Can you believe it’s almost 2018? Wow, 2017 went by super fast! Looking back, I realized that I hit a new continent this year! South America marks my 5th continent (Just missing Australia and Antarctica now). Contrary to what you may think, I don’t travel full time. It’s rather challenging to balance a full time job with occasional traveling but I think I utilized my limited vacation time quite well this year. Now a recap of my travel highlights this year: I hit 3 continents this year outside of the US and added a few new countries to my list! Continue reading
Xitang Ancient Town is an amazing day trip from Shanghai. You can get to Xitang Ancient Town in under an hour on a bus. This guide tells you everything you need to know to get to Xitang ancient town from Shanghai (and Hangzhou).
When I went to China in August, I made it a point to visit as many places as I can outside of the major cities like Beijing and Shanghai. Xitang ancient town is a water town about an hour away from Shanghai, it became very famous because Xitang was in Mission Impossible III when Tom Cruise came to Xitang to rescue his wife. Xitang is also one of the more popular towns to visit in China due to its beautiful scenery, amazing food, vibrant nightlife, and its close proximity to Shanghai. Continue reading
Heading to Tokyo? This guide shows you the top things to see in Tokyo.
Tokyo is probably one of the most visited cities in Asia and what fascinates me about Tokyo is that it’s a mixture between the old and new. This applies to food, culture, tradition, architecture, and fashion. It’s also seen as the capital of quirky things that you cannot find anywhere else in the world. I personally love the food and shopping in Tokyo, and I’m equally in love with the orderliness and cleanliness of the city. This is probably why I have been there 4 times already! If you are interested to spend a couple of days in Tokyo, this is a pretty good 2 day Tokyo itinerary. In this post, I am super excited to share with you the top things to see in Tokyo. If this is your first time in Tokyo, make sure to check out my guide on how to plan a trip to Tokyo.
Vinicunca mountain, otherwise known as Rainbow mountain, is located in the Ausangate mountain region of Peru. There are several peaks but Ausangate is the highest mountain in the area, peaking at almost 21,000 ft. It is considered one of the most sacred mountain in Peru.
Planning to trek to Machu Picchu/ hike the Inca Trail? This guide shows you everything you need to know on how to prepare and pack for your Inca Trail.
For someone who’s never been to South America and never been on a multi-day hike, it was daunting to prepare for the Inca trail (Camino del Inca) to trek to Machu Picchu. In retrospect, I wish I was even better prepared than I was so I want to share some tips on how to train and how to pack for the 4 day 3 night classic Inca Trail. To read more about the actual trail, click here. Continue reading
While we were in Cusco acclimating to the high altitude, we did the Sacred Valley day trip. Sacred Valley is located about 500m (1500ft) lower than Cusco at 2900m (9514ft) so it’s a nice way to ease into the high altitude. Continue reading
My recent trip to Peru has totally convinced me how amazing this country is and I am not only talking about Machu Picchu, although I have to admit that Peru was not on my radar before I learned about Machu Picchu. Even though I didn’t get to visit most parts of Peru, but from what I’ve seen, I hope the photos will convince you to visit this amazing country soon. Continue reading