About Michael

Founder of Visual Itineraries, Michael lives in Portland, Oregon.

Selfie in a Volcano in Vanuatu

OK, I think I’m a bit of an adventurer…and have done my share of rappelling, too. And I’ll admit to taking the occasional selfie.

But I’m not in this guy’s league.

volcano in Vanuatu
Sam Crossman and documentarian George Kouronis drop into crater of Marum volcano in the South Pacific’s Vanuatu, one of 5 places on Earth that have persistent lava lakes.

Check out their stunning video here on Wimp.com.

Overwater Bungalows – not just in Tahiti

When you think of overwater bungalows, you (like most people on the planet) probably think immediately of Tahiti.

In fact, they’re not really a native Polynesian thing–they were invented by the Bali Hai Boys, Kelly, Muck and Jay, who came to Tahiti from California several decades ago.

Coconuts Beach Club Resort, Samoa

Coconuts Beach Club Resort, Samoa

Although they’ve become wildly popular in French Polynesia, they’ve also been built all over the world–most notably in the Maldives.
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Another reason to go to New Zealand

…to see the dance of the morepork owl!

Yes, it’s really called that…this isn’t another “better with bacon” joke. The owl is also known as the Tasmanian Spotted Owl, and it’s found in New Zealand, Australia, Tasmania, and few other places. H/T to wimp.com for finding this gem of a video.

This particular owl was helped by the New Zealand Bird Rescue organization. This baby owl was brought to the New Zealand Bird Rescue Charitable Trust’s Green Bay Hospital in Auckland when he was one-year-old.