China

Dujiangyan Scenic Area, Sichuan

When visiting Chengdu, Sichuan, a day trip out of the city to Dujiangyan is a must for every traveler. You need to calculate at least a whole day for this trip. Leave early in the morning with a bullet train from Chengdu and don’t expect to return before late afternoon or at night.
The main site -the Dujiangyan dam- is a relatively quick tour, but the surrounding scenic area attached to the site is huge and breathtakingly beautiful.
Don’t forget …

The Trans-Siberian Railway

Hiking around Lake Baikal, Listvyanka

When travelling with the Trans Siberian Express, a visit to the Lake Baikal is mandatory, even if you don’t have more than a few days to spend at this stop. The best option to do this is to hop off the train at Irkutsk.

Unless you want to spend days exploring Irkutsk, a perfect itinerary would be to head towards Listvyanka with a bus the same day you have arrived in Irkutsk, and spend the night by the Lake Baikal.…

The Trans-Siberian Railway

A few days in Moscow

Moscow, the capital of Russia, is the economic and political center of the world’s largest country.
It can be said that it is a fair representation of the country’s vastness in terms of area and power; its streets are broad and the buildings are often enormous. It was never in lack of space, nor material.
The biggest impacts on the city’s development were the extensive redesign in the victorious Soviet era, stipulated by strict and utilitarian Soviet urban planning, and …

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-Siberian Railway

Living with a Mongolian herder family

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

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 of the Pyramids in addition to the sprawling beauty of Machu Picchu. It is no wonder that it has become a favourite spot for moviemakers, with movies like Indiana Jones.

Paying a visit to the sight as a non-Jordanian is quite expensive, ranging around 50 Jordanian dinars for a one day pass (two and three day passes are also available). However, the …

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 …