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Steep & Narrow Petra Walls – Petra, Jordan


Photo of the Day – Steep & Narrow Petra Walls – Petra, Jordan

Upon entering the rose red city of Petra, you immediately start walking downhill along a dusty path between steep, narrow and majestic walls on your way to view the elaborate treasury. The walk is a tourist attraction on its own and is one of the rare times where you find yourself taking your time moving towards one of the worlds greatest wonders.

Steep and Narrow Petra Walls - Petra, Jordan

Ancient Perspective – The Great Pyramid of Giza – Cairo, Egypt


Photo of the Day – Ancient Perspective – The Great Pyramid of Giza – Cairo, Egypt

The Great Pyramid of Giza is probably the most iconic and recognized travel destination on the planet. You could be in any country, talking to anyone from school aged children to the elderly, and you would be hard pressed to find someone who hasn’t heard of the famous pyramids located just outside of Cairo in Egypt.

One thing I find interesting about this, is that when 99.9% of people picture the Great Pyramid in their head, they always have a view of it from very far away. In this picture the pyramid appears to have four perfectly smooth sides running up to the peak. This is of course the image that I had in my brain until I actually got up very close on my first visit and had to immediately try to forget 20+ years of ingrained memories of those smooth sides. As you can see in this photo, the pyramids sides are anything but smooth!

Ancient Perspective - The Great Pyramid of Giza - Cairo, Egypt

Emirati Glamour Shots – Dubai, UAE


Photo of the Day – Emirati Glamour Shots – Dubai, UAE

It’s Friday morning and I’m feeling a little more laid back and casual than I normally am posting photos on say Monday. I’m not really in the mood to be serious, so I thought I’d sneak in this funny picture of Will and I from our trip to Dubai back in June. At the end of our Dune Bashing journey through the desert, we stopped at a little camp to enjoy dinner and a traditional performance. While waiting for the food to come off of the grill we threw on some local threads and had a mini AbsoluteVisit photo shoot :)

Emirati Glamour Shots - Dubai, UAE

Summer Mountain Skiing – Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA


Photo of the Day – Summer Mountain Skiing – Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA

This past weekend while visiting Grand Teton National Park in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, I was reminded that you don’t have to travel internationally to find some of the most unbelievable places on the planet. You won’t find Grand Teton National Park located on anyones top 100 list, but it is one of my favorite places on the planet and somewhere I highly recommend everyone visit one day – especially if you are lucky enough to live nearby in the US.

Here is a picture of yours truly waterskiing on Jackson Lake with the beautiful Teton Mountains standing overtop the lake behind me.

Summer Mountain Skiing - Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA

Photographing St Basils Cathedral – Moscow, Russia


Photo of the Day – Photographing St Basils Cathedral – Moscow, Russia

We have been on whirlwind tour to conquer Moscow with only 36 hours total in the city over the course of 1 day and 2 nights. To do that, there was no messing around – it was straight to a few of the most hard-core photo walks Brad and I have ever done … and it was a blast!

After pulling our second all-nighter in 3 days, our first stop was Red Square where among several other epically proportioned buildings sits AbsoluteVisit #45, St. Basil’s Cathedral. What makes the Cathedral special is the extremely unique architecture of its onion domes topped with vibrant colors making the tops seem to float on its otherwise dull brick base.

Today’s photo shows off not only St. Basil’s itself, but also Brad in full photography mode. I am shooting this on a tripod while Brad has both his tripod and a second camera with a different lens in use. With a total of 4 camera’s in action, it was one of the ways we turned this 36 hours into an amazing photography adventure.

Photographing St Basils Cathedral - Moscow, Russia

Defying Gravity – The Dead Sea, Israel


Photo of the Day – Defying Gravity – The Dead Sea, Israel

I generally try to avoid modeling in our Photo of the Day pictures, especially modeling with my shirt off at the beach! I will however make an exception today in the name of travel :)

In this picture I am floating effortlessly atop the Dead Sea between Israel and Jordan. Your body is so buoyant in the Dead Sea, it is literally hard to stand up and walk around. Each time you lift up one of your legs, the buoyancy almost knocks you over into a laid out position on top of the water!

I might look extremely relaxed in this picture, but I’m actually extremely uncomfortable given that it is close to 100 degrees outside and the extreme salinity of the water is burning my eyes and my skin. I’m being slightly dramatic, but it was seriously hot!

How cool would it be if someone opened a pool in the states that you could float on top of?

(A special thanks to our good buddy Dor for showing us this special place!)

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The Top 100 Places in the World
1 Great Wall of China
2 Pyramids of Egypt
3 Machu Picchu
4 Serengeti Migration
5 Galapagos Islands
6 Grand Canyon
7 Angkor Temples
8 Antarctica Cruise
9 Taj Mahal
10 Iguazu Falls
11 Amazon Rain Forest
12 Great Barrier Reef
13 Bora Bora
14 Victoria Falls
15 Bagan
16 Petra
17 Potala Palace
18 Karnak
19 Mt Everest
20 Cappadocia
21 St Peters Basilica
22 Fjords of Norway
23 Jerusalem Old City
24 Burj Khalifa
25 Borobudur
26 Forbidden City
27 Kashmir Valley
28 Li River Cruise
29 Ladakh
30 Alhambra
31 Louvre Museum
32 Perito Moreno Glac.
33 Banaue Terraces
34 Colosseum of Rome
35 Easter Island
36 Venice Canals/Alleys
37 Kathmandu Valley
38 Wat Phra Kaew
39 Yellowstone NP
40 Pompeii
41 Rio Panoramic View
42 Palace of Versailles
43 Dubrovnik
44 Golden Temple
45 St. Basils Cathedral
46 Vatican Museum
47 Florence Cityscape
48 Acropolis
49 Amalfi Coast Drive
50 Kremlin
51 Hong Kong View
52 TerraCotta Warriors
53 Mezquita Cordoba
54 Chichen Itza
55 Damascus Old City
56 Shwedagon Stupa
57 Sahara Desert
58 Mont St Michel
59 St. Marks Square
60 Egyptian Museum
61 Hagia Sophia
62 Angel Falls
63 Delphi
64 Teotihuacan
65 Baalbek
66 Banff NP
67 Santorini
68 Matterhorn
69 New York Skyline
70 Neuschwanstein
71 Chartres Cathedral
72 British Museum
73 Prague Old Town
74 Burj al Arab
75 Yangtze River Cruise
76 Yosemite NP
77 Hermitage Museum
78 Torres del Paine
79 Chambord Chateau
80 Lijiang
81 Portofino
82 Great Ocean Road
83 Tongariro Alpine
84 Las Vegas Strip
85 Tikal
86 Topkapi Palace
87 Sydney Opera House
88 Eiffel Tower
89 Luxor Temple
90 Kerala Backwaters
91 Golden Gate Bridge
92 Cinque Terre
93 Metropolitan Mus
94 Uffizi Gallery
95 Ayers Rock
96 Cliffs of Moher
97 Pacific Coast Hwy
98 Shanghai Skyline
99 Glacier Bay NP
100 Wulingyuan
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