Michael is a content and commissioning editor for Kimkim. He writes, assigns and edits a variety of Kimkim articles, including Highlights, Itineraries, and Trip Reports. He has been traveling for more than 25 years, writing guidebooks and news articles from various corners of the globe. His main areas of expertise include East Asia and the former Soviet Republics. He considers traveling an educational experience that brings together cultures for a better understanding of one another.
What places and activities do you specialize in?
"I write mainly about Mongolia and East Asia. I have also written about Israel, the former Soviet republics and Sri Lanka. More recently I have started writing about South America, including Peru, Ecuador and Colombia. "
How did you get involved in travel?
"I began traveling the globe in 1994 during a university semester abroad that included stops in South America, Africa and Asia. Following the program I traveled alone to Tibet and Nepal. After graduating from UCSB I moved to Japan and then later traveled across Southeast Asia. I later combined by my love of travel and my interest in journalism by working as a reporter based in Ulaanbaatar. "
Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.
"In late 2000 I traveled to Bayan Olgii, the westernmost province of Mongolia. I spent ten days in a small village in the middle of winter, staying with local Kazakhs who inhabit the area. Some people in the village practiced eagle hunting (using trained eagles to hunt for small game). I spent each day on horseback or on foot, following them into the mountains as they went fox hunting. The image of watching eagle swoop down on their prey and seeing the excitement of the hunters as they charged downhill on horseback is a sight I won't soon forget. "
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Repelling down waterfalls, rafting turbulent rivers, paragliding over cities and navigating steep trails on a mountain bike are just a few of the epic adventures you can have in Colombia. Throw in diving, trekking, kiteboarding and bungee jumping and you have a full plate of adrenaline-fueled options. This article describes the best ways to get your heart pumping in Colombia.
Cruising around the Galapagos Islands — viewing extraordinary wildlife and natural sights by day while motoring between islands at night — is one of the best ways to experience these magical islands. On this tour, you'll visit 11 islands in the famed archipelago, observing birdlife, sea lions, marine iguanas, sharks, giant tortoises and an array of other creatures.
From snorkeling with sea turtles and hiking up a dormant volcano to spotting giant tortoises and penguins, a journey to the Galapagos brings an array of incredible sights and activities. With a cruise, you’ll get further from the main islands, and there’s no need to pack each day for a new hotel as your accommodation and transportation are combined. Use this guide to get the most out of your Galapagos cruise.
The Santa Cruz four-day trek takes you high into the Cordillera Blanca in northern Peru, providing spectacular views of glacier-wrapped peaks, turquoise lakes and fields of wildflowers. It's a demanding hike that will test your body and lungs, but well worth it for the epic scenery. This article will help you make the most of your Peruvian high altitude adventure, and provide information on extending the hike to five or more days.
Planning to follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin and spot the extraordinary wildlife on the Galapagos Islands? A great way to make this journey is on a land-based tour: sleeping in hotels by night and shuttling between the islands by day. In between, you’ll have the chance to spot giant tortoises in their native habitat, snorkel with sea lions, hike up an active volcano and spend time experiencing the culture of these Enchanted Islands.
One of the best aspects of visiting Cartagena on Colombia's northern coast is having close proximity to nearby Caribbean Islands for the ultimate culture/beach adventure. On this 5-day trip, you'll start off experiencing the city's narrow streets with palaces, churches, and mansions painted in pastel colors (not to mention hip hotels and galleries that are popping up). Then, boat over to San Bernardo's beautiful coral islands for white-sand beaches and watersports. Finish the adventure back in Cartagena for one more night of colonial romance.