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Seven Skies

“When you reach an empty part of the desert, if the wind blows from the North, then West, South, and East—if the wind comes from every direction, this means, ‘You are not welcome here’, and you need to leave immediately.” Such is the helpful advice of Mohammed on the microphone, his last-minute lecture—‘Intro to Genies’—right…

Andrew in Alberta

After nearly two full weeks on the road, I bring you the fully-finished, half-hour long TV show highlighting my very recent travels in Alberta. My aim in making this video was to capture all the things I love best about Alberta: the sheer size of the place, the awesome nature and vast wilderness, the animals…

Never schedule wildlife into your calendar, because they probably won’t show. Grizzly bears are the elusive megafauna of the Canadian Rockies and the mere knowledge of their presence had me on the hunt, hoping to catch a glimpse of the impressive animal. My search for bears was accompanied by an entire film crew, as well…

Who knew it was so wildly hot in western Canada? I did not—because I only know this place in winter, when the snow falls deeper than the deep end at the swimming pool and the wind warrants a scarf and long underwear. But now, in August, Alberta is nothing but wide blue skies and semicolon…

All travel is a gift, but traveling with another person is a rare privilege of insight. To travel with a friend is to find a new closeness and to see the world in a whole new light. Though I have traveled to Iceland again and again, I saw it through new eyes by traveling with…

Beautiful Ruaha

Dear Maxine, Hodi! Hello there! How are you? I am still in Tanzania and will remain here for quite some time. I know that I have a habit of hopping from one country to another, but despite my continual hopping around, I still find myself deep inside the endless dry miles of central Tanzania. This…

The only thing better than achieving your dream destination is the joy of returning to a place you love. I never thought I’d ever make it to Tristan Da Cunha the first time, let alone return to this isolated speck in the middle of the ocean, but the good fortune of travel carried me back within…

A mournful call sings out on the beach, followed by another similar cry, then another. The sound is throaty and pained, echoing across a mushy landscape of tussock and glacial bog to the severe and impassable wall of rock and ice before us. With every wave, the muted sea gives birth to a new batch…

Like I said, It’s been more than five years since I’ve skied. Riding the lift to the top of Mt. Standish at Sunshine Village, my feet cemented into a pair of boots and skis, I felt pretty anxious. Did I actually know how to ski or did I just make that all up? Everyone tells…

Sadly, my journey through Ontario has come to an end. It began humbly enough–by crossing a bridge in a cab from Detroit into Windsor. More than a month (and several thousand miles) later, I stepped off a train in Moosonee, then jumped into a small skiff and headed up for the few extra miles north…

The trains do not run on time in Canada . . . but then neither do I. In fact, I find the more that I travel, the less I demand punctuality from others and myself. The more wild a place is, the more you wanna pack along the “We’ll get there when we get there”…

Some hotels give you chocolate on your pillow. Others offer rooms with kitchenettes or Jacuzzi bathtubs. My hotel gave me a canoe—everyone gets a canoe with their little log cottage and I took full advantage, setting off across The Lake of Two Rivers with a lunch and a paddle. Later in the day, I upgraded…

Happy Canada Day—Bonne Fête du Canada! For the last two weeks, I have been traveling in Ontario, enjoying the terrific spread of experiences in this rather immense province. So far I’ve traveled to Ontario’s Deep South, its Far East and its Wild West. Hmmm, I wonder where I might travel to next? For today though—Canada’s…

Some of you have asked me about the sharks in Australia–what they like to eat, for instance. Well, as far as I can tell, sharks like cold barbecue chicken. I’m not a marine biologist or a shark expert. I am a swimmer and diver who gets to see sharks now and again. All I can…

While traveling in Tasmania, Andrew Evans fell for the adorable — yet dangerous — animal that is only found on the island: the Tasmanian Devil. Watch the video to learn more about the unique creature, and go to the Devils @ Cradle site to find out how you can help protect them. [Where's Andrew]

Yesterday, our intrepid global nomad Andrew Evans set off for his next journey. He’s been flying in the hours since, but here’s a quick glimpse at his departure. Check out www.nationalgeographic.com/wheresandrew for clues about where he’s headed — the first clue is revealed tomorrow at 10 a.m. [Where's Andrew?]

Our intrepid global nomad Andrew Evans is gearing up for his next big trip…but where exactly is still under wraps. Today he visits the National Geographic Maps division to pick up some maps for his journey. I love maps. For me, maps are the seeds of good travel and it’s how I begin all my…

Antarctica’s South Georgia Island has a population of several million penguins. I know that for a fact because I think I took that many pictures of them. One of those penguins happened to be black–all black–and perhaps you noticed, that one penguin’s been getting a bit of attention lately. Several people have asked if I…

Andrew Evans may be stuck in Ushuaia, waiting to find his way home, but here on the blog his trip continues, as we’ve only scratched the surface in terms of Antarctic content. In today’s post, Andrew explores the desolate outpost on Deception Island, where he actually went for a swim. There is a reason that…

Andrew Evans reflects on his six weeks of haphazard bus-filled travels, and the wonder of actually setting foot on Antarctica. You’ve all been very patient readers. Thank you. I’ve been waiting a long time, too. It’s taken me six weeks to get to Antarctica and I’ve found out that the closer I get, the less…

Andrew Evans offers us a glimpse inside his cabin on board the National Geographic Explorer. Anyone else feel like stowing away? Andrew Evans is tweeting about his travels aboard the National Geographic Explorer at @Bus2Antarctica. Want more? Follow the map of his journey, bookmark all of his blog posts, watch videos, and get the full…

While waiting for his last bus to Ushuaia, Andrew Evans spent three days in the windy city of Rio Gallegos. Watch out Chicago. You’ve got competition. After three days in Rio Gallegos, I can vouch that its reputation for high and constant winds holds merit. For so many travelers, Rio Gallegos marks the end of…

We continue with our blog recaps of Andrew Evans’ journey to Antarctica. In today’s dispatch, Andrew challenges you not to salivate after watching this video. Travel makes me hungry. After a month of riding buses I’ve learned to pack light and eat light while en route. But after 30 or 40 hours on the road,…

Andrew Evans offers a glimpse of skateboarding culture in Lima, Peru. As I was wandering Peru’s capital city, I found myself drawn to Miguel Grau Park in the neighborhood of Miraflores. The view of the Pacific Ocean from the top of such high cliffs is simply enchanting–and what did I find on the other side?…

Andrew Evans gives us a glimpse from the bus as it drives through Peru’s Sechura Desert. Of all the borders I’ve crossed on this trip, the most drastic change I’ve felt so far was crossing from Ecuador to Peru. After days of lush green banana plantations and tropical lowland jungle, I entered the Sechura Desert–one…