Adventure Travel

The travel bug bit me hard back when I was twenty and I haven't looked back. I've been to 35 countries and counting. From 2009-2013 I was fortunate enough to work for Gadling, the most popular travel blog on the Web. Here are some of the more adventurous trips I've taken.


My most adventurous trip was my trip to Iraq. Yes, I went as a tourist. Join me as I visit archaeological sites, Shia pilgrimage centers, the semi-independent region of Kurdistan, and get to meet Iraqis from all walks of life.

I was honored and humbled to win the 2013 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition, taking the gold in the Personal Comment category for my article Video Games with a Refugee, part of my Iraq travel series on the Gadling travel blog.


As the title says, I spent six days hiking Hadrian's Wall from sea to sea across England and exploring this fascinating monument to Roman ingenuity.



Another long-distance hike, this time along Scotland's newest trail, the East Highland Way.


My favorite series, telling about my first trip to Ethiopia. Includes the northern historic loop, my first sight of Harar, and lounging around Addis Ababa.


I liked Ethiopia so much I went back and lived there for two months! I chose to live in Harar, a medieval walled city on the border between the Ethiopian upland and the Somali desert.


My most popular series, about visiting Somaliland, a country that doesn't legally exist.


Here's a rather creepy series I did about exploring the sinister side of Rome.


Who goes to Estonia in the dead of winter? I do!



I also have a series on exploring the Orkney Islands in Scotland.
 


Here are some stand-alone adventure travel articles I've done:

Five Places to see Shrunken Heads. Only adventurous if your head is next in line!

Coming Attractions: Iran. My memories of visiting Iran and a prediction that it could be the next great adventure travel destination.

Walking with the Angels at Zion National Park. The scariest hike I've done, except for that rope bridge in Nepal.

Top Ten Ways to deal with a Slow Internet Connection. The bane of every adventure travel blogger!

It's Time Travel Writers Stopped Stereotyping Africa. An opinion piece.

Five Local Customs We Just Can't Follow. Sometimes it's OK not to fit in.

The Burqa and Niqab: Can Travelers Get Used to Anything? Should They? Another opinion piece.

Dos and Don'ts in the Developing World. How to bridge the divide (as much as possible).

The Ultimate Road Trip: 12,500 Miles Across Africa on a Motorcycle. A friend's trip I wish I could have joined.

Fake Canadians Go Home. A rant about why I can't stand Americans pretending to be Canadian when they travel.

What to do in a Muslim Country during Ramadan. An important fast can be a great opportunity to meet people.

Looking for more from Sean McLachlan? He also hangs out on the Civil War Horror blog, where he focuses on Civil War and Wild West history.

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