For a year that started off relatively slowly, the pace seems to have suddenly gotten out of hand. In May, I got restless and decided to do the Overland Track in Tasmania on an impulse. Weather at the start wasn’t great but it ended amazingly, some of those scenes on Instagram. I finally got to see Tasmanian Devils and echidnas up close (not on the trail, unfortunately, but at an awesome wildlife sanctuary in the city). Right after that trip
North Sumatra has so much to offer, from the endless natural wonders, to food, culture, and history. However if you’re short on time, like I was, here’s a 6 day itinerary I used last year for a glimpse of north Sumatra. Be warned though, that completing this will leave you wanting for more!
A quick round up on the information you’ll need to plan a trip to Daocheng Yading Nature Reserve. Summarizing the points I’ve learnt from planning my trip there, hope it may be useful to someone else! For details on my experience at Yading, check out my previous post here!
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.
A 2 day (mis)adventure to Yading Nature Reserve in Sichuan, China. Might be one of the most beautiful places on Earth, and I’m glad to have came, but here’s how you should not do it.
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, 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!
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?
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.
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.