Trekking to Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lake

What it's like trekking to Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake

When I set out on my trek, I thought it would change me. Trekking to Everest Base Camp sounds so impressive that I was sure I’d have some kind of epiphany in the middle of the Himalaya. It was a sure thing. Is there any better place to find yourself then at the bottom of the top of the world? Everest isn’t just a mountain. It’s THE Mountain. But the truth is, I didn’t have an epiphany. I didn’t have an eye opening moment. In fact, I came back feeling basically the same. I know,...

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6 Exotic Massages & Spa Treatments to Try in Southeast Asia

exotic massages and spa treatments to try in southeast asia

Coming from New York City, massages are a bit of a luxury. A cheap massage where I used to live cost about $60 an hour. A good massage could run up to $300 for the same amount of time. They're so expensive that it's hard to experiment and try new things because no one wants to pay that much for a bad massage.

Southeast Asia however, is a mecca for spas. Oh, and did I mention that an hour will only run you about $10 in most countries. I guess you can kind of do the math and see why I...

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Spending Three Days & Two Nights in a Third World Hospital

Three Days and Two Nights in a Third World Hospital in Nepal

As soon as we enter the hospital, everything is a mad dash. I give them my first name and my age. That’s it. It’s all they need to know. The dim hallways feel intimidating. Dirty footprints appear on the wet floors as soon as a woman finishes mopping them, undoing her hard work. The doctors office has a piece of fabric in lieu of a door, and as we enter, someone comes in behind us. Privacy doesn’t exist here. The doctor asks me two questions, and before I can even finish answering, he...

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Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lake Packing List

Everest Base Camp Gokyo Lake Trek Packing List

Trekking to Everest Base Camp is daunting to say the least. Every time I thought about what to pack, I felt overwhelmed. While the company I went with provided a list, I also did extensive research online to ensure I didn't forget anything. Since I was coming from tropical countries, I couldn't bring any gear with me and had to buy everything in Kathmandu. Lucky for me, it's a haven of knock off trekking gear at reasonable prices. I ended up getting everything from three different locations...

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Flying into the Most Dangerous Airport in the World

What it's like flying into the most dangerous airport in the world - Lukla, Nepal

My stomach is tense, and I can't stop tapping my foot on the floor. A nervous tick. We're already running an hour late as we pull up to the airport because someone in our group had ATM trouble in the morning. As we exit the van, I can see Lalit (our guide) sprinting across the parking lot. Before I know it, we’re all running frantically behind him praying we haven’t missed our flight. Our group of ten rushes into the entrance and blasts through what is considered security. After pushing...

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Everything You Need to Know About Southeast Asian Toilets

Everything you need to know about southeast asian squat toilets

Using a toilet in Southeast Asia is kind of like playing a game show on TV. You never know what’s behind door number 1. Well, after opening many doors, and then quickly closing some, I’ve learned a lot. I didn’t think this knowledge was valuable, but after being home for a couple of months, I realized most people really didn’t care what country I’d been to or what temple I visited. They only wanted to know the important stuff. “What were the toilets like?” I know, my...

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A Year in Review: 2017

year in review 2017

I used to measure time with what I considered accomplishments. A raise in my salary. A job promotion. Which high end brands I could afford. However, this year was a little different. I stopped measuring time all together, and boy, has this year flown by and stood still all at once. I’ve learned so many valuable lessons this year, and I’ve grown as a person exponentially.

2017 has been filled with some of the highest highs and lowest lows of my life, both literally and figuratively....

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Visiting Nepal? Here’s Everything You Need to Know

Visiting Nepal? Here's Everything You Need To Know - Customs, Culture, Weather, Safety

Nepal has quickly become one of my favorite countries I've ever been to. Whether it's the jaw dropping views or the hospitality of the locals, this country has tons of reasons to visit. Before I came, it was one of the countries I did the least amount of research on. Below are some of the things you need to know before coming, plus some helpful tips once you're there.

Before you go...

Travel Document Requirements

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Celebrating Tihar in Tangting Village and Pokhara, Nepal

Tihar Festival Pokhara Nepal

One of the best parts of traveling is learning about other cultures. After spending a month in Bali and seeing the daily Hindu rituals performed there, I was excited to experience Tihar (a Nepali Hindu festival). My friend, Kalu, thought it would be fun for me to see the difference between celebrating in a small village and in the city. We spent half of the festival in the mountains in Tangting which you can read about here. The other half, we spent in the city of Pokhara.

Tihar is a five...

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Experiencing Pure Nepal in Tangting Village

Tanting Village Pure Authentic Nepal

Nepal seems to be one of those countries that never runs out of beauty. Just when you think it can't get any better, it does. I'm lucky enough to have a local friend who was willing to show me what he referred to as "pure Nepal." We'd be heading into the Annapurna Conservation Area, but we'd be on a route that few people touristed. The location was a surprise, so when we arrived at Tangting Village I was absolutely blown away. This tiny little town sits perched on the side of a mountain and...

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