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Philip Shear
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Traveler; Consultant; Chef; Photographer; Lover of Life, People, Culture(s) and Places; Hiker
Traveler; Consultant; Chef; Photographer; Lover of Life, People, Culture(s) and Places; Hiker

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My German dive buddy of three days, Matthias shot and edited this short video at the Manta Point dive site. Sitting there, around 25 meters, for about 55 minutes just moving with the swells while 6-7 large manta rays hung out was definitely one of the finest dive days ever. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vtc9qeHPbBc

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I swear, I can really be a travel geek at times. This morning, I was looking at the World Heritage Site page on my website and realized I had not touched it in about 3 years. So I decided to update it. After 8.5 hours, I am finished and ready to share.

Since 2014, UNESCO has inscribed 90 new WHS (some are counted more than once because they straddle more than one country). I have visited 21 sites in the same time period. Sadly, 55 sites are listed as being in eminent danger of disappearing forever, primarily due to war or environmental damage including 100% of those in Syria and Afghanistan--a tragic potential loss for humankind. Fortunately, for the majority, preservation, maintenance and restoration goes on, often funded by tourism.

I hope you enjoy this modest effort, find it of interest, and are inspired to see more of our beautiful planet and its cultural diversity. Links are provided to the various stories I have written about many of the sites.
http://dimensionalhearttraveler.com/unesco-sites/

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Nothing like a good old fashioned parade that anyone can join to end a three day Buddhist festival in rural Isaan, Thailand. There was more loud music, dancing, monks, beer, and children of all ages.
http://photos.dimensionalhearttraveler.com/ASIA/Thailand/A-Buddhist-Parade-in-rural-Issan-Thailand/

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Wildflowers in the Western U.S. typically bloom in the spring and are soon gone. But during our recent camping trip in Lassen National Park they were in full bloom in August. Of course being at 8,000 feet helps. Here's a bunch of wildflower photos from last week as well as our other Lassen Peak and Bumpass's Hell treks. Enjoy. http://photos.dimensionalhearttraveler.com/NORTH-AMERICA/United-States-of-America/California/Lassen-National-Park-2016/

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Island Hopping on Thailand's Andaman Sea

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We awaken at 4:00 am and drive 15 minutes. Climbing 1,260 steps in the dark, we arrive at the summit of Wat Thum Sua. It is dark and we are alone. We wait. We are not disappointed.
(Click photo to see in high resolution.)
http://photos.dimensionalhearttraveler.com/ASIA/Thailand/Sunrise-at-Wat-Thum-Sua/i-9PB7Ss9/0/XL/P1277009-XL.jpg

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Every Single ‪#‎TravelHack‬ You Will Ever Need
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