Happy New Year’s to Everyone

Toasting to 2017

We are wrapping up 2016 in Bangkok, one of our all-time favorite cities to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s. We are wishing all of our family and friends a happy new year, and we hope we have inspired you with some of our travels.

In 2016, we made it to eleven countries on four continents traveling through Germany, Italy, Portugal, the U.S., Spain, Morocco, Gibraltar, the Czech Republic, Japan, Taiwan, and Thailand. While 2015 was all about nature and wildlife, 2016 was all about cities and food. Yes, South America left us a bit starved for nourishment. Continue…

Toasting Another Year in Travel

Travel in 2015

This has been an incredible year in travel for us. Our New Year’s resolution for 2015 was to slow down a bit and take it all in. A quick glance at our Instagram feed proves that our resolution has been both a huge success and a glorious failure. I’m happy to say that we did take much more time to relax, stay in a few key destinations, and reconnect with friends and family.

Having said that, we made it to four continents and the South Pacific traveling through Argentina, Antarctica, Chile & Easter Island, Uruguay, Brazil, Turkey, Germany, Italy, the Vatican, Spain, the Czech Republic and Austria. It’s been a year of adventurous achievements including cruising the glacial waters of Patagonia to Cape Horn, independently hiking the full circuit at Torres del Paine, camping and kayaking in Antarctica, diving Easter Island and Mallorca, and walking the ancient walls of Istanbul and Rome. We even walked across an entire country twice! (Of course, it was Continue…

Happy Birthday Thomas

Happy Birthday Thomas

We take a break from our previously scheduled post to wish Thomas a very !!!Happy Birthday!!! Here’s to another year full of exotic destinations and thrilling adventures… if your rickety old bones can handle it, that is. 😉

Happy Birthday Tony

Happy 43rd birthday! So glad you finally caught up with me. Wow, how does it feel to celebrate your birthday in freezing temperatures? It’s been a while since you had to wear a down jacket and a sock hat on your big day.

But you know, from now on that’s exactly what it’s going to feel like. Get used to it – older people feel cold all the time …

ContemporaryNomad.com 3.0

We’re movin’ on up… to a wider format. As you’ve probably noticed, we are widening our site and making some subtle improvements. We will be testing the new template over the next few days. If anyone notices any problems, please let us know in the comment section Continue…

Our Top YouTube Videos

1. Quest for the Perfect Beach
Our quest to find the perfect beach in Goa, India is now our top viewed movie. Thankfully. Finally, there’s a little love to go with all the hate we get for the next video.

2. First Class Travel on the Rajdhani Express
Our review of the Rajdhani Express is the video Indians love to hate. Because of the reaction to this video, we gave up our idea of doing a video review series of each class within the complicated Indian rail system. We also learned to shut our mouths and just play funky background music. 😉

3. Asiatic Lions of Sasan Gir
This was an especially up-close encounter with the rare Asiatic lions of Sasan Gir National Park in India. These are some of the rarest cats on the planet – and they walked right under our noses.

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Removing Dust Specks and Scratches with Photoshop

When we recently did our flashback to Egypt, I found this old picture of me in front of the stepped pyramid at Saqqara. While we were at Saqqara, the light meter on my camera broke and I had to practice taking pictures using the average exposure settings listed on the back of a roll of Kodak film.

To see whether my exposures were working, I had the pictures developed in Cairo. Clearly, the machine had some serious issues as all the pictures were scraped, scratched, and covered in huge white flecks. Damn. (Piece of TnT trivia: Every photo I took in Africa was taken with a broken light meter – yikes!)

It occurred to me that after years of working with Photoshop, I could resurrect this old photo, which has tremendous sentimental value. But I really didn’t relish the idea of sitting for hours using the clone tool to remove all the damage by hand. Luckily, I found this amazing Continue…

Five Years of ContemporaryNomad.com

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When trying to convey what five years on the road feels like, a picture is worth a thousand words. And this particular picture, a mosaic of our blog photos, happens to be worth 1560 pictures! To put that into perspective, we spent more days actively traveling than there are pictures in this mosaic. Not too shabby!