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Things to Do in Hokkaido in Winter

Hokkaido is the northernmost and least developed of Japan's four main islands. It's famous for hot springs, volcanoes, ski resorts and beautiful national parks. With unspoiled nature you can look forward to a host of memorable, unique things to do in Hokkaido in winter. These 10 fun things to do in Hokkaido in winter are recommended based on my personal experiences. Many were once in a lifetime experiences, and all were truly memorable. Hokkaido may…

The MV Mahabaahu on sunset- the view from Peacock Island

Brahmaputra River Cruise: An Out-There Adventure

The Brahmaputra River Cruise as you'll see when you read this guest post by my friend Judi Cohen, is truly an out-there adventure kind of adventure. For those of you who don't think of yourself as cruising types, this post might change your mind. Cruise ships have a reputation for being predictable. While fixed itineraries and tight schedules appeal to some travelers, neither are deal breakers for me. Fortunately there are cruises that are adventurous…

Onsen Experience – Getting Naked in Japan

If you're okay with getting naked in public then you'll love the Japanese onsen experience. It's very addictive. In short order you'll find a way to carve out the minimum 30 minutes you need to visit an onsen. But many or even most westerners are going to have to get over their aversion to getting naked in public, myself included. Onsen experience A Japanese onsen is basically a public-style bath that uses geothermally heated water.…

Skiing at the truly fabulous, uncrowded Kiroro Ski Resort

Kiroro Ski Resort Experience, Hokkaido

Kiroro Ski Resort on the island of Hokkaido, Japan receives on average 21 metres or 69 feet of snow per year. The epic snowfalls are what makes the skiing in Japan some of the best on the planet. Try to picture what that amount of snow looks like. It's mind boggling - and the snow banks we saw even after no recent snowfalls were testament to the massive dumps. While I didn't catch a powder…

Drift Ice Walking in Hokkaido Japan

Excitement mounts on my bus filled with fellow outdoor adventurers from around the globe as we follow the Shiretoko National Highway north to the Shiretoko Peninsula on the eastern shore of Hokkaido, Japan’s most northerly island. Hugging the shore for miles, the empty highway offers views of drift ice as far as the eye can see. It’s particularly beautiful in the soft glow of a setting sun over the Sea of Okhotsk, a name that…

Hiking in Hong Kong rewards with the view from Lion Rock

Hiking in Hong Kong for People Who Love the Outdoors

Look out your airplane window as you fly into Hong Kong and you can't help but be wowed by the density of development and the sheer number of skyscrapers packed into a space the size of six Washington, DC's. But what most people don't realize is that Hong Kong is more than a big city. It's an archipelago of 236 islands and islets - and a hiker and nature lover's paradise. While locals are very…

Hiking on the Lycian Way beside the Mediterranean

Lycian Way Multi-Day Hike in Turkey

For over a decade I dreamed about hiking Turkey's Lycian Way - considered to be one of the world's great walks. Years ago, well before the internet when you looked at books for inspiration, I bought one called The Top Treks of the World. I remember being in awe of the landscape on the Lycian Way and thinking this is one hike I really want to do. Lycian Way six day hike Fast forward and…

iful hiking with some serious drop-offs for a stretch

Zanskar Trek: Day by Day Highs & Lows

While I've written several posts about my Zanskar trek from the Zanskar Valley to the Indus River in northern India, there is still much that I've yet to share. This post will give you a day by day account of the trek - including the highs and the lows along with one photo from each day from the time we left Leh until we returned. I think it will provide a better overall explanation of…

The mountainous roads require your full attention – so the road signs in India are a great idea

Hilarious Road Signs of Northern India

You've got to hand it to the Indians. They know how to use humour to address bad driving habits in a way that I haven't seen in other countries. I used to drive to Seattle from Vancouver quite often and the first road sign you'd see entering the US was a threat - Litter and it will hurt. I much prefer the use of humour on the road signs in India. Certainly the Indian drivers…

Zanskar camp tear-down

Trekking in Ladakh Zanskar – What a Day Looks Like

I've done three multi-week treks in the mountains - two guided trips in the Himalayas (Nepal and India) and one that was self-guided in the Cordillera Blanca region of Peru. The guided trips definitely follow a daily pattern. While on our 16 day trip with World Expeditions trekking in Ladakh Zanskar, the landscape changed but the routine did not. Trekking in Ladakh Zanskar, though hard, has been one of the most beautiful experiences in my…


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