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Matt Payne

Matt Payne

Former Digital Trends Contributor

Matt Payne is an Oklahoma-based travel photographer, writer, public speaker, and filmmaker. Matt has covered Rwanda, Alaska, Galapagos, Iceland, and Costa Rica. In addition to print and digital media, Matt produces PBS/OETA's newest travel show, 'Mosaic Oklahoma,' and teaches film courses at Oklahoma City University. He is a member The Society of American Travel Writers and the Writer's Guild of America.

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Sanctuary Retreats is the Name to Know for Luxury African Safaris

Sanctuary Retreats has evolved to the highest echelon of safari travel lodging and adventure. For those seeking unrivaled wildlife experiences, moving cultural experiences and want to do so at the height of luxury, Sanctuary Retreats is the company.
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What It’s Like to Go On a Once-in-a-Lifetime African Safari (Photos)

"We’d been in the Serengeti for all of ten minutes before we heard the baby elephant’s panicked trumpeting in the distance," says traveler Matt Payne in his latest photo essay from a recent African Safari.
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A Visit to a Maasai Village in Africa (Photos)

The Maasai are a semi-nomadic people and, because of their proximity to some of Africa’s most visited game parks, they are also one of the most well-known. Unlike many other indigenous groups, the Maasai are known to welcome visitors to their villages to learn about their customs and way of life.
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This Company Wants to Put Together a Next-Level Road Trip for You and Your Friends

Roadies, a new adventure company, is taking that basic concept of the road trip and elevating it for those of us who still want the thrill of the open road, but also crave a little luxury, a sober driver, and the curation of events along the way.
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All the Reasons to Catch an MLB Spring Training Game in Clearwater, Florida

Every year, before the official first pitch of the season, baseball teams gather in some of the country’s most desirable vacation destinations to partake in spring training games. Here's a quick look at Clearwater, Florida, and why this Gulf Coast town is the perfect spring getaway for a baseball fan.
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Japanese Train Suite Shiki-Shima is So Luxe it Requires an Application to Ride

The East Japan Railway Co. launched a new luxury train, known as the Train Suite Shiki-Shima, with an unrivaled experience through Japan’s countryside.
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A Visit with the Indigenous Broran Community of Costa Rica (Photos)

More profound than visiting the rainforest of Costa Rica is experiencing it with the Broran, a community whose culture is intertwined with the terrain.
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Leaf Peeping and Good Eating: How to Enjoy Autumn in Aspen, Colorado

Aspen restaurants set the bar in Colorado. Here are three spots to watch the autumn leaves change and three places to eat afterwards.
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A Visit with the Native Community of Guna Yala, Panama (Photos)

Get a closer look at life for the Guna, a native community living on the island of Ukupseni off of Panama's Caribbean Coast in the Guna Yala region.
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It’s Not Too Late! Find Last Minute Eclipse Campgrounds with Hipcamp makes it possible to find a place to watch the eclipse. They create new campsites by unlocking access to beautiful private lands.
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Island Hopping in The Philippines and Visiting the Town of Coron

To satisfy your tropic-seeking wanderlust look no further than The Philippines and the town of Coron where snorkeling and white sandy beaches await.
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Extreme Tornado Tours: The Most Exciting Way to See a Storm

Extreme Tornado Tours, based in Norman,Oklahoma is considered by many to be the top Extreme Weather tour company in the world.
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A Comprehensive Guide to the Wildlife Paradise of the Galapagos Islands

Find out where to stay, how to get there, what you'll see, and more in our comprehensive traveler's guide to The Galapagos Islands. Read up and get wild.
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Mezcal and the Magic of Oaxaca, Mexico

Visit Oaxaca, Mexico and experience some of the country's richest culture, finest food and, of course, the local favorite: mezcal.
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The Half Day Tour: The World’s Best Layover Cities

The best layover cities in the world are those with easy airport access and a ton of close-in attractions. Here are our top picks.

International Expeditions: Intimate, Exciting, Adventure Travel Everywhere

International Expeditions leads both land and sea small group expeditions in North America, South America, Central America, Africa, Antarctica and beyond.