THE BEST IN TRAVEL JULY 2014
The travel news, posts, tips and photos that especially captured my attention in July. July-ish.
BLACK SCORPION, FIRE ANTS, FER-DE-LANCE SNAKES, JAGUARS, WILD PIGS AND BOT FLIES THAT LAY EGGS UNDER YOUR SKIN
PHOTO ESSAY: Inside the Darien Gap: An exploration in 19 photos by Matthew Karsten
SOURCE: Matador Network
Many of the resources I referenced when researching my trip to Panama basically stated not to even think about going into the Darién Gap, a break in the Pan-American Highway consisting of undeveloped swampland and jungle that straddles Panama and Colombia. Likewise, everything I read when looking into traveling to Colombia warned of the dangers of the Darién Gap. I got the message. I have no desire to get close to the area but taking in a photo essay on it by someone who survived nearly three weeks in there? Yes, please.
Matthew Karsten reveals the perils lurking within the untamed swath of land that is the Darién Gap: creatures that sting, bite and invade; plants that pierce the skin; and smugglers, bandits and paramilitary groups. His photos also capture the personalities of the people who have adapted to the rainforest as well as the beauty that can be found there, including the poisonous flora and deadly fauna.
PLEASE PASS THE FERMENTED HORSE MILK
SOURCE: Condé Nast Traveler
Mongolia. Just typing it gives this world traveler a thrill. No other corner of the globe feels as exotic, mysterious and remote to me.
Brian Pineda traveled across parts of Central Mongolia and the Gobi Desert by horse, camel and Soviet-era van and shared his captivating images, engagements with the local people and most memorable experiences from along the way.
Having just visited Japan I found all of CNN’s Discover Japan series interesting, but my favorite post of the bunch was this one on “geisha hunting”. My last stop was Kyoto. I admit that I was always attuned to the possibility of encountering a geisha when I wandered the streets and alleyways of Gion, feeling a rush of excitement when I spotted one, and being fooled initially by the Japanese tourists who were only impersonating them.
Karla Cripps describes not only Kyoto’s paparazzi culture and the do’s and don’ts of photographing geisha as the title claims, but also educates readers on how to tell a legitimate geisha from a poseur, how to go about “becoming” a geisha for a day, and reveals the secret to to meeting a geisha if you’ve got the yen to do so. Pun intended.
MORE TRAVEL PORN
SOURCE: Off Track Planet
Marcelo Castro has visited, and photographed, some of my favorite destinations in the world — Petra, Old Bagan, Istanbul. So why don’t my shots look like his? If I only possessed a better eye, timing, technical skill, knowledge, and equipment I think I would be in his league.
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