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Matt • Expert Vagabond


🌍 Adventure Travel Enthusiast 📍Currently: Asheville, NC 🇺🇸 🎥 YouTube: ExpertVagabond

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“Life is an island in an ocean of solitude and seclusion." -  Kahlil Gibran  Quadra Island, BC ••••••••••••••••••••• @canadabydesign  #canadabydesign #aboriginalbc
British Columbia has some stunning natural landscapes! This is the rugged coastline around  #tofino. We took a boat out with @tofinoremote to visit some natural hot-springs, but also saw orca whales, bald eagles, and a black bear. Couldn’t ask for a better day... 😎 ••••••••••••••••••••• @canadabydesign  #canadabydesign #aboriginalbc
A big part of my @canadabydesign self-drive road trip was experiencing some of BC’s indigenous First Nations culture.  For 67 years the Canadian government tried to ban “potlatches”, a traditional way tribes met to self-govern themselves, celebrate, morn, and conduct business.  First Nations' cultural artifacts were confiscated and sold off to collectors during the ban. Only now are some of those pieces making it back to their homeland, displayed in local museums like U’mista Cultural Center. ••••••••••••••••••••• #canadabydesign @seawolfadventures  #aboriginalbc
Have I told you how much I love nature? 🌲 Just hugging some 800 year old trees in Cathedral Grove! Any other tree-huggers out there? ••••••••••••••••••••• @canadabydesign #canadabydesign #aboriginalbc
Whales! Humpback whales. We saw three of them with @seawolfadventures.  These guys are huge! They grow up to 79,000 lbs. Frequent visitors to the waters off Telegraph Cove, BC. 🐋 ••••••••••••••••••••• @canadabydesign  #canadabydesign #aboriginalbc
I really want to fly one of these… who knows how? 🛩  Telegraph Cove was such a cool little town! The perfect place to start a grizzly bear search, sea kayaking trip, or go whale watching (what I did). Thanks @canadabydesign & @seawolfadventures for a great day! ••••••••••••••••••••• #canadabydesign #aboriginalbc
Is it lonely traveling by myself? Sometimes. But I'm also an introvert who enjoys peaceful moments of reflection like this. I'm totally comfortable being alone with my thoughts. Any other introverts out there? 🙋🏼‍♂️ Solo sunset paddle off  Quadra Island, BC. ••••••••••••••••••••• #canadabydesign #aboriginalbc
In Aboriginal NW culture, the eagle is a sacred, wise and noble creature representing power and prestige.  This one lives in a tree above @tsa.kwa.luten.lodge on Quadra Island. So cool! ••••••••••••••••••••• Camera: Sony A7Rii Lens: Sony 70-200mm F4 ••••••••••••••••••••• @canadabydesign #canadabydesign #aboriginalbc
Hello from Vancouver Island! I can already tell this will be a cool road trip... 🌲  Strathcona Provincial Park ••••••••••••••••••••• Camera: Sony A7Rii Lens: Sony 16-35mm F4 ••••••••••••••••••••• @canadabydesign #canadabydesign #aboriginalbc
The quiet beauty of Jökulsárlón Iceberg Lagoon at sunrise... ❄️ ••••••••••••••••••••• #iceland #jokulsarlon
This is my foreign currency collection. I don't collect too many souvenirs from my travels other than photos & local currency. 💶  What about you?  Before I quit my job to backpack around Central America for a year, I had to save money for the trip. While only earning $28,000 a year as a nightclub & used car photographer... 😂  Just published a new blog post detailing how I did it! ••••••••••••••••••••• ✅ LINK IN BIO ✅ ••••••••••••••••••••• #savemoney #traveljunkie
Sandboarding the Sahara in Morocco… 😜  Would you believe this is a selfie? Shot using a tripod and my @sonyalpha A7Rii with the time-lapse app. ••••••••••••••••••••• Camera: Sony A7Rii Lens: Sony 16-35mm F4 ••••••••••••••••••••• #morocco #sandboarding
Pena Palace in Portugal is one of the coolest castles I've ever seen! You don’t normally see castles painted in colors like this…  If you're a fan of medieval castles, you need to visit #sintra. You can spend all day exploring them! 👑 ••••••••••••••••••••• Camera: @sonyalpha A7Rii Lens: Sony 16-35mm F4 ••••••••••••••••••••• #portugal #penapalace
Snow-covered yurts owned by Kyrgyz nomads in Afghanistan's Wakhan Corridor.  Just published a big photo essay & video from my 100 mile, 10 day trek into Afghanistan last summer. Go check it out on my blog & let me know what you think!  What would you like to know about Afghanistan? ••••••••••••••••••••• ✅ LINK IN BIO ✅ ••••••••••••••••••••• #afghanistan #wakhan
Afghanistan has some impressive mountains! These are the Hindu Kush, a range that creates a border between Afghanistan and Pakistan.  Locals from both countries trek between them to trade with each other. That orange bridge was built by the Soviets during their occupation of Afghanistan in the 80’s. ••••••••••••••••••••• Camera: @sonyalpha A7Rii Lens: Sony 16-35mm F4 ••••••••••••••••••••• #afghanistan #wakhan
Afghan girl in the village of Sarhad-e Broghil. Many of you were asking if I saw women in Afghanistan. Yes, but most were extremely camera shy, except for the kids. ••••••••••••••••••••• Camera: @sonyalpha A7Rii Lens: Sony 16-35mm F4 ••••••••••••••••••••• #afghanistan #portrait
Just chillin in Chefchaouen, Morocco's laid-back blue city. Way less hectic than Marrakesh & Fez! So many fun narrow alleyways to explore with @anna.everywhere ••••••••••••••••••••• Camera: @sonyalpha A7Rii Lens: Sony 16-35mm F4 ••••••••••••••••••••• #chefchaouen #morocco
Morocco's blue pearl, the picturesque mountain town of Chefchaouen. Tag someone you'd want to join you! 💙 ••••••••••••••••••••• Camera: @sonyalpha A7Rii Lens: Sony 16-35mm F4 ••••••••••••••••••••• #chefchaouen #morocco
Genealogy trips can broaden the way you think about your identity, and enrich your family's history. I did one in Ireland recently and absolutely loved it!  My friends at @worldnomads have partnered up with @ancestry to give one lucky winner the adventure of a lifetime: a free trip to the country of your ancestors, along with tools to help you learn more about your family history!  Visit my blog to learn more, linked in my bio.  Where would you go if you win? Let me know below! ••••••••••••••••••••• ✅ LINK IN BIO ✅ ••••••••••••••••••••• #relativedistance #ad
One of the many small villages we passed in Morocco's Atlas Mountains. 🌷 ••••••••••••••••••••• Camera: @sonyalpha A7Rii Lens: 16-35mm F4 ••••••••••••••••••••• #atlasmountains #morocco
Exploring the Sahara's endless ocean of shifting sands. I love the desolate beauty of the desert... @desertluxurycamp ••••••••••••••••••••• #sahara #morocco