Matthew Nelson


Matthew Nelson is an American travel photographer and writer from Des Moines, Iowa. An advocate for sustainable travel, he has photographed responsible tourism initiatives in nine countries, notably in the Western Balkans, India, and Nepal, and is passionate about creating opportunities to travel with a positive impact to both the environment and local communities. His work has been published in National Geographic Traveller Magazine. You can follow his blog on transformational travel and find him on Instagram.

Stories from Matthew Nelson

The Philosopher-Shepherd of Ohrid, North Macedonia

In a world where people often don’t have time to connect, an unlikely pair get to know each other on a deeper level.

Photo Essay: Sunrise in Shangri-La from the Summit of Pikey Peak

Nepal’s Buddhism Sanctuary Trail offers views that can’t be seen from anywhere else.

Photo Essay: Trekking the High Scardus — The True Colours of the Western Balkans

The new transnational trekking route’s natural splendour is matched only by the authenticity of the local hospitality.

Wine Ambassadors of North Macedonia

Combining passion and patience, these dedicated enthusiasts delight in creating a full-bodied experience.