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20 Photos of Bali

20 Photos of Bali That Will Make You Pack Your Bags and Go

I have a love affair with Bali, which is not to say I’m blind to its unpleasantries (traffic, peddlers, densely populated). My first visit to Bali was a quickie — three whirlwind days filled with kleptomaniac monkeys, blackened temples, and a volcano. My second visit allowed me 10 days at leisure to really soak up…

My 15 Favorite Travel Experiences

My 15 Favorite Travel Experiences

I didn’t visit every destination on my 2015 bucket list this year, but that’s just fine. I’m more interested in quality travel than in quantity. This is perhaps why I don’t travel full-time. I grounded myself for six months (!) to work on my first documentary film. I’m glad to report I’m almost done… And…

Camera & Photography Gear Buying Guide (for Beginner, Intermediate & Pro)

Whether you’re shopping for gifts or perfecting your blogging game, figuring out which camera to buy can be confusing. That’s why I’m breaking down cameras and gear by price, purpose (still photography or video), and skill level (beginning, intermediate, or pro). Have more questions about the gear I use? Ask me in the comments section….

The magic of Guilin, China

The Magic of Guilin, China (PHOTOS)

It was far past sunset and we were traveling to our B&B in the round mountains of Guilin, China. It was too late to be traversing the Li River legally, but that didn’t stop the confident driver of a small, motorized bamboo raft. We had seen the hump-shaped mountains on the dusky drive from the airport. Having just been wowed…

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Travel Deals

Massive List of Travel Deals on Black Friday & Cyber Monday

I’m a budget traveler so I’m always on the lookout for ways to save money and still see exotic destinations. I’ve compiled a massive list of Black Friday and Cyber Monday travel sales for your enjoyment. Happy cyber shopping! Airlines NEW! Air Berlin Germany’s Oneworld carrier Air Berlin is offering phenomenal fares to Europe from several…

7 Things to Know About China Travel

7 Things You Need to Know About China Travel

  I’ve traveled throughout Asia, but China is its own beast. Having just spent 2.5 weeks in China, I compiled a list of the most important travel tips for smooth travel. See photos of China’s “Avatar” Mountain and posts about Shanghai and Guilin, as well as a travel film. Visa Required Don’t even think about getting…

Climbing China’s Avatar Mountain in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

Films often inspire my travels. I saw “Avatar” when it came out in 2009. Despite the obvious inspiration in the film, that wasn’t what moved me to visit China’s floating spires at Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. It was actually another film, a documentary, about BASE jumpers. BASE jumpers are those crazy people in squirrel suits who…

No. 5 Valley B&B, Zhanjiajie, China

Review: Charming No. 5 Valley B&B in Yangjiajie, China

Tucked away on a narrow hillside road is the charming No. 5 Valley B&B in Yangjiajie, China. The B&B is just 2 km from the breathtaking national park that inspired the movie “Avatar” with its mystical mountains. No. 5 Valley was constructed in July 2015 and is the B&B for R&R — a rural idyllic…

A Walk Through Rural Zhanghjiajie, China

A Walk Through Rural Zhangjiajie, China (PHOTOS)

It’s not every day you see a man lying face down in a ditch with blood trickling down his head. Next to him an old woman wailed in despair. Three or four men crowded around but didn’t touch the man whom I could see was still breathing. We were being driven in a car past…