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Free Things To Do In Auckland, New Zealand

Mount Eden, also known as Maungawhau, is the tallest mainland volcano in Auckland, New Zealand

Traveling New Zealand can be expensive, however there are plenty of free things to do in Auckland, the largest city in the country — but NOT the capital. (That is Wellington.) Most of the residents of New Zealand live in Auckland and for a good reason. Auckland is amazing! You never get bored here. Not … Read More

Mountain Gorilla Trek in Rwanda

Mountain gorillas in northern Rwanda

“Quick, stand still and get ready – they are coming towards us”. This was the moment I had been waiting for. 3 hours earlier. I was standing under a tree outside the headquarters of Parc National des Volcanos, having just been introduced to our local guide for the day, a handful of specially trained gorilla … Read More

Walk With Lions in Africa

Walk with lions and lion cubs in Zambia, Africa

Three months travel in Africa created endless ‘great experience’ opportunities and one of the most memorable was a walk – in fact, two walks! After six weeks travelling through Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi I arrived in Zambia with the new addiction of admiring the African wildlife in their natural habitat. And the adrenaline … Read More

Top 10 Travel Tips For Backpacking Vietnam

Colorful lanterns in Hanoi, Vietnam

Vietnam is slowly but surely emerging as the preferred Southeast Asian destination for backpackers all over the globe. And why not? With so much to offer in terms of exotic street food, long pristine beaches with clear waters, ethnic people and lifestyles, ancient cities and monuments with rich history, breathtaking trekking locations, gorgeous landscapes and … Read More

Colorful Yunnan: What to do in Kunming & Yunnan, China

Jiuxiang Scenic Area is full of caves, rivers, mountains and valleys

Colorful Yunnan. The signs are everywhere, from the airplane seats to the tour buses…sometimes misspelled 😉 We spent two weeks exploring what to do in Kunming and the rest of Yunnan — now my favorite province in China — all summed up in one short but amazing video embedded below. Who is “we” ??   … Read More

Hel in Photos: Exploring Helsinki, Finland During Winter

Uspenski in Helsinki, Finland

Spend a few days exploring Helsinki and you’ll discover that the Finnish capital city is comprised of a beautiful yet eclectic collection of buildings. It is a place where Art Nouveau meets modern minimalism, with many historic buildings reminiscent of both Swedish or Russian styles of architecture….or both! I arrived early to explore the city … Read More

Trekking Annapurna Conservation Area Guide: What (Not) To Do

Annapurna South, also known as Moditse, as seen from our hotel in Ghorepani

My first experience in Nepal was filled with earthquakes and relief work, so it was not until my third trip to Nepal that I finally got a chance to go trekking Annapurna Conservation Area, something most people do their first trip. Was great to cross another thing off my travel bucket list (because we all … Read More

Mabul Island, Kapalai + Other Great Semporna Scuba Diving Spots (Besides Sipadan)

Sabah sea turtle spotted while scuba diving

In Semporna scuba diving is the #1 pastime. There are dozens of nearby islands to dive and snorkel and hike. Sure, Sipadan Island is one of the most famous, however it is also the most expensive. That’s okay! If you want to get under the sea around Semporna without having to empty your wallet, consider … Read More

Scuba Diving Sipadan Island: Behind The Scenes + Video

Sipadan Island in Sabah, Malaysia

Sipadan Island in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo, is one of those legendary places that every diver has heard of but few have visited. Scuba diving Sipadan Island is a breathtaking bucket-list destination. Why? Sipadan is one of the top scuba diving destinations in the world. Unfortunately, the island also has an infamous history that even now, … Read More