20 Best Photos From 2018

20 Best Photos 2018.  Ok, I lied.  Again.  There are a lot more than 20 photos, but it was impossible to narrow down my photos to just 20.  So here is my list of my favorite photos from 2018 travels.

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Abkhazia

I spent several days visiting this breakaway republic and fortunately my visit coincided for Victory Day.  It was a special day commemorating the war dead in the capital of Abkhazia.

Angola

20 Best Photos 2018

20 Best Photos 2018

I spent several days in Luanda, the capital of Angola.  Angola is definitely not on the tourist path, but I enjoyed exploring the ship graveyard out of the city and walking around for the day.

Armenia

20 Best Photos 2018

20 Best Photos 2018

I have been in Armenia every year since 2003 and it is always a special part of every year.  I finally visited Noratus an ancient medieval cemetery and went back to Noravank an amazing 13th century church in a valley.

Artsakh

20 Best Photos 2018

This is my third time visiting this breakaway country next to Armenia.  My first visit was back in 2004 and it is always great to be able to visit this beautiful land.

Benin

20 Best Photos 2018

Benin is located in West Africa and the highlight was visiting the village on stilts known as Ganvie.

This is a no-brainer, if you are on the road.  I actually carry two of these because there is always a chance you leave one behind.

Bhutan

20 Best Photos 2018

20 Best Photos 2018

20 Best Photos 2018

Bhutan is a unique destination and this was my third time visiting.  But this visit I was able to visit the remote east part of the country.

Burkina Faso

20 Best Photos 2018

I returned back to Burkina Faso, but this time explored the west of the country, where I was based in the second largest city, Bobo-Dioulasso.  I had a private audience with the king of a tribe.

China

20 Best Photos 2018

20 Best Photos 2018

I spent time discovering the far west of China in Xinjiang.  This area is know for Muslim minority, the Uyghurs.  This area is known for its raisin industry.

Georgia

20 Best Photos 2018

I was back for my third visit in Georgia (the country, not the state).  Tbilisi, the capital, is a special place with a mix of old and the new.  It is set in the hills with a river bisecting the city.  A great place to explore.

Ghana

20 Best Photos 2018

20 Best Photos 2018

I visited the city of Kumasi, and by pure luck it was the day of the Akwasidae Festival honoring the ancestors of the Ashanti Kingdom.  It was an amazing day of colors and celebration.

India

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I was back in India for my third time, but this time in the remote northeastern part of the country in Guwahati and Shillong.  As always, India never disappoints, the color, the sounds, the smells, the magic.

Ivory Coast

Akwasidae Festival Ashanti Kingdom

A true highlight of this West African country is the Basilica of Our Lady Peace in the capital of Yamoussoukro.  The church is considered the largest in the world, and the stained glass was stunning.

Kazakhstan

20 best photos 2018

20 best photos 2018

20 best photos 2018

Bucket list dreams do come true.  This past year I witnessed a Russian space launch at the Russian Cosmodrome.

Stating the obvious, your phone battery is always dying. Bring this backup charger. 

Kyrgyzstan

I touched down in Kyrgyzstan to cover the amazing World Nomad Games as part of the press pool.

Mali

best of 2018 photos

It might be an overplayed stereotype, but the Maldives is a slice of heaven.

Mali

20 Best Photos 2018

20 Best Photos 2018

20 Best Photos 2018

Mali was my last country that I visited on my second African road trip and possibly the highlight of the year.  The Great Mosque of Djenne was perfection.  PS, how can you not love the smile of the girl on the left.

Myanmar

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I was back in Myanmar (Burma), but this time I relaxed in the pristine and beautiful islands of the south.

Your hotel room never has enough plugs, this one also has two UBS ports.  

Namibia

20 Best Photos 2018

20 Best Photos 2018

Long on my bucket list, I was not disappointed with my visit to Namibia.  The desert, the dunes, the safari were all superlatives.

Oman

20 Best Photos 2018

20 Best Photos 2018

I was back in Oman, but this time I left Muscat to explore outside of the capital.  Oman offers an authentic experience in a laid back package.

South Africa

20 Best Photos 2018

Table Mountain provides an incredible backdrop to Cape Town, which sits on the ocean.  This city offers so much.

Tajikistan

20 Best Photos 2018

20 Best Photos 2018

A must-do experience is traveling the Pamir Highway.  I spent a way driving through the mountains on the Afghanistan border.  The landscapes are second to none.

This mirrorless camera creates beautiful images.  And it is 50% cheaper NOW then when I purchased it.  

Thailand

20 Best Photos 2018

One of my favorite experiences in Thailand is the mystical and spooky Sak Yant festival, where many adherents receive these tattoos which posses their owners.

Togo

20 Best Photos 2018

20 Best Photos 2018

Togo is known for the largest fetish (voodoo) market in the world.  I met with a creepy fetisher (voodoo priest) who gave me a blessing.

Zimbabwe and Zambia

20 Best Photos 2018

20 Best Photos 2018

Feasting my eyes on Victoria Falls met my expectations and than some.  Taking a helicopter ride over the falls offered unsurpassed views.

Thanks for checking out my photos from 2018.  Check out my previous year’s best.

Check out my best photos from 2017.

I use this drone to create beautiful images from above.  Incredibly compact.  

And check out my best photos from 2016.

 

 

 

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