• Asia,  India

    What to Expect in India for First-Timers

    India is an exciting and beautiful destination, but it’s hard to know what to expect. India can be a challenging place to travel, even for those who have plenty of experience immersing themselves in foreign cultures. After spending three weeks traveling the northern regions of the country, I learned so much that I wish I had known beforehand. I’ve made this list of what to expect on your first trip to India in hopes you’ll avoid some of the annoyances we didn’t! Here’s what you will find in this guide on what to expect on your first time in India. What to Expect in India for First-Timers I developed this…

  • Asia,  India

    Spiti Valley Itinerary – India’s Wild North

    When planning our trip to India, I came across a small mention of this mystical land in northern India called Spiti Valley. Google searches for “Spiti Valley itinerary” came up with few useful results, but I was determined to go there. This Spiti Valley itinerary is the guide I wish I had when planning my own trip there. It breaks down what to see and do in this incredible region of India, and how to do it safely. Here’s everything you’ll find in this itinerary and planning guide to Spiti Valley: Getting to Spiti Valley There are daily 1 hour flights to Bhuntar from Delhi (round trip about $300 USD).…

  • Asia,  Philippines

    Guide to Mount Pinatubo Hike from Manila

    A hike to Mount Pinatubo on a day trip from Manila, Philippines is THE best way to escape the chaos of the smog and sweat of Manila streets. Even better, very few tourists spend time in this region of the Philippines, instead jetting off to the islands right away. Lucky for the rest of us, stunning adventures like the Mount Pinatubo hike are left relatively uncrowded! And lucky for you, this guide will tell you everything you need to know about the Mount Pinatubo day hike! Mount Pinatubo History Mount Pinatubo was a perfect cone-shaped volcano for thousands of years, until it blew its top in 1991 (yes, THAT recently).…

  • Asia,  Philippines

    Three Week Philippines Itinerary

    With three weeks in the Philippines following this itinerary, you can visit the most perfect remote islands, learn about the country’s fascinating and complicated history, and visit adorable little tarsiers in their native habitat. (What’s a tarsier, you say? I’m glad you asked.) Is three weeks enough time to do everything in the Philippines? Heck no! But it’s enough to appreciate its highlights in-depth, if you plan it right. That said, with 7641 islands, it’s a tricky country to travel around. Don’t worry though – my comprehensive three week Philippines itinerary has got you covered! Here’s what you’ll find in this complete guide to three weeks in the Philippines. Day-by-day…

  • Asia,  South Korea

    How to Visit the DMZ and JSA from Seoul

    Planning a vacation to North Korea? Yeah, I didn’t think so. But if you are visiting very-vacation-destination-worthy South Korea, you will have a unique opportunity to get a glimpse into both North Korea and its tense relations with their southern neighbor. When visiting South Korea, one of the most fascinating things you can do is take a day trip outside of Seoul to visit the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and Joint Security Area (JSA), where North and South Korea meet to discuss all matters (including peace talks). This area is heavily guarded by military from both North and South Korea, and, for whatever reason, they´ve agreed to let curious foreigners visit…

  • Asia,  South Korea

    Perfect Itinerary for One Week in Seoul

    After one week following this itinerary in Seoul, South Korea, I had eaten ox tongue, stood on both sides of one of the most complicated country borders in the world, and sipped imaginary tea with a non-imaginary giant frog. If you want to experience food, history, and culture unlike anywhere else in the world, Seoul has it. And I’m not the only one who thinks so. Everyone I’ve spoken to who has traveled to Seoul has great things to say. Yet, it’s relatively less-touristed than other heavy-hitting Asia destinations like Japan or Hong Kong. If you have chosen Seoul for your travels you’ve already made one good choice. Keep reading…