Travel Guides

I have been on the road for three years now. In that time I have spent time on 4 different continents writing and photographing them as I went. I also learned the value of documenting the little things like where I slept, where I ate, and the activities I took part in. These world travel guides are a reflection of my travels. Please look at them as if they as a guideline to planning rather than a travel guide bible of sorts. Places change, prices go up and down, good places turn bad and vice versa; as such, no guide can be perfect. However, these guide should give you a really good idea of things to do, where to stay, how much you’ll have to spend, and give you some clues into what a certain destination is like.

I would like to think that my guides are an honest depiction of the destinations listed. If you have opinions about a certain destination, or think I should add a certain restaurant, hotel or activity to the guide please feel free to make your voice heard in the comments section of each guide.

Remember too that these travel guides will likely suit a backpacking traveller on a budget like myself the best.  I call these blogs “A Backpacker’s Guide to…” because they will best suit that type of traveller.  For example, when I write a guide for New York City I don’t give a list of the top end restaurants, but rather tips for saving money eating in New York City, and great places to eat on a budget.

If you would like to contribute to one of the backpacker’s guides, or would like to write your own for the site, please feel free to shoot me a message via my contact page.

Please click a region below to be taken to their respective guides: 


  1. I would like to use your image of Las Lajas sanctuary for an article in a scholarly, academic journal on the topic of Late Gothic and Gothic Revival architecture in Latin America This will be the first volume providing an overview ofLatin Gothic. There are 7 contributors and most are using their own fotos and many of mine, but unfortunately I have not been to Columbia

    Richard Sundt
    Dept of Art and Architectural History
    University of Oregon
    Eugene, OR 97403-5229

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    • Richard, please email me at brendanvanson at gmail

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  2. Would you ever consider visiting Australia? Since it’s my homeland it would be interesting to see your take and what you would get out of it. cheers mate.

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    • Yeah, of course. I’d love to. I just need to find a work opportunity there.

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  3. Hi Brendan
    I am a very novice photographer and trying to learn your art of photography and in particular landscapes, i looked at your Montenegro trip and so inspired iv booked to go in July, i know its silly season but only time i can get off.
    I just wanted to know if there was any tips on landscape photography and in particular with Montenegro with the fjord mountains and sky,Im guessing i need to buy a good filter?
    any tips would much appreciated and please keep the good work coming because i think your work is fantastic.
    Kind Regards

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