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The Human Safari

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Cambodian Child by Alex Berger

As children, we often assume different roles while re-enacting grand fantasies. All hail to Cesar, riding atop a palanquin, or to the Astronaut floating above the world looking down at it.  The doctor saving lives, or the war photographer documenting the rawness of the human condition and the horrors of society as it fails. Then, we grow up.  We settle ...

Asia

The Spirit of the Moment

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Nyhavn by Alex Berger

I’m thrilled to share that VirtualWayfarer just passed 1,000,000 views on YouTube (I’m so incredibly humbled and flattered – you are all amazing!). To celebrate, I decided to dive into my video archives, sort through the footage I’ve accrued over the past six years, pull out some favorite shots and to create a travel tribute video exploring and embracing snippets from ...

Backpacking

The Night Rider’s Lament

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(Family Photo, Europe, 1995)

There’s an old country classic that has always resonated with me.  It’s one of my favorites and always touches my soul in a way few songs are able to.  The song, Night Rider’s Lament, is an old cowboy song about a cow hand reading a letter from a friend late at night. The ...

Backpacking

When Sky, Fire and Water Meet

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The sweat from my palms soaked the steering wheel as the tense muscles in my hip throbbed.  My body was on edge and had been for the entirety of the drive south.  Upon arriving in Zambia, I’d been informed by my family that I would be the one responsible for driving our rental car.  Ordinarily not a big deal, ...

Asia

Crash Course Advice For Travel Photography

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A huge chunk of the travel photos I see on a daily basis are horrible. Not just amateur shots from friends and strangers, but also from semi-professional travel bloggers and established travel brands.  It always amazes me how many photos are horribly grainy, low resolution, blurry, crooked or nonsensical.

There’s a reason that people dread that moment ...

Backpacking

Safari: The Emotional Side

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Let’s face it, when the time comes to set out for a safari, most of us have a pretty simple checklist.  We want to see amazing animals in wonderful natural settings.  Among the most desired animals are predators – big cats, crocodiles, hyena, eagles and whatever other top animals are around.  But, we don’t just want to ...