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25 Travel Tips for Surviving Long International Flights

25 Travel Tips for Surviving Long International Flights

Whether it's your first overseas adventure or the dreaded leg of your international commute, here are 25 survival tips for long flights. Here's to smooth sailing. PREPARATION Pack Smart. 1. First and foremost, always know where your passport is…at all times. Before your trip, designate a location (front pocket, side pocket, interior pocket, waist strap, whatever). This is your lifeline and the number one priority to keep track of so don’t cause yourself any unnecessary panic by recklessly moving it about and having to constantly search for it. If you don’t find...

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Road Tripping Through Patagonia: Six Key Stops For A Bucket List Adventure

Road Tripping Through Patagonia: Six Key Stops For A Bucket List Adventure

Growing up in the mountains, tall peaks and dramatic landscapes have always called to me, but none beckoned louder than Patagonia. Stretching across the southern reaches of Chile and Argentina, Patagonia covers a land mass over twice the size of France while playing home to a lower population density than the Western Sahara. Undoubtedly, this region represents one of the largest undeveloped wilderness areas remaining in the world complete with towering (literally) peaks, expansive glaciers, deep fjords, ancient volcanoes, and jagged coastlines.   Why Road Trip? I firmly believe the...

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My 2017 Nat Geo Travel Photographer of the Year Entries

My 2017 Nat Geo Travel Photographer of the Year Entries

This year, I decided to enter the National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest. Yes, the Grand Prize - setting sail on the National Geographic Endeavour II on an extraordinary 10-day journey for two in the Galápagos Islands - is appealing to say the least, but that's not why I entered. I submitted my entries to join thousands around the world in celebrating the art of travel photography and the beauty of our planet that needs everyone's attention desperately. If we can all marvel at the wonders of the world, we should be more than...

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106 Tips & Tricks to Iceland’s Ring Road: A Photo Guide to Exploring the Midnight Sun

106 Tips & Tricks to Iceland’s Ring Road: A Photo Guide to Exploring the Midnight Sun

Iceland is one of my favorite destinations in the world. Chock-full of unique landscapes, raw beauty, delicious food, and great people – what more could you ask for? Last summer, my now fiancée and I set out on a 15-day adventure to drive Iceland’s famed Ring Road that wraps around the entire island.  In this eight-part guide, we will detail what we saw, what we loved, what was overrated (and worth skipping on a tight timeline), and what we missed out on and are sure to hit next time (so you...

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Iceland Part I: The Capital Region, Arriving in Reykjavík

Iceland Part I: The Capital Region, Arriving in Reykjavík

Day 1: Preparing for the Perfect Road Trip Only a short 5 hour flight from North America’s east coast hubs and 3 hours from London, Iceland is closer than you might think. Once you arrive in Keflavík International Airport, the clean design and modern feel of Scandinavia will be readily apparent. Multiple dining options, and more importantly a hot cup of coffee, await after passing through customs. Breathe it in, you’re in Iceland! Now, proper preparation can make or break a road trip into these remote landscapes so let’s quickly review...

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Iceland Part II: The South Coast, Reykjavík to Vík

Iceland Part II: The South Coast, Reykjavík to Vík

After walking the rim of the Kerið Crater, you’ll continue heading south on Route 35 to reunite with the Ring Road. You’ll quickly cross the Ölfusá river and bank a left through the quiet town of Selfoss. This is a great pit stop to fuel up, stock some groceries, and grab a quick bite before venturing down the South Coast. Buckle up, this is where your road trip really heats up. Seljalandsfoss As you leave the city, the landscape will become noticeably greener as the glacial mountains on your left...

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Iceland Part III: The South Coast, Vík to Höfn

Iceland Part III: The South Coast, Vík to Höfn

The southern coast isn’t done with you yet. Stuff your sleeping bags, break down your tent, and pack your car to keep heading East. Vík is one of the most southern points in Iceland, so even though you are still navigating the southern coast, you will be traveling northeast towards Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier that covers almost 10% of Iceland. As you depart the black sands of Vík, you will notice the vast green pastures shift into a tangled mess of mossy lava fields and glacier runouts. Get excited, these...

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Iceland Part IV: The East Coast, Höfn to Egilsstaðir

Iceland Part IV: The East Coast, Höfn to Egilsstaðir

With a belly full of fresh, Icelandic lobster, it’s finally time to bid adieu to the southern coast. As you head North from Höfn, the landscape quickly transforms from coastal countryside to jagged mountain fjords. Prepare for picturesque villages, arctic mountain vistas, Iceland’s largest forest, caribou sightings, and, yes, more stunning waterfalls. Another huge advantage to exploring the Eastern Region is the noticeably smaller crowds as the waves of hit-it-and-quit-it tourists subside the further you venture from Reykjavík. Let’s dive in. Vestrahorn Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, this iconic mountain and...

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Iceland Part V: The North Coast, Mývatn and Beyond

Iceland Part V: The North Coast, Mývatn and Beyond

I know I’ve said this before, but the landscape is about change again in a big way as you round the NE corner of the country to head back West along the northern coast. After exploring the coastal fjordland, the Ring Road will now take you through what feels like J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth. The main hub in this region is the volcanic lake of Mývatn, an alien landscape home to NASA training missions, powerful geothermal activity and extensive elvish folklore. Let’s get started. Bustarfell One of the joys of...

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Iceland Part VI: The West Coast, Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Iceland Part VI: The West Coast, Snæfellsnes Peninsula

I’m not going to say we saved the best for last, but it might be true. The magic that awaits on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula is truly remarkable, and your visit here is the perfect way to cap off your circumnavigation of the Ring Road. Believed to be one of the seven chakras, or energy centers, in the world, this area has a very spiritual presence. Centered around the Snæfellsjökull glacier volcano, drama rules a landscape filled with striking mountains, intricate lava fields, waterfalls, mineral springs and quaint fishing villages. If...

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Iceland Photo Guide Summary: Recommended Itineraries

Iceland Photo Guide Summary: Recommended Itineraries

As you can gather, there is plenty to see and do in the land of fire and ice. So, what's the kicker? How much time you leave yourself to enjoy this beautiful country. While quick stopovers are popular, I can guarantee that the longer you can afford to stay the better your trip will be (read: stay as long as you can!). With that said, you want to maximize your vacation even if time is in short supply so here is my attempt to guide you in the right direction...

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