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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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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

#Vanlife Iraq: One-month road trip with a Camper Van

#Vanlife Iraq: One-month road trip with a Camper Van

Driving a camper van in Iraq Ok, I have to admit that I realize you might think that the idea of traveling in Iraq might sound a bit mad and how this article’s title “One-month road trip in Iraq with a Camper Van” sounds even crazier. Being fascinated by its history and culture, I traveled three times to Iraq so far, and I can’t get enough of it. During my one-year van life trip across Central Asia and the Middle East, I decided to return to this ancient country and visit some places where I haven’t been previously. #Vanlife Iraq For a long time forgotten, Iraq…

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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…

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…

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…

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…

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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