When was the last time a vacation took your breath away?
We all have certain motivations and goals for heading out on vacation. For some of us it’s to see more of the world. For some it’s to experience a fun time with friends. For some it’s to relax. For almost everyone it’s to get away from the regular 9-5 working life that can constrict us if we’re not given a lengthy and wonderful break.
However, when was the last time a vacation left you speechless? You might find this question hard to answer. It’s not a particularly easy one to think of. Usually being left speechless happens when we’ve been wowed by some aesthetic beauty, or been exposed to something we haven’t for some time or ever at all. Our cognitive processes might not even fire in the same manner as we usually do when forming memories. So I ask again, when was the lat time a place left you speechless?
If you answered ‘I can’t remember’ to this question, you might have some real work to do. By work, I of course mean visiting a new destination that allows you to answer this question immediately. Consider visiting the following places and you’ll have plenty of these ideas to draw on:
The toughest part of traveling frequently is finding new and exciting places to visit. When you’ve seen so much of the world, it can feel as if there’s nowhere new left to explore. Of course, nobody can see everything unless they have unlimited time and money. But that’s a good thing - it means there are always places that you’ve yet to explore. With that being said, here are four life-changing travel destinations that you need to visit.
The warm breeze of the Caribbean Sea warmed my skin as I sipped on a cool glass of Belikin beer, awaiting the ferry to Ambergris Caye. A place I visited many years before, it would be Andrew's first time to Belize. Belize is home to some of the largest Mayan ruins in Central America with several sites hidden in the jungle throughout the country, it is also home to the Belize barrier reef system and the Great Blue Hole. On this trip we would get to visit both, something I had never done before.
The official language of Belize is English, making it a popular place for Canadians, Americans and Brits. An unspoiled paradise in Central America it has managed to avoid the devastation from over-tourism for many years, making it a truly authentic Caribbean experience.
Nepal is home to the Himalayas, one of the most famous mountain ranges in the world. Known by most as the home of Mt. Everest, this region has so much more to offer than mountain trekking. A beacon for adventure tourism, one can trek through the Annapurna circuit, go zip lining through high mountain peaks, walk among glacial lakes, bird watch, spy for animals on a safari, white water raft on pristine rivers or spend days learning about Buddhism in the birthplace of Buddha.
With so many breathtaking activities to choose from it is no wonder that the Nepal Ministry of Culture and Tourism is doing their best to promote the region to the world. For the second year in a row from June 1-3rd 2018 Kathmandu will be hosting the Himalayan Travel Mart (HTM) . This event is Nepal’s international travel trade show, a B2B (Business to Business) event for the Himalayan Tourism Industry that avails the remarkable gathering of Global Buyers, Himalayan Sellers, Travel Bloggers, National and International Media, Travel Industry Professionals and Delegates. A three day conference will take place allowing buyers interested in the Himalayan region to meet with sellers. An international travel bloggers and media conference will also take place bringing bloggers and media outlets together to experience the breathtaking opportunities that exist in Nepal. It is a unique platform fostering networking, sharing knowledge, gaining insight and developing business opportunities.
This International tourism conference and meet up is hosted by the Government of Nepal in conjunction with PATA Nepal. Founded in 1951, the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is a not-for profit association that is internationally acclaimed for acting as a catalyst for the responsible development of travel and tourism to, from and within the Asia Pacific region. The Association provides aligned advocacy, insightful research and innovative events to its member organisations, comprising 87 government, state and city tourism bodies, nearly 31 international airlines, airports and cruise lines, 61 educational institutions, and hundreds of travel industry companies in Asia Pacific and beyond.
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Over the years Andrew and I have spent a small fortune on cameras and gear for shooting my Youtube episodes and taking pictures. I have personally gone through many cameras, Gopros, tripods and microphones. Some things I have loved and some things I have hated. Many things broke due to cheap parts like my old lightweight tripod, or our Sennheiser shotgun mic that rarely ever lasted for more than 5 minutes. Sometimes gear is broken due to user error, like the time my camera strap came untied and my telephoto lens smashed on the concrete in Yosemite or the time our first drone took a swim in the Pacific Ocean. Through all my experiences in different countries, different climates, weather and situations I have come to love certain pieces.
Here is a list of the gear I currently own. This is also a guide for those trying to up their game in the photography or video realm and those looking for great gear for guerilla style shooting.