Asia

Story by Manuel Campos (06-03-2024)

Okinawa

I was never interested in Japan. After visiting Okinawa I might have turned myself into its biggest fan. I was forced to visit the small subtropical island as a “long layover” and I ended up biking across the countryside under a storm while investigating one of America’s biggest military bases. Did you know that 18% of Japan’s Southernmost region belongs to the US Army?

Story by Manuel Campos (06-02-2024)

Armenia

Armenia, a legendary nation that predates most of the countries that exist anywhere on Earth. The very first Christian nation, a titan of the Southern Caucasus. That is what I had in mind before traveling to Armenia, nonetheless, I was met with a nation in decay, an identity in ruins and a blindfolded territory that has suffered the fall of the Nagorno Karabagh to the Azeris like a mother that has lost her children.

Story by Enrique García (27-11-2023) (from 2016)

Turkmenistan

One of the hardest countries to get into. A country as mysterious as its marble-built capital city. Dictators, deserts, hospitality and the Hell’s Gates. Enrique García tells us about his experience traveling the “North Korea of Central Asia”.

Story by Manuel Campos (13-11-2023)

Brunei

Small and unknown, Brunei had all the components to call my attention. Contrary to many travelers’ experience, my experience was 10/10. Shoutout to all the Bruneians who helped us in our way to Malaysia.

Story by Manuel Campos (15-10-2022)

Oman

A weekend in Oman’s particular capital city seemed the right thing to do in the middle of July, right after my visit to the UAE. While I was expecting a similar ambiance as in Dubai or Abu Dhabi, Oman’s particular calm made me rethink my opinion on the Gulf Countries.

Story by Manuel Campos (31-07-2023)

Palestine

Probably the most troubled place on Earth. A trip which had to be done in order to learn from the horrors of war, ethnic and religious discriminations and human rights violations. Three intense days that changed the way I perceive the conflict and left me conflicted with myself.

Story by Manuel Campos (14-05-2023)

Cyprus

Cyprus is a peaceful island located at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea. Its mild weather, pristine beaches and delicious food attract thousands of tourists each year. However, most people don’t know that 40% of the island is occupied by Turkey, forming a “de facto” state which is not recognized. Learn more about the Cyprus War and what is Northern Cyprus like.

Story by Manuel Campos (01-04-2023)

Georgia

Georgian culture is one of the world’s richest. Its history, its food, its people, its traditions — it is hardly matchable. However, its heritage is not as strong as its political stability the ongoing Russian occupation and the protests of March 2023 are deeply changing the Caucasian country. I crossed the country to learn more about it and found multiple surprises. Don’t miss it.

Story by Manuel Campos (22-12-2022)

Southern Kyrgyzstan

When people come to Kyrgyzstan, they either visit the capital city of Bishkek or take a tour around the mountains. I decided to visit the most impoverished — yet interesting part of the country. Also, it is the birthplace of apples! My last stop of my biggest trip ever and my last video for a while.

Story by Manuel Campos (17-12-2022)

Uzbekistan

I had been wanting to go to Central Asia since I was a little kid. That dream was accomplished the time I landed on Uzbek soil. Started my trip at the theatre and ended it at the cradle of radical islam. This trip will stay in my heart with me forever.

Story by Manuel Campos (12-12-2022)

Taiwan

The Portuguese named the island of Taiwan “the beautiful one” for a reason. I had mixed expectations before going and I was surprised…for good. Great people, unexpectedly good food and bizarre yet interesting sites.

Story by Manuel Campos (09-12-2022)

Hanoi

Cold in Vietnam!? I know it sounds weird but it was actually chilly. Truly sensing a different climate changes your perception of the place you are visiting. My views on Vietnam after having previously visited the South changed drastically.

Story by Manuel Campos (08-12-2022)

Chiang Mai

I found Chiang Mai to be quite boring. I don’t know if it was because I had a very bad cold or because the city is objectively boring. Temples, temples and more temples. Still, I was able to reunite with some good friends.

Story by Manuel Campos (03-12-2022)

Laos

Honestly, what is going on in Laos? Why nobody knows anything about it besides it is another Southeast Asian commie country? I was too curious to let it pass. My trip was like a rollercoaster — full of ups and downs, but it was definitely a great experience.

Story by Manuel Campos (20-10-2022)

Bali

Yes, we all know what Bali is about. An island colonized by Westerners that come to enjoy a healthy, cheap and tropical life away from their boring countries. Nevertheless, is Bali really worth it?

Story by Manuel Campos (08-10-2022)

Ho Chi Minh (Saigon)

Probably one of the most iconic destinations in Southeast Asia. Vietnam is full of stereotypes and “legends”. Is the country still a strict communist dystopia? I traveled to the country’s South to know more.

Story by Manuel Campos (20-09-2022)

Palawan

Yes, El Nido is a true paradise. Although it was the rainy season, we were lucky to see most of the important places around the area. Exotic, wild and laid-back.

Story by Manuel Campos (17-09-2022)

Cebu and Manila

As part of my short tour of the Philippines I visited two of the biggest cities in the country. As a history fan, I could not have enjoyed more my visit to both cities. My visit of the remnants of the Spanish colonial legacy led me to an unexpected haircut.

Story by Manuel Campos (03-09-2022)

Kuala Lumpur

I took a bus from Singapore to the vibrant capital city of Malaysia. Traveling with friends to these places makes it even better. Tall buildings, colossal mosques and temples in caves.

Story by Manuel Campos (02-08-2022)

Kerala

I had always been interested in this intriguing Indian state. It never stopped raining and we were caught in severe floods. Kerala is pure history and mystery.

Story by Manuel Campos (28-07-2022)

Andaman Islands

While bored looking at the world map, we found these Islands hidden south of Burma. We had to check them out. Perhaps the true definition of “paradise”. Beautiful beaches, amazing sunsets and no tourists.

Story by Manuel Campos (22-07-2022)

United Arab Emirates

The scorching heat and the COVID regulations put our resistance to the limit in the “country of innovation”. I’ll come back, but certainly not in summer.

Story by Manuel Campos (10-04-2022)

Lebanon

Good food, amazing temples and great people. Although this middle-eastern country has gone through a lot recently, it still has lot to offer.

Story by Manuel Campos (8-01-2022)

Sinai

I spent 10 day in January 2022 participating in the World Youth Forum in Egypt. I gave a speech in front of the president of Egypt and enjoyed a little bit of Summer in Winter

Story by Manuel Campos (15-07-2019)

Cambodia

I volunteered in Cambodia for three weeks back in 2019. My wildest trip ever. The real start of my odyssey.