Wild Side of Travel: animal photo tribute

Interesting characters are usually the center piece of my travels. They help make a place memorable either by their actions, personalities and generosity.  However, there is another group of actors that deserves attention, our fury and feathered friends in the animal world. They participate in festivals, live monastic lives in temples, sneak into our rooms at night, and play hide and seek while we tramp through their neighborhoods in 4-wheel drive vehicles. They have made many of my trips extraordinary and unforgettable. Here are a few faces and characters that have stayed with me long after my flight home touched down. Peacocks can’t fly well but they can at least get to the top of houses. In southern Sri Lanka this is a common sight…everyone likes a view after all. It can get really hot in Sri Lanka and everyone likes to cool down. Notice the chains around the neck. Read full article…

Boat, Sea and Sky: Travel Photo Contest Friday 11

Update: There were some great guesses this week but alas no clear winner. I could say we are all winners for participating..blah blah blah. Thanks for all of the participation and nice comments about the photo. I took this shot in the Maldives while I was on a live-aboard for a week scuba diving.  It is hard not taking nice pictures when the scenery is so beautiful. Welcome to Travel Photo Contest Friday. If this is your first time visiting, each week I post a beautiful picture (at least I think so) from my travels and you guess where it is. The first person to guess where this picture was taken (Country only this time) will win a link back to their blog with the anchor text of their choice in this post (keep it clean and relevant). Leave your guess and recent post in the comment section below. Mike won last Read full article…

Friday Travel Photograph 1

Welcome to a new weekly feature on Todd’s Wanderings. Each Friday I will bring you the best of my photographs from my travels around the world. If you like the pictures please share with your friends, tweet it or ideally Stumble it! Share

Diving in the Maldives…for “cheap”

“You’re going to Maldives? I’m so jealous!” Pride radiated from my blessed face as I was fawned over by hundreds (OK a few) friends as I discussed my plans. “Which resort are you staying at? Or are you going on a safari boat again?” I was untouchable as rapture and envy captivated my audience. The crowed hushed and shushed as it was clear I was about to speak. “I’m staying at the Holiday Inn.” Silence. Brains worked hard to grasp the shift in reality. I love shocking people with my travel plans, usually to war torn countries, but the Holiday Inn has so far received the greatest reaction…or maybe disappointment. Most people would rather stay in one of the lavish resorts or even use Maldives timeshare resorts, but I wanted to try something different. After a fresh dose of explanation and cajoling everyone finally agreed that a) it’s one of Read full article…

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