Road Trip the Sichuan-Tibet Highway

Amongst all of the diverse terrain around the Northwestern territory of China, Huzhu Beishan Park provides some of the most barren yet mystifying landscape I had ever seen during my tour through China. Instead of the dense tropical rainforest I found while homestaying in Sapa, Vietnam, the land here hosted hardly any trees and was mainly use as farmland by the local Tibetans for a variety … Continue reading

Top 7 Best Sports Vacations of a Lifetime

You’ve heard of eco-tourism, adventure tourist and morbid tourism…but have you ever heard of sports tourism?   It’s an ever growing movement where people travel for the sake of seeing their favorite sports events in person, rather than on the big screen.   Just like traveling for special events like Octoberfest or the Aspen Food & Wine Festival, tourist flock to sports events every year to … Continue reading

Amazing Food at the Luang Prabang Night Market in Laos

I left the guest house hurriedly, away from the quaint little red brick side street next to the river and towards the buzzing sound of the city. The sun was beginning it’s early stages of setting and you could tell the night began to liven with a buzz as local Laonese and Westerners flocked to the streets.  Small stands stood abruptly against the darkening night, meanwhile … Continue reading

Yamdrok Lake: The Transformation of a Goddess

Legend has it that Yamdrok Lake, according to local mythology, is the result of a transformation of a goddess.  If you have ever visited this sacred site, you’d quickly realize why Tibetan culture could see the logic in this. The sheer beauty of the turquoise waters, fast changing weather and location of the site (sitting only 240 miles Northeast of Mt. Everest base camp) suggests that there … Continue reading

45 Amazing Photos of Tibet’s Kumpa Stupa

As I continued my 9 day backcountry tour of Tibet, day 4 brought us through the mesmerizing Yamdrok Lake and onto Kumpa Stupa: the home of 10,000 Stupas! The weather had been nearly perfect all week and that didn’t change much as we passed through the area.  It was a bit different up near the Goddess of Yamdrok Lake.  Within 15 minutes we saw it go … Continue reading

Best of the USA: Top 5 Cities to Wine & Dine

Wining & dining…it’s the vain of my existence!  I love food and quite often find myself traveling just so I can sample new cuisines from all over the world. For instance, while I was in Asia I really enjoyed the culture but what did I like even more?   The food. Between the floating markets at Taling Chan and the markets of Sapa, Vietnam there was a … Continue reading

Trekking at Kuang Si Falls in Luang Prabang Laos

There’s kind of an underlying knowledge that, when you travel and it rains, most people hate it.  Why does this have to be the case?  I get an exponentially large sense of excitement when it rains while I’m traveling.   Maybe it’s because I’ve spent so long snowboarding in Aspen that I just miss the smell, sound, feel & taste of it.  And I don’t care … Continue reading

Flowers & Birds Market of Kunming, China | Photo Essay

Crossing the border into China from Vietnam was definitely one of those last minute & unexpected decision I had made while traveling through Southeast Asia.  I met many locals along the way who, although they didn’t speak English, were very friendly and helpful.   This is why most of the time I choose public transportation and backpacking on foot over flying into a destination.  Even … Continue reading

Best of the Best: Top 6 Favorite Hawaiian Vacation Spots

Time and time again, I still believe Hawaii to be one of my favorite vacation spots in the world. Who wouldn’t enjoy such a place?   The waters of Kauai is perfect for diving with sea turtles all the while, if you’re looking for a great hike, the vegetation is so lush and tropical that it seems like you’re hiking through an endless garden! Getaway with these … Continue reading

Road Trip USA: Hoover Dam in the Black Canyon | Photo Essay

As you’re road tripping across the United States and make that swing through the famous Las Vegas strip, another stop that you cannot forget about is the great Hoover Dam. Looking at the sheer amount of effort that went into constructing this amazing feat of architect, it’s no wonder how this massive construction holds enough water to provide for over 29 million homes…crazy right!? As … Continue reading

The Travelers Mantras: Travel Rules to Live By

After years of travelling you tend to pick up on a few things that naturally become habits.  For instance, learning the little tips and tricks that allow travel to become a fully exponential experience is what makes it fun for not only myself, but thousands of travelers around the globe. But for those of us who are relatively new to trekking in the field, what are … Continue reading

Top Holiday Foodie Destinations for any Vegetarian Lover

Eating out can be a bit of a nightmare when your culinary tastes run towards the green, leafy things as opposed to the flesh of farmyard animals.   It can be difficult enough working out what’s safe for you to eat when you’re in your own country, so language barriers and an incomprehension (yes, there are still areas of the world that have no idea … Continue reading

Bellroy Travel Wallet: Travel Documents in Your Pocket

Shuffling through your backpack, you struggle to find your your visa & passport as you walk up to the security counter.  Beads of sweat rolling down your face, you nervously go from pocket to pocket and pouch to pouch but still find nothing. As all hope is just about lost, you finally reach into your last pocket and ‘voila’, everything you need is stuffed into an … Continue reading

Top 10 Rules of the Airport Survival Guide

Flying is a great concept in traveling around the world.  For the time you would save driving across a country (like my road trip across the U.S.A.), you can easily book a cheap flight, jump on a plane and be at your destination in a mere few hours. But from time to time, we do tend to run into hassles at the airport.  So the … Continue reading

How to Meet Locals while Traveling Abroad

Just like making new friends in a hostel, it’s not as difficult as one might think to meet locals while traveling abroad.  It all comes down to simply being comfortable with yourself as well as being comfortable with approaching people. On top of this, there are literally a plethora of ways both on and off the web to meet locals who would actually like to … Continue reading

Backpacker Tips: How to Haggle like a Pro

Most people save all year for just two weeks in the sun, so of course whilst we’re away we don’t want to be sticking to a rigid budget. Despite that, we’re not made of money, right? Of course not!  But while on the road, travelers are notorious for being overcharged on local products, souvenirs and even food.  So how do you pay the same (or … Continue reading

Phewa Tal of Nepal in Pokhara Valley | Photo Essay

If you’re looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of downtown Kathmandu, staying lakeside at Phewa Tal (aka Fewa Lake) in Pokhara Valley is the place to go. The placid waters are perfect for a sunny afternoon of kayaking, boating or (on occasion during the Springtime winds) sailing.  But even if you’re not big into the water sports, walking along the paved path … Continue reading

Top 5 Safaris to Visit in Africa

Much of Africa has always been on my To Do List.  Why wouldn’t it be?  It’s a fascinating continent with so many things to do like hiking Kilimanjaro or cruising through the South African beach scene while getting into the local culture and cuisine. But what I think that I’m looking forward to most is the actual concept of going on a true safari; the kind … Continue reading

Hiking Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park in Kathmandu, Nepal

Located in Nepal’s mid-hills on the northern fringe of the Kathmandu Valley, Shivapuri Peak is a bit of a strenuous days hike away from the small gated entrance of Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park.  I’ve always been accustomed to hikes; after all I was based out of several very popular areas for hiking such as The Ocala National Forest and Colorado’s Independence Pass, but this hike … Continue reading

Going Underground in Nepal: Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave

We must have driven past the entrance to Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave 3 to 4 times on the way back down from the World Peace Pagoda.  It was one of those obvious, yet not quite so obvious locations for a cave entrance. The last place I would have imagined for it to be sitting was right in the middle of a local Nepalese shopping center, yet, … Continue reading

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