Art is a step from what is obvious & well-known toward what is arcane & concealed.

- Kahlil Gibran

Donsol, Philippines!

 D onsol is one of those off-the-beaten-track adventures that lives up to the traveler hype. Not too long ago it was hardly spoken of, barely on the map, and today it’s a well-known whale shark migration spot where you can get up close and personal with these magnificent creatures.

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Streets of Manila

The streets of the worlds most densely populated city is quite an experience, and a necessary one for any trip to the Philippines. Behind the seemingly hostile exterior, the traveler can find some of the friendliest people in the world on these streets, which are surprisingly safe, easy and fun to explore!

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Manila to Donsol

 T ravelers looking to get transport from Manila to the magical Donsol have a couple of options to choose from when planning trip: Air or Bus. 

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Vicuñas of the Salar

 V icuñas are very shy animals and are easily scared away by intruders, due among other things to their extraordinary hearing. When trekking in Salar De Uyuni National Park – home to the largest salt flat in the world – Vicunas can be seen every so often if not alerted to your presence.

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Essential Chicago

Architecture, food and music defines essential Chicago for me. There’s a lot of history here spanning Native Americans, gangsters, to jazz and blues music. Not only is this stuff in the history books, but its alive in the streets. A walk around the city brings the imagination alive wondering what it would have been like in the grand era, and the architecture and food of Chicago gives the backpacker reason alone to remember this city.

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Manila: Into the Metropolis

 W ithout polish or elegance this is a metropolis of immense proportions that defies expectations. Manila is the worlds most densely populated city in the world, and with a low surface quality tourists are often intimidated and easily discouraged from venturing into a city that begs adventure. Appreciating the charm and significance of Manila demands a certain level of sensitivity, and also some tolerance against the small things from controlling expectations. If one can look past the surface layer, some of the worlds friendliest people and utterly authentic experiences wait to be discovered. 

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Into Denali’s Backcountry

 I awoke around 5:00AM quickly unzipping my zero bag with the sun blasting down at full power; the frigid night is all too short during the fall of late August. It was my fifth day in the Denali backcountry and I was fortunate enough to have clear visibility with expansive views of Denali.

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Colombia’s Historic Countryside

 C olombia’s historic countryside has an incredible array of colors, architecture and culture. It seems like everywhere you travel you meet particularly hospitable and interesting people that make the Colombian experience all the more unique. Only three hours from the capitol, but a world away from the bustle of Bogotá, lies the historic countryside town of Villa de Leyva.

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A Jeepney Experience

The Jeepney Experience is one of those essential things every traveler must do in the Philippines. Jeenpeys are highly regarded and beloved for their unique style and charisma, however to the backpacker these reckless machines spew massive amounts of pollution, have zero predictability and are ridiculously fun. 

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The Wonder of Utah

Road trips across the U.S. photographing National Parks always ranks top of my all-time favorite adventure list. I recently completed a road trip of Utah’s National Parks, and if I had to sum it up into one word… AWESOME! Utah has an incredible diverse and unique landscape; unforgiving and unforgettable.

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