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June 8, 2013

Tripologist’s Picks of the Week: June 8, 2013

Overlooking Beng Mealea Temple outside Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Every week on Tripologist, I like to share some of my favorite travel related posts from around the web.

If you have a post that you think is especially great and would like to be included in a future edition, put a comment below, send me a link through the Contact page, or message @TheTripologist on Twitter. Here are my favorite travel posts from this past week:

20 Photography Tips Every Travel Photographer Must Know –

While some of the tips presented here are pretty basic, this is an excellent post for anyone who travels. Photographs are some of the best souvenirs that you can bring back from a destination, and the better they are, the more vividly you’ll remember your experiences. Don’t leave on your next trip without reading this piece.

Building Tolerance Through Travel –

Anyone who has ever traveled knows that travel changes you. It opens your eyes to the world around you and makes you take a deeper look at your own values. As G Adventures founder Bruce Poon Tip said in the quote that opens Kay’s piece, “There is no faster path to peace than people getting to know other cultures and other people”.

Kayak Safari: Crocodiles, Sharks, and Hippos (Oh My!) –

For many people, just kayaking down a river would be adventurous enough; however, for some, a basic kayaking trip just doesn’t cut it. Recently, Matthew over at had the opportunity to go kayaking in a South African wetland. However, he wasn’t alone. Read his story to find out about his encounters with crocodiles, hippos, and even sharks!

Photo Essay: Coptic Cairo’s Unique “Hanging Church” –

Until I read this post, I was unaware that Cairo had any beautiful ancient churches, much less ones as wonderful as the churches shown in these photographs. If you like exploring beautiful churches and hidden gems, this post is a must read.

From the Tripologist Archives: Releasing Your Inner Indiana Jones at Cambodia’s Beng Mealea Temple

Of all the many temples I visited in Cambodia, Beng Mealea was easily the coolest (yes, even cooler than Angkor Wat!). I’ll let that sink in for a second. Ok, now that you’ve gotten over the initial shock, let me briefly explain. While Angkor Wat is certainly amazing, it also has a lot of tourists. It has also been massively restored, taking away much of the “lost temple” feel. However, at Beng Mealea, you are likely to have the temple nearly to yourself. And, since it hasn’t be restored, there is no reason you can’t climb on the roof of an ancient passageway or shimmy through a narrow hole in the wall. If you want to feel like a true explorer, make sure to read about my time at Beng Mealea.


  1. Kay

    Thanks a ton for including me, Jim! You rock. I will definitely give the others a read as soon as this wedding is over…haha 🙂

  2. Thanks for the shout out Jim! Now quit stalking me! 😛

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