Travel With a Difference - Tribes & Treks Zambales with MAD Travel & The Circle Hostel

Documenting my experience on the Tribes & Trikes tour in Zambales with MAD (Make a Difference) Travel and The Circle Hostel. It was a lovely day out starting with a 90-minute flat trek, followed by an environmental briefing and tree-planting.

Walking on the river to keep cooler on this very hot day

Carabao carts help to haul gear during the 90-minute hike

Walking with a view of the Zambales mountains

Enzo enjoying a ride on an uncooperative carabao

Our group after tree-planting on Tribes & Treks

After tree-planting, we spent the rest of the afternoon at Sitio Yangil, to share a day with the Aetas. In the process, we also learned about the local medicinal herbs, got a native archery lesson, and participated in some traditional song and dance.

We then ended the day with a perfect sunset at the beach nearby.

Signature Zambales sunset at the end of our Tribes & Treks tour

All in all, a highly recommended tour for someone looking for more than the usual tourist experience and wanting to contribute to local community and environmental preservation.

    Here's a description of the program from MAD Travel:

    MAD Travel is a social tourism platform which inspires people from all over the world to have fun and Make A Difference in the Philippines. We create alternative travel experiences that bring together people from different walks of life to share their time and talent, and to inspire each other to build a kinder, fairer world.

    Walang Iwanan, or ensuring that no one is left behind, is at the centre of all that we do. Our organization and our guests give their best to the poor, so the poor may rise to achieve their best. Working in close partnership with Gawad Kalinga, an award-winning local NGO that has already built 2,500 communities for the poorest Filipinos, we aim to achieve goals and objectives that are valued and determined by the communities we seek to serve.

    The Tribes and Treks sustainable development program aims to connect people with the land through Tourism, feed the people sustainably through Agriculture, and save Mother Earth through Reforestation. Every guest will plant trees to help build a 3000-hectare rain forest, food security forest (animals, fruits and veggies) and medical forest. So far, they have planted around 18,000 seedlings as of December 2017, but with your help, we can do more!

    Tribes and Treks Zambales is a joint partnership of Mad Travel, The Circle Hostel with the Municipality of San Felipe, Zambales, and the Hineleban Foundation.  To learn more about this trip, visit the following:

    MAD Travel: Website     Facebook     Instagram

    The Circle Hostel: Website     Facebook     Instagram

    Equipment used:

    • Sony A7RII
    • Sony RX100IV
    • Zhiyun Crane v2
    • Rode Videomic 2
    • MeFoto RoadTrip Tripod

    The Light in the North - 4K Northwest Iceland Time-lapse Film + Behind-the-scenes Vlog

    It's finally here! Exploring a place of ever-changing sunsets and strange, beautiful light, THE LIGHT IN THE NORTH is a time-lapse film shot over two months in the transition from autumn to winter in a single remote town between a mountain and the sea in northwest Iceland. Produced during the Nes Artist Residency in Skagaströnd, Iceland.

    Watch the behind-the-scenes here:

     

    Gear used:

    Sony A7RII
    Sony 24-240 f/3.5-6.3
    Samyang 24mm f/1.4
    Samyang 14mm f/2.8
    Sony Zeiss 55mm f/1.8
    Sony RX100IV
    Edelkrone SliderPlus XL with Action Module
    MeFoto RoadTrip Tripod
    Varavon Battery Pack for A7 series

    Edited using LRTimelapse, Adobe Lightroom Classic CC, and FCP X

    72 Hours in Armenia

    72 Hours in Armenia

    Prior to doing the Grand Trans-Siberian Express, we went on a whirlwind three-day tour of Armenia. Like most people from this part of the world, I had very little, if any, preconceptions about Armenia, and what I found is a country with a deep, ancient history, fierce pride, and beautiful people. I hope to have captured some of that experience in the video above.

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    The Grand Trans-Siberian Express Experience Part 6: Ulaanbaatar and Terelj National Park, Mongolia

    The Grand Trans-Siberian Express Experience Part 6: Ulaanbaatar and Terelj National Park, Mongolia

    This is the sixth and final entry of a in a six-part series of blog posts about my experience onboard the Grand Trans-Siberian Express. To read the other parts, click here: 

    Part 1: Moscow to Yekaterinburg

    Part 2: Novosibirsk and Krasnoyarsk

    Part 3: Irkutsk

    Part 4: Lake Baikal

    Part 5: Ulan-Ude and Tarbagatay

    The video above is a 7-part anthology of short films that capture my experience onboard, a highlight reel of memorable experiences onboard the Grand Trans-Siberian Express, taken during the summer of 2017.

    The Grand Trans-Siberian Express is the premium version of the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway journey. The GTSE is an all-inclusive "cruise on rails" using a private charter train, with luxury accommodations and fine dining from start to finish onboard the train and at designated stops along the way. Our chosen route took us from Moscow to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, over the course of 12 days, with guided day trips in between long hours in transit on the train. I had the good fortune of joining this trip thanks to Aeroflot Russian Airlines.

    PART 6: Ulaanbaatar and Terelj National Park, Mongolia

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    The Grand Trans-Siberian Express Experience Part 5: Ulan-Ude and Tarbagatay

    The Grand Trans-Siberian Express Experience Part 5: Ulan-Ude and Tarbagatay

    This is the fifth in a six-part series of blog posts about my experience onboard the Grand Trans-Siberian Express. To read the other parts, click here: 

    Part 1: Moscow to Yekaterinburg

    Part 2: Novosibirsk and Krasnoyarsk

    Part 3: Irkutsk

    Part 4: Lake Baikal

    Part 6: Ulaanbaatar and Terelj National Park, Mongolia

    The video above is a 7-part anthology of short films that capture my experience onboard, a highlight reel of memorable experiences onboard the Grand Trans-Siberian Express, taken during the summer of 2017.

    The Grand Trans-Siberian Express is the premium version of the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway journey. The GTSE is an all-inclusive "cruise on rails" using a private charter train, with luxury accommodations and fine dining from start to finish onboard the train and at designated stops along the way. Our chosen route took us from Moscow to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, over the course of 12 days, with guided day trips in between long hours in transit on the train. I had the good fortune of joining this trip thanks to Aeroflot Russian Airlines.

    PART 5: Ulan-Ude and Tarbagatay

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    The Grand Trans-Siberian Express Experience Part 4: Lake Baikal

    The Grand Trans-Siberian Express Experience Part 4: Lake Baikal

    This is the fourth in a six-part series of blog posts about my experience onboard the Grand Trans-Siberian Express. To read the other parts, click here: 

    Part 1: Moscow to Yekaterinburg

    Part 2: Novosibirsk and Krasnoyarsk

    Part 3: Irkutsk

    Part 5: Ulan-Ude and Tarbagatay

    Part 6: Ulaanbaatar and Terelj National Park, Mongolia

    The video above is a 7-part anthology of short films that capture my experience onboard, a highlight reel of memorable experiences onboard the Grand Trans-Siberian Express, taken during the summer of 2017.

    The Grand Trans-Siberian Express is the premium version of the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway journey. The GTSE is an all-inclusive "cruise on rails" using a private charter train, with luxury accommodations and fine dining from start to finish onboard the train and at designated stops along the way. Our chosen route took us from Moscow to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, over the course of 12 days, with guided day trips in between long hours in transit on the train. I had the good fortune of joining this trip thanks to Aeroflot Russian Airlines.

    PART 4: Lake Baikal

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    The Grand Trans-Siberian Express Experience Part 3: Irkutsk

    This is the third in a six-part series of blog posts about my experience onboard the Grand Trans-Siberian Express. To read the other parts, click here: 

    Part 1: Moscow to Yekaterinburg

    Part 2: Novosibirsk and Krasnoyarsk

    Part 4: Lake Baikal

    Part 5: Ulan-Ude and Tarbagatay

    Part 6: Ulaanbaatar and Terelj National Park, Mongolia

    The video above is a 7-part anthology of short films that capture my experience onboard, a highlight reel of memorable experiences onboard the Grand Trans-Siberian Express, taken during the summer of 2017.

    The Grand Trans-Siberian Express is the premium version of the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway journey. The GTSE is an all-inclusive "cruise on rails" using a private charter train, with luxury accommodations and fine dining from start to finish onboard the train and at designated stops along the way. Our chosen route took us from Moscow to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, over the course of 12 days, with guided day trips in between long hours in transit on the train. I had the good fortune of joining this trip thanks to Aeroflot Russian Airlines.

    PART 3: Irkutsk

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    This is the second entry of a in a six-part series of blog posts about my experience onboard the Grand Trans-Siberian Express. To read the other parts, click here: 

    Part 1: Moscow to Yekaterinburg

    Part 3: Irkutsk

    Part 4: Lake Baikal

    Part 5: Ulan-Ude and Tarbagatay

    Part 6: Ulaanbaatar and Terelj National Park, Mongolia

    The video above is a 7-part anthology of short films that capture my experience onboard, a highlight reel of memorable experiences onboard the Grand Trans-Siberian Express, taken during the summer of 2017.

    The Grand Trans-Siberian Express is the premium version of the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway journey. The GTSE is an all-inclusive "cruise on rails" using a private charter train, with luxury accommodations and fine dining from start to finish onboard the train and at designated stops along the way. Our chosen route took us from Moscow to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, over the course of 12 days, with guided day trips in between long hours in transit on the train. I had the good fortune of joining this trip thanks to Aeroflot Russian Airlines.

    PART 2: Novosibirsk and Krasnoyarsk

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    The Grand Trans-Siberian Express Experience Part 1: Moscow to Yekaterinburg

    INTRODUCTION

    THE GRAND TRANS-SIBERIAN EXPRESS is the premium version* of the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway journey. The GTSE is an all-inclusive "cruise on rails" using a private charter train, with luxury accommodations and fine dining from start to finish onboard the train and at designated stops along the way. Our chosen route took us from Moscow to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia**, over the course of 12 days, with guided day trips in between long hours in transit on the train.

    I had the good fortune of joining this trip thanks to Aeroflot Russian Airlines. The GTSE also generously upgraded us to their premium, $12,000++ Deluxe Gold Cabins. 

    The video above is a 7-part anthology of short films that capture my experience onboard, a highlight reel of memorable experiences onboard the Grand Trans-Siberian Express, taken during the summer of 2017.

    This is the first in a six-part series of blog posts about my experience onboard the Grand Trans-Siberian Express. To read the other parts, click here: 

    Part 2: Novosibirsk and Krasnoyarsk

    Part 3: Irkutsk

    Part 4: Lake Baikal

    Part 5: Ulan-Ude and Tarbagatay

    Part 6: Ulaanbaatar and Terelj National Park, Mongolia

    PART 1: Moscow to Yekaterinburg

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