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Travel Blog Nomad Revelations

Nomad Revelations is a travel blog written to inspire independent travelers and audacious backpackers through exotic narratives and offbeat ideas.

Welcome to my adventure travel blog about exciting journeys into more than 130 countries across Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Europe, North to South America and Oceania. Traveling since 1999.

Sif in Yemen - Travel Blog
Sif in Yemen – Travel Blog

The greatest aspect of traveling

The greatest aspect of traveling is the ability to witness all elements of life come together into a kind of foreshortened timeline. It’s as if we are simultaneously time traveling through our past and future secured by its focal present, collectively combining all lessons into our own being at each point in time and in each present moment.

Some unforgettable journeys:

#Vanlife Adventure – 1 year on the road

I just came back from a 35.000 km (21.750 mi) road trip with a DIY camper van. Check out this short video of driving the icy mountains of Kyrgyzstan at 3.112 m (10.210 ft)

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Fars Province – Iran: 23 Beautiful Places You Need To Visit

Fars Province – Iran: 23 Beautiful Places You Need To Visit

Visit Fars Province Iran, what else can I say about this amazing country? The blend of welcoming and friendly people, an incredible variety of landscapes, and a vast historical heritage make of the Persian nation, a perfect travel destination. The number of places to visit in Iran is so big that I decided to make a page focusing on a specific region since it is much easier to organize. I visited Iran three times already. First time in 2004, when the country was totally unknown to westerners. The second time was in 2012 when I traveled with my wife, and we left Iran with the desire of coming back soon. And we did. In early 2018 we explored Iran for two months, driving our own camper van – YES! #VANLIFE in Iran is possible! Expect some future blog posts about it soon. On this page, I share with you, beautiful places…

Visit Essaouira – Morocco: 2-Day City Guide to the Wind City

Visit Essaouira – Morocco: 2-Day City Guide to the Wind City

Visit Essaouira Mogador. That remote port on the Moroccan coast, founded around a fort built by the Portuguese, in the yesteryear of 1506. The Portuguese Expansion was taking its first steps, the dream of Morocco filled the Portuguese imagination, eager to control and explore the wealth of the commercial and trade routes that went by. The tragedy of Alcácer Quibir that in 1580 would take the life of King Sebastião and the independence of the Kingdom of Portugal was still years ahead. In 1525, just nine years after its foundation, the Moors conquered that fortress. The Portuguese never regained control over it and, in time, it began to be known as Essaouira. Introduction to Essaouira Despite the fact the city was founded in the 16th century, it only began to take shape from 1760 onward. Before that, it was just a fortress. But as the walls were built around the medina,…

Useful Words & Phrases to Know in Every Language Before You Travel

Useful Words & Phrases to Know in Every Language Before You Travel

Useful words and phrases in a foreign language Traveling is not just about visiting monuments, spending hours inside museums, or going to restaurants to taste local food. People are a nation’s most important factor, and traveling without interacting or trying to talk with locals directly will somehow be incomplete. Before you go on the road, you can engage yourself to learn some useful words and phrases in a foreign language so that you can get your way through, make small conversations, or just surprise and delight locals with your knowledge on the most notorious national pride: their language. On this page, I’ve made a list of foreign language survival phrases so that you quickly learn how to greet people, know the numbers, and ask for basic things while traveling. Why to learn a foreign language There is nothing you can make that will enhance the pleasure of traveling more than learning…

Visit Fez – Morocco: 2-day Travel Guide to the Mecca of the West

Visit Fez – Morocco: 2-day Travel Guide to the Mecca of the West

Visit Fez Fez (also spelled Fes) is one of the four imperial cities of Morocco, alongside Rabat, Meknes, and Marrakesh. It’s located on the north side of the country, far away from the coast, with a population of a little over one million people. They say Fez is the most Moroccan city in Morocco, where you’ll find the best-preserved historic center of the Arab world, with a lot to attract tourists, quality-, quantity-, and diversity-wise. One more remarkable fact about Fez: it’s the biggest urban place in the world without car traffic. Introduction to Fez The year of Fez’s foundation is uncertain, but it’s estimated somewhere between the 8th and the 9th centuries. Shortly after, refugees arriving from al Andalus (Islamic Iberia) and migrants coming from Tunisia, boosted the city growth. However, tensions between these two communities were a source of constant conflicts, some of them violent, that only ended with…

Visit Ras Musandam – The Forgotten Peninsula Of Oman

Visit Ras Musandam – The Forgotten Peninsula Of Oman

Visit Ras Musandam Musandam is a peninsula in the north of Oman, a small isolated region surrounded by the Persian Gulf and separated from the rest of the country by a portion of land of the United Arab Emirates. Its landscape is dry and mountainous, full of impressive fjords, that can be explored on a dhow, a traditional local boat. The Portuguese occupied Musandam in the 17th century as a part of a strategic plan to control trade in the Persian Gulf and control traffic in the Strait of Hormuz. In Oman they still resort to the dhow, a traditional sailboat, for transportation but for fishing and tourism instead of for commercial trade as it was done in the past. It’s quite usual to see these boats along the coast. You’ll find a big fleet on the ports of Sohar, Salalah, Khasab and Muscat, as well as Sur, where the biggest…

Driving in Oman – Muscat to Salalah Road Trip – Two Weeks/3000 km

Driving in Oman – Muscat to Salalah Road Trip – Two Weeks/3000 km

Driving in Oman Oman is a fascinating country that has just been discovered by mainstream tourism in recent years. More than a decade ago, I had the chance of driving in Oman and visit some of the country’s best attractions and points of interest. As most of you know, I love to travel and drive, so I didn’t waste time in getting myself a rental car in Muscat and drive around the country without any previously made itinerary or planning. I entered Oman hitchhiking on a truck, coming from the United Arab Emirates all the way to Khasab, in the Ras Musandam Peninsula. After, I got a ferry-boat to Muscat from where I started my road trip in Oman. During my two weeks Oman road trip I visited many castles, sand dunes, archaeological sites, markets, mountains and even a prophet’s tomb. Read my article on the Oman Ministry of Tourism official…

Driving in Saudi Arabia: Jeddah to Riyadh Road Trip – Two Weeks/3000 km

Driving in Saudi Arabia: Jeddah to Riyadh Road Trip – Two Weeks/3000 km

Driving in Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia is a country traditionally closed to tourism. At least tourism as we understand it, because the pilgrimages to Mecca and Medina bring to the country millions of people a year, but they are religious tourists. Driving in Saudi Arabia came up as the perfect idea in order to explore this Arab kingdom independently. During two weeks, I drove my rental car 3000 km (1864 mi) along some of the most beautiful sites of the northern region of Saudi Arabia. Hopefully, I will visit Saudi Arabia once again, and explore the southern regions. Saudi Arabia conservative nature leads it to reduce contact with the outside to the bare minimum, especially as far as the Western world is concerned. It is one of the countries in the world for which it is almost impossible to obtain a tourist visa, especially for an independent trip, but now there…

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Learn Photography – Beginner’s Guide for Travel Photography

Learn Photography – Beginner’s Guide for Travel Photography

Travel Photography Guide Do you want to learn more about Travel Photography and take better photos? Travel photography exists ever since photography gear became portable. What else encourages us to keep permanent records but those unique, fleeting moments that we witness on the road, in faraway destinations, away from home and from all that’s familiar? There is no doubt that our memory is no longer enough to save the images our eyes capture when traveling. In addition to that, we have a natural urge to share memories. We want to show them to our friends and family, or the whole world. Spread the word about what we saw, keep it as a safekeeping for later, share on social media. Photographing and traveling are practically inseparable and most people don’t ignore this connection. But how many people research about to learn travel photography? What is the best photo gear for each person?…

What’s the Best Travel Photography Gear for my Trip?

What’s the Best Travel Photography Gear for my Trip?

Best Travel Photography Gear People who are starting to travel or to photograph ask the same question a lot. What’s the right camera? It’s a complicated question to answer. Each person is unique, with their own set of preferences and criteria that it’s virtually impossible to say this or that camera is the best for travel photography. What is the best travel camera? Budget is one of the first things to have in mind. How much do you want to spend to start travel photography? In general, there are four budget ranges: Up to 250 Euros. It’s an amount that allows you to buy a smartphone with a reasonable quality camera. Keep in mind that it should be your idea of “reasonable,” not anyone else’s. Before you decide, test it, research online, read gear reviews. You can buy a mid-range compact camera (or low-range if you really don’t want to spend…

20 Important Photography Composition Rules You Need To Know

20 Important Photography Composition Rules You Need To Know

Composition in Photography What’s composition in photography? It’s how a portion of the world our eyes see, is included and arranged in the restricted space of a photo. Before we move forward, I must make clear that in the art of photography we must be careful with strict rules. On this page, I will help you improve your photo composition skills with twenty important photography composition rules you need to know. Main questions related to the art of composition in photography: What do we leave out? Do we want to highlight a specific object or do we want to include as many elements in the photo as possible, without any order? And how do we arrange them? How do we cut out those elements that will take our audience’s eyes away from what we want to focus on? Most of the principles of photo composition have been used for hundreds of…

12 Easy Travel Photography Tips For Improving Your Photos

12 Easy Travel Photography Tips For Improving Your Photos

Travel Photography Tips 1. Choose the Best Light Are you traveling in a fabulous location but can’t get a photograph you love? Or you had to photograph a specific place, but when you got there your pictures looked nothing with the dozens of others you had seen online? Light could be the issue. Even though we don’t think about it in our daily routine, light has particular properties that change for many reasons. Some are more subtle, but others are straightforward and easy to understand. If it’s a bright and sunny day, the colors at sunrise and sunset are warm, orange, and silky. On the other hand, when the sun is high in the sky, there is too much light, and you won’t have a beautiful picture. Cloudy skies also make a huge difference. In overcast weather, it looks like the colors have been sucked out, and the environment around us…

Two weeks in Saudi Arabia

Small video of my two-week trip to Saudi Arabia.

Who is the author of this blog?

JOÃO LEITÃO


My name is João Leitão and I was born in Lisbon – Portugal – back in 1980. With a degree in Visual Arts, I like adventure travel, photography, and cooking. Human contact and communication are crucial, so interacting with local people during my travels is very important to me as an individual.

I am a guy who defines himself as curious. Basically, I am a sponge, a kid exploring the world, absorbing new experiences and new encounters daily: architecture, vestiges of the past, religious beliefs, flavors, aromas, languages and dialects, musical expressions. Being on the road fits my personality perfectly.

Now I am here to welcome you to my travel blog, where I have gathered useful information and inspiring narratives to motivate you to travel more!

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