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20 Photos That Will Make You Want to Trek in Northern India

Visiting India has never been on my travel wish list - mostly on account of the noise, the huge population and the sheer amount of effort just to get there. But then I thought back to a film I saw about a dozen years ago from the Best of Banff Film Festival. It showcased a teacher from the west living in a remote village in the Zanskar region of northern India basically cut off from…

What You’ll Want to do if you Have 24 Hours in Leh

The city of Leh, located due north of Delhi, via an 80 minute scenic plane ride or a hair raising almost 24 hour drive is the gateway to the Ladakh region. Ladakh which means 'land of high passes" (and I climbed 12 of them so I can attest to this fact!) is a region in northern India and an awe-inspiring place to visit with dry, desolate mountains in a rainbow of colours, occasional villages and…

5 of the Best Himalayan Treks that Should be on Your Bucket List

Himalayas, meaning "abode of the Gods" in Sanskrit, is a massive, absolutely awe-inspiring mountain range straddling five countries - Nepal, India, Bhutan, China and Pakistan. Not only is it home to Mount Everest, the highest mountain on the planet, but to another 100 peaks that exceed 7,200 metres (23,600 feet) in height. Breathtaking and beautiful barely begin to describe the splendour you'll experience on any mountain trek you'll do in the range. The Mount Everest Base Camp Trek and the Annapurna Circuit are perennial favourites,…

The Ancient City of Phaselis in 10 Stunning Photos

My knowledge of ancient history is crummy. Whatever we may have studied in school went in one ear and right out the other. But I have to say walking through the massive gates and into the ancient city of Phaselis was actually very interesting, thanks in part to English signs explaining the history. The origins of Phaselis have been dated to the 7th century BC. The city was first colonized by Greeks. Then it fell…

40 Random Observations About Turkey

I'm recently back from my second trip to Turkey. The first trip over 30 years ago took John and me to Istanbul at a time of military rule when police carrying AK47's roamed the streets. That didn't affect us as travelers one iota as it turns out. Our recent trip took place within two weeks of the Ankara bombings - so our group of four were all a little reticent to go. Again, there was…

21 Photos That Will Inspire You to Hike in Turkey’s Rose Valley

 Turkey's Cappadocia region is justifiably famous for its fairytale landscape of wild rock formations and cave dwellings that date back thousands of years. Although ballooning is considered to be one of the best ways to appreciate the landscape, exploring the Rose Valley on foot at your own pace is a wonderful way to experience it. Hiking in the Rose Valley The Rose Valley figures prominently in most tours of the Cappadocia region. I figured our…

30 Fun, Weird & Interesting Facts About Russia

Between the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and all the problems occurring between Russia and the Ukraine, I wanted to learn more about the country. Here are 30 weird, fun and interesting facts about Russia. Moscow is the capital and the largest city in Russia. The total Russian population is estimated at 142,500,482. Approximately 73.8% of the population lives in urban centers. The largest cities are Moscow (10.523 million), St. Petersburg (4.575 million), Novosibirsk (1.397 million), Yekaterinburg…

A Solo Ascent of Mount Semeru in Indonesia

This post was kindly written by fellow travel blogger - Lash from Lash World Tour. She takes you on her solo adventure of climbing Mt. Semeru in Java, Indonesia. I awoke in my tent at dawn and peered outside. Grand volcanic Mount Semeru towered over me, its perfectly symmetrical, conic slopes clearly visible in the crisp clear air. I had arrived at my solo camp the previous afternoon, hiking in from tiny Ranu Pani village, the…

Reader Photos: Eating Your Way Through Thailand

This weeks reader photos of Thai food come compliments of Jody Robbins of Travels with Baggage, who went to Thailand on a culinary tour in September. Jody is freelance travel and lifestyles writer who tends to cram as much as possible into small compartments.  Join Jody as she eats her way through Thailand. We tucked into duck wrapped in betel leaves, at a Vietnamese restaurant in the province of Ubon Ratchathani. Sinking our teeth into…

The Natural Gems of Singapore

Singapore is an interesting city and country all rolled into one.  The most common words I've heard used to describe this bustling and busy city are clean, efficient and modern.  However for such a modern city, they have done an excellent job adding an exceptional amount of greenery to the landscape.  Unlike most concrete jungles of the world, there are many parts of Singapore that really do resemble a city within a garden. For the…

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