After Holi photo

What Happens at the Holi Festival in India?

Holi, the festival of colors that takes place in India and Nepal, is less than one month away. If you have ever seen pictures from this event, you may wonder about the true, stain-lifting power of OxiClean. The festival with the staining power of red wine, is a celebration of the start of spring (slash when…

Pretty scenery on the Inle Lake trek

Hiking Myanmar: Kalaw to Inle Lake Trek

You may hear a lot of people say that Myanmar is an up and coming tourist destination and to get there before it changes.  In Yangon and Mandalay I saw very few tourists, while Bagan was nearly exclusively tourists, though I expected more. However, if you want to find westerners, hit the trails between the…

Me with Mt. Fuji in the distance, solo travel

Evolution of My Solo Travels: Then and Now

Solo travel was an alien topic to me not so long ago.  Previously, I would go on vacation with my family or friends and I would coordinate to get the same week off for a trip.  But what can you do when a week of vacation rapidly is thrown in your face?  At this point,…

The cave

Camping in the 3rd Largest Cave in the World

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in Vietnam is famous for its cave and grotto systems, composed of nearly 300 caves.  In fact, it is home to the world’s largest cave, Son Doong.  For the very unaffordable price of $3000, you can explore this cave for 5 days and 4 nights.  If you are interested in big caves,…

market in Yangon

One Activity You Can’t Miss in Yangon

You are going to visit temples in Myanmar.  And let’s face it, at some point during your time in Myanmar you will become “templed out” (this is a formal diagnosis).  I began my trip to Myanmar in the former capital city of Yangon.  Regardless of when you visit Yangon, I recommend focusing your tourist efforts…

Koh Lipe

Thai Massage 101: What to Expect and What You Should Pay

Have you been to Thailand?  Did you get a massage?  Not the most logical follow-up question, but seriously, you’ll understand why people care once you’ve experienced a Thai massage.  While I am not going to claim to be an expert or anything, I did have four Thai massages in my first five days in the country.…

Tiger's nest paro

Paro: The Highlight of Bhutan

To briefly summarize the end of my Bhutan trip: I spent three nights in Paro. Paro is home to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest monastery), aka the reason Bhutan intrigued me in the first place. The monastery is tucked away on the side of a cliff and requires a three hour hike to reach it (or 1…

wedding

My Big Fat Uzbek Wedding

It has always been a secret dream of mine to get invited to a wedding while traveling, but it always seemed like such an impossible feat.  Who in their right mind would want to invite a stranger to a wedding?  If you share this wedding goal with me, then I wholly recommend visiting Uzbekistan.  I…

stupas on the way to punakha with the Himalayas in the background

Dogs, Dongs, and Dzongs

Dogs Let me start by saying there are dogs everywhere!  In Punakha, in Thimphu, in the country as a whole.  It is illegal to euthanize dogs in Bhutan so there are just thousands of them running free and barking all night long (bring earplugs!). It really seems like it is also illegal to spay and neuter…