Pathfinders: greatest blogs, Instagram pictures and movies from February 2019

Koh Lipe, Thailand Get a singular perspective of Koh Lipe from our unbelievable Instagramers © Golf Photographer / Shutterstock

As all the time our motley crew of ever extra adventurous Pathfinders have been off exploring the far corners of the globe. This month we dig into the cool and quirky – whether or not it’s getting a recent and strange perspective of well-travelled locations like London or discovering a lesser-visited (and barely weird) cities and areas like Užupis in Lithuania.

Better of the blogs

Užupis: A unusual impartial republic within the coronary heart of Vilnius – Dave McClane

The Uzupis Republic, Lithuania Uzupis is each bit extraordinary © Julia Khvoshch / Shutterstock

You will have been to Paris and Rome, possibly even Minsk, however right here’s one European vacation spot you’re unlikely to have ticked off your journey listing. Užupis is a tiny breakaway ‘republic’ (full with its personal structure, forex and ambassador – who’s, in reality, a cat) situated within the coronary heart of Vilnius, Lithuania, and on this publish Dave paperwork his day exploring the quirky district. It’s all a little bit of enjoyable, and Dave’s observations make for entertaining, light-hearted studying, however there’s additionally a deeper gratification right here that comes with understanding that even within the age of worldwide homogenisation, peculiar locations like this nonetheless exist – and that’s one thing value celebrating.

Dave is a Yorkshireman on a quest to see – and {photograph} – as a lot of the world as attainable. See extra of his work at

Japan highway journey: Iga and Shigaraki Anja Ben

Pottery on sale in the village of Shigaraki Pottery on sale within the village of Shigaraki © Stray Toki / Shutterstock

It’s your entire aesthetic of this publish that efficiently captured our intrigue: saturated imagery of sweeping landscapes and stylish ceramics puncturing a skinny strip of textual content centered on a lesser-visited artsy city in Japan – all of it simply feels very cool. That’s to not take something away from Anja’s writing – she weaves an fascinating story about following her ardour for pottery to the village of Shigaraki, holding the story good and lightweight because of the presence of Ninjas, a wonderfully-welcoming host and, in fact, karaoke en route.

Anja is a author and photographer who believes sluggish journey is the way in which ahead and tends to keep away from the crowds (although she’s going to wait in line for good meals). Learn extra at

Prime Instagram pictures

London, UK – Romi Nicole Schneider

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A publish shared by Romi Nicole Schneider (@romiaround) on Feb 24, 2019 at 12:46am PST

Why we prefer it: London’s Tate Fashionable gallery is not any stranger to an Instagram characteristic, however Romi’s shot of the constructing’s viewing degree is recent, thought of and massively efficient. The construction’s sloping angle supplies the right steadiness for the picture, naturally dividing it into two and drawing the attention throughout. The sky’s dappled hues mix superbly with the textured brickwork, leading to a fragile color palette which runs all through the whole lot of the body. This can be a actually authentic tackle a well-known metropolis landmark.

Romi is a roaming photographer, continuously on the hunt for her subsequent excellent body. Comply with her on Instagram @romiaround.

Koh Lipe, Thailand – Xavier Marchal

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A publish shared by Xavier Marchal (@xaviermarchal) on Feb 13, 2019 at 6:27am PST

Why we prefer it: Ocean drone pictures can present a very new perspective on a picturesque shoreline, and Xavier’s picture is a superb instance of that. The distinction between the shallows’ rocky texture and turquoise colouring and the white sands studded with blue boats creates a vertical central focus, pulling the viewer’s consideration from prime to backside. This can be a effectively conceptualised, expertly captured shot that we might fortunately stare at for hours!

Xavier is a full-time backpacker who has been on the highway for 15 months. Comply with him on Instagram @xaviermarchal.

Our favorite footage

Why we journey: 10 international locations in a yrMark Hadj Hamou

Why we prefer it: Apart from Mark’s unbelievable footage, which incorporates sweeping aerial scenes, close-ups of individuals and smiling faces and dynamic point-of-view pictures, we liked this video as a result of it actually tugs on the heartstrings. With out saying a lot he manages to color an entire image of the journey expertise from fulfilling your goals to skyping your mother and father and linking up with associates alongside the way in which. Combining journey inspiration with uncooked emotion we predict this video will reply the query of ‘why we journey’ for many individuals.

Mark is a photographer, videographer, and Artistic Director based mostly in Paris. Try extra of his movies on his YouTube channel.

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