China

Tiger Leaping Gorge

“Tiger Leaping Gorge is one of the deepest and most spectacular river canyons in the world, with a maximum depth of approximately 3,790 meters (12,434 feet) from river to mountain peak. The inhabitants of the gorge are primarily the indigenous Naxi people, who live in a handful of small hamlets.
It is located 60 kilometres (37 mi) north of Lijiang City, in the province of Yunnan, in southwestern China.
The river flowing in this scenic canyon is the Jinsha River, …

The Trans-Mongolian Railway

Living with a Mongolian herder family

I was lucky enough to find a host on Couchsurfing who offered me to stay at one of his relative’s yurt (or ger in Mongolian, a traditional Mongolian tent) 100 miles from the town of Baganuur – about four hours drive from Ulaanbataar in total.
They were a traditional Mongolian herder family, they had two yurts, one which they lived in, and the other one which they used as a kitchen and storage.
The family owned around 800 sheeps, 100 …

Jordan

The Lost City of Petra

The Lost City of Petra is one of the world’s most famous and intriguing landmarks, with the mystery and intrigue of the Pyramids in addition to the sprawling beauty of Machu Picchu. It is no wonder that it has become a favourite spot for famous moviemakers, with movies including Indiana Jones and the Transformers II.
One of the most well-known sights of Petra is the so-called Treasury.  Some may have the impression that Petra is only this stunning rose-colored, …

Best Hiking Sandals Comparison

Best Hiking Sandals – Merrell Kahuna 3

One of Merrell’s bestseller sandals, the latest Kahuna, the Kahuna III is a sturdy, durable outdoor sandal.
I have bought these sandals for my backpacking trip to Costa Rica, and have been wearing them there for 3 weeks continuously, hiking long hours every day, which was the first endurance test for the sandal.
Its an affordable, well designed sandal made from high-quality materials planned for intense use, perfect for trekking and hiking in a tropical country, where you can’t risk …

Costa Rica

San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica is a relatively small, busy Central American city with a diverse local culture. For the untrained eye it gives the impression of an unorganized, polluted, messy town, with not much to see or to do for tourists, except using it as a hub to start their journeys towards other parts of the country. To be honest, it is not an extremely exciting or pleasant place to stay, but of course it’s possible to …

Jordan

Amman, Jordan

While the idea of travelling to the Middle East may be concerning to some, these worries are likely to evaporate as soon as you step foot in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Despite its geographic location (bordered by Iraq, Syria and Lebanon), Jordan is extremely peaceful and safe, yet its locals retain the warm hospitality that the Middle East is famous for.
Jordan is certainly not short of things to do, with Petra being the jewel in its tourism …

Costa Rica

Day Trip to the Corcovado National Park

The Corcovado National Park, situated on the Osa Peninsula, is the biggest and wildest national park in Costa Rica, frequently mentioned as one of the biologically most diverse places on earth.
Since a couple of years now it can only be accessed in the company of an official guide.
There are two major hubs where the Corcovado is accessible from, Puerto Viejo on the south-eastern and Drake Bay Town on the north-western coast of the peninsula. In this two village …

Costa Rica

San Gerardo de Rivas

Is it too much of the tropical heat by the beach in Costa Rica? Would you rather spend a few days hiking in some refreshingly cool cloud forests high in the mountains of the Cordillera de Talamanca?
The town of San Gerardo de Rivas is situated in an exceptionally beautiful area with a lot to do around and relax for a couple of days. Either if you came here to climb the Cerro Chirippo, or just want to …

Costa Rica

The Caribbean coast, Puerto Viejo & Cahuita

Even though it is a relatively small country, Costa Rica’s climate is quite diverse, except the warm tropical temperatures, which only cool as we move to a higher altitude in the mountainous regions. There is no summer and winter, only a constantly warm rainy season and a dry season. The country borders both the Caribbean Sea to the east, and the Pacific Ocean to the west, and as the land is separated by a high mountain range in the middle, …

Costa Rica

Drake Bay

One of the most remote, secluded coastal areas in Costa Rica is the stunning and lush Osa Peninsula.
Costa Rica’s largest national park, the Corcovado National Park is also situated here, slicing the peninsula in two parts, as it has a massive coastline to provide the wildlife direct access to the ocean. The Corcovado National Park can only be accessed by pre-booked tours led by professional guides, which all start from and are organized by the surrounding villages, providing …