Gary Arndt (@everythingeverywhere) — 3x Travel Photographer of the Year.
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The last week has been brutal for my sleep schedule since I have come back from Sri Lanka. With the Daylight Savings change, it is exactly a 12 hour change in time between Minnesota and the Maldives. I’ve been sleeping and waking up at really odd hours and I haven’t been able to adjust my internal clock yet. ⠀ To make matters worse, it is unseasonably cold here for early November. We’ve already had several inches of snow and temperatures last night dipped down to 8F (-13.3C). We usually don’t see those sort of temperatures until January or February. ⠀ Thankfully, I won’t have to deal with the cold too much longer. I’ll be off to Spain in about two weeks where things should be much warmer. ⠀ I’ve spent a lot of time in Spain, but there is still a large part of the country I have yet to visit. I’ve primarily spent time in Catalonia, especially in the region of Girona. ⠀ One of my favorite places in Catalonia is the Val de Nuria. It is a ski resort in the winter and a great place to hike in the summer. I took this photo on one of my previous trips there in 2011. ⠀ ⠀ #everythingeverywhere#spain#visitspain#incostabrava#catalunyaexperience#inpyrenees#catalonia#catalunya#girona#mountains
After 43 hours in transit I’m back home from Sri Lanka and the Maldives. ⠀⠀ Many people use Instagram to try to show the world how their life is perfect. They share perfectly posed photos of themselves in designer clothes in exotic locations. ⠀⠀ Unfortunately, travel is usually never like that. Being tired and hungry after 2 days of sitting in airplanes and airports with body odor because you haven’t been able to take a shower is more the norm. You deal with mostly with crappy airplane food and dirty airport toilets, not wistfully looking out into the distance as you hold a cup of coffee with both hands. ⠀⠀ There is a grittiness to travel which is seldom shown on Instagram, and I suppose it is the part of travel which most people aren’t interested in seeing. Nonetheless, that is what travel is. ⠀⠀ There are very few images of myself which I put on my Instagram account because I am more interested in trying to get people interested in the places I visit, not trying to convince everyone I lead a glamorous life. ⠀⠀ This photo was taken on a small sand bar in the Maldives. The @cinnamonhotels resort I stayed at took several of us out on a day trip to the sand bar. I wasn’t sure of it at first, but it turned out to be a lot of fun. There were no people, so we could go nuts flying our drones. I took my Parrot Anafi up to 500 feet to get this view of the island we were on. You can see us as black dots in one of the corners. ⠀ #everythingeverywhere#maldives#cinnamonhotels#tbcasia#anafi#parrotanafi
I have arrived in the Maldives! I’ll be staying the next 3 nights at the Cinnamon Resort which is on the island of Ellaidhoo which is a 90-minute speed board ride from the capital of Male. ⠀ This is a milestone trip for me for a couple of reasons. ⠀⠀ First, this is the 128th country in the United Nations which I’ve visited. This is the same number os Queen Elizabeth II. I suppose you are pretty well traveled when you are in a league with the Queen. ⠀ Second, this is the 200th territory on the Traveler’s Century Club (TCC) which I have visited. The TCC list divides the world into 327 territories which includes places like Greenland, Puerto Rico, and other geographically and politically distinct places which are not necessarily countries. I visited my 100th TCC territory back in 2011, and my 150th in 2014. ⠀ Third, there are four countries in the world which are made up entirely of coral atolls. With my visit to the Maldives, I have now visited all four. The other three are Kiribati, Tuvalu, and the Marshall Islands. ⠀ Fourth, this is my first trip anywhere in the Indian Ocean. I haven’t visited any of the islands or territories in the ocean up until now. Other places like Mauritius and the Seychelles are also high on my list for future visits. ⠀ Fifth, this is the FIRST drone photo which I’ve posted to Instagram! I’ve been testing a Parrot Anafi and I am loving it so far. Hopefully, many more drone photos to follow. (I did a short flight in Sri Lanka, but literally 30 seconds after I launched it, it started to rain). Went out to an uninhabited island today and was able to go nuts doing drone stuff. It was great fun. ⠀ Tomorrow I start the very long process of going back home. I figure it will take me about 36 hours, and that includes 4 flights and 1 boat ride. ⠀ #everythingeverywhere#maldives#cinnamonhotels#srilankanairlines#tbcasia#anafi#parrotanafi
Monkey in the Royal Botanical Garden in Kandy, Sri Lanka. My time in Sri Lanka is drawing to a close and I have quite a few photos to process. My tour here centered around the city of Kandy which is in the Central Highlands and is one of the most important religious and cultural cities in the country. I will be speaking tomorrow at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel in Colombo at 12:3pm if you are in town. Wednesday I’m off to the Maldives for a few nights to relax on the beach in the Indian Ocean and catch up on work. My visit to the Maldives will be a milestone for me which I’ll explain soon my next Instagram post. #everythingeverywhere#srilanka#cinnamonhotels#srilankanairlines#tbcasia
After 23 hours of travel I’ve arrived in Sri Lanka! This is my first time in Sri Lanka and I’m pretty excited to be here. My primary purpose here is to give a presentation at a conference hosted by @cinnamonhotels in Colombo. However, I’m currently on a pre-conference tour in the Central Sri Lankan city of Kandy. After the conference I’m taking a short trip to the Maldives because I haven’t been there before either, and I figure I’m so close I might as well visit. Make sure to check out my Instagram stories to get full coverage. This photo was taken in the Knuckles Mountain Range, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. ⠀ #everythingeverywhere#unesco#worldheritage#worldheritagesites#srilanka#cinnamonhotels#srilankanairlines#tbcasia
The next location on my series of undervisited places takes us back to Italy! 🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹 ⠀ Italy is one of the most visited countries in the world. Many fist time visitors to Italy do a very standard route of Rome, Florence, and Venice. ⠀ To be sure, Rome is a great city and it is a place that everyone should visit at least once. However, most people tend to gravitate to a few popular sites in the city: the Forum, the Vatican, the Colosseum, and the Trevi Fountain. What they might not be aware of is all of the amazing things which are right outside of Rome. ⠀ Today I’m showcasing the town of Tivoli which is the hills on the outskirts of Rome. You can see the hills in the distance when you are in the city. For over 2,000 years Tivoli was a summer retreat for Rome’s rich and powerful. There are two attractions there which are world class, but get only a small fraction of the visits you will see in Rome. ⠀ The first is the Villa d’Est. This is a Renaissance Era villa which was built by a rich Cardinal who aspired to be pope (spoiler: he didn’t get it). He built an incredible villa with an amazing water garden to impress his fellow cardinals. It is still operating today and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. ⠀ The other attraction in Tivoli gets even fewer visitors, but it is one of the greatest Roman ruins in the world: Hadrian’s Villa, aka the Villa Adriana. This was the retreat for the Emperor Hadrian, who spent much of his reign traveling the empire. ⠀ You can still see standing statues, pools, and grottos which were part of the palace. It is like walking around the Forum in Rome, but without the massive crowds of people! ⠀ I have another great, undervisited spot near Rome, but that will have to wait for another Instagram post :) ⠀ #everythingeverywhere#rome#italy#tivoli#unesco#worldheritage#worldheritagesites#overtourism
Next in my series of under visited places is Sukhothai! 🇹🇭🇹🇭🇹🇭 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Sukhothai is the former imperial capital of the Sukhothai Empire. The ruins of the capital can be found in the historical park of the same name just outside of the modern city of Sukhothai. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Sukhothai is located approximately halfway between Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Despite being situated between two of the most popular destinations in Thailand, Sukhothai gets very few visitors in comparison. Most people either fly or take a train, which skips Sukhothai entirely. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It is really too bad because Sukhothai is an amazing place. I’ve often described it as a smaller, cleaner version of Angkor, Cambodia. There are almost 200 ruins spread over 70 square kilometers. There are very few visitors to the park and you can stroll about the grounds historical park is which only a few square kilometers. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The park has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it is one of the most significant historical sites in Thailand. It think it is a superior visit to Ayutthaya which is usually crowded with visitors on day trips from Bangkok. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When I visited I pretty much had the park to myself. You can walk amongst the temple ruins or you can rent a bike. They have paved paths that you can ride on. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The easiest way to get to Sukhothai is either by bus or train, from Bangkok or Chiang Mai. I recommend people stop here if they are going between the two cities as it is one place in the country which should not be missed. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #everythingeverywhere#thailand#sukhothai#unesco#worldheritage#worldheritagesites
The next location on my series of undervisited places takes us back to Canada. 🇨🇦 Many people are unaware that there are fjords in North America. They usually assume it is something you only see in Norway. However, there are fjords on this side of the Atlantic Ocean and they are stunning. You will find them in Torngat Mountains National Park in Labrador. ⠀ Torngat Mountains National Park is situated at the northernmost point of Labrador, which is the continental part of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. The park only gets about 800 visitors per year, and half of those are on ships which are passing through the area going north. ⠀ The park is operated jointly by Parks Canada and with the local Inuit people who have lived in this area before history. ⠀ Excluding people on ships and Inuit school groups who visit, the number of visitors who step foot in the park for the purpose of tourism is quite small. Maybe only 100 or so people per year. It is a shame because this is one of the most incredible places on Earth. ⠀ Getting to Torngats isn’t easy. There is an abandoned radar station from the Cold War just outside the park which has a runway. There are occasional flights there from Goose Bay, Labrador. From there, you have to stay at Base Camp, which is surrounded by electrified wire to keep out polar bears. ⠀ Most of the travel in the park is by boat, but there are some hiking opportunities available, and the option of helicopter rides. ⠀ Outside of the stunning natural beauty, you will and an in-depth Inuit cultural experience from all the Inuit staff which run the park and base camp. #everythingeverywhere#canada#explorecanada#parkscanada#labrador#torngatmountainsnationalpark
I’m back from Barbados and I figured this would be a good time for a Caribbean entry in my “Places Which Are Undervisited” series. ⠀⠀ The Island of Dominica. ⠀⠀ Dominica is the least visited country in the Western Hemisphere with less than 70,000 visitors per year. (NOTE: Dominica is not the Dominican Republic, which is also in the Caribbean, but is a totally different country). Dominica is a rugged, lush island with 365 rivers (one for each day of the year!). One of the reasons it doesn’t get very many visitors is because they can’t put a long runway on the island because it is so mountainous. Because they don’t have a long runway, they can’t accept large jets on direct flights from the US or Europe. ⠀⠀ To get to Dominica you have to either take a short flight in a small plane from a neighboring island, or a ferry from Martinique or Guadeloupe. ⠀⠀ There are no white sand beaches on the island, which is probably also a turn-off for many tourists. What it does have is probably the best eco-tourism destinations in the Caribbean. ⠀⠀ There are incredible waterfalls, sea turtle hatchings, hot springs and a boiling lake (and the lake really is close to boiling. You can’t go it in else it will scald your skin.) I’d encourage everyone to put Dominica on your list of places to visit. It is my favorite island in the Caribbean.
The next in my series of places which are under visited and relatively unknown is Nahanni National Park in the Northwest Territories of Canada. ⠀ Nahanni is so unknown that most Canadians I’ve spoken with have never even heard of it. Nahanni only gets about 800 visitors per year. The reason it gets so few visitors is that it is very remote and it isn’t connected to the rest of the world by a road. The only way in is by float plane, which makes it a difficult and expensive place to visit. ⠀ Nonetheless, Nahanni might be the greatest national park in the entire world. That is a claim that I do not make lightly, but I think there is a case for it. Back in 1978 during the first world heritage convention, it was one of the first 12 world heritage sites on Earth, alongside Yellowstone. ⠀ Nahanni has an incredible diverse geography with one of the world’s largest waterfalls (Virginia Falls), an incredibly picturesque mountain range (The Cirque of the Unclimbables), and a stunning canyon (The Ram River Canyon). ⠀ The short season for visiting the park (only 2 months) also is part of the reason it gets so few visitors. ⠀ Nahanni is never going to be a popular park to visit due to its remote location and the high cost of getting there, but it is a place more people should at least know about because it is one of the most incredible places on the planet. ⠀ #everythingeverywhere#parkscanada#nahanni#spectacularnwt#explorecanada#parkscanada#parcscanada#unesco#worldheritage#worldheritagesites#nationalpark#waterfall#mountain#canada
In my previous post, I spoke about the problem of over-tourism and why we should seek out places which aren’t as popular, but are still pretty amazing. In that post I used a photo of Venice, which has way too many visitors, and spoke about nearby Padua, which gets only a fraction. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Several people mentioned, and rightly so, that I probably should have posted a photo of Padua instead of Venice. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Fair enough. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ For the next month on Instagram, I’m going to focus on lesser known places which ought to be better known and deserve your attention. Some might be a single photo and some might be a collection of images. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’ll start things off with Padua of course. There are several things in Padua which make it worth visiting: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ✔️The Scrovengi Chapel. A small church with one of the most exquisitely decorated interiors in the world. The number of visitors daily is limited, so book well in advance. ✔️The Orto Botanico. The world’s first botanical garden created in 1545. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. ✔️The Prato Della Valle. The largest public square in Italy and one of the largest in Europe. Surrounded by statues. ✔️The Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua. A major cathedral and pilgrimage site which is the resting place of St Anthony of Padua. Do check out Padua if you are in the area!