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NYC’s 4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza in Photos

I feel lucky to live in a great big city like New York. I mean, where else could I get to see such an amazing world-class fireworks display for the 4th of July (Independence Day for the USA) against a background of the Manhattan skyline? It’s been a tradition for years now to go and watch the fireworks […]

Asia 2013 Indonesia Photos

Photo Essay: Borobudur Temple at Sunrise

Few things are quite as breathtaking as having a historic place virtually to yourself. I tried it at Petra, entering at 6:00am to get some solitary time at The Treasury, which really proved to be memorable. So when it came time to visit Indonesia‘s Borobudur Temple, the largest Buddhist Temple on Earth and a UNESCO World Heritage […]


2013: The Year in Photos

2013 was a big year for me. 9 countries. 10 U.S. States plus Washington, D.C. 28 flights. 9 train rides. 3 bus rides. And 1 truly miserable ferry ride. I traversed over 83,000 miles in 2013 (over 133,500 km), more than doubling the record that I set last year! I spent so much time on the road this year […]

Crazy Road Trips Iraq Middle East 2012 Photos

Road Trip Iraq: Kurdistan’s GORGEOUS Hamilton Road!

Picture this. You’ve rented a car and you’re going for a little joyride in northern Iraq. You pass the turn off for Saladin’s Fortress, which, these days, finds itself surrounded by land mines. And then you turn onto one of Iraqi Kurdistan‘s premiere sights…the Hamilton Road. Right about now you’re probably thinking…I drove all this way for a road? But […]

Middle East 2012 Photos Turkey

Photo Essay: Inside Enigmatic Ani

I’m fairly loose with my travel planning, but when I stopped by the bookstore before going to Turkey, a was flipping through a guidebook and saw this photo: So strange. Just a wall, sitting there in a field of debris. I knew I had to make to make it there. So I made my way to […]

Great Outdoors Photos USA Utah

Photo Essay: A Hike Through the Queen’s Garden

The Queens Garden-Navajo Loop Trail combination is the most popular at Utah’s Bryce Canyon National Park, as you leave the comforts of the ridge overlooking the Bryce Canyon Amphitheater and venture in and amongst the surreal hoodoos! The abnormal rock formations are unlike anything you have ever seen before, so I’d love to show off some of my […]

Laos Photos

Photo Essay: Wat Phu, Laos’ Khmer History

Deep in the forests of southern Laos, a place where few travelers venture, lies an ancient relic. A relic that is instantly recognizable as the work of the Khmer Empire, who ruled over much of Southeast Asia during the Middle Ages. They left behind some very impressive religious sites, the most famous of which is Angkor Wat […]

Iraq Middle East 2012 Photos

Photo Essay: Inside 7,000 Years of History at Erbil Citadel in Iraq

History is everywhere in the Middle East. Throughout the “Cradle of Civilization” lie remnants of many millennia of human activity, stuffed right into the hustle and bustle of modern-day life. I saw bits of this in Istanbul, with its Roman ruins and massive mosques, dating back centuries, but even that is small potatoes in this […]