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Everyone thinks of beautiful beaches and lady boys when thailand comes to mind. But did ya expect incredible mountains?!
Meet atun, the van we filmed in for our latest @indtravel/@pesonaid_travel project. She’s incredibly photogenic and pimped out with top-of-the-line speakers perfect for sunset dance parties to Fall Out Boy. Swipe to see a quick clip @backpackertampan made for our rad crew for the 10 day adventure. Make sure to check the rest of them out! @thewanderfullyfe @sandrinehecq @merrwatson
The tea plantations had to be my favorite place to shoot in all of India. This one in particular is apparently known as the symbol of Munnar
What a treat to have Borobodur, the world’s largest Buddhist temple, to ourselves as soon as the sun set. Thanks @indtravel and @pesonid_travel for hooking it up. If you choose to visit make sure to have a decent amount of $$$ in those pockets as they charge foreigners 10x more! Worth it though
It’s been quite some time since I’ve posted and it’s been mainly due to a combination of laziness and overwhelming amount of things to do. Nevertheless, at breakfast this morning, I made a deal with @jordhammond to post every day for a month straight. Let’s see how it goes!
Shot on @sonyalpha a7iii ISO 640, 1/5 sec handheld
It’s been exactly one year since I quit my job and took the one way ticket. Never, in my entire life, did I even begin to imagine the things that I’ve done. And sometimes, it still isn’t real to me. I’m soooo grateful for being able to do this and consider myself so incredibly lucky to have met the people I have and for all the opportunities that have presented themselves along this journey. I still don’t really know what the fuck I’m doing, and I could very well end up broke with an instagram addiction, but I do know that I’m having the time of my life.
Swipe for a few highlights from the last 12 months
1. A week ago atop one of the most insane views in India
2. 2 weeks of climbing the limestone towers of Tonsai beach with @aniwouldgo and @auroretingtong
3. @farshid_dalir and I hosting jam sessions in Kampot, Cambodia in exchange for food and housing
4. Me and my piece of shit bike looking really cool in the midst of the 6000 km adventure through Vietnam
5. Average view in Ha Giang, Vietnam
6. @the_lost_coast , @twofeelalive, @jasmin_nw, and I finding our own little beach in El Nido, Philippines
7. @tjeuhansen, @gladyslogrono, and I finishing off our day in the mangrove forests of Siargao, Philippines
8. Sunrise at Pingaan, Bali with some of my best friends (@brad_miller, @shelbyromuk, @eamoneee, @_kfr)
9. The wonderful crew from our third trip with @indtravel through Flores
10. @backpackertampan and I, at the end of our 2 month India trip.
Never did I imagine that there would be so many palm trees in India. 🌴 🌴 🌴
Before leaving Wae Rebo, I found a chart outside one of the houses showing how fast it’s growing as a tourist destination. The rise in economic welfare has contributed to clean water, solar power, and better education. Seeing that was good reinforcement that what we’re doing is helping. Thanks again @indtravel and @pesonaid_travel for the opportunity 🙏
We waited nearly 3 hours for the Taj to reveal itself from the blanket of fog. So worth it.
Before we left Agra, the handsome fella in the second/third photo approached me holding his metal bowl collecting change. When he got near I smiled at him, and instead of asking for money, he returned a smile and continued past me. Having become so used to beggars, I was actually put off by this. I followed him to his makeshift playground near a construction zone where he picked up a hammer and started smashing bricks. I could see the bus coming so I asked if I could take a picture of him. A few men in the area approached me and signaled that he was poor, confused why I would bother. Once I snapped it and the film popped out, they understood. The bus doors opened up. I gave him his photo, he stared at it with an enormous smile, then put it in his back pocket. We high fived and I got onto the bus 😁. #GivingBackWithInstax
The second to last day before leaving the Philippines the kids from the area took us for a little cruise down this river. On our way back the boat flipped and my camera and I took took a nice little plunge into the river. I shed a tear, had 15 coconuts, and moved on. RIP
Anyone else spot the enormous shark fin?
Over the course of the last few months I’ve found myself doing this quite often: meet local(s), chat it up with them, ask to take photo, take photo, show them the photo, and almost always just leave without being able to share it with them; most don’t have social media or even internet access. So the past few weeks I’ve been roaming around India with an instant film camera doing the exact same thing. Except this time I give them their photo. It’s my little way of giving back. #GivingBackWithInstax
1st photo is a random street in jodhpur I found incredibly photogenic. 2nd photo is the adorable kid who’s father sold @backpackertampan his SIM card
Jaisalmer was such a treat. Thank you everyone at @jaisalmerhostelcrowd for becoming our family. From stargazing in the desert to dance parties straight out of a Bollywood film. I couldn’t have asked for a better time.
f you’re in Jaisalmer make sure to hit up @meerjaisalmer to help you feel at home.
Thx @backpackertampan for helping me with the first shot and for letting me use the second shot.
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