PHOTO: Troop of Baboons in Mago National Park in Southern Ethiopia

In the early morning hours, this troop of baboons strolled onto the road in Mago National Park in the Omo Valley of southern Ethiopia. Established in 1979, Mago is the country’s newest national park. Not only can a stunning diversity of wildlife be seen in the park, it is also home to a number of indigenous tribes, including the Aari, Banna, Bongoso, Hamer, Karo, Kwegu, Ngagatom, and Male peoples. However the park is perhaps best known as being home to the Mursi tribe, where…

PHOTO: Sun Sets Over Salt Flats in the Danakil Depression of Ethiopia

I eased into the low canvas deck chair my driver had set up next to our jeep. Waving off the glass of wine he proffered, I focused on the enormous lemon-colored sun descending through the salt haze. Earlier, I had walked across the salt flats in Ethiopia’s Danakil Depression to Lake Karum. As I…

PHOTO: Hydro-Geothermal Deposits of Dallol, in Northeast Ethiopia

Dallol, officially one of the remotest places on earth, is located in the Danakil Depression in northeast Ethiopia. The area is known for its otherworldly hydro-geothermal features that include acidic sulfur lakes, geysers, and bizarrely colored mineral deposits. Though technically listed as a settlement by the government, Dallol is no longer inhabited. Other than nomadic peoples who mine salt and run camel caravans in the area, the only residents …

Best Lightweight Camera Tripods For Travel (Plus A Giveaway!)

Best Lightweight Travel Tripods Photography Tips Tripods are a fixture of a good travel photographer’s tool kit. These are the best lightweight travel tripods for capturing stunning landscapes around the world. As a professional adventure travel blogger, I rely on a lightweight and sturdy travel tripod to create epic landscape and adventure images from my travels around the world. Whether it’s hiking in the mountains of Afghanistan, or wandering the streets…

PHOTO: Water Fights during Songkran in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Thai New Year is celebrated with a four or five day holiday that falls in mid-April each year. The holiday, known as Songkran, is celebrated throughout Thailand, but Songkran in Chiang Mai is celebrated with true abandon. Festivities kick off at 6 a.m. at Thapae Gate, where Buddhist monks offer a blessing and join an alms-giving procession. Residents and visitors line the plaza, eager to place a gift of food, drink, or flowers into the alms bowls of the monks. These offerings are transported to the various wats… The post PHOTO: Water Fights during …

The first sunrise of 2018 was a memorable one!

New Year’s Eve in Birch Bay, Washington This year we rang in the New Year with friends at a cottage in Birch Bay, located in Washington State about 30 minutes south of the Canada-USA border. We wanted to get away for a few days, but didn’t want to travel too far. When our friends invited us to join them at a cottage …

The Best Travel Cameras Of 2018 (And How To Choose)

How to Choose a Travel Camera Travel Photography After 7 years as a professional travel photographer & blogger, I keep getting asked what’s the best travel camera. There are so many to choose from! Here’s what I would pick, and why. If you’re into photography, traveling the world with a good camera can help you bring back images that will stand the test of time — memories to share with family and friends for years to come. …

PHOTO: Stone-paved Streets and Medieval Houses of Beaune, France

Walking through the old stone fortifications that once surrounded Beaune, France, is like riding a time machine back to the Middle Ages. Ancient masonry facades, stone lintels, and colorful wooden shutters adorn the medieval houses of Beaune. Millions of footsteps have polished the stone-paved streets to a high sheen. Drainage gutters still run down the center of the streets, and nearly every house has a set of wooden doors at the street level that leads down to a cool, dark wine cellar. Located in the Burgundy Region of… The post PHOTO: Stone-paved Streets …

Photos of the Iberostar Cancun Resort in Mexico

Iberostar Cancun Resort, Yucatán, Mexico A few months ago I visited Mexico’s tourism capital to attend a conference that was hosted at the Iberostar Cancun Resort. This all inclusive beach resort is located in Cancun’s popular hotel zone. This was a solo trip for work, so most of my time was spent inside the resort attending meetings and networking. In fact, come to think of it, the only time I left the resort was when I was transferring back to the airport for my flight home. I spent 4 days / 3 nights at the resort. I visited at the end…

“Wear” Your Photography Gear Mission Impossible-style with the SpiderLight Backpacker Kit

How to carry your camera while traveling is a perennial problem for travel photographers. Traditional camera straps are less than ideal — they’re often uncomfortable, leave your camera swinging precariously (rather than secured to your body somehow) every time you bend over, and easy for thieves to slice and swipe. Spider‘s brand of camera holsters, straps, and harnesses remedy this problem. They’re designed to secure your camera tightly to your body, whether on your belt or backpack strap. They were kind enough to send …

PHOTO: Monks Wait to Meditate Beneath the Bodhi Tree in Bodh Gaya, India

Click on title to view photo in large format. Monks wait to meditate beneath the Bodhi Tree in Bodh Gaya, India. According to legend, Siddhartha Gutama (Buddha) meditated on this exact spot without moving until he attained enlightenment. Records are unclear about how long he meditated; some say six days, others say 49 days, while some even say it took six years. Once Buddha achieved nirvana, the Bodhi Tree became a sacred symbol of…

SeaLegacy Photographers Paul Nicklen & Cristina Mittermeier Prepare for the North Pole Summit 2017

This July, a limited number of polar-passionate travelers will be breaking ice, pushing barriers and leading change alongside the world’s top Arctic climate change experts. The inaugural Quark Expeditions North Pole Summit 2017, on board one of the world’s most powerful nuclear icebreakers, is a transformative 14-day journey from Murmansk, Russia, to 90°N at the top of the world. As a participant, you’ll learn firsthand about our most pressing environmental challenges and be inspired by the brightest thought leaders in polar conservation to take action. SeaLegacy photographers Paul Nicklen…

Best Photos of 2016 & Plans for the Coming Year

In 2016, I moved to Oaxaca for a few months and ended up signing a lease for a lot longer stay. Part of this decision came down to my battle with chronic pain, but also to the fact that the city is beautiful and delicious. After years in Asia, it is a big change. But a welcome one, as I’ve long wanted to improve my Spanish from its inauspicious, embarrassing beginnings. To end 2016, I wanted to share some photos from the last year. In 2015, I posted my favorite pictures from the prior 12 months. This…

DJI Mavic Pro: Best Drone For Travel? (Plus Tips & Tricks)

DJI Mavic Pro Drone Review Gear Review Drones are incredible tools for capturing images & video in a totally different perspective. With the new DJI Mavic Pro, we finally have a drone that’s easy to travel with too! The other day I was kayaking at a stunning blue lagoon in Mexico. To capture its beauty, I brought along a…