Trying Laughing Gas Balloons on Cat Ba Island in Vietnam

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I should start by stating that this post is meant for entertainment purposes only and is not an endorsement of this activity. While I want to share my personal experience, there are risks and dangers involved with trying laughing gas balloons. Everyone should do their own research before making an informed decision on whether or not trying it is right for them.

I breathe in continuously as the nitrous oxide enters my lungs. I look up at Jim who is sitting across from me with a...

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Experiencing the Tallest, Longest, and Steepest Zipline in the World

At 6,000 feet long, with a 2,000 foot vertical drop, and a speed of 75 miles per hour, this zipline sounds absolutely terrifying, or thrilling depending on how you look at it. Going ziplining has been on my bucket list for the longest time. When it came down to it though, I decided to go paragliding instead. For $80 I could paraglide for a half hour, and ziplining cost $68 for a mere two minutes. As a budget traveler, it was an easy choice. The thing is, paragliding wasn't as thrilling as I...

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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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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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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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Running Off a Cliff in Nepal: Better Known as Paragliding

Paragliding Pokhara Nepal

I ran across the street in the downpour of rain. Within seconds my entire outfit was soaked. My friends and I all looked at each other and laughed while everyone in the bar was dry. The rain pounded the roof so loud, you almost couldn't hear the live band. If we were going to be stuck in the bar, we might as well make the most of it. After a couple of beers, a local man sat down, and I was introduced. My friends knew so many people in Nepal that it seemed crazy.

I'd been looking for a...

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Bungee Jumping at the 9th Highest Bungee in the World

Bungee Bungy Jump Nepal The Last Resort

The sound of screams echo in the distance. The ground beneath me moves, just slightly, bouncing up and down like a gentle wave. I’m a firm believer that the wait is always the worst part. Those excruciatingly long moments right before you do something really brave. Those few seconds can feel like an eternity. Both of my hands are planted firmly on either side of the narrow suspension bridge, my knuckles turning white from gripping for too long. My breath has steadied, but the line in front...

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Failing the PADI Open Water Scuba Course in Bali

PADI Open Water SCUBA Diving Course in Nusa Lembongan Bali - Manta Ray Bay

After getting off to a rough start snorkeling, I wasn’t sure I wanted to learn to dive in Nusa Lembongan. I knew that getting my PADI would require me to go back to Manta Bay, the place that just a few days prior had sent my mind into an erratic state of panic. I’ve heard that if something scares you, the best thing you can do is jump back in and try again right away. Otherwise, it builds up in your mind and becomes a fear that you can’t defeat.

I decided I would talk to the people...

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Snorkeling in Nusa Lembongan, Ceningan & Penida

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The boat hits a wave, and suddenly, we're airborne. Everyone gasps in unison, grasping for whatever they can hold onto. The boat tips to the right, and finally, lands back on the water evening itself out. We all brace ourselves for the next wave, and when it comes, it's even bigger than the last. This is not what I signed up for. I look at my mom, who hates the water, and she looks miserable. We'd expected a nice calm...

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Surviving the Mt. Rinjani Summit in Indonesia

Mt Rinjani Summit Trek Indonesia Lombok

It’s 2:00am and the clatter of groggy people moving around half asleep fills the air. I hear the word coffee whispered multiple times, and then a bright flashlight shines into my cozy tent. It’s time to get up. I put on all of the clothes I brought with me, and it’s still freezing. I can feel the cold reaching down to my core and tickling my bones. With my headlamp on, I glance around the dark crater rim. Today, about a hundred other tourists and I will try to summit Mt....

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