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Everything you Need to Know About Hiking the Annapurna Circuit

June 30, 2020 No Comments »

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We saw the first glimpse of them from the plane window. The famous, rigid, snowy Himalayan peaks were practically at eye level with our cruising altitude; I imagined reaching out and touching them.  They looked beautiful and scary at the same time. Cold, hard, and barren; as if they were saying “leave us alone, you […]

Hiking Banaue to Batad Rice Terraces

March 5, 2020 6 Comments »

I had been hearing about the amazing beaches in the Philippines for years now, so I always had it on my list as a ‘must see’. I had the perfect opportunity to travel to the Philippines for my niece’s softball tournament so I thought this would be my chance to finally experience the Philippine beach […]

8 Tokyo Off the Beaten Path Experiences

December 17, 2019 2 Comments »

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I could people watch in Tokyo all day. Just sit in one of the busy subway stations and watch millions of people go by. As tempting as it was to simply write about Tokyo’s underground culture, I also knew I wanted to get out and see some of the sites. However, this was my second […]

Experiencing India As a Teenager

January 25, 2019 1 Comment »

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This article by my niece was first published in The Journal, the Intrepid Travel Blog. I have their permission to repost it. I am so proud of Erin for doing a write up for the Intrepid blog that I of course had to share it here! In addition, I didn’t help her at all with […]

How to Spend a Day Like a Local in Jaipur

December 12, 2018 No Comments »

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This article was originally published on The Journal, the Intrepid Travel Blog. I have their permission to repost it. The moment I stepped off the bus and onto the pavement in Jaipur, everything changed. I no longer was in the protected voyeuristic tourist mini bus, suddenly I was thrust into the local culture. But it […]

My 6 Favorite Experiences in Rajasthan India

November 13, 2018 3 Comments »

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This article was originally published on The Journal, the Intrepid Travel Blog. I have their permission to repost it. “Did you go to Taj Mahal?” This is one of the inevitable questions I hear when I tell someone I went to India. The gleaming white architecture is a ‘must see’ on everyone’s wish list. However, […]

An Aunt, a Niece, and India

October 9, 2018 4 Comments »

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I instinctively held my breath and my whole body was clenched into a knot as I looked out the front window of the taxi. “Brake, brake brake!” was swirling around in my head wanting to scream it’s way out just as we swerved at the last minute avoiding the car in front of us and […]

Packing for India’s Monsoon Season

September 6, 2018 6 Comments »

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It was as if I had walked into a brick wall. It startled me and I rocked back a couple of steps until I could get my feet underneath me again. The thick wall of heat and humidity that is India in August is real, and it will knock you on your ass. I wondered […]

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