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Mt Everest Base Camp Trek (40 Photos)

The Mount Everest Base Camp trek was one of the most incredibly intense and beautiful adventures of my life. Unfortunately, just days after that amazing experience was complete, a massive earthquake shocked the region, and the storytelling from the trip was put on hold. Instead, we focused our attention on Active Hearts Himalaya and the relief efforts in Nepal. The villages and families that were …

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Impressions of Istanbul [25 Photos]

Cigarettes, seagulls and selfie sticks. Those are the first things I think of. On paper, that sounds like a terrible combination, but somehow, someway Istanbul makes it work. The cigarettes are a sign of the city’s European lifestyle, where drinking tea, coffee or beer for hours on end is a daily ritual. The seagulls connect you with the bustling waterfront …

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Tiger’s Nest Monastery in Bhutan

The Tiger’s Nest Monastery (aka Paro Taktsang) outside of Paro, Bhutan is a magical and mysterious place that you have to see to believe. It’s a sacred Buddhist site cut high into the beautiful Bhutanese cliffs, where time slows down and tradition remains paramount. The temple complex was originally built in 1692, and is said to be the one-time home …

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Travel Bhutan: A Visual Journey Through the Dragon Kingdom

My love affair started on the initial descent into Paro, as we made a hard left turn to cut through the surrounding mountains. The once chatty Chinese tourists that filled the cabin were now reduced to whimpering bystanders. This was not a small plane, and yet, our Bhutanese pilot made skillful maneuvers as if he was Maverick chasing Iceman. We were …

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Disaster Relief at Eye Level [55 PHOTOS]

It isn’t until you leave the city of Kathmandu that you can really see the destruction that the earthquakes have caused. Nepal is made up of 75 districts, 12 of which were absolutely crushed by the earthquakes. Within those 12 districts there are countless towns and villages that have been, and continue to be, greatly effected by the quakes. Many of which …