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These are articles or guest blog posts I've written that have been published on other travel websites. See my published literary essays using the blue "Literary SKJ" button. More of my travel posts are scheduled to appear on other travel websites soon, so check back!


"Himba: Photographing From the Shadows" at Africa Geographic

 

Snippets of Himba lives, people in motion rather than traditional portraits. 

 

 

"Soul Food at Nxai Pan in Botswana" at Africa Geographic

 

A feature gallery of photos taken while on Safari in the Nxai Pan.

 

 

 

"In the World of a Traveler ..." at Pretty Wild World

Ndjinaa and her grandson

 

 In the world of a traveler, you get to see the good, the bad, and the speakable. 

 

 

  It's Come to This: Saving #JustOneRhino

 

Supporting the efforts of Travelers Building Change to help fund the Rhinos Without Borders wildlife conservation initiative to help save rhinos in South Africa. Includes some of my favorite rhino pics from my travels.

 

"Five Reasons to Drop the Charade and Admit You're a Tourist" at Global Goose
Being offered homemade hooch in Namibia.
One of my pet peeves is people who are paranoid of looking like a tourist. My traveling experience has shown me that the best way to connect with local people and sights is to just let yourself be who you are -- a tourist!

 

 

"Tripping with Salvador Dali: Five Favorite Works of His Art in Figueres, Spain" at Vagobond
Palace of the Wind, Dali Museum, Figueres, Spain.

A day trip from Barcelona, the Dali Museum in Figueres provides a day of surreal fun and fascination. I list here my five favorite attractions.



"Seven Ways to Commune with the Ancient Romans in Tunisia"
at Heather on Her Travels
exterior of ancient roman coliseum
Tunisia has some of the best preserved Roman ruins in the world with the bonus of being to explore most of them in near solitude. This is a selection of ruins that really let you imagine life back in the days almost two thousand years ago.

 

"Walking With African Wildlife" at Mapping Megan
lion

A summary of my experience volunteering in a Big 5 game park in South Africa ... a much more succinct account than my full post here in the archive! Read this for an introduction to the experience that planted the boundless love for Africa in my heart.
 

 

"Witch Doctor on the Moon" at GoNomad
thathed roof mud hut

Meeting a traditional witch doctor in Uganda who divines my fortune and dispels evils spirits - and maybe I even believe in it.


  

"Go to Hell at Quirky Gao Miao Temple in Zhongwei, China" at The Quirky Traveller

Open doorway beneath a monster's head with fangs. Photo by Shara Johnson

A most unique temple that fuses several religions and a completely freaky underground tour through Hell.


 

 

"The Quirky Curiosities of Nederland, Colorado" at The Quirky Traveller
flowers in a mountain meadow with mountain peaks

A brief overview of my beloved town of Ned - we are one of the quirkier places you could hope to live.


"Lessons Learned from Getting Sick Abroad" at TrekWorld
valley in a mountain range

I've been in some deep pits of hell on nearly every continent, but there is always a lesson to be taken away.



"The Fleeting Glory of Semana Santa in Guatemala" at TrekWorld
mean carrying a large float of Jesus

Good Friday in Antigua is world-renowned for its beautiful sand carpets and city-wide parades.



"Photo Essay - Crocodile Sanctuary in Ixtapa, Meixco" at OverYonderLust
crocodile close up

A humble wildlife refuge is home to thousands of crocodiles, birds and iguanas.


"Top 6 Animal Encounters in Uganda" at Holiday Nomad

gorilla eating a flower


Uganda has many world-class national parks with the classic iconic African wildlife, including higher primates.


"How to Keep Your Hanky Handy:  12 Tips for Surviving Uganda's Public Transportation" at Bootsnall

hundreds of minivans in a bus park



My experiences as a claustrophobic trying to ride buses and taxis, and the tips I can pass on to you.


 


"Into the Heart of Lesotho" at TrekWorld

countryside with rolling hills


Known as the Mountain Kingdom, Lesotho is an unlikely and undiscovered jewel in Sub-Saharan Africa.


"My Moment in the Sunshine" at Matt Gibson
headshot of mountain gorilla



An account of my completely sublime experience -- a lone trekker with mountain gorillas in Uganda



"A Tale of Kindness on Safari in South Africa" at TravelFreak
lionesses in a pride

We rented a truck we dubbed El Diablo for its fiendish incompetence, but it all worked out brilliantly in the end.


"A Taste of Old Europe: Crowd-Free Adventures in Wroclaw, Poland" at GloboTreks
row of colorful buildings



Wroclaw is one of my very favorite European cities with so much to offer in architecture and culture.



"A Wild Escape:  Off-Road Safari at Kruger National Park" at HostelBookers

group of elephants

Unknown to many tourists, a series of 4WD-only trails runs through Kruger offering a very unique experience.

"Fishing For Friendship" at Planet D
man in a boat with beer



A turning point in my life at which I dove headlong into the world at large, eager for global friendship.



girl on a mountain trail


contributing thoughts about arriving at Inti Punku, the Sun Gate, at Machu Picchu (see SKJ Travel at the bottom) at Holiday Nomad



"Keepers of the Wild Animal Rescue Sanctuary in Kingman, Arizona"
at Dave's Travel Corner
lion stalking


A round-up of what you'll find at this sanctuary primarily for big cats rescued from the entertainment industry but with many other friendly critters.


"Shara's Unforgettable Experience: Mountains Gorillas in Uganda"
at Travel - Moments in Time
young mountain gorilla


That pretty much says it all:  mountain gorillas are unforgettable when you are 20 feet away!



"Monkey Mania: Cheeky Vervet Monkeys in Uganda"
at Monkeys and Mountains
monkey eating mango

A micro essay on these incomparable primates, little mirrors of ourselves.




"Sauntering to the Outskirts of Santiago Atitlán, Guatemala"  at Family Trek

women at a small loom



Getting off the beaten track in a quaint town on the shores of Lake Atitlan.



UNESCO World Heritage Sites at UNESCO Geek
Italy:  Villa D'Este - garden villa with over 500 water features
China: Yungang Grottoes - ancient Buddhist cave art
Tunisia: Dougga - excellently preserved ancient Roman city
Uganda: Bwindi Impenetrable Nat'l Park - home of the endangered mountain gorilla
 

Music Memories at journeytom
girl and giraffe



A mash-up tune is indelibly associated with my time at the UWEC in Uganda.





How do I afford to travel? you wonder. Here is my tip for financing world travel, selected as the #1 tip on Global Travel Press.

"Forbidden City - Beijing, China" at Tourist Guide Central
large courtyard

Touring the greatest icon of imperial China without a guidebook or map - a joy of discovery.




Go to Hell at quirky Gao Miao Temple in Zhongwei, China

Archive

 

-- AFRICA --

 

 

Uganda All posts

 

Uganda photos only

 

South Africa All posts

 

 - includes Lesotho

 

S. Africa Photos only

 

Botswana

 

Namibia

 

Namibia II Witchcraft

 

Save Rhinos

 

 

 

-- MIDDLE EAST --


Tunisia


Iran  All posts


Iran  photos only

 

 

 

ANTARCTICA 

 

 

ARGENTINA

 


-- EUROPE --

 

Central Europe


- Czech Rep.


- Poland


- Slovakia

 

Catalonia, Spain

 

Andorra / France

 

Iceland

 

Greece Refugee Camp

 

 


-- ASIA --

 

China I

 

China II

 

 


- NORTH AMERICA -

 

Ixtapa, Mexico

 

Maui, Hawaii

 

Puerto Rico

 

Keepers of the Wild

 

Maine

 

Colorado

 

Utah

 

California

 

 


Trip posts for Trazzler

 

(worldwide)

 

Travel Essays

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4. "At Night in the Loo" added to Travel Essays

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