Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Lakes – 18 Day Itinerary

18 Day Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake Trek Itinerary

I decided to do the Everest Base Camp Trek with a tour group since I was an inexperienced trekker. Previously, I'd only done three day treks at most, so an eighteen day trek was beyond my level of expertise. Add in the fact that I'd be in a third world country with a danger of altitude sickness, and I was way out of my element. Having done the trek and completed it, I thought it'd be helpful to share the itinerary with others who may want to try it on their own.

Our group of ten was able...

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The Pros and Cons of Booking with a Tour Group

When I first set out on my yearlong adventure, I would have done anything to join a tour group. Unfortunately for me, the costs of tour groups were too high. I could either do a year of solo travel and figure things out on my own or two months with a company. The idea of solo travel scared me initially, but the more research I did, the more confident I became. Once I was on the road, I was happy that I’d chosen to do things on my own. I’ve learned to go with the flow and adapt, and...

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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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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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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

  • Passport - required
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How Much it Costs to Spend a Month in Nepal

Orange Farm Pokhara Nepal Overnight Camping Trek

Nepal was one of the few countries I didn't do research on before arriving. Most of my focus was on my Everest Base Camp Trek, which I'll write about in another post, but exploring the rest of the country was kind of a surprise. I had no idea how much anything would cost. Before my trek, I spent one month sightseeing in other parts of the country. Below is a breakdown of what I spent.

My Itinerary

With no set schedule, my itinerary for Nepal looks like a bit of a mess. I ended...

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The Best Gifts to Get the Avid Traveler in Your Life This Holiday

I've become that super annoying person who is impossible to buy gifts for. Basically, I don't want anything unless it fits in my backpack and has a useful function. While not every traveler feels this way, I figured I'd compile a list of things to get the avid traveler in your life. Whether you're traveling for business or an adventurer, these items make the perfect holiday gifts!

Packing Cubes

I'd never heard of packing cubes until I started backpacking. I'd read some good...

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What is a Homestay? Why Should You Stay in One?


Every once in a while, I realize that people are fascinated by what I consider the most trivial parts of my travels. This week it came to my attention that homestays are a mysterious thing. After telling a couple of women that we were staying in a homestay, they looked intrigued and said, “What is that like?” They also looked a little concerned, as if it were the third world. It was in that moment that I realized, I had no idea what one was until I started backpacking.


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Your Cheat Sheet for Bali – The Island of the Gods

bali cheat sheet guide tips customs culture

I'd met several people who claimed they didn't like Indonesia, but when I told people I'd be spending most of my time in Bali, their eyes lit up. It was as if I was talking about a totally separate country. To be honest, it does feel like its own country. The people are Hindu, they speak Balinese, they have their own local cuisine, and their own type of massage. The subculture here is so different from the rest of Indonesia, that it's hard to generalize it with the rest of the country....

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When, Where, and How to Negotiate in Southeast Asia

Every once in awhile, I realize I have a skill that I didn't know was unique. I grew up with parents who owned an antique business, and I was going to flea markets before I could walk. Negotiating is something I was exposed to at a very young age. As I got older, I'd go to antique shows with my dad as my summer job. After years of training, negotiating is about as easy as breathing air. It wasn't until I met a really sweet girl, Laurene, that I realized this is a skill not everyone has. She...

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