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Ethiopia Travel Guide for Curious Travelers

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For those seeking something different, here’s my Ethiopia travel guide that will hopefully help you plan your own trip there. To most of the world, Ethiopia is practically synonymous to famine and drought. A series of famine that plagued the country between 1970s and 80s killed over a million people. It was one of the […]

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A Guide to Eating Ethiopian Food

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For a crash course on Ethiopian food, here are some tips on Ethiopian dining etiquette and a list of the best Ethiopian dishes to try. Those who have traveled in Africa will know that food comes in limited varieties and options in most of the continent — but not here in Ethiopia. You’ll be surprised […]

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Chinese New Year in Singapore: A Festival of Traditions

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For those celebrating Chinese New Year in Singapore, here is a guide on the traditions and practices of the festive season. In the oriental world, the year has only just begun. We’re currently in Singapore, ringing in the Year of the Rooster with my family and friends. Chinese New Year is one of the most important […]

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Win $400 Worth of Outdoor Travel Prizes

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Here’s your chance to win outdoor travel prizes from our sponsors. It’s time for another giveaway! Barely a month has passed since our last giveaway and we’re doing yet another one. This time, I’ve teamed up with ReddyYeti, a community of outdoor sport enthusiasts who support innovative and ethically run startups. These companies tend to be […]

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Celebrating Timkat Festival in Ethiopia

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Timkat festival in Ethiopia is one of its kind. In today’s blog post, I share my experience (and tips) celebrating one of the biggest  religious festivals in Ethiopia. Hundreds of people – dressed as a sea of white – have gathered in the historic town of Gonder for the annual Timkat festival: Priests and deacons, bearing golden-rimmed […]

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Exploring the Incredible Rock Churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia

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Finding an Ethiopian Wonder My guide to exploring the incredible Rock Churches of Lalibela. It’s barely dawn; the sky is still dark and birds are just starting to chirp and sing. In the darkness, I scramble along the slippery walkway carved out of rock, through a heavy wooden door made from an 800-year-old olive tree […]

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50 Pictures of Ethiopia to Give You A Look Into this Misunderstood Country

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Ethiopia in Photos A collection of my best pictures of Ethiopia to give you insights into this misunderstood country…. To most of the world, Ethiopia is practically synonymous to famine and drought. Between the 1970s and 80s, a series of famine hit the country and killed more than a million people. It was one of the worst […]

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Oman Travel Guide

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Oman Travel Guide for Curious Travelers Poised on the southern end of the Arabian Peninsula, Oman shares borders with the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Yemen — but it’s distinctively a world of its own.  The country has an embracing society that warmly welcomes visitors; the people are incredibly friendly. Its robust infrastructure also […]

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70 Photos of Oman that Will Inspire You to Visit!

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A collection of my best photos of Oman that will hopefully make you want to travel there now! Oman: a name so exotic and inviting, yet strangely unknown to many. At least I knew close to nothing about it before my recent trip there with my husband and our 2-year-old daughter. We spent most of […]

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My Bucket List

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Every other year, I update my bucket list to cross off items that I’ve done and add in new items that have appeared on my travel radar. Some people say travel isn’t about ticking off lists, but I like to see travel as a challenge and a form of self-improvement. Keeping track of places I’ve […]

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Merry Christmas from WildJunket!

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Ho ho ho! It’s my favorite time of the year again. MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone! I’ve always loved Christmas and have made it a point to celebrate it in places full of festive atmosphere. Like in 2003 when I spent it in New York with my close friends; in 2005 when I celebrated with Alberto and […]

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Join the WildJunket Tibet Tour!

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Join Me on My New Tibet Tour! Do you like traveling adventurously to less-visited places but don’t like going solo OR going on tours? Believe me, I get it. I like independent travel, but I don’t particularly enjoy traveling solo. I also enjoy traveling with like-minded people and forming a camaraderie with people whom I […]

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2016: My Year in Photos

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A Look at my 2016 Photos At the end of each year, I always make it a point to write a post about the places I’ve been to as a way to reflect and look back. 2016 has been a crazy year of travel for me as I traveled to 21 countries (16 are new […]

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Traveling South Kyrgyzstan — What to See and Do

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Traveling South Kyrgyzstan — Highlights of the Region Kyrgyzstan is known for its dramatic mountainous landscapes and rolling summer pastures (jailoos). It has been dubbed the Switzerland of Central Asia for good reasons. But most of these alpine landscapes are found in North Kyrgyzstan, and as a result, the southern part of the country is often overlooked by […]

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Issyk Kul: Kyrgyzstan’s Lake District

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Issyk Kul, Kyrgyzstan Wispy clouds hang low¬†over the choppy dark indigo waters as the howling winds create ripples on the water surface. Backdropped by tall and mighty Tien Shan mountains,¬†the water stretches into the horizon, far beyond where the eye can see. If I didn’t know better, I would have thought this was a sea. […]

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