@expertvagabond - Matthew Karsten

Adventure Traveler. Blogger. Photographer. Digital nomad. Currently: #texas 🇺🇸 Travel & Photo Tips ⇣
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Is Instagram & #SocialMedia ruining travel?
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The massive growth of social media and travel blogs in recent years has had a profound impact on how we travel. Not all of it positive. As someone who makes a living inspiring others to travel, this topic has been on my mind a lot lately.
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I think overcrowding and bad behavior have always been a part of the travel experience. But a combination of population growth, a larger worldwide middle-class, the explosion of digital photography, and efficient social media tools for expressing our already narcissistic nature are making things worse. What do you think?
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Check out my new blog post to learn more. Linked in my bio.
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Is Instagram & #socialmedia ruining travel? - The massive growth of social media and travel blogs in recent years has had a profound impact on how we travel. Not all of it positive. As someone who makes a living inspiring others to travel, this topic

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Greetings from #Austin! If you missed my last post, Anna and I have decided to move here for a few months. It’s one of the perks of location independence… moving to a new city/state/country just for fun. 
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It’s only been a few days, but I’m starting to see why everyone loves this town. Great food, friendly people, tons of music, and a fun attitude. 
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We’ll both be presenting @travel_con (a cool travel industry conference) here next month -- I’m leading some photo walks and Anna is talking about Instagram. If you’re going to be around, let us know!
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#TrueAustin #StreetArt
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Greetings from #austin ! If you missed my last post, Anna and I have decided to move here for a few months. It’s one of the perks of location independence… moving to a new city/state/country just for fun. - It’s only been a few days, but I’m

Austin, Texas
Goodbye California, hello Texas!
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After a year of living in Los Angeles, @anna.everywhere & I have decided to move on. While I was surprised at just how much I ended up enjoying LA, we've decided it’s just not for us long-term. It’s a bit too crowded, a bit too expensive, and a bit too dry.
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So we’re hitting the road again, this time for a temporary move to #Austin, Texas. We’ll be there for a few months before moving on to our ultimate destination, which I’ll keep secret for now (just for fun). 
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I thought I’d be able to slow down and plant some roots somewhere, but we seem to just keep moving regardless. Maybe this is the curse of being nomadic. That after moving so much, over so many years — what’s the big deal with moving once more? I guess moving once a year is better than once every few months, so there’s still hope!
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Anyone have tips they want to share about Austin? I hear we need to try some BBQ... 🥩
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Goodbye California, hello Texas! - After a year of living in Los Angeles, @anna.everywhere & I have decided to move on. While I was surprised at just how much I ended up enjoying LA, we've decided it’s just not for us long-term. It’s a bit too cr

Venice, California
Planning a road trip in Iceland? Be prepared for 70mph winds, summer snow storms, killer sheep, and more! ️
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Learn what you should know before embarking on an Icelandic road trip in my new blog post — link in bio.
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Planning a road trip in Iceland? Be prepared for 70mph winds, summer snow storms, killer sheep, and more! ️ - Learn what you should know before embarking on an Icelandic road trip in my new blog post — link in bio.

Iceland
Morocco’s Blue Pearl, the ancient city of #Chefchaouen. 🇲🇦
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This is the view from an old Spanish mosque on the mountainside above. From here you can see the “blue city” is really blue & white!
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Morocco’s Blue Pearl, the ancient city of #chefchaouen . 🇲🇦 - This is the view from an old Spanish mosque on the mountainside above. From here you can see the “blue city” is really blue & white!

Chefchaouene
Welcome to the Grand Canyon of the Pacific! Waimea Canyon on the island of #Kauai is 10 miles long, and up to 3000 feet deep. Can you believe this is Hawaii?!
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The colorful mix of red volcanic earth and green jungle is really impressive to see in person. Not to mention all the waterfalls… had a lot of fun hiking around here capturing images of this landscape.
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Welcome to the Grand Canyon of the Pacific! Waimea Canyon on the island of #kauai is 10 miles long, and up to 3000 feet deep. Can you believe this is Hawaii?! - The colorful mix of red volcanic earth and green jungle is really impressive to see in pe

Kauai
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@followmeaway What an epic viewwwww

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Is this the most beautiful place in the world? The steep emerald-green cliffs of Kauai's Na Pali Coast will take your breath away! Massive waterfalls, pristine beaches, and lush tropical valleys. It’s basically the definition of “island paradise”. 
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The only way to experience this 17 mile stretch of rugged coastline is by hiking the Kalalau Trail (unfortunately it was closed due to landslides during our visit), by boat, sea kayak, or helicopter. I’m still buzzing on adrenaline from this open-door flight...
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Tag a friend who’d want to join you here! 🤙
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Kauai
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@followmeaway Sooo so pretty

@anna.everywhere and I had an unforgettable time in Hawaii. The best part of our adventure was exploring the Hakipu’u Valley at Kualoa Ranch.
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With the @hawaiianairlines World Elite Mastercard and its benefits - like a $100 companion discount. - it's easy to get #CloserEveryDay to incredible experiences.
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Learn more at the link in my bio or at www.hawaiianairlinescard.com
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@anna.everywhere and I had an unforgettable time in Hawaii. The best part of our adventure was exploring the Hakipu’u Valley at Kualoa Ranch. - With the @hawaiianairlines World Elite Mastercard and its benefits - like a $100 companion discount. - i

Kualoa Ranch
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@drewbinsky Your Hawaii trip looked unreal! Still haven’t been there yet 🙈

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Hey guys, sorry if you haven’t heard much from me lately. I’ve been leading an expedition team deep through the remote jungles of Skull Island, searching for a giant monster ape named Kong.
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I think we’re on the right track though, because today we found this graveyard! Wish me luck. I’m not sure if I’ll make it back in one piece… 🦍
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This is @kualoaranch , on the stunning and rugged east coast of Oahu. It’s been a filming location for TONS of movies! Jurassic Park, Jurassic World, Kong: Skull Island, 50 First Dates, Pearl Harbor, Jumanji, and many more.
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Hey guys, sorry if you haven’t heard much from me lately. I’ve been leading an expedition team deep through the remote jungles of Skull Island, searching for a giant monster ape named Kong. - I think we’re on the right track though, because tod

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@theplanetd Bwahaha! Don't get eaten!

I’m here in Hawaii with @hawaiianairlines to kick off the relaunch of the Hawaiian Airlines World Elite Mastercard!
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Rewards like 3x miles / $1 on Hawaiian Airlines, $100 companion discount, and a complimentary 1st checked bag make it easy to get #CloserEveryDay to your next Hawaiian Airlines experience! Learn more from the link in my bio.
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HawaiianAirlinesCard.com
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I’m here in Hawaii with @hawaiianairlines to kick off the relaunch of the Hawaiian Airlines World Elite Mastercard! - Rewards like 3x miles / $1 on Hawaiian Airlines, $100 companion discount, and a complimentary 1st checked bag make it easy to get

Waikiki, Hawaii
One year of marriage down! It's been a wonderful journey together so far, and I look forward to what the future will bring. I couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful, intelligent, and fun partner to share my life with. Happy anniversary @anna.everywhere!
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One year of marriage down! It's been a wonderful journey together so far, and I look forward to what the future will bring. I couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful, intelligent, and fun partner to share my life with. Happy anniversary @anna.ever

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@theplanetd Congratulations you two! There is nothing better than finding someone you love to spend the rest of your life with. You are so lucky that you get to travel the world together! All the best to you in your future travels and life and here's to many more years of adventure!

The sun beats down mercilessly, setting every color around me ablaze – and since everything is blue, I feel like I’m walking above the clouds in a mythical sky kingdom.
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But this is no myth, it’s #Chefchaouen. Located in Northern Morocco, the city’s signature color is a variety of calming shades of blue that lower your blood pressure in seconds.
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Known as Morocco’s “blue pearl” or “blue city”, the buildings in Chefchaouen are painted using a talc or chalk-based paint that looks so beguiling.
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Exploring a labyrinth of narrow blue alleyways smelling of spice, incense, flowers, and fresh oranges — was one of the highlights of my journey to Morocco. Plus it’s a photographer’s dream!
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The sun beats down mercilessly, setting every color around me ablaze – and since everything is blue, I feel like I’m walking above the clouds in a mythical sky kingdom. - But this is no myth, it’s #chefchaouen . Located in Northern Morocco, the

Chefchaouene
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@followmeaway This is so pretty!

@theelizacoupe 💙💙💙💙