I came to Crystal River, Florida to swim with wild 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!”).
For me going to Japan was like having a part of my childhood come to life. I grew up reading mangas where I learned about eating taoyaki, going to onsen, and sitting around kotatsu before I knew there was a “Japan” beyond these stories, if you know what I mean.
Hakone is a region about 2 hours north of Tokyo known for its many hot springs. It is also one of the best viewpoints to see Mt. Fuji. There are plenty of day trip ideas from Tokyo but since my mom was coming with me I was looking for something that’s mellow and doesn’t require …
When I learned that my visit would coincide with one of Tokyo’s sumo grand tournament, watching a sumo match became one of the top things I wanted to do in Tokyo.
I didn’t love Cuba. I didn’t hate it either. Looking back at my time in Cuba, some memories shine brighter than others. Here are a few of them. Not all are pleasant, but they are all definitely memorable.
Where is Sumba? In short: Sumba is an island, roughly the size of Jamaica, in that long chain of small islands that includes Bali and Lombok in Indonesia. While Bali and Lombok have become households names around the world, Sumba is still relatively undiscovered. Relative is a keyword here. Known for its wild coastlines, surfers …
2016 recap. The last time I attempted to write an end-of-year recap, it was May by the time I finished it and I scrapped the whole post.
Instead of spending a bleary 10 hour layover in Taipei Airport, we had 4 days to relax, eat, and see Taiwan. Spoiler: we ate all the food.
Skopje, Macedonia Matka Canyon was one of the few things I really wanted to do while in Skopje. This limestone gorge is easily reachable by public transportation from downtown Skopje and a perfect day trip destination for nature lovers. The walls above the canyon offers hiking trails and climbing. In the summer it’s also possible …
Skopje, Macedonia’s capital, is having an identity crisis. And this is what you get.
7 Rila Lakes is a popular daytrip from Sofia, Bulgaria. Bundle it with a visit to the famous Rila Monastery for a full day of culture and outdoor adventures.
As a couple consisting of a vegetarian (reluctant pescaterian when traveling) and a picky eater, food is always a challenge when we travel. Especially here in the Balkan region where meat features heavily in local cuisine. Everywhere I look, everyone is gorging on meat. Big pieces of meat. As in, what-animal-does-that-come-from big (on this trip …
One of the things I looked forward to the most when we decided to spend one month in Bulgaria is to hike Mt. Vihren and the Koncheto Ridge in Pirin National Park.
One of the things we learned during our month-long stay in Bulgaria was that Bulgaria makes wine. Really good wine. I only learned about this because I wanted to visit Rozhen Monastery and I happened to read that the surrounding region of Melnik is one of Bulgaria’s famous wine producing region. So our roadtrip to …
Bansko is a small town 2.5 hours south of Sofia. Located in a valley between 2 mountain ranges, it has a hot summer, and cold winter. It’s mostly known as a ski resort town. In the past decade or so, development has really started to take hold. Some (by that I mean, ‘I’), think that …
Wyoming’s Wind River Range is one of my favorite discoveries during our year-long climbing road trip. I can spend a whole summer here. I can keep coming back year after year. Our destination on this trip is Freemont Peak.
Some people from the hostel told us that there’s a hiking trail that starts next to the police station in Kotor that goes to an abandoned fort in the forest. Abandoned fort? In a forest? Sign me up.
Kotor, Montenegro I arrived in Kotor one late evening after a quite an adventurous 4 hour taxi ride from Tirana (Albania). The taxi dropped us outside one of the gates into the Old Town. Someone from the hostel was waiting for us for the reason I soon learned. He guided us across the moat surrounding …
Zadar has its own version of charms. It hasn’t been completely overrun by souvenir stores selling identical knick-knacks. Go a few blocks beyond the main street and I found tell tale signs of a ‘lived-in’ city: a city with offices, stationery stores, bookstores, and government buildings.
Few years ago I started a tradition where I give myself a plane ticket for my birthday present. I get to get where ever I want in the world. Alone. This time, I’m heading somewhere special and I won’t be alone.
Our adventure Sprinter van is powered by solar panels and GoalZero’s Yeti 400. This is how we did it.
Before we came to Wyoming, I’d never heard of the Cirque of Towers. Or the Wind River. I hope to return to this place again and again in the future.
In general, I’ve been pretty lucky in all of my travels *knock on wood*. I’d never gotten sick. I’ve only been robbed once. And the only drunk ever vomited near me got the person next to me instead.
But every now and then I encounter a string of bad lucks in one particular place that I can’t help but think that, ‘Man, this place just does NOT like me.’