A collection of off-the-beaten-path destinations, compiled into an intimate adventure travel blog, with inspirational tales, tips and photos of less traveled places. Intense journeys across Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Europe, North to South America, Oceania and through more than 126 countries.
Everyone who knows me acknowledge the love I have for driving. The pleasure of traveling while behind the wheel is for me, one of the…
People often ask me about what travel gear I carry. As an extremely practical person, travel gear does play an important role in my life.…
The pre-Columbian history of Peru began about 15,000 years ago, until the times of the Inca civilization. This vigorous and indomitable Inca empire extended beyond…
My name is João Leitão. I’m a 36-year-old visual artist born in the beautiful city of lisbon. I’m an enthusiast of adventure travel, photography and cooking. Human contact and communication are of crucial importance, so interaction with people from other countries has always stimulated me to travel further. I’m basically a sponge, thriving on knowledge – a child backpacking around the world, absorbing new things on a daily basis.
Climbing the 9,280 ft / 2,829 m Pico do Fogo’s active volcano in Cape Verde.
Crossing 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.
Participating 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.
5,000 mi / 9,000 km road trip in Southern Africa, driving across Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Cycling the Sahara Desert in Morocco.
Hitchhiking 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.
Camping wildly in the Kazakhstan mountains.
By several related travel 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.
Crossing from Kathmandu to Lhasa – Nepal to Tibet (China).
Had guns pointed at me in Mauritania, Iran, The Democratic Republic of the Congo and Mali.
Living half-year in Lviv – Ukraine.
Driving in Afghanistan on my own – an amazing trip.
Taking 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.
Volunteering 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.
15 days driving in Iceland, across the Ring Road and the Westfjords.
Working on a farm located in upstate New York.
6 months compilating a list of 2300 travel blogs and made it available online.
Living like a monk in a Buddhist Monastery in Nepal.
Being invited to an authentic Amazigh triple marriage in the Sahara Desert. This was one of my best travel experiences.
Taking photography classes in New York city with the famous photographer Steve Mccurry.
The first travel blogger to enter the new country of South Sudan.
Three one-month train trips across Europe.
Getting malaria in The Democratic Republic of the Congo. It took me 8 months to fully recover.
Living half-year in Istanbul, Turkey.
8,700 mi / 14,000 km road trip in South America, driving across Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, and Uruguay.
Buying a very cheap last minute Galapagos cruise in Puerto Ayora.
Going to North Korea and liked it a lot.
Living half-year in Finland on an exchange student Art Program at SAMK – Satakunnan ammattikorkeakoulu.
A trip to Tibet was very rewarding at a spiritual level.
Visiting the infamous Chernobyl Dead Zone, where the worst nuclear disaster in the history of mankind took place.
Spending a few days in Tiraspol, the capital city of Pridnestrovia – a country that doesn’t exist.
Crossing the Amazon River by boat during approximately 550 hours, while sleeping in a hammock for several months.
2,723 mi / 4,383 km road trip in Russia, driving 20 days during the extremely cold month of February.
Amazing two-week Antarctica expedition down to the Antarctic Circle.
I’ve been an extremely curious person since an early age, always yearning to explore new countries and encounter different people, historic backgrounds, religions, architectural styles, languages, foods, smells, sights and sounds. Travel completely defines, and is, my personality.
See you later!