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/ 4 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.

What’s for breakfast in your culture? – The Winged Fork

Aaron/ July 29, 2018/ Mentions/ 0 comments

Ever wondered what people around the world have for breakfast? Abby from The Winged Fork recently asked bloggers around the world what’s for breakfast in the different local cultures, and came up with this nice list of local breakfasts around the world! Glad to have been able to contribute to this too!  

25 Best Things to Do in Bali, Indonesia – We Are From Latvia

Aaron/ July 29, 2018/ Mentions/ 0 comments

Kaspars and Una of We Are From Latvia were recently compiled a list of the best things to do in Bali. Having been to Bali a couple of times, I’m glad to have been able to contribute to this post, with one of my recent finds in Bali. Banjar Hot Springs, though a little off the beaten path, was a hidden paradise and definitely worth the effort getting there. Check out their post for that and 24 other things to

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Day trip to Ala Archa National Park without a guide

Aaron/ July 24, 2018/ Central Asia, Hiking/ 0 comments

Ala Archa National Park is a popular day or 2 day hiking trip from Bishkek. With just a short ride out of the city you’ll gain access to pristine snow capped mountains, pine forests, glaciers and alpine rivers. I did a day hike in Ala Archa National Park with 2 roommates from the hostel I stayed in. Here’s all about my visit to this beautiful park!

1 day in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Aaron/ July 23, 2018/ Central Asia/ 2 comments

Bishkek, capital of Kyrgyzstan, is a convenient hub for planning your trip around Kyrgyzstan. Most people spend a day or even less here, but nonetheless have to pass through en route to the various spectacular spots in Kyrgyzstan. Having already made it this far to Central Asia, here’s how you might want to spend a day Bishkek.

All the amazing things in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan … coming soon!

Aaron/ July 17, 2018/ Blog/ 0 comments

Been a pretty crazy month, did a 2 week trip in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakstan (photos coming up on Instagram), came back to reviews and planning season at work, prepared for a presentation at a data conference, and now finally some breathing room! The 2 week trip, though rather hastily planned (as usual), well exceeded my expectations. Truly magical, and I definitely wouldn’t rule out going back some day for the stunning nature, warm and friendly people, and affordable cost of

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