
The self-proclaimed Republic of Somaliland is safe to travel. And while there's not much to see in Hargeisa, it is the gateway to this land.
Old Sanaa is an Arabian Nights vision - straight from the tales of the 1001 Nights. And it's one the oldest continuously-inhabited cities in the world.
Traveling long term - like many years - can play with your sanity. Read my advice about surviving long term travel -I've been doing it for 30+ years.
Our first 48 hours of van-life in China. The hazardous highways of Hebei lead to blissful van-camping at Golden Beach.
The Maya-like, Koh Ker Temple Pyramid towers above the jungle and is unlike anything at Angkor.
Acknowledged as the "worlds oldest observatory", Zorats Karer is a 7500-year-old stone circle often-called the Armenian Stonehenge.
Van-camping in China on Peach Island in the middle of the Yalu River opposite the misted mountains and border towers of North Korea.
Traveling by boat from Likoma Island on Lake Malawi to the Cobue border crossing and east across Mozambique by truck, van and train to Nampula.
Travel scams: How to avoid being drugged and robbed while drinking with strangers. My crazy story of being drugged, abducted, robbed, and ditched in Siberia.
Van-camping in China, near Jian at Wandu Mountain City ruins, amid the valley of nobles tombs at the ancient capital of the Korean Goguryeo Kingdom.
Touring San Pedro Prison in La Paz is to enter a brutal, surreal circus. My experience from 2002, before it became infamous.
Jaw-dropping views on the North Korea border - visiting Changbai Mountain & stunning Heaven Lake.
Luxor can be painful beyond the ancient beauty - scammers, hawkers, gigolos and inflated prices. But it doesn't have to ruin your trip - try these tips!
Surreal artwork based on my experience of being caught amid a riot in East Jerusalem during the first Palestinian Intifada in 1989.
Visit the Hutou battle museum and explore the tunnels where the Japanese defenders of Hutou Fortress fought the Soviets for 11 days after the end of World War Two.
Visiting the Kurdish village of Palangan, its houses stacked on top of each each other while stepping up the mountainside.
To help people decide whether they're a comfortable drone, a freak in the system, or a burden to society, I've made a check-list to see if you're a Freedom Junkie.
If you're looking for a ragged, end-of-the-earth place - go to Berbera. This old Red Sea port has dusty streets, crumbling architecture & wrecked ships.
Monumental stone ruins are rare in southern Africa. Yet in the highlands of Zimbabwe, these awe-inspiring ruins rival the Inca sites of Peru.
Musings at the end of an epic overland trip across Asia and Africa; broke and confused. But mostly, about how awful hostel dorms can be for a light sleeper.
What can I say: it was a bus trip that nearly topped all bad bus journeys ...
Surreal Art Sculptures by Desert Winds. An art exhibition blurb could well use this title. And her art is on show at Egypt's White Desert Gallery.
From van-camping over a lake and mountain panorama in Yunnan, to being sent to a quarantine area during the Coronavirus outbreak in China.
Living on mountains amid the clouds, the Chachapoyas were known as the cloud people. And at the center of their world, the mighty ruins of Kuelap.
Within the Kaluts region, you could be forgiven for wondering if you've stumbled into a lost city - as miles of eroded sand towers & blocks stick out of the desert.
Last night I dreamed a disturbing dream. And that dream seemed real the next morning walking the streets of Kontum in Vietnam.
The Museum of World Culture – in Gothenburg, Sweden – purchased 4 images from me and they're part of an exhibition called DESTINATION X.
Entering a small town in Saddam's Iraq seemed a quiet and friendly experience - until a children's parade proceeded down the mainstreet.
Standing on a crag, the 11th century stone-tower-houses of Al Hajjarah and the surrounding mountains, evoke the Arabian Nights.
Meet Daouda Diabate - a Baye Fall singer/songwriter from Senegal, who lives in an old military bunker on Goree Island offshore of Dakar.
Travels in Eritrea - 1995. Wandering around the barren surrounds of Matara, meeting astonished and friendly locals and checking out ancient Axumite ruins.
Ulisa Bay on Lakoma Island in Lake Malawi is a great rest stop - especially if you're traveling the long Cairo to Cape Town overland trip.
One of the best places to explore "The Grand Canyon of Guinea" is from the village of Doucki, with guide, Hassan Bah.
Yemen is a fascinating country - no doubt. Get my crazy take on the travel experience and culture of Yemen from 2005.
A volcanic eruption left haunting ruins of human occupation at Whalers' Bay on Deception Island in Antarctica.
Visiting the ancient stone towers of Mestia - lost amid mid-winter snow, drinking with locals, surrounded by the high peaks of the Caucasus Mountains.
I'm no diver and I'm not much of a swimmer - but even if you're like me, the Blue Hole in Dahab is amazing to snorkel around. Here's my advice.
Hathor is a goddess of many things within the ancient Egyptian story. To visit this amazingly preserved temple at Dendara, alone, is wondrous.
Back in 1989 ... I simply walked into the entrance of Petra, Jordan, paid my fee, and wandered in with a sleeping bag under arm.
Part #2 of story heading into outer Indonesia to Papua in search of my GF -Erica's, long lost father that she hadn't seen for 30 years.
First impressions of traveling in Tehran - Iran, in 1990. Racing across the city in a taxi amid chaotic streets that seemed asking for accidents every minute.
Following the gorgeous Swahili Coast of Kenya, visiting beaches and islands, ancient Islamic ruins and Portuguese forts. Plus encounters with naughty monkeys.
Traveling to the open-pit diamond mines of northern Sierra Leone, once land of civil war, brutal warlords, and "Blood Diamonds".
The freedom, the beauty and the irony of van-traveling the mountains of Yunnan in China as the world stays locked-down with the coronavirus. But there's still a few issues ...
This collection represents my early artwork, created in India in 2004 and in Cambodia during 2005-06.
The arduous journeys of traveling or rather, paid hitchhiking by truck across Northern Kenya from Ethiopia - Moyale to Marsabit in Kenya. My second time!
Staying at the cave house village of Lijiashan during winter 2011 and a revisit there in summer 2020.
To escape slave-grabbing raids by the neighboring Benin kingdom in the 17th century, the people of Tamberma Valley built these fortified houses.
Within the 400 year-old Yongtai fortress- in the Silk Road Corridor of Gansu - a village of soldier-descendants survives, herding goats and sheep amid the arid surrounds.
Lazy beach days are always good. Some pictures and advice for enjoying 4K Beach on Koh Rong Island - away from the party scene.