Category: Destinations

Lofoten Islands Days 2 and 3

The idea was to sleep in, and leisurely wake up mid-morning before sunrise. I could have breakfast as the glow of dawn slowly emerged, then go out and shoot some photos during blue hour. While a mere 2hrs of daylight per day might sound awful to most, to me it sounds like a photographer’s paradise. Sunrise happens […]

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Photographing Iceland in Winter

For once I might have gone somewhere warm and tropical this winter. I had my eye on Lake Toba in Indonesia, which for some reason has fallen out of the travelers’ eye in recent years. It’d have been perfect for me, I think. I am continually in search of off the beaten path type places, the ones that feel new […]

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Is this the most beautiful waterfall on Earth?

Despite its namesake, Iceland doesn’t get all that cold even in the dead of winter. Temperatures hover just below freezing throughout the season, and the water flowing through Godafoss never has the chance to freeze over. Instead a multitude of icicles are formed by way of wind driven mist and water splashes. The end result is a gorgeous, half frozen piece of natural artwork. […]

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Scenes from Goslar, Germany at Christmas

Over the last year of staying in the USA I’ve tried to make the most of my time at home, but “the itch” for travel never went away. I wish I could say exploring Christmas markets in Goslar, Germany for a few days was enough to satiate my hunger for travel, but the trip went by faster than a car ride on […]

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Travel vs. Wedding photography

I shot my first wedding this month. Admittedly I was a bit apprehensive beforehand: these would be memories the couple will share together with their friends and families for the rest of their lives. More than cell phone snaps and Instagrams, I wanted to capture something timeless, something that would do justice to one of the most important days […]

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Exploring Iceland’s Ring Road: The North

A most moderate pace   Speeding is a terribly bad idea in Iceland. There are the safety implications of course, but more immediately concerning is the near certainty of receiving a ticket. Paid on the spot and starting at hundreds of dollars, speeding tickets are no exception to the general rule that everything is expensive in Iceland. So […]

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Fall Colors in Chicago and the Upper Midwest

October is a really beautiful time to experience the American Midwest. Temperatures are cool and pleasant and weather is generally good as the area transitions from summer to winter. Landscapes burst with color as trees shed their leaves in advance of the cold. Chicago has mostly yellows with some reds and late season greens scattered about. You’ll need to […]

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Christmas in Belgium with a Holga

A crap camera that’s …true The leaves are falling with vigor and we are again rapidly approaching my favorite time of the year. After taking some time today to look through pictures from past Christmas markets, I found a few of last year’s markets in Belgium that were still hiding on my hard drive. I never published most of […]

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Exploring Iceland’s Ring Road Part 2: The Westfjords

Leaving Snæfellsnes “I could stay here,” I think. “I could live here.” But rarely do I contemplate the reality of such grand ideas because it’s always a one way road back to reality.     Instead I imagine, purely and without complication of critical thought. I imagine my single idyllic night here was representative of a lifetime, as surely a lifetime could be […]

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The most beautiful lake in the world

The Pearl of Siberia It’s known as The Pearl of Siberia. Really, it’s the pearl of planet Earth. As much as I’ve traveled and as much as I’ve seen, only a handful of places have struck such a lasting chord with me. Lake Baikal, or “Ozero Baikal” as the Russians pronounce it, is one of those places. Holding 20% […]

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Some trips stick with you.

How long does a vacation really last? There have been several articles which claim that the benefits of a vacation fade quickly after it’s over. While I’ve found that to be true for short, easy trips, I’ve also found longer and more challenging trips stick with me for far longer after I return home. I think that’s because the more difficult trips force us to […]

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Exploring Hawaii with Film

Hawaii was the first trip I’ve done while shooting exclusively on film, and I loved it. I like film because of it’s simplicity and because it makes me think. Shooting film is like playing a game of chess or playing a musical instrument: anybody can learn the basics, but dig deeper and it becomes as […]

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4 ways to keep your sanity in India

When people ask me, “did you like India?” I answer honestly: I say no. No, I did not like India. I did not like the dirt and the grime, I did not like smelling rivers from blocks away, I did not like seeing piles of trash accumulating on the corners of city streets, and the […]

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Exploring Iceland’s Ring Road: Part 1

I scan the landscape as I pull out of Keflavik Airport. Customs was quick and easy, and I’m happy to already be at the wheel of my newly acquired rental car. Green moss covers dark volcanic rocks in all directions. Small yellow posts line the highway before me, providing the only real contrast to speak […]

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Memories from Nepal’s Annapurna Circuit

Finishing I remember reading about trekking the Annapurna Circuit online last year. “Trekking? Pfft,” I thought, “trekking’s just another word for walking. Anybody can walk, right?” But as Bill Walker bluntly puts it in his book Getting High: The Annapurna Circuit in Nepal, “You simply can’t fuck around with the Himalayas.” I should have taken that advice to […]

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Taking Pictures in Brussels

I already wrote a good bit about Brussels (and why I love it) at my friend Michael Hodson’s website Go See Write: A Photographic Journey Through Belgium’s Christmas Markets Rather than say the same thing here, I’ll let the pictures do the talking. Last in my series of Belgium Christmas Market posts,  here’s Brussels in all […]

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A Very Belgian Christmas: Glorious Ghent

I spent most of last week in Belgium exploring the markets of Bruges, Ghent, and Brussels. This is the second post of three in my Belgium Christmas Market series. Exceeding Expectations I had a feeling I was going to like Ghent, but I had no idea I would like it this much.     Ghent began […]

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A Very Belgian Christmas: Beautiful Bruges

Last week I visited Bruges, Ghent, and Brussels. I loved it, and needless to say I think you should go there too. I’m going to feature stories and photos from each of these places over the course of this week. That way you can see the Belgian markets for yourself, whether you can get there […]

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Why You Should Go to Siberia This Year

A Winter’s Journey to… Siberia? While most of your traveler friends count the days to their tropical island getaways this winter, you might consider bucking the trend and heading somewhere that’s completely off the beaten path. Siberia might not top anybody’s list of winter travel destinations, but it holds untold rewards for those willing to […]

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Taking Pictures in My City

We try to make our homes as comfortable as possible. To me, “comfort” is another way of saying “neutral”. After all, it wouldn’t be much of a home if our senses were always on alert, constantly excited by stimuli. We can’t help but make our homes into neutral, inoffensive places in which we can feel […]

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The Fascinating Towns of the Himalayas

Teahouse Trekking Although the terrain is at times harsh and unforgiving, trekking the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal is not exactly “roughing it”.  Towns are scattered throughout this area, and it only takes a few hours of walking to pass from one town to the next. The towns themselves are as varied as the terrain, but […]

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The Unbelievable Beauty of Nepal

Navigating harsh, high altitude terrain; occasionally soaked from rain, at other times sweating from exertion only to end up shivering from cold soon after; exhausted from walking for hours on end, heavy packs on our shoulders and with one bad knee in tow. None of that mattered. The challenges of the Himalayas were muted and […]

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Planning the Annapurna Circuit

Why Go? It’s daunting at first glance. And then you look closer and you realize it’s not just daunting; it’s also ridiculous and crazy and a downright rough way to spend a month long holiday. After all, aren’t holidays meant to be spent on the beach, stiff drink in hand and with no worries to […]

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High Spirits and then a Snag in Kathmandu

A Memorable Flight I’m mesmerized by the view from our plane’s window as we near Kathmandu. It’s only an hour flight from Delhi, but the haze has already faded and I’m seeing thunderstorms on the horizon as we begin our descent. I catch my first glimpse of the Himalayas. The mountains and storms glow pink […]

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A Photowalk Through Zurich in Wintertime

It’s Almost Here Winter is fast approaching and I can hardly contain my excitement. Maybe it’s the crisp, refreshing air, maybe it’s the holidays, or maybe it’s the way the sun lingers low on the horizon throughout the day. If the name of this website doesn’t already give it away, I love winter. Last year I fully embraced […]

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A Layover in Delhi, India

A Culture of Chaos Walking past the designer brands in the airport and driving past the Canon sign on our way into the city, I’m reminded yet again that Delhi is a place whose modernity defies its present day culture of chaos. Fighting fatigue from our long 15hr flight from Newark, New Jersey, I look up […]

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A Stroll Through Dublin’s Saturday Markets

One of my favourite things to do in Dublin on a Saturday is to explore its many markets that pop up in public spaces on the weekend.  This trip, my Airbnb host thoughtfully left me information about Temple Bar Food Market, which led to further discoveries.   Temple Bar Food Market As the name implies, […]

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A Tale of the African Leprechaun

Once upon a time a rural, tribal village in Zimbabwe….. A bunch of Western tourists sat in a mud hut, huddled around an 81-year-old almost naked chief. He was a friendly fellow, wanting to know about each and every one of us visitors and where we came from. One person was from Ireland. To give […]

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A Change in Perspective

I’ve just landed in Japan. It’s my first time here and it’s raining on this night. It’s late December and the rain is cold. I know where I’m supposed to sleep but all the signs are in Japanese and I’ve seen bowls of spaghetti with more organization than this metro map which I’m presently trying […]

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A Day in Bangkok

“Only 10 bhat tip? Give me more. You give me more!” Thus began our day outside of the Wat Po temple complex in Bangkok, Thailand. We had already massively overpaid for the short tuk tuk ride, but most drivers refuse to carry tourists for anything less than some multiple of the local price. It’s possible […]

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Why Bangkok Works in the Land of Smiles

Stay the hell away? Bangkok overwhelms in every possible way. The heat, traffic, crowds, noise, the constant assault of street food on your olfactory receptors. The polluted air and intense, near-equatorial sun lend a heavy feeling to being there and there’s no escape. Every single street corner is a barrage of concrete, electrical wires, idling […]

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The Coolest Little Town in Patagonia

The Hilarity of “Underrated” “Underrated” doesn’t even begin to cover it. If it were anywhere else on earth, you’d already have heard of Puerto Natales. Problem is it’s right smack dab in the middle of Patagonia, widely regarded as one of the most beautiful areas in the world. It’s like putting your perfect little daily […]

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Breathing in Northern Asia

A short story to cool you off It’s late July, North America’s just endured its worst heat wave of the year so far, and I can’t wait for things to cool off. If you’ve been reading this site for a while, you already know my affinity for cold weather. Otherwise, “The Polar Route” says it […]

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How to Lose a Tail in Goa

“Hey man, I think those guys are following us.”   We had just arrived in Goa, India. I was traveling with two of my friends, and we were beginning of our third week of South Asian travel. We did what all reasonable travelers do on arrival in Goa, we found a place to stay and […]

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Good Will Hunting and Why I Travel

Have you ever seen Good Will Hunting? It’s one of my favorite movies, and even though it takes place entirely in Boston it completely sums up why I travel. Take a look at the following exchange between Sean the therapist played by Robin Williams, and Will the genius misfit kid played by Matt Damon: Sean: […]

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You Should Go To Sri Lanka.

Just go there. It’s cheaper, more exotic, prettier, more laid back, and better than just about every other beach destination on Earth (yeah, even Thailand). Have your doubts? I’ll prove it to you.   It’s cheap Where else can you stay at a “Hilten” hotel for $9 USD a night? Okay, so it’s not THE Hilton, […]

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New Destination Gallery: RUSSIA

Twelve Cities, Six Weeks Worth of Travel The new Russia gallery is the culmination of about six weeks of travel through Russia on two separate trips. Cities included St. Petersburg, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Tyumen, Tomsk, Omsk, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk, Listvyanka and Lake Baikal, Khabarovsk, and Vladivostok. Travel between each city involved a cumulative 16 days worth […]

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Istanbul: A Photo Essay

Last month I spent the better part of a week in the incredible city of Istanbul, Turkey. I was caught off guard at what a lively city it is – the people are passionate above all else. They’re proud of their history and they have an active and vested interest in their future. It’s plainly obvious […]

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What’s Your Favorite Country in the World?

One of the first things I’m asked when people find out I travel is, “what’s your favorite country?” Most travelers I know can’t answer this question, and I never could either. There’s far too much awesomeness out there to pick just one place. And then I went to Mongolia. Mongolia is my favorite country in […]

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Tasting Istanbul

A tour for someone who hates tours Istanbul is a food lover’s dream. There are so many food options and so many flavors in the city that it’s absolutely overwhelming. It’s like being in a maze without a map, without a sense of direction, and with no idea of where to even begin. It’s a perfect […]

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Film Pictures from Istanbul

Last week I spent a quick 5 days in Istanbul. I had mostly good vibes about the city. I loved it’s food, architecture, history, markets, and culture. But WOW are there a lot of people! There were long lines for the touristy things, and the non touristy things had tons of people too. I wouldn’t […]

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Where can you see THIS?

They’re not cute… Really. I never realized how incredibly stupid penguins look until I saw them for myself. Seeing them waddle awkwardly on land, watching them flap their useless wings, listening to them caw loudly at each other for no apparent reason other than to make noise. But get them in water, though, and they suddenly transform into […]

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Top Things to Do in Iceland

I spent two weeks driving around Iceland last fall, and I can’t wait to go back (someday…) All these must sees can accessed by making a circular route on Highway 1, Iceland’s main highway, and this post is vaguely laid out in a clockwise fashion around the country. Without further ado: Check out Reykjavik Resist […]

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