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A Tribute to Kathmandu’s Historical Landmarks

Swayambhunath Temple

This past week, my thoughts have been with Nepal and its people, who are now in crisis after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit the country on Saturday. The catastrophic disaster has so far killed more than 5,200 and injured 9,200. It has been the most severe earthquake to hit the country in over 80 years. Thousands of people [...]

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Help Raise $100,000 for Nepal Earthquake Victims

Nepal earthquake - Omar Havana/ Getty Images

wo days ago, Nepal was hit by a catastrophic 7.8 magnitude earthquake, with the epicenter in the populous region of Kathmandu Valley. The death toll has surpassed 5,000, and 9,200 have been to reported injured, but the numbers continue to climb. It’s the biggest earthquake to have struck the country in over 80 years. The disaster has affected almost the entire country [...]

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10 of Our Best Wildlife Photos

A Silverback up close

s huge wildlife buffs, we love photographing animals in the wild. There’s something about capturing the raw spirit of an animal through body language. Seeing animals in the wild is a very moving experience and in today’s world, it’s sadly becoming more and more rare. We’ve been lucky enough to have had many intimate wildlife encounters [...]

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Summer Travels with Baby: Glamping Retreats and Road Trips in Spain

Cortijo del Marqués

Since finding out that I was pregnant, I’d been looking forward to traveling with the baby, to see the world through her eyes. For now, we can’t quite travel long distances just yet (not before she turns four months old) so we’ll be sticking to places closer to home. Thankfully there’s so much to explore [...]

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Introducing Baby Kaleya!

Two hours after she was born

Exactly a month ago, on Pi Day 3/14/15, our baby came into this world. We named the little explorer Kaleya, meaning “filled with joy” in Hawaiian, and indeed she’s already filled our lives with so much happiness. Motherhood is challenging and I’m still struggling to learn the ropes but she makes all the difficulties worthwhile. Coincidentally, [...]

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Exploring Lanzarote’s Nature — Volcanoes, Blowholes and Hidden Coves

Timanfaya National Park

We are walking in the mar de lava – sea of lava – where massive blankets of solidified lava lie at the foots of Montaña Blanca, Lanzarote. Since seeing hot molten lava flowing off Guatemala’s most active volcano, Volcan Pacaya, I’ve become somewhat of a volcano buff. Sadly, there’s no sign of red burning lava flowing [...]

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Do You Have the Wanderlust Gene?


It’s been almost three months since my last trip, the longest time ever in the last eight years since I made traveling a way of life. When I found out I was pregnant, I knew the time to slow down had come. In fact, it came at the right time — after so many years of [...]

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Personal Updates: Taking A Baby Hiatus

Be back soon

Today is my estimated delivery date, the day we’ll possibly welcome our baby into this world! The past three months have felt way too long (shortest pregnancy ever! Read why.) — partly because I haven’t been able to travel, but mainly because I’ve been really looking forward to seeing our little bub. It almost feels like [...]

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Traveling When Pregnant — Don’t Let that Baby Bump Stop You!


As a full-time travel writer, I spend quite a fair bit of time on the road. And because of my hectic schedule and lifestyle, I somehow missed the signs that the universe was throwing at me and only found out I was pregnant at six months! (In case you missed it, here’s the announcement post.) [...]

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Tech Talk: Why Travel with VPN (Plus a Giveaway!)

VyprVPN screenshot

As a travel writer and blogger, I do most of my work online, so having internet access is important to me regardless of where I go. Since I spend almost 60% of the time on the road, it’s not always easy to find stable, fast and secure internet. I also tend to travel to many [...]

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Tech Gear and Gadgets I Travel With

Tech Gear

This week, we’re talking all about travel technology. We’ve shared our packing list with you, now it’s time to spill the beans on what technology gadgets we use on the road! As a full-time travel writer who spends more than 60% of the year on the road, I travel with quite a few electronics and tech devices. [...]

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A Showcase of My Photography: Exploring the Elements

Sand dunes in the Gobi Desert

As a travel writer and storyteller, photography has always been a tool for me to capture moments and tell stories. As they say, a picture paints a thousand words, and I can’t agree more. In line with my love for the outdoors, my favorite type of photography usually features nature and landscapes. That’s why I was thrilled to hear about the theme of the Thomson [...]

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Save Rhinos from Extinction and Win $30,000 Worth of Prizes!

Wild rhino at Lake Nakuru, Kenya

The rhino situation in South Africa is critical, with one being poached every 7 hours. Current predictions suggest they’ll go extinct in the wild within 20 years if the current poaching rate continues. As you probably know by now, we are huge wildlife fans and it breaks our hearts to know that rhinos are suffering [...]

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How to Travel to North Korea: FAQ

Pyongyang from Juche Tower

Whenever we talk about our trip to North Korea, it comes as a surprise to many that tourism is actually allowed in North Korea. Yes, you can travel to North Korea as a tourist, you can see its museums, talk to its locals and even visit the DMZ (demilitarized zone) between North and South Korea. As curious [...]

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Debunking Myths on North Korea: 10 Things that Surprised Me

Streets of Pyongyang

North Korea has earned itself quite a few names: Axis of Evil, Hermit Kingdom, and the Iron Walls. Better known as the Democratic Republic of Korea (DPRK), it is one of the most isolated nations in the world, having closed its doors to the outside world since its split from South Korea during the Korean [...]

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