When it comes to travel destinations on my bucket list, Russia never really found its way to the top. Sure, there are plenty of amazing things to see there, but the beauty and diversity of other places always seemed to beckon me away from this enormous nation—until I watched this video. Observing Geko Expeditions wandering through colorful forests, across expansive beaches, and over amazing mountains has definitely knocked this region up a few notches on my list. I think if you take a few minutes to watch this video, you might agree. Even if you don’t have the full twenty minutes, take the time to skip around and just soak in the stunning vistas and utter isolation that can be found in this part of the world. It will definitely wet your appetite for adventure on this long weekend.
Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Chris didn’t receive a real taste of the outdoors until moving to Prescott, Arizona, in 2009. While working on his business degree, he learned to fly and spent his weekends exploring the Arizona desert and high country. It was there that he fell in love with backcountry travel and four-wheel drive vehicles, eventually leading him to Overland Journal and Expedition Portal. After several years of honing his skills in writing, photography, and off-road driving, Chris now works for the company full time as Expedition Portal's Senior Editor while living full-time on the road.