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Matt Karsten | Expert Vagabond


🌎 Adventure traveler sharing the world with you! 📍Currently: Italy 🇮🇹 Travel Blog & Photo Tips⇣

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RAINBOW ISLAND 🌈 — This is #burano. A small island outside of Venice. Residents have painted their homes all sorts of colors! We spent hours wandering the streets getting completely lost. 🤗
14,505 FT — This is the summit of Mt Whitney, the highest mountain in California & the lower 48. 🏔 — I climbed it in 2 days via the “mountaineers route” in April last year. It was an exhilarating experience! — Just published a new YouTube video of the hike, go check it out! LINK IN BIO ⤴️ — #mountwhitney #sierranevadas
CLIFFHANGER! — Are you afraid of heights? This is a “via ferrata” route in the Italian #dolomites. Like a mix between hiking & rock climbing. You tether yourself to steel cables for safety. — Many of these routes were created during WW1, when Austro-Hungarian and Italian forces moved soldiers & weapons through the mountains. — FUN FACT: This bridge was used in the 90’s movie “Cliffhanger” with @officialslystallone! 😆 — #italy #dolomitiamo
GREENLAND 🔥 — So sad to hear that one of my favorite hiking destinations is on fire right now. Greenland’s Arctic Circle Trail has been burning uncontrollably, forcing some hikers to evacuate. — Many parts of the Arctic are on fire at the moment, due to unseasonably hot & dry conditions on the tundra. Not only that, but scientists reported that Greenland reached ice-loss levels last week that weren’t predicted for another 50 years!!! — It’s just yet another glaring reminder that Climate Change is a very real & serious problem that humanity needs to address NOW. Hopefully it’s not too late to save ourselves and the planet. 🌎 — VISIT MY BLOG ⤴️ to read about my 10 day, 100 mile trekking adventure in Greenland a few years ago. There’s a video too! — #greenland #climatechange #arcticcircletrail
UPDATE: Congrats to @thesenewlatitudestravel for winning my Airbnb gift card giveaway! 🎁 — Anna & I love using Airbnb to save money on unique travel accommodation. Treehouses, caves, Airstreams, you name it! — In addition to sharing my special 10% Off Airbnb Coupon Code with everyone, I’ve decided to give one lucky reader a $100 Airbnb Gift Card to save even more on your next vacation rental.  LINK IN BIO ⤴️ for details! — To Enter: 1. Like This Post 2. Follow me @ExpertVagabond 3. Tag 2 friends and leave a comment below telling me where you’d use your gift card! — Giveaway ends on August 15th and the winner will be chosen by the 17th. — This giveaway is NOT sponsored by Instagram or Airbnb. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. All giveaway/sweepstakes terms & conditions can be found on my website. Good luck! 👍🏼
ITALY'S CAVE CITY 🗡 — Welcome to #matera, a very unique destination in Southern Italy. Built into the side of a cliff, this village of caves was once an embarrassment to the country. — Now it's a UNESCO site, and a popular filming location for Hollywood movies! Wonder Woman, The Passion Of The Christ, and Bond 25 are a few! — I love how the canyon fills with fog early in the morning...
BEST OF VENICE 🎭 — In February Anna & I traveled to Venice for their annual Carnival celebration. It was so much fun! — It was my first time to the city, so we did all the touristy stuff. Gondola rides, St. Mark’s Square, bought Carnival masks, pigged out on gelato, and more. Plus found time to get away from crowds too. — I just put together a HUGE blog post featuring 30 fun & unusual things to do in Venice, Italy. — LINK IN BIO ⤴️ for a full trip report about our time there! — #veniceitaly #venezia
TRE CIME DI LAVAREDO 🏔 — This is one of the iconic hikes in the Dolomites. It’s pretty easy, and gives you stunning views of the jagged Italian Alps! — Hiking in Italy is varied, with remote multi-day treks, tethered climbing on Via Ferrata, or mountain walks like this one, where you can order a trailside panini and beer halfway through the journey! Which kind of hiker are you? 🍺 — LINK IN BIO ⤴️ for a full trip report about our Tre Cime adventure. — #dolomites #dolomiti #trecimedilavaredo
BEST MAYAN RUINS 🗿 — One of my favorite parts of traveling in Mexico is visiting all the ancient Maya archeological sites & pyramids! — New on the blog, I share some of the best ones that you should visit if you’re heading to Mexico. LINK IN BIO 👍🏼 — What are the coolest ancient ruins you’ve visited? — #yucatanpeninsula #visityucatan #mexico🇲🇽 #mayas #archeology
“Bun dé!” That’s “good day” in Ladin. Did you know there are three languages spoken in the Dolomites? — The region was once part of the Austro-Hungarian empire until after WW1. So there’s plenty of German spoken. — Then of course Italian, because it’s now part of Italy. — But what about Ladin? Ladin is an ancient Romance language spoken by about 30,000 people here. It came first, before German & Italian. 😃
MOUNTAIN TOWNS 🏔 — Italy’s South Tyrol region is full of idyllic little villages, old churches, fields of wildflowers and even the occasional castle. Framed by the incredible #dolomites. — I climbed up a hill past flocks of sheep for the sunset, and was not disappointed! 🤗
WHAT’S INSIDE MY CAMERA BAG? 🤷‍♂️ — To help answer the questions about “what camera do you use”, I’ve put together a detailed list of all my travel photography gear! — Lenses, microphones, tripods, and more. There’s even a winter jacket for my camera! ⛄️ — CLICK LINK IN BIO ⤴️ to read the full blog post. 👍🏼 — What camera do YOU use? 😜