Sessriem Dune 45

Namib Desert: Dune 45 at Sunrise

My alarm was set for 4:30 am, but I didn’t need it. The campground was already buzzing. Groggy-but-excited travelers raced around, getting ready to drive into the Namib Desert for sunrise.   By 4:50, my group of six, plus driver Gabriel and assistant Manfred, were in line and waiting for the gate to open. From […]

Why Ethiopia should be on your bucket list

When I told people that Ethiopia was my dream trip, they looked at me like I’m a crazy person. “Isn’t it all just starving people and barren desert,” they’d ask. Or “isn’t it dangerous?” Or “you can’t possibly go alone!”   Of course, the doubters have never deterred me. After five long years of anticipation, […]

Camel caravan in the Danakil Depression

Danakil Depression: Four incredible days

The Danakil Depression: An incredible four days in the hottest place on Earth   The last four days of traveling through the Danakil Depression were probably the greatest adventure I’ve ever had. I don’t even know where to begin.   The Danakil Depression is the “hottest place on Earth.” Summer temperatures routinely soar over 120 […]

Travel during Ramadan in Morocco

Travel during Ramadan in Morocco provides a unique perspective on the country. But at times, it can be frustrating.   Ramadan is a Muslim holiday that lasts for a month. The exact timing varies year to year. Traditionally, people don’t eat or drink anything between sunrise and sunset. Then, after evening prayers, they break fast […]