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Kevin Richberg
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Kevin is a freelance travel writer/videographer and creator of The 30 Postcards Project. His travels have taken him to 110 countries on six continents and even included two trips to the bottom of the abyssal ocean. His current, ongoing travel projects involve reporting on the results of over 7000 postcard submissions to 30 Postcards, penetrating the world of hotel booking to discover how to beat the system, and discovering the most affordable ways to visit Africa (a destination traditionally reserved for the ultra-rich).

In addition to reporting on world travel Kevin has also held jobs in medical research (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia), education (California Maritime Academy), drug discovery (Maxygen, Inc.), and hydrothermal vent research (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute). Kevin completed his Bachelor of Science at the California Institute of Technology in 2000, and his Masters of Science in Biological Oceanography at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2010.

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Best Airport Day Ever!!!

(0) Comments | Posted September 27, 2014 | 2:13 PM

Today has been the most amazing day I've ever spent at an airport ever in my life!
And I've only been here for 40 minutes.

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Let's start at the beginning... And forgive me, I'm still a little bit excited. My...

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Hoodoos of Cappadocia

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2014 | 7:35 PM

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Turkey's central plateau is home to a very unique set of geological features known as "hoodoos." Over the centuries these hoodoos, also known as "fairy chimneys," have been carved out to create monasteries, castles, homes, churches and entire cities.

This is the 3 Minute Postcard of Cappadocia, Turkey, a destination with so many sights it's possible to return again and again, never seeing the same things...

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The World's Largest Intact Volcanic Caldera

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 4:33 PM

This is the three minute postcard of the Ngorongoro Crater, the world's largest intact volcanic caldera...

Between two and three million years ago one of the largest mountains in what is now Tanzania collapsed in on itself during a powerful volcanic explosion. The resulting crater would become one of the most unique wildlife environs on the African continent. At the moment of the crater's creation the animals and plants within site of the explosion would have been totally wiped out. The entire area had to begin again; life would go on to recolonize an almost perfectly circular volcanic bowl with a rich tapestry of various species.

Today the Ngorongoro Crater is one the most visited safari sites in Africa, a true gem in...

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Guess Who's Joining the Safari Picnic?

(1) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 10:41 AM

Pretend you are about to have a picnic lunch in the middle of safari-country, inside a beautiful extinct volcanic crater. You might be worried that the region's big mammals (buffalo, lions, leopards, hippos, zebra, elephants, etc.) could make your picnic a little dangerous.

But as it turns out, when...

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That's Gross!? -- Eating Internationally

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 11:50 AM

We've all seen people eat the most "disgusting" things on various TV shows, either to win prizes or just to show it can be done. But should any culture's food be considered GROSS?

In this Moments in Travel I visit the Jagalchi Fish Market in Busan, South Korea, escorted by a group of local hospitality students. They introduce me to a fundamental staple of Korean cuisine, fresh seafood, so fresh in fact, that pieces of it are still "alive" when I consume...

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Victoria Falls: It's BIG!

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 3:35 PM

The size and scope of the world's largest single waterfall is in many ways beyond comprehension, until you see it with your own eyes.

Victoria Falls, on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, is the largest single sheet of falling water in the world. 360 feet high, a mile wide, and flowing on average at 38,000 cubic feet per second; without seeing a photo it's nearly impossible to visualize.

Due to its size, Victoria Falls can only be photographed in its totality by flying high above it (no spot on the ground allows for a single unobstructed view of the entire water curtain).

In this episode of Moments in Travel I use Victoria Falls to pose a question: can any camera really compare to what you see with your own...

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Inspiration to Travel

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 5:56 PM

Where will you travel next?

Do you need inspiration to travel?

This video is a simple compilation of single-visuals from each of the 64 countries filmed during the three year run of The 30 Postcards Project. Each scene is a minuscule piece of a much larger story; the stories suggested through postcards.

They are invitations to travel, the inspirations that could sprout your next travel...

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Enough With Airline Fees!

(6) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 10:26 AM

A group of frequent travelers channeled their frustrations with airline fees into this open letter to the major airlines in the U.S.

Their bottom line: Fees used by the airline industry to generate profit have spiraled out of control!

In 2013 the airline industry in the U.S. banked record setting profits, the direct result of revenue generated from charging customers fees. This trend of "fees=profit" is expected to continue through 2014, all as customer satisfaction in the airline industry remains worse than any industry except cable TV and internet providers (corporate businesses which also use "fees" to bulk up bills).

Beleaguered travelers have traded the fear of flying for the fear of fees. Items and services, which used to be included in the price of an airline ticket have, year by year, been separated out of the fare price, and charged separately to generate new revenue streams. This phenomena has thus far been restricted to low-cost carriers around the world, and almost every airline operating out of North America. For the most part, major international carriers (which are universally lauded over their American counterparts) still operate without the specter of unending fees. Unfortunately these foreign flagged airlines are forbidden by U.S. law from operating routes domestically in competition with U.S. legacy carriers (a protectionist policy which has frequent travelers perplexed and irate).

Should consumers lend their voice to the chant, "Enough with Fees!" ? The reason airlines are addicted to them, is because flyers keep paying them. Money is the loudest voice of...

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Green Energy Tourism

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 9:10 AM

One of the best ways to get the public excited about Green Energy is inviting them to see how it's done.

This 3 Minute Postcard of Western Australia's Albany Wind Farm illustrates the green successes in Australia's push to combine green technologies with a green environment to be proud of. The Albany Wind Farm provides visitors with the ability to hike through the majestic Rainbow Coast, watch the migration of southern right and humpback whales, hike the 1000km Bibbulmun Track, walk up to the side of a massive wind turbine, learn about wind energy generation, and take in the raw coastal beauty.

It's a stellar example of how to work with Mother Nature to generate...

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Zebra Courage

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 10:56 AM

The greatest thing about a safari (besides the action, wildlife, adrenaline and mystique), is that no two are alike; you're guaranteed to have a unique experience each and every time (it's unanimously what safari guides agree keeps them excited about their jobs). This video from a one-day safari in

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Swimming With Mantas

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 11:40 AM

This 3 Minute Postcard shows you an adventure like no other, spending the day swimming/diving with the giant reef manta rays of the Maldives.

One of the many indicators of climate change in the Maldives is the alteration of reef manta ray feeding patterns. Maldivian scuba divers, used to seeing Mantas in specific areas surrounding the islands, are noticing the mantas' behavioral patterns are changing over time. As the ocean waters change in response to climate, the mantas must adapt to find their tiny planktonic food.

The Manta Trust encourages travelers in the Maldives who take a journey to see them, to e-mail the Trust copies of their underwater manta photos and where the photos were taken. This helps scientists to track specific mantas (whose spots and streaks are just like our fingerprints), and learn more about how climate change is affecting their underwater...

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Oasis in Botswana

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 8:12 PM


Without thinking twice about it, if I had to name five of my absolute favorite places on Earth, I'd include the Okavango Delta in Botswana on that list. It's surreal, in so many ways!

This video piece is the result of my most recent visit to the Delta, and if I can convince you of only one thing, it would be that the Okavango is much easier to visit than you might think. Watch it in HD, and you'll see what I...

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How to Spot a Vacation Club Scam

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 9:33 AM


In the last six months of 2013 a "Vacation Club Scam" setup shop in central New York State, in the area where I grew up. When my family began receiving letters baited with free travel gimmicks, inviting us to join the scam presentation, I decided to attend to better understand how these so-called clubs actually work.

This video piece shows what I discovered, and how the scam works. By the end of October this particular scam had begun to infiltrate Vermont. The attorney general of Vermont shut down the presentations there with a cease and desist...

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The State of Our Union Is Not Strong

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 8:48 PM

Over a week ago, the President had the opportunity to be painfully and blatantly honest with his fellow Americans about the actual current state of our union.

He failed to be candid, he failed to be bold, he failed to be blunt and so begins another year of coddling...

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Coffee Quest: Discovering the Secret to Growing the World's Best Coffee

(2) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 9:37 AM

After tasting coffees (at the source) in over two dozen nations around the world, I think I've finally discovered the secret to growing "The World's Best Coffee."

It's not that I'm obsessed with coffee -- I'm obsessed with experiences! Each time I've traveled through a coffee exporting country (there are...

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Total Shock! Rhino Horn

(2) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 3:58 PM

I was definitely shocked when I first heard that the Dallas Safari Club was auctioning off a Namibian permit authorizing the hunting of an aged black rhino "in the name of conservation."

My shock was twofold:

  1. Why would Namibia, which has one of the best records of rhino protection...

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10 More Safari Surprises: Ngorongoro Edition

(1) Comments | Posted December 11, 2013 | 4:15 PM

In my first article on Safari Surprises, I showed you ten images from 48 hours in Serengeti National Park -- animal behaviors you could never predict you'd actually see before setting out on a full day of safari. Here we go again!

The Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania, located...

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Soweto

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 9:11 AM

Nelson Mandela, his legacy and his life, mean a great many things to a great many people around the world. To me, he'll always be one of the modern world's most exceptional examples of how one man's work can be utterly transformative. His inspirational legacy spans the best of what...

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10 Safari Surprises: Animal Behaviors You Never Expect You'll See

(1) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 9:48 AM

An African safari needs no hype nor hyperbole; it's easily one of the most incredible experiences of a traveler's life.

In Tanzania's Serengeti National Park (especially in the dry season), you are absolutely guaranteed to see most of the animals from your childhood ABC's book. With the right guide,...

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Elephants Outside Your Hotel Window

(1) Comments | Posted November 1, 2013 | 2:19 PM

I love Elephants! and so do you...

They captivate us because they're in many ways so much like us. African elephants have lifespans similar to ours, they have unbreakable family bonds which we also treasure, and they raise their children to be survivors, a quality we admire.

Safaris have...

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