Chengdu in a day

Aaron/ January 15, 2019/ China/ 0 comments

A quick stop at the bustling metropolis of Chengdu before heading home. Here are some ideas on what to do if you’re got a day here.

Daocheng in 2 days

Aaron/ December 30, 2018/ China/ 0 comments

The gateway to Yading Nature Reserve, Daocheng. While it certainly isn’t a top destination, there are still things to do to keep you busy for a day or two. Also a great way to get away from the crowds that mark almost every other tourist spot in China.

Kangding/ Mugecuo in 1 day

Aaron/ December 18, 2018/ China, Hiking/ 0 comments

Kangding, saddled between the mountains, and an important gateway between Sichuan and Tibet. Most people stop by here just for a day or 2, so here’s how to make the most of your short stop!

Best Umbrella Streets Around the World – See Nic Wander

Aaron/ November 4, 2018/ Mentions/ 0 comments

It’s amazing what a couple of umbrellas can do to transform a street. Suddenly, everything’s much more colorful and lively. Nicola from See Nic Wander recently compiled a list of umbrella streets around the world, with some help from travel bloggers, and I’m glad to be able to contribute one for the charming Al Shamsi stairs in Amman. Read about that and many more in this colorful post! Is there an umbrella street in your next destination?  

Day Trips from Almaty

Aaron/ October 6, 2018/ Central Asia/ 0 comments

Continuing off the previous post, Almaty is not only a beautiful city but also a great base for day trips! Within just an hour or 2 you might find yourself in a desert canyon or a snowcapped mountain. Here are 3 day trips I did from Almaty, to Charyn/Sharyn Canyon, to Medeu and Chimbulak/Shymbulak, and one to Big Almaty Lake and the First Presidential Park.

2 days in Almaty, Kazakhstan

Aaron/ September 28, 2018/ Central Asia/ 0 comments

Almaty was the perfect end to my trip to Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. The former capital of Kazakhstan, Almaty is beautiful to simply walk around and is a great base for day trips. I spent a couple of days chilling in the city and here are some of the things I did, rearranged to a 2 day itinerary.

5 day solo trek in the Tian Shan mountains (Jeti Oguz – Teleti Pass – Karakol Valley – Ala-Kul – Altyn Arashan)

Aaron/ August 19, 2018/ Central Asia, Hiking/ 0 comments

A 5 day solo trek in Kyrgyzstan in the spectacular Tian Shan mountains, across idyllic mountain valleys, over snow covered mountain passes, and passing the magical alpine lake, Ala-Kul. Itinerary: Jeti Oguz – Teleti Pass – Karakol Valley – Ala-Kul – Altyn Arashan. Truly unforgettable landscapes and an experience like no other.