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Updated August 31, 2016 / João Leitão / 15 Comments / / Reading time 5 minutes


Adventure Travel Blog

Nomad Revelations is an Adventure Travel Blog

🐪 Welcome to Nomad Revelations – Adventure Travel Blog, an archive of 16 years of travel experiences, exotic narratives & adventure chronicles to get you inspired and explore the world on your own.

🙋 Hi there, traveler!

This website was created to help and inspire you to travel around the world.

I’m a travel expert, photography enthusiast, blogger and World explorer.

I love to make other people inspired and motivated to travel, discover new things and live great experiences.

If traveling has given me so amazing and magnificent moments why shouldn’t I share some travel advice with you?

Life is made of moments and the World is out there full of precious and unique adventures waiting for us.

I’ve traveled all over the world extensively for many years. So far I have lived in countries such as Finland, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Turkey, Ukraine, United States of America and more recently Brazil – in Rio de Janeiro.

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ℹ️ Memorable trips and curiosities

✅ Climbed the 9,280 ft / 2,829 m Pico do Fogo’s active volcano in Cape Verde.

✅ Crossed the Himalayan Zoji Pass at 11,575 ft / 3,528 m, hitchhiking on a truck all the way to Leh – from Kashmir to Ladakh – India.

✅ Visited Iraq twice. The first time was back in 2010 to Iraqi Kurdistan, and my second time to visit Iraq was just recently, in the beginning of 2016.

✅ Participated in crazy car rallies such as the Caucasus Challenge and the Central Asia Rally. The price of my Caucasus Challenge’s car was only $40. During the Central Asia Rally I drove a car from Hungary – Europe, all the way to Tajikistan – Central Asia.

✅ Made a 5,000 mi / 9,000 km road trip in Southern Africa, driving across Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Cycled across the Sahara Desert in Morocco.

✅ Hitchhiked down to West Africa and returned home on a fish cargo airplane.

✅ After a century-old evening ritual, I eventually end up feeding hyenas in Ethiopia.

✅ I find Jemaa el Fna square in Marrakech one of the craziest places in the world.

✅ Had bread cooking classes in The Democratic Republic of the Congo.

✅ Camped wildly in the Kazakhstan mountains.

✅ By several travel related misunderstandings I’ve been detained by the police in South Sudan, Spain, Mauritania, Barbados, Morocco, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Monaco, Uzbekistan, Germany, Nagorno-Karabakh, Lithuania and Russia.

✅ Overlanded from Kathmandu to Lhasa – Nepal to Tibet (China).

✅ Had guns pointed at me in Mauritania, Iran, The Democratic Republic of the Congo and Mali.

✅ Lived half-year in Lviv – Ukraine.

✅ Made an amazing trip, driving in Afghanistan on my own.

✅ Took part in a 22-hour trip from Gao to Timbuktu – northern Mali, perched on top of the cargo of a pick-up truck along with 18 local men.

✅ Volunteered in Almaty, south Kazakhstan. I was responsible for almost 30 kids and my job was to teach them about self-expression through the use of plastic arts.

✅ Spent 15 days driving in Iceland, across the Ring Road and the Westfjords.

✅ Worked on a farm located in upstate New York.

✅ During 6 months I compiled a list of 2300 travel blogs and made it available online.

✅ Lived like a monk in a Buddhist Monastery in Nepal.

✅ Was invited to an authentic Amazigh triple marriage in Sahara Desert. This was one of my best travel experiences.

✅ Took photography classes in New York city with the famous photographer Steve Mccurry.

✅ Was the first travel blogger to enter the new country of South Sudan.

✅ Made three one-month train trips across Europe.

✅ Caught malaria in The Democratic Republic of the Congo. It took me 8 months to fully recover.

✅ Lived half-year in Istanbul, Turkey.

✅ Made a 8,700 mi / 14,000 km road trip in South America, driving across Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Peru and Uruguay.

✅ Bought a very cheap last minute Galapagos cruise in Puerto Ayora.

✅ Went to North Korea and liked it a lot.

✅ Lived half-year in Finland on an exchange student Art Program at SAMK – Satakunnan ammattikorkeakoulu.

✅ Made a trip to Tibet, very rewarding at a spiritual level.

✅ Visited the infamous Chernobyl Dead Zone, where the worst nuclear disaster in the history of mankind took place.

✅ Spent a few days in Tiraspol, the capital city of Pridnestrovia – a country that doesn’t exist.

✅ Crossed the Amazon River by boat during approximately 550 hours, while sleeping in a hammock for several months.

✅ Made a 2,723 mi / 4,383 km road trip in Russia, driving 20 days during the extreme cold month of February.

✅ Had the opportunity to make an amazing two-week Antarctica expedition down to the Antarctic Circle.

✅ I’ve been an extremely curious person since early age, and always loved to explore new countries and encounter different people, architectural styles, historical backgrounds, religions, food, smells, sights, languages, and sounds. Travel totally fits my personality.

My list of visited countries

❤️ Inspiring travel phrase from the 16th century

You would be even more astonished if you had seen them as I saw: parades with thousands of extras, crowds in belligerent movements, herds of elephants led by soldiers (as if those creatures were battle horses), shipwrecks where plenty of treasures were lost, crossings of swamps and forests with many wild beasts, fights at high sea in which all (or almost all) perished, besieged cities and soon totally destroyed by fire, beautiful princesses in their stunning palaces and disabled beggars, passions and follies.

Written in 1580 by explorer and writer Fernão Mendes Pinto.

💥 My TOP favorite 15 countries

(alphabetical order)

Afghanistan, Brazil, Ethiopia, Egypt, Georgia, Iran, Mali, Morocco, Nepal, Turkey, Oman, Peru, Portugal, Russia, Uzbekistan.

Making friendship with a local Uzbek mullah

Making friendship with a local Uzbek mullah

❓ Why do I travel?

Why not? I travel to be abroad, to see new stuff and learn a bit more about how people live in different parts of the globe. I like to communicate with people, know their ideas and get inspired by moments, sunrises and sunsets, talks, gastronomy, history, music, dance or Nature.

Feeding Wild hyenas in Harar, Ethiopia - Travel Blog

João Leitão – the author of Nomad Revelations feeding wild hyenas in Ethiopia – Travel Blog

❓ Why the name Nomad Revelations?

Well…

I’m always on the move. I like to move from place to place and experiment new cultures.

• nomad

a. A member of a people or tribe who move from place to place to find pasture and food;
b. A person who continually moves from place to place; wanderer.

During my years of traveling I gathered so much information that I thought I might as well share it with other people.

• revelation

a. The act of revealing or disclosing;
b. Something revealed, especially a dramatic disclosure of something not previously known or realized.

After climbing the tallest sand dune in the world, Cerro Blanco Peru - Travel Blog

After climbing the tallest sand dune in the world, Cerro Blanco Peru – Travel Blog

ℹ️ A bit more about me?

I have a major in Visual Arts where I expanded my astuteness in painting, sculpture, photography, philosophy and aesthetics.

I was born in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1980 and from an early age I have been creatively stimulated to explore various means of self-development.

My awareness of traveling was brought to me at university when sociology and anthropology of art definitely caught my attention

as in

(Sociology) the study of the development, organization, functioning, and classification of human societies.

(Anthropology of art) sub-field in social anthropology dedicated to the study of art in different cultural contexts.

For me, the world made sense… so I just had to go ahead and start traveling.

And that’s what I did… Along with my backpack I started wandering around the world.

João Leitão in Nazca Lines - Travel Blog

João Leitão in Nazca Lines, Peru – Travel Blog

Until now I visited over 126 UN countries and other internationally non-recognized territories such as Somaliland, Nagorno-Karabakh or even Transnistria. I traveled in Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Antarctica, Europe and Oceania.

🚀 My visited countries list here.

⚡ About my difficult name:

My real name is João…

like in

J – O – A – O

Basically my name in other languages can be translated into John, Giovanni, Hans, Hovhannes, يحيى‎, Ian, Ioan, Ivan, Iven, Ifan, Jack, Jackson, Jan, Jane, Janez, Jean, Jhon, Joan, Johan, Johanan Johannes, Jovan, Juan, Juhani, Seán, Siôn.

🇲🇦 Living in Morocco

I live in south Morocco since 2007. I own a Moroccan riad and also a company that organizes personalized and private tours in Morocco. I work along with my sister that joined me here back in 2009.

My company promo video about Morocco is fantastic.

You can watch it out of curiosity. Amazing…

👋 Bon Voyage!


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Viva João,

Obrigado pela partilha. Excelente conteudo.
Parabens mesmo,

LP
(Paises visitados: 74)
2016: Islandia, Gales e Ucrania

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Olá Luis! obrigado pelo teu comentário! fico contente que tenhas gostado. Grande abraço e diverte-se pela Islândia etc. Até à próxima!

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Hello! and greetings from the land of Persia!
I read ur post about Iran, I am glad to see there r people like u who can come n see what really is happening here!
well, I will be glad to be ur host in ur next travel to Iran ;D and uhh I’m a 17 y.o boy who loves foreigners 😉

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Hi Joāo your story and blog is really motivating and interesting. Thanks for all the great content.

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Really great blog! Look forward to reading many of your posts:)

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Thank you very much for your comment Rashmi.

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You’re living an awesome life! Hopefully we can go as far someday. Stay safe in your journey and keep inspiring!

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João I have visited your blog for along time now and love everything about it. Thanks for continuing to keep us updated. I always look forward to your new posts. That video does make you want to go to Morocco!

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What a fun way to live! You are right—the video is amazing. Very well put together! It is definitely motivating to visit. Have you visited the US? I’m blogging to inspire travel to and within the State of Oregon in the US, especially the rugged and beautiful Oregon Coast. I’d love to visit Morocco. Thanks for the great video!

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hello Ellen thank you for your friendly comment, I appreciate your feedback. I’ve been to the US 6 or 7 times already, and back in 2000 and 2001 I spent almost one year in New York City. The US has amazing landscapes. I hope you can manage to visit Morocco, it’s an great exotic destination. Happy New Year!

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I simply love your blog. Your articles are unique and there are so much information available on your site. Keep up the great work. Thanks. Marc

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thanks Marc. I appreciate your feedback.

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João bom ver outro Português a viver viajando. Eu deixei Portugal em 1974 e passei uns dois anos a viajar pela Ásia, Austrália e a Europa. Não o pude fazer mais pois tinha um bebê por parte do tempo. Quatro anos atrás encaixotei tudo na Austrália, enchi a mochila e tenho andado a viajar na Ásia do Sul, fazendo-o lentamente…:-)
Vou regressar a Portugal dentro de meses a um ano e quero ir a Marroco que não conheço. Países árabes só conheço o Afeganistão que adorei. Imagino que o Sul de Marroco teria sido a minha escolha também se tivesse ficado por Portugal. Tenho ás vezes pensado nisso.
Espero ler um pouco das tuas viagens de agora em diante. Um abraço.

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Hola: Joao, Cómo estás? deseando tu trabajo en busqueda de conocer nuevas cosas cada día te siga comprometiendo con lo que te gusta hacer, he visto ahora después de muchos años que tengo el internet en casa tu Blogg en aventuras de viajes, tienes fotos preciosas, me encantan amigo!!! felicitaciones ?…me ha dado mucha alegría encontrarte, tambien quiero agradecer las fotos y buenos comentarios que has hecho de mi casa, muchas, muchas gracias.
Un beso desde trinidad de Cuba.
Odalis.
casa Smith.

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Hola Odalis muchas gracias por sus palabras. Me encantó conocer su casa y su persona. Un día vuelvo a Trinidad y nos encontramos! besitos y bueno año de 2016!

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