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James Corporal

Captain Adventure

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Nature is my passion and off-the-beaten paths, hidden routes and the most desolate parts of the earth are my natural habitat. I thrive in rugged landscapes and naturally wild conditions, from gentle leisure walks through lush rainforests, to engaging trekking journeys along rugged terrains and vigorous climbs to steep heights and challenging peaks, I've done it all and plan on continuing to grow my ever-expanding list of nature adventure.

Follow my regular blog posts to join me in my latest quests and keep up with my exciting voyages to some of the planet's most naturally beautiful corners. Find out about some of the world's best trekking and hiking destinations, tried and tested by my own personal experience during my extensive travels around the globe.

From astounding natural reserves to little-known trails and spectacular natural sights, often blended with a bit of added culture, I blog about the most thrilling and exciting adventures to be had around the world.

This is about appreciating the amazing work that Mother Nature did herself, with no help from us humans who are too quick to damage and dismiss her truly miraculous work. Join me in my adventurous pursuits and my daredevil exploits and take the time to get to know and appreciate nature from a personal perspective.

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James's Been There Done That

  • Hanged from the treacherous cliff of China's majestic South Peak of Mount Hua
  • Trekked Nepal's little known circuit of Humla and Limi and walked the Annapurnas
  • Bungee jumped from one of the world's highest suspension bridges ཿ the Royal Gorge in Colorado
  • Went volcano-boarding in Nicaragua's active Cerro Negro ཿ a couple of mojitos were needed beforehand!
  • Climbed Mount Kilimanjaro while carrying the contents of my torn backpack ཿ not for the faint-hearted!

Recent articles by James

  • 20 May 2014
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Off the beaten track

Following Africa's Great Migration route, the eco-friendly way

The migrating season for wildebeest and other creatures from the African savannah is a natural phenomenon that never fails to leave spectators in sheer awe and amazement. It's not one for the faint-hearted and you might wince at the sight of a lion pouncing over some stray herd members or some crocodile pulling down a helpless zebra, but nevertheless is a truly breathtaking experience that is definitely worth having at least once in your lifetime.
  • 11 Apr 2014
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Off the beaten track

Sri Lanka builds the world's tallest vertical garden

The design for what will be the world's tallest vertical garden has been unveiled by its construction company and much expectation surrounds what will soon become Sri Lanka's first ever sustainable residential complex - an impressive 185-metre-high tower with a magnificent façade that will be covered by a lush living garden. It will no doubt be one of those things you have to see to believe. Read on to find out more about this promising architectural marvel.
  • 06 Mar 2014
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Off the beaten track

Floating markets in Southeast Asia

Find out all about some of the best, quirkiest floating markets dotted along one of the largest river in the world, running through six different countries, from Vietnam to Thailand and Burma. Follow my blog post to learn more about which floating markets you definitely shouldn't miss if you ever find yourself sailing along the Mekong River.
  • 02 Jan 2014
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Off the beaten track

Going the extra mile: eco-friendly safari camps in Kenya

Kenya is a naturally beautiful corner of the world with naturally abundant ecological riches, but a visit here shouldn't cost the earth - quite literally. By that we don't mean that a holiday to Kenya isn't necessarily expensive (although that can also be true) but that there are ways you could take in the country's natural beauty without damaging the fragile ecosystems. Here we show you three of the best eco-friendly safaris in Kenya, so that you can enjoy the African nation without any carbon footprint-related guilt.
  • 29 Nov 2013
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Off the beaten track

Discovering Nicaragua - the land of lakes and volcanoes

I was given the task of finding a new and exciting destination to blog about and sell at The Holiday Place, and there I stumbled upon Nicaragua, so unknown to many but yet so rich in attractions for the curious, adventurous traveller. Read my post and embark on my journey of discovery along Nicaragua. This nation has more than culture, colonial beauty, imposing volcanoes or immense lakes. Nicaragua is more about how little discovered and how genuinely charming it all is - from the candid warmth of its people to its abundant natural and man-made wonders.
  • 19 Nov 2013
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  • Photo Blog
Off the beaten track

Ian finds the rainbow in South Africa, images of a riveting journey

Glowing bright green with envy I found myself when looking at the amazing photographs my friend and colleague, Ian Vilarelle, brought back from his recent trip to South Africa where he explored the Eastern and Western Cape regions, taking in the country's most iconic and unforgettable sights and landscapes. South Africa is a place I always wanted to visit and which was sitting high on my bucket list of destinations to travel to, but this time my good friend beat me to it. So, from his perspective, I invite you to follow his South African trail with this collection of striking photographs perfectly accompanied by my brief detailing of the wild adventures he experienced.
  • 13 Nov 2013
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Off the beaten track

Alex's Peruvian adventures, from the Andes to the Amazonia

Recently, Alex one of our travel advisors returned from a long and adventure-packed trip to Peru where she visited some of the most attractive and wild places in that amazing country. She brought back more than one million photos, I'm planning to follow her trails soon so I reviewed them carefully and with great pleasure here is my top selection of a few of them for your peruse. Enjoy!
  • 01 Oct 2013
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To travel is to live

What are Vietnam's top natural attractions?

If you want to explore Vietnam's most striking natural attraction during your holiday in the country, there are a few sites that should be high on your list of top places to visit. Here we've narrowed it down to three natural sites of breathtaking natural beauty that any true nature lover simply cannot afford to miss in their travel itinerary.