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Matt Karsten | Expert Vagabond  🌎 Adventure traveler sharing the world with you! 📍Currently: Poland 🇵🇱 Travel Blog & Photo Tips⇣

CAMEL CROSSING! 🐪😆

Road trips are my favorite way to explore foreign countries. Renting a car and driving yourself allows you the freedom to stop anywhere you please, traveling at your own pace.

We were initially a bit worried about spending 10 days driving in #Morocco, because we heard horror stories about crazy traffic (and drivers). But we gave it a shot anyway, and had an amazing trip! 🚘

In my latest blog post, I share tips for renting a car and driving in Morocco — including how to deal with camel traffic jams, and getting stopped by the police. You can find the link in my bio. ✅

Do you enjoy road trips in other countries?

WINTER IS HERE. 🐉

So excited (and kinda sad) for the final #GameOfThrones season! No spoilers please, as I’m in Poland and can’t watch until after 3am...

This shot is from Russell Glacier in Greenland, where I started a 10 day 124 mile trek along the Arctic Circle Trail. Seeing these massive walls of ice break off and crash into the river next to me was quite an experience! ❄️

The ice dragon may have melted “The Wall” in Westeros, but global warming seems to be doing a fine job of it in Greenland... 🌏

#gameofthrones8 #got #thewall #sevenkingdoms #westeros #greenland #dragons #icewall

WE MADE A BABY! I’m proud to introduce Dylan Fitzgerald Karsten, the newest member of our family! 👶

Born in Poland on April 4th at 10:15am weighing 7 lbs 10 oz via c-section. @anna.everywhere and I are so excited and totally in love with this little guy. Everyone is healthy and things are going well. ❤️

No sleep that first night, but we’re all getting into a groove now, and Dylan is turning out to be very chill. Just like his Dad. 😜

It's finally time to share my scariest (and dumbest?) travel story, from many years ago…

My run-in with a notorious Mexican drug cartel in the remote mountains of Northern Mexico.

This is a photo I managed to get of one of the cartel members.

➡️ Click the link in my bio to read the full story. 🔫

What was your scariest travel moment?

People dress up in all kinds of elaborate costumes during Carnival posing for photos around Venice's famous landmarks! 🎭

This is the Bridge of Sighs, “Ponte dei Sospiri”. Constructed in 1641 as a pathway into the world’s first purpose-built prison. The name refers to the sighs of prisoners looking out the stone-windows at their last view of Venice before losing their freedom...

#carnevale #veniceitaly

Sunset in #Venice, with Basilica di Santa Maria in the distance. Now I see what all the hype was about! 🌞

February during the middle of the week was a great time to visit. Not as crowded as I was expecting. Although I can’t imagine what the summer is like...

#veniceitaly #sunset_pics

My first time snowboarding a glacier! Earning some turns on Germany’s Zugspitze Glacier for fresh tracks... 🏂🏔

Are you a skier or snowboarder?

#zugspitze #germanytourism

The ancient Roman Forum! Excavations to clear it took over 100 years...

The forum was the political, administrative and religious center of Ancient Rome. It was here where Marc Antony delivered his funeral speech to Julius Caesar. 🏛

Anyone else travel to experience history up close?

#romeitaly #roma

UPDATE: Congratulations @idteacher, you’ve won my travel backpack giveaway! 🏆🤗 🎉

{ GIVEAWAY } Who wants a free travel backpack?! After traveling the world for the last 9 years, many of them while living out of a bag, I wanted to put together a guide to help you choose the perfect backpack for travel. Go check it out on my blog!
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I also decided to give away one of the most popular travel backpacks on the market right now, the carry-on friendly Osprey Farpoint 40L. The one I’m wearing in this photo is a 65L Gregory that I used for backpacking (and hitchhiking) around Central America back in 2010.
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A romantic gondola ride through Venice... or a staged Instagram moment? 🚣🏻‍♂️

SWIPE LEFT ⬅️ to see what else my camera captured!

These shots always involve more work than it might seem at first glance. I brought my tripod along for this float trip down Venice’s narrow canals, and attached an “intervalometer” to the camera, which triggered photos every 2 seconds.

For the first half of our 30 minute ride, the camera clicked away as the scenery passed by, and we tried different poses. Looking to the side, looking at each other, adjusting my posture, @anna.everywhere fixing her hair. 😜

Finally, when we were confident we had something useable, I carefully crawled back to the front of the gondola trying not to tip us over, packed up the camera, and enjoyed the rest of our experience. With our gondolier Valentino singing romantic Venetian songs in the background... ❤️

#veniceitaly #gondola

The magic of Venice Carnival! 💃🎭

Modeled after ancient Greek and Roman festivals, Carnival was a holiday that allowed regular citizens to dress up in anonymous costumes and make fun of the aristocracy without fear of retribution.

But it eventually backfired, allowing criminals to get away with all kinds of crimes behind the masks, and Carnival was banned in 1797. The celebration & parties returned though during the 1960’s.

Wandering through the confusing alleyways and canals of Venice this week with colorful characters like this was so much fun! 😁

#carnevale #venice

I’ve always wanted to experience this view of St. Peter's Square from the top of the dome at St. Peter’s Basilica in #VaticanCity. Finally got the chance! ⛪️

No matter what you think about the Catholic Church, its history & influence over humanity over the years is pretty incredible. Vatican City is an independent city-state, with a population of only 1000 citizens, and the spiritual center for 1.2 billion people around the world.

Climbing up the stairs to the dome is a bit of a workout! But definitely worth it. There’s an elevator that goes part of the way, but you’ll still need to climb for a while either way. 👍🏼

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