Pristine white sand beaches, the soft sound of waves crashing on the beach, and no boat motors to disturb the silence. No loud music blasting out from any beach bars. Still, all is undisturbed.
Flash forward 20 years and that pristine beach you’re sitting on right now is nothing like the one you remember. There are resorts crowding surrounding beaches and the true essence of what that place once was has been lost. This is what is happening all around the world. Authentic cultures and customs are being replaced by upscale resorts and paved highways. Pure experiences are becoming harder and harder to find in this ever changing world.
First, let me introduce myself. My name is Danny Mcgee and I am an adventure photographer / filmmaker based out of Colorado. For the past 3 years I’ve traveled all around the world taking photos and making films. My goal is to not only share my vision of the world, but to inspire people to get out and explore it for themselves. Most people follow the traditional path: get a job, work until you’re 60, and once you save enough, then go travel and see the world. I chose a different path. I realized that this world we live in is changing. With globalization moving at an ever-increasing rate, the world is changing faster than ever. The time to go out and see the world isn’t in 20 or 30 years, it is right now.
The places on this list are all places that I think are subject for change within the next few years. If you wait too long to see to them, you might never be able to experience the true essence of the place.
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, CO
Glenwood Springs is a quintessential old west town. Most of the mountain towns in Colorado are all moving towards becoming typical ski villages, condos, heated sidewalks, and high-end shops, but Glenwood has still clung on to the old western charm and feel…
Havasupai is located deep into the heart of the Grand Canyon. It is only reachable by either a 10-mile hike, or helicopter. The thing that makes it so special is the remoteness of it. An Eden found right in the heart of one of the most unforgiving landscapes on the planet. To call this place magical would be an understatement…
JACKSON HOLE, WY
Jackson Hole is another old west mountain town. It has become more and more popular recently, and a lot of that has to do with its close proximity to two incredible national parks; Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone. Huge quantities of the national park land are undeveloped and are left in their original natural state. This has allowed the area to become a haven for huge herds of elk, bison, moose, wolves, bears, and over 500 other species…
TODO SANTOS, MEXICO
Todo Santos is a town on the pacific side of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula. It is a little over an hour away from the famous resort town of Cabo San Lucas. It is a place where you can find a true taste of Mexico. Unlike its resort-studded brother Cabo, the town feels undeniably pure. Small art galleries and cafes line the Main Street. If you’re a fan of Mexican food, (and let’s be honest who doesn’t love tacos) endless restaurants and stalls can be found all throughout the town…
KOH TAO, THAILAND
Koh Tao is my favorite place in all of Thailand. I traveled the country for two months north to south and wouldn’t recommend any place more. It is a small island but the amount of stuff to do there is unreal. It is a diving hub, because it is one of the cheapest places to get certified on the planet. The diving around the island is the best in Thailand. Above ground the scenery is equally as stunning…
And now for my favorite place of them all: the small village of Porsmork in Iceland. It is nothing more than a lodge with a few volcano huts and a grassy area to set up tents. The untouched wilderness that surrounds the camp is what makes this place so special. It sits in the shadow of looming volcanoes, glaciers, epic waterfalls, hills blanketed in stunning green moss, and enough fresh air to last 100 lifetimes…
For Danny’s full article (and kick ass photographs) published in Face the Current, look for the April edition pages 13 – 17. Digital or print? You can purchase either, click here!
About the author
Danny is an adventure photographer / filmmaker based out of Colorado. For the past 3 years he has traveled all around the world taking photos and making films. His goal is to not only share his vision of the world, but to inspire people to get out and explore it for themselves.
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