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My hope is to inspire you to travel, explore, appreciate and protect our wonderful world.

Welcome to our travel blog! We're a gay couple who loves to explore the world and immerse ourselves in traditional cultures. Our passion for eco-tourism takes us to some of the most beautiful natural sites, from forests and jungles to waterfalls and coral reefs. We believe in leaving a minimal footprint on the environment and always strive to learn about the history and culture of the countries we visit. Join us on our adventures and discover the beauty of the world!

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Looking for an adventure of a lifetime? Look no further! Our travel experiences include snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef, hang gliding in Rio de Janeiro, on safari in Tanzania, trekking through the jungles of Indonesia, exploring Machu Picchu, bamboo rafting in China, camel riding in India, and abseiling in New Zealand!

We are excited to take you on a journey to explore the beauty and diversity of our planet. Join us as we discover new destinations and create unforgettable memories. Let's embark on this adventure together!

JAPAN 4K UHD | a cinematic travel video including Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto and Takayama, Japan
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JAPAN 4K UHD | a cinematic travel video including Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto and Takayama, Japan

This is a cinematic travel video of our adventure through Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto and Takayama, Japan during the cherry blossom season of early April. Footage includes: Cherry blossoms (sakura) at the Imperial Palace or Chiyoda City, Odawara Castle, a young couple at the National Garden, entrance gate at Nijo Castle, statue at Chion-in Temple, street lantern, soba beef curry, view from Otani Sobyo Temple, deer at Nara Park, Akiharbara at night, boarding a bullet train (shinkansen) at Tokyo Station, Takayama street, Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, monks at Meiji Jingu Shrine, Kinkaku-ji Temple, garden at Senkei Annex Yamagaso, gate at Hakone Jinja Shrine, view from Kiyomizu-dera Temple, a tea ceremony, dancer at Suigian Restaurant, shrines at the Takayama Spring Festival, dressed as a Samurai at Odawara Castle, Hokan-ji Temple, Maiko dance, feeding deer at Nara Park, bamboo, flower pond, Hakone Jinja Shrine, girls at Senso-ji Temple, dragon fountains at Hakone Jinja Shrine, mountains in Hakone, grounds of Otani Sobyo Temple, Senkei Annex Yamagaso grounds at night. Outtakes of deer feeding at Nara Park. --------------------------------------------------------------- Subscribe to my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/WanderLustMike Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wanderlustmike/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wanderlustmike Travel blog: http://wanderlustmike.com/ --------------------------------------------------------------- Music - Meris by Jordan Critz Video created using Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects. Additional sound effects from Zapsplat.com. Soundtrack available on Musicbed. If you enjoyed this video please consider subscribing. Thank you for watching! #japan #japantravel #scenicjapan #traveljapan #cinematictravelvideo #travelvideo #travel #wanderlust #wanderlustmike #nosmallcreator
GREAT BRITAIN & IRELAND 4K UHD | a cinematic travel video of England, Wales, Ireland & Scotland
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GREAT BRITAIN & IRELAND 4K UHD | a cinematic travel video of England, Wales, Ireland & Scotland

This is a cinematic travel video of our four week adventure in London, Stonehenge, Exmoor National Park, Minehead, Penarth, Wexford, Dublin, 󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Stratford-upon-Avon, Keswick, Grasmere, Cumberland, Edinburgh, North Berwick, and Glamis. Footage includes: Castlerigg Stone Circle, Tantallon Castle, the London Eye, the Kelpies, North Berwick Beach, Windsor Castle, Strathmore Highland Games pipers, Edinburgh Castle, Stonehenge, Cumberland Bird of Prey Centre, Exmoor National Park, Brigit's Bakery tea tour, Aira Force Waterfall hike, friends we've made, West Somerset Railway steam engine, Derwentwater Lake, Anne Hathaway's Cottage, Celtic Nights, Mamma Mia the Party, Piva, a West End musical, Grasmere, Glamis Castle, The Temple Bar, making fudge, Little Moreton Hall, the Strathmore Highland Games (bagpipe band, caber toss, Scottish dancers), Scottish Seabird Centre cruise, Penarth Pier, and Loch Lomand & the Trossachs National Park. --------------------------------------------------------------- Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/WanderLustMike Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wanderlustmike/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wanderlustmike Travel blog: http://wanderlustmike.com/ --------------------------------------------------------------- Music - Great Adventure by Tim Halperin, featuring Jordan Critz Video created using Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects. Additional sound effects from Zapsplat.com. If you enjoyed this video please consider subsribing. Thanks for watching! #britishisles #greatbritain #ireland #uk #england #scotland #britishadventure #britishtravel #cinematictravelvideo #travelvideo #travel #wanderlust #wanderlustmike #nosmallcreator
SPAIN & MOROCCO 4K UHD | cinematic travel video
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SPAIN & MOROCCO 4K UHD | cinematic travel video

This is a cinematic travel video of our adventure in Spain (Barcelona, Madrid, Toledo, Seville) and Morocco (Tangier, Chefchaouen, Fes, Marrakesh, Ait Ben Haddou) Footage includes: Sunrise at Kasbah Tebi in the Csar of Ait Ben Haddou, a snake charmer in Marrakesh, leather tannery in Fes, Spanish guitar and Flamenco dancing, Plaza de Espana, La Sagrada Familia, Chefchaouen, Blue Gate of Fes, belly dancing, Sitges Spain, Parc de la Ciutadella, Park Guell, La Rambla, Palau Nacional de Montjuic, an oud lute player, Ryad Salama courtyard, Koutoubia Mosque, Kasbah Telouet, more of Kasbah Tebi at Ait Ben-haddou, restaurant Dar Essalam, Cap Spartel Lighthouse, and the production of argon oil. --------------------------------------------------------------- Subscribe to my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/WanderLustMike Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wanderlustmike/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wanderlustmike Travel blog: http://wanderlustmike.com/ --------------------------------------------------------------- Music - Sun Riders by Airplanes Video created using Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects. Music from Musicbed.com. Additional sound effects from Zapsplat.com. If you enjoyed this video please consider subscribing. Thanks for watching! #spain #españa #morocco #مغرب #barcelona #sevilla #marrakesh #chefchaouen #cinematictravelvideo #cinematictravel #travelfilm #travelvideo #travel #wanderlust #wanderlustmike #nosmallcreator #المملكة المغربية
PERU 4K UHD | cinematic travel video
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PERU 4K UHD | cinematic travel video

This is a cinematic travel video of our adventure in Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu, Iquitos and the Amazon rainforest, Peru! --------------------------------------------------------------- Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/WanderLustMike Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wanderlustmike/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wanderlustmike Travel blog: http://wanderlustmike.com/ --------------------------------------------------------------- We began our adventure in the Barranco District of Lima, at the guesthouse of artist Victor Delfin! Delfín, born in 1927, has a worldwide reputation; his art has been exhibited across South and North America and is housed in major museum and private collections. His son runs the guesthouse on his estate, filled with his paintings and sculptures and overlooking the ocean, at Second Home Peru. Next was the town of Cusco, Peru, high (11,000 ft/3,400 meters) in the Andes mountains. It was so high, in fact, that we were prescribed altitude sickness prevention medication called Acetazolamide by our health care provider. We stayed in the popular San Blas District, at the Tariq Boutique Hotel. The views of Cusco from our room were incredible! We walked down the stairs and cobblestone streets each day to the Plaza de Armas de Cusco. The Plaza is beautiful, especially at night! A statue of Pachacuti can be found in the plaza atop a fountain. Pachacuti was the ninth ruler of the Kingdom of Cusco and later the Emperor of the Inca Empire. Also around the plaza is the Iglesia de la Companía de Jesús and the Cathedral of Cusco. Chincheros has a population of about 50,000. The inhabitants are mainly indigenous citizen of Chanka descent, primarily speaking the Quechuan language. The women of Chincheros all dress in the same clothing and colors! We visited a weaving cooperative where they demonstrated the yarn making, dying, and weaving processes. And the white church of Chincheros, built in 1607 by colonial Spaniards, lies upon the ruins of the Incas. It is believed the Incas deliberately destroyed their constructions so the Spanish could not utilize them. Machu Picchu is awesome! Wow! Some archeologists believe that Machu Picchu was constructed as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti (1438–1472). In 1911 American historian and explorer Hiram Bingham traveled the region looking for the old Inca capital and was led to Machu Picchu by a villager, Melchor Arteaga. Today, Machu Picchu receives over half a million visitors each year. Our final destination was the Amazon rainforest via the city of Iquitos, Peru. From Iquitos were were taken deep into the Amazon by Amazonia Expeditions, which has two lodges: Tahuayo Lodge and the Amazon Research Center. We had excellent wildlife opportunities, and spotted pigmy marmosets, woolly monkeys, pink dolphins, kingfishers, hawks, cara caras, blue and yellow macaws, giant river otter, three-toed sloth, common potoo, and hoatzin. We also went piranha fishing, and visited a nearby village. Trekking through the Amazon jungle is definitely not easy. The combination of deep mud, fallen trees, and thorns creates an obstacle course worthy of the most difficult courses in the world! --------------------------------------------------------------- Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/WanderLustMike Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wanderlustmike/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wanderlustmike Travel blog: http://wanderlustmike.com/ --------------------------------------------------------------- Footage includes: The artwork of Victor Delfin, Salineras Maras salt flats, El Turco barbershop, a little boy at Plaza Barranco, Cathedral of Lima at Plaza de Armas, women with alpacas in Cusco, Andean condor, the Inca ruins and white church in Chincheros, a little girl in Cusco, traditional folkloric dancers at La Candelaria in Lima, an alpaca, women in Chincheros, pan of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, wooden fluist and dancers at the Poroy train station, the Belmond Hiram Bingham train ride including live entertainment and pisco sours, scenes from Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu, street market in Iquitos, men from Chincheros, feeding an alpaca, the plaza at Machu Picchu Pueblo with statue of Pachacuti, walking the alleyways of Cusco, waterfall at Aguas Calientes, street scene in Iquitos, street performer dressed in gold in Cusco, the beautiful women weavers from Chincheros, The Amazon rainforest and Tahuayo Lodge, a three-toed sloth, a millipede, a common potoo, a spider, and sunset from Tariq Boutique Hotel in Cusco. Music - Where the Adventure Begins by Tim Halperin Video created using Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects. Additional sound effects from Zapsplat.com. #peru #peruadventure #perutravel #amazonrainforest #cusco #lima #machupicchu #cinematictravelvideo #travelvideo #travel #wanderlust #wanderlustmike #nosmallcreator
CHRISTMAS in California 🎄 4K UHD | cinematic travel video - San Diego, Los Angeles, Big Bear Lake
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CHRISTMAS in California 🎄 4K UHD | cinematic travel video - San Diego, Los Angeles, Big Bear Lake

This is a cinematic travel video of the Christmas season spent in our beautiful home state of California. While the year 2020 saw many of our favorite holiday events cancelled, we were still able to find a little Christmas spirit. In our hometown of Los Angeles, this included shops adorned in holiday spirit along the Redondo Beach Riviera and in Manhattan Beach, lights on Manhattan Beach Pier, the fantastic displays at The Grove and 3rd Street Promenade, and festive light displays in the neighborhood of Sleepy Hollow in Torrance. In San Diego, we found the spirit of the holidays at the Hotel del Coronado, Seaport Village, the Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park, and Old Town. Special thanks to Jubilee & Co (https://jubileeandcompany.com/, @jubileeandcompany) for the picnic footage! Big Bear was our alpine escape. Snow tubing at Big Bear Snow Play (http://www.bigbearsnowplay.com/) and a horse-drawn carriage ride with Big Bear Carriages (https://www.bigbearcarriages.com/) were some of the highlights of our time there. While we always enjoy the time spent in our home state of California, this wasn't the Christmas we had hoped for or planned. We were originally supposed to spend the season in Europe, exploring the Christmas markets of Germany, Austria and Prague. The year 2020 wasn't what any of us had planned. And yet we're still here and healthy. We have plenty of patience and time, and the future looks brighter for us all! --------------------------------------------------------------- Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/WanderLustMike Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wanderlustmike/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wanderlustmike Travel website/blog: http://wanderlustmike.com/ --------------------------------------------------------------- Footage includes sunset at the Hotel del Coronado, a surfer, Hermosa Pier Plaza, various holiday light displays in Torrance, Manhattan Beach Pier, the Hotel del Coronado, an elf on stilts at Seaport Village, sand sledding in Hermosa Beach, the Gaslamp Quarter, Old Town, Balboa Park, a picnic by Jubilee & Co (https://jubileeandcompany.com/), 3rd Street Promenade, Farmers Market and The Grove including a brass quartet, snow tubing at Big Bear Snow Play (http://www.bigbearsnowplay.com/), a horse-drawn carriage ride through the Village with Big Bear Carriages (https://www.bigbearcarriages.com/), and twilight in the Village at Big Bear. Our video was recorded during the COVID-19 pandemic. While my husband did lower his mask when I recorded him, we otherwise wore masks and socially distanced ourselves from others at all times. Music - Super Bloom by Airplanes Video created using Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects. Additional sound effects from Zapsplat.com. Thanks for watching! --------------------------------------------------------------- Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/WanderLustMike Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wanderlustmike/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wanderlustmike Travel website/blog: http://wanderlustmike.com/ --------------------------------------------------------------- #christmas #california #christmasincalifornia #californiachristmas #christmastravelvideo #holidays #christmastravel #travelvideo #travel #wanderlust #wanderlustmike #nosmallcreator
CRATER LAKE & MOUNT RAINIER 🌲 4K UHD | cinematic travel video - national park
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CRATER LAKE & MOUNT RAINIER 🌲 4K UHD | cinematic travel video - national park

This is our cinematic travel video of Crater Lake National Park and Mount Rainier National Park located in the states of Oregon and Washington, respectively. We hope you enjoy it! We began our journey in Southern Oregon. To the North of Crater Lake National Park we witnessed Salt Creek and Toketee waterfalls. Both were magnificent, but the setting for Toketee Falls was truly stunning. Inside the national park the main attraction was Crater Lake itself. The vivid, deep blue of the lake is truly mesmerizing. Our favorite vantage point was from the Sun Notch - Phantom Ship overlook point. Another great vantage point is at the Sinnott Memorial Overlook near Rim Village. We also highly recommend driving the scenic East Rim Drive in the park. Next we were off to Mount Rainier National Park in Washington. The lush, green forests of Washington state never disappoint. Our favorite hike in the park was, without a doubt, Naches Peak Loop trail. Take the trail clockwise for stunning views of Mount Rainier! We traversed snow-covered hillsides, lake views, rugged mountain vistas, and many wildflower fields as well. The Trail of the Shadows, around a scenic meadow, afforded us much wildlife viewing. And the roadside trails to Christine Falls and Narada Falls are an absolute must do. And Stevens Canyon Road in the park was richly adorned with all manner of wildflowers. --------------------------------------------------------------- Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/WanderLustMike Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wanderlustmike/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wanderlustmike Travel website/blog: http://wanderlustmike.com/ --------------------------------------------------------------- Video footage includes driving away from our cabin near Crescent Lake, Castle Creek wildflower trail, Grove of the Patriarchs, Toketee Falls trail, Crater Lake, Lake Odell, Salt Creek Falls, Phantom Ship - Crater Lake, Sun Notch loop and deer, Lady of the Woods trail, Trail of the Shadows, Naches Peak Loop trail, Mount Rainier, Christine Falls, Narada Falls, sunset from our cabin, and a couple of outtakes. Music - Soaring by Airplanes (available on Musicbed) Video created using Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects. Additional sound effects from Zapsplat.com. Thanks for watching! --------------------------------------------------------------- Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/WanderLustMike Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wanderlustmike/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wanderlustmike Travel website/blog: http://wanderlustmike.com/ --------------------------------------------------------------- #washington #oregon #craterlake #mountrainier #mtrainier #pnw #nationalparks #nps #findyourpark #sharemyrainier #cinematictravelvideo #cinematicvideo #cinematictravel #travelvideo #travel #wanderlust #wanderlustmike #nosmallcreator
INDIA 🇮🇳 SRI LANKA 🇱🇰 4K UHD | cinematic travel video भारत • ශ්රී ලංකාව
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INDIA 🇮🇳 SRI LANKA 🇱🇰 4K UHD | cinematic travel video भारत • ශ්රී ලංකාව

From the Taj Mahal to Ranthambore National Park, from the Thar Desert of Rajasthan to the beautiful beaches of Matara, the people and places of India and Sri Lanka were breathtaking. This is the cinematic travel video of our adventure. भारत का सिनेमाई यात्रा वीडियो ශ්‍රී ලංකා සිනමා සංචාරක වීඩියෝව We began our journey along the streets and narrow alleyways of Old Delhi with a cycle rickshaw ride. It was a fascinating way to explore the markets and life of the people. We also visited Humayan's Tomb and the Sikh golden temple of Gurdwara Bangla Sahib. Lodi Gardens was a quiet respite from the sprawling city of New Delhi. And Mughal Gardens was in vibrant full bloom. An added bonus was witnessing the training techniques of the muscular kushti wrestlers at the Guru Hanuman Akhara. We utilized the Delhi Metro to get around, and occasionally solicited the aid of a local tuk tuk (auto rickshaw) as well. --------------------------------------------------------------- Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/WanderLustMike Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wanderlustmike/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wanderlustmike Travel website/blog: http://wanderlustmike.com/ --------------------------------------------------------------- Next we journeyed by train to Arga, where we took in the stunning Taj Mahal at dusk and dawn. When we arrived at dawn we had the upper courtyard all to ourselves. The Red Fort of Agra was also very impressive with it's detailed and intricate red sandstone carvings. From Agra we again utilized the railway system to travel to Sawai Madhopur, home to Ranthambore National Park. We went on three separate tiger safaris, witnessing blue bull antelope, spotted deer, langur monkeys, peacocks, sambar deer, and even a glimpse of the elusive tiger. We stayed at the scenic and peaceful Fateh's Retreat, where our host took great care of us. In Jaisalmer, we attended the Desert Festival, where we witnessed the most beautifully adorned Rajasthan women and men. We also enjoyed the camel decoration competition, where camels are adorned with colorful pompoms, beads, mirrors and even seashells! Jaisalmer Fort, with its stunning Jain Temple, and Gadisar Lake were two additional highlights of the desert. We also went on a camel safar while we were there. We stayed at Hotel Fifu, richly adorned in traditional Rajasthan architecture and colors, and with a wonderful and charismatic host. In Colombo, Sri Lanka, we were able to witness a Hindu holiday at the Sri Ponnambalam Vanesar Kovil temple. We also enjoyed seeing the Gangaramaya Buddhist temple at night, and the red mosque of Jami Ul-Alfar Masjid. We took a train from Colombo Fort down South to Matara, where we relaxed for a few days on the beautiful beaches at The Seascape hotel. Sunrise, sunsets, surfers, swimming, fresh coconut water, wonderful Sri Lankan cuisine, and nice long walks along the beach. We also spent a few days at Yala National Park, where we spotted asian elephants, crocodiles, spotted deer, monitor lizards, bee-eaters, langur monkeys, and all manner of bird life. Our trip to India and Sri Lanka left us with many memories. We're so grateful for the opportunity to visit these beautiful countries, see their wildlife, and meet their people. We will truly never forget it. Footage includes the Taj Mahal, Matara Beach, wild camel, peacock, the markets in Old Delhi and Jaipur, Jaisalmer Palace and Jain temple, the Taj Mahal at sunset, cycle rickshaw, Ranthambore National Park, Chambal River, Guru Hanuman Akhara, Gadisar Lake, Agra Fort, Patrika Gate, Jain temple, camel riding, dancing, and villages in the Thar Desert, Matara Beach, Yala National Park, and Sri Ponnambalam Vanesar Kovil temple. Music - Secret Place by Chad Lawson Video created using Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects. Additional sound effects from Zapsplat.com. For me, content is king. Fancy transitions are no substitute for quality video footage. Thanks for watching! --------------------------------------------------------------- Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/WanderLustMike Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wanderlustmike/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wanderlustmike Travel website/blog: http://wanderlustmike.com/ --------------------------------------------------------------- #india #srilanka #indiatravel #cinematictravelvideo #cinematicvideo #cinematictravel #travelvideo #travel #wanderlust #wanderlustmike #nosmallcreator
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