The dream was to be paid to travel the world. I was 21, in Ghana at the time, when I made the promise to myself. To photograph and explore distant lands. To capture moments in new cultures. Idyllic landscapes. That opportunity now humbles me. I was recently sent to Sri Lanka to capture the life of the distant, capsule islandin the shape of a water drop—off the coast of India. And what an adventure.

These photographs will show a story of a deep culture, remarkable landscapes, fun-loving, curious locals, rich food, and a deep cut of paradise. From the mountainous, tea leaf plantations of Nuwara Eliya to the post-card-ready-palm-tree-lined beaches of Unawatuna to the hustling streets of the capital, ColomboSri Lanka has it all. A big thank you to Intrepid Travel, and special shoutout to Mikey Sadowski ✌️ for sending me. Let’s keep telling stories. It was an honour to meet and capture the experience with a cast of delightful, adventure-seekers from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, America and Ireland. You’re all rad. Keep exploring. Click any photo to expand. Thanks for sharing.

Written by Ryan Bolton

Ryan is a Toronto-based writer and photographer that likes to break the rules. His work has taken him around the world to do what he truly loves—storytelling. And drinking cold beer.

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