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Where Lava and Sea Collide and Nature Overrides

Hawaii

A photo posted by Ekua (@fogandlight) on Nov 23, 2015 at 3:30pm PST Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park has a special pull. At this park, you can explore Kīlauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes. Numerous times while I was living on the Big Island, I took a two hour drive from Kona to this park […]

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The Case for Being Rained In in the Middle of Nowhere with Little to No Internet Access

Colombia
La Casa de Francois in San Agustin, Colombia

You plan a trip to do this and see that, but often the best travel moments come unexpectedly between this and that. I go to San Agustin solely to visit an archaeological site, but when I arrive, the weather delays my plans and the setting, characters, and atmosphere align to replace them with subtle magic. […]

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Photo Essay: Scenes from Salento and Its Emerald Surroundings

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Town square in Salento, Colombia

Salento is more than just a base for the Valle de Cocora. It’s a town of colorful buildings that line imperfectly charming little streets that lead to the mountains. It’s a town where dogs laze about on the sidewalks and car drivers share the roads with horseback riders. It’s a town where Colombian city folk […]

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Photo Essay: Finding Paradise in Tayrona National Park, Colombia

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I can’t believe this is the path I’m on. Walking through the jungle, I’d heard waves pounding against the shore in the distance, thundering and echoing like a promise of magnificence to come. Now I’ve reached a clearing where I see the jagged edges of the mountainous jungle reaching into the ocean. The transition between […]

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The Raw, Consuming Beauty of Namibia

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Desert scenery in Namibia

Namibia is not a place to take a vacation. It’s a place to delve into beauty, undoubtedly—an alien beauty arising from dust and sand. It’s a place to have the boundaries of your mind expanded by nature’s lack of boundaries; by the great absence of anything or by the presence of something in the most […]

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To Know Emptiness: Stories of Driving Around Namibia

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Crossing the Tropic of Capricorn in Namibia

One time while I was traveling, I felt like I was exploring a potential future. It wasn’t in some angular futuristic metropolis of Eastern Asia — it was in Varanasi, India, one of the world’s oldest cities. I remember the crowdedness, sitting in cars while drivers tried to move through masses of humanity, the buildings […]

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Photo Essay: The Wildlife and Landscapes of Etosha National Park in Namibia

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Zebras at Etosha National Park in Namibia

Etosha National Park is 22,000 square kilometers of wildlife wonderland in northwestern Namibia. Over the course of three days, we made our way from the eastern side of the park to the western side, driving along a huge salt flat and spotting animals everywhere: As soon as we entered the park, we saw zebras having […]

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Photo Essay: A Day Trip to Hierve el Agua

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Hierve el Agua is a unique location in Oaxaca state where you can find semi-natural pools and rock formations that resemble petrified waterfalls. I’d missed it on my fist visit to Oaxaca and I was determined to see my second time around. It looks deceptively close to Oaxaca city on a tourist map of nearby […]

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