Doing some pre-trip reading is one of the easiest ways to get more out of your travels. Books have inspired many – if not all – of my travels (my upcoming Turkmenistan trip is partly inspired by an entry in Atlas Obscura on Darvaza gas crater). They’ve also given them a deeper meaning. I get so much, so much, more out of my travels having these stories at the back of my head and seeing them come to live “on site” so to speak.
First, I want to get this out of the way: planning W circuit in Patagonia high season was one of the most frustrating things I’ve ever undertaken. Dealing with various campground companies, their broken online reservation systems, and the dozens of unanswered emails caused moments where I just wanted to say “F*** this, let’s just …
It took us 2 tries for us to complete Laguna de Los Tres dayhike, one of the most popular dayhikes in Patagonia. But when we made it, it was glorious! Read on to learn about everything you need to know about doing a dayhike to Laguna de Los Tres: our experience, the trail, and the cute basetown of El Chalten.
Not having to carry around a tent and sleeping bags meant that this packing list for Patagonia is quite minimalistic. We managed to pack very light. Light pack = happy trekkers. We got nothing to prove 🙂
Visiting an estancia in Patagonia is an opportunity to see what goes on in “real” Patagonia and to meet the people who work the seemingly inhospitable land. For many, it ends up being one of the highlights of Patagonia trips.
I stayed in 3 different villages (Pana, Santa Cruz, and San Pedro), and visited a total of 8 different villages around Lake Atitlan. Here are my thoughts on the 8 villages in Lake Atitlan I visited.
Who knew that a jungle sunrise can cause such a commotion? Sunrise at Tikal was eerie and beautiful, it gave me goosebumps.
Guys, it was simply magical (and I don’t use this world lightly)
10 day in Guatemala wasn’t enough time to do everything I wanted to do so, but I did manage to see what I felt was some of the best highlights Guatemala has to offer.
As one of the least visited national parks, Great Basin sounded kind of great, exactly what I was looking for. I love the fact that more and more people are getting outdoors, but some of my favorite outdoor places started to feel a little crowded this year.
So what’s traveling in Tibet like? The following are my random observations, tidbits of memories, and highlights of Tibet.
I’m exhausted. This has been one busy summer. I’m not complaining, oh no. Quite the opposite, I feel… accomplished. There were cooking over campfires, swimming in lakes, travels to new countries, and conversations with friends and families. Things that great summers are made of. This year we broke from the tradition of staying in the …
Guys, Switzerland is beautiful. Unbelievably beautiful. This wasn’t my first time in Switzerland but whoa – I forgot how just mind-numbingly gorgeous this country is.
We went to Switzerland this summer for a wedding (It was by a lake! Mountain casual dress code! I got to wear my hiking boots!).
At 40 hours, the Beijing – Lhasa train is the longest train ride I’ve been on. I am now convinced that train journeys are way more romantic in books than in real life. Next time I’m going to Tibet, I’ll be flying.
One of the reasons I was really excited about visiting Sicily was the food. Sicilian food is known for their seafood, wine, granitas, and cheese – totally my kind of food pyramid! Between altitude sickness and lackluster Tibetan food, I lost weight on my previous trip (which never happened before!) so I had extra appetite …
The Great Wall and I have a long history I wrote my first bucket list when I was in 2nd grade. It hung on my bedroom door for many years. It was written in cursive on 8.5×11 printer paper and decorated with stickers along the edge. It wasn’t a very long list. This was pre-Google …
The Muslim Quarter, the City Wall, and more. I was ready to brush off Xian as a jumping point to some other destinations but ended up enjoying so much.
If you’re looking for an adventurous weekend getaway from Berlin, Saxon Switzerland is where you need to go. I mean this park has it all: a river to kayak in, hiking trails, via ferratas, scary climbs, and this being Europe – a castle.
South Beach is all about the glams and the blings. South Beach is where excesses are flaunted and skins are shown. In theory I should feel more at home in low key (har har) Key West, but in reality I fell in love with South Beach vibe the moment I stepped out of my cab in front of my hostel.
As an outdoor and road trip lover, I’m lucky to call California home. With its abundance of state and national parks, California is home to some of my favorite stretches of road. Having said that, Jack and I don’t drive much since we don’t even own a car, so driving in Florida turned out to …
I came to Crystal River, Florida to snorkel with manatees and the experience went above my already ridiculously-high expectation. Manatees are officially my new favorite water animals.
In Weeki Wachee, Florida, mermaids are real enough. As a matter of fact, there are more mermaids here in than the town’s inhabitants (Weeki Wachee, pop: 12, slogan: “The Only City Of Live Mermaids!”).