Category: Africa

Land of Lemurs Madagascar: Dream Destinations Webisode 3

If you love the exotic, but cute animals you probably have dreamed of visiting the baobab trees in Madagascar. The popular Disney cartoon only popularized the idea even more, but believe it or not the island of Madagascar despite being a spectacular adventure to explore is not frequented by...

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…...

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...

Algerian Saharan Oasis Walled Cities of M’zab Valley

Algeria has really been lost as a tourist destination.  In my experience, Algerian embassy really wasn’t big on outsiders.  While it has been off the radar to tourists, it’s really quite incredible with treasures so preserved.  From the ancient UNESCO sites in Algiers, to the imperial french colonial buildings. ...

Travel in Tunisia: Tunis, Carthage, and Sidi Bou Said

I recently had the opportunity to explore a fascinating in the country of Tunisia.  Despite the news from the outside looking in, the other way around from those who are local have a very different perspective on the events these past few years.  Tunisia is being reborn with new...