Category: Adventure

Wild Papua New Guinea: Top 10 Dream Destinations of Explorers

My friend’s grandfather was a photo journalist with National Geographic and the footage he had of Papua New Guinea tribes was incredible. I knew when I planned my trip there I wanted not just to visit the cities, but to get in deep with a tribe and my friend’s...

Quick Visit to Post War Syria

I’m not ready to declare Syria war free, but the south especially Damascus is quite safe now and with news of other travelers getting visas and some of the most exclusive visits to the war torn country of Syria had me fascinated. I was able to get over there...

Year in Review 2018 – Joel Oleson Adventure Traveler Fun Photos

At the beginning of 2018, I started working at Blizzard Entertainment and visited a couple of offices in Europe as well and now two of my oldest sons started college.  Great accomplishments for which I’m very pleased.  As a result of supporting 2 in college, I’ve had to get...

African Road trip – Bissau Guinea Bissau to Dakar Senegal

I was looking for a quick African adventure, and I was not disappointed.  Bissau delivered on the feel of being on the edge of civilization. When we landed we went straight to a hotel and we asked them what time the bus was going to leave.  Online I’d heard...

Roadtripping West Africa: Lagos Nigeria to Accra Ghana

I had a blast on Two recent road trips in West Africa.  Immersive experiences in cities not use to tourists.  The world’s past and future are tied up in these budding African cities.  Nigeria and Ghana are going to be so important not just to Africa, but to the...

Where did life begin? Traveling to Ethiopia’s Omo Valley – Early Man

My passion for understanding the past through early man caves, paleontology, archeology, encounters with ancient tribes with connections to the past and life origins and what matters most…  these strike directly at the heart of what I find meaningful in travel.  Indiana Jones wasn’t just looking for gold statues…...

Natural Wonders of the World: Underground River of Puerta Princessa

Philippines is hidding a real gem.  In fact, scratch that, they are hiding some of the most amazing islands for vacation in the world.  I’ve been to the main island a couple of times, but it was this intentional visit to go see the 7 natural wonders of the...

Mass Dance Pyongyang North Korea Travel

It wasn’t until I was in Chernobyl that I met my first traveler that had visited North Korea.  I’d later meet a traveler in Mongolia.  It always felt impossible until this older lady said she it was amazing adventure.  I’m a time traveler, so I get a kick out...

Exploring Madagascar Land of Lemurs and Baobabs

I long for places in this world that have experiences that will blow my mind.  Madagascar achieved mind blown status and challenged me on some levels as a traveler.  I’m so glad I decided to do it right and spend the time it takes to travel a large country...

Visit Beautiful Palau Micronesia Islands Nation of Nature

When I first thought about visiting Palau I for sure wanted to visit the Jelly Fish Lake, but then after researching it I found out it had been closed due to mass loss of jelly fish due to a number of factors and they’ve denied access to humans until...