Ever since reading “Into Thin Air” by Jon Krakauer, I have been fascinated by Mount Everest. While I have neither the mountaineering skills nor the money to climb Mount Everest, I have long dreamt of trekking in the Himalayas. In October of 2019, I made my dream a reality by traveling to Nepal and trekking to Everest Base Camp. The breathtaking scenery, group comradery, and challenge of high altitude trekking made this adventure one of my favorite travel experiences. Visit my photo gallery for a glimpse of trekking in the Nepal Himalayas.
For three weeks in July, I traveled by train from Beijing to Hong Kong. The stops on my itinerary were varied, ranging from China’s biggest cities to small villages with serene landscapes. I saw many of China’s top sights, including the Great Wall, Terracotta Army, Shanghai skyline, and karst landscapes of Yangshuo. China’s culture is very different than the West’s, and there isn’t a Banana Pancake Trail to ease the culture shock. After embracing the cultural differences, I experienced some of the most meaningful people-to-people exchanges of my travels. Check out my photo gallery to see the places I visited on this whirlwind trip.
2018 South America
In November of 2018, I embarked on a six week South America overlanding trip, starting in Buenos Aires. Throughout 13 international border crossings, immigration officials in Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, and Chile stamped six pages of my passport. I concluded my trip in Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city. Check out the photo gallery for a look at my journey, which ranged from trekking to snow-covered Cerro Fitz Roy to drinking caipirinhas on Ipanema Beach. For both photos and commentary, check out the trip posts.
I kicked off the summer of 2018 with a 4-week trip to Indonesia. Traveling by boat from Bali to Flores, I explored 11 of Indonesia’s more than 16,000 islands. Highlights of the trip included diving a World War II shipwreck, summiting an active volcano (12,224 feet), and spotting Komodo dragons in the wild. After finishing my boat journey in Flores, I flew back to Bali to attend surf camp, the grand finale of my trip. Go to the photo gallery to see 157 photos from my trip.
2017 Myanmar and Thailand
I closed out 2017 by traveling to Myanmar (Burma) and Thailand. Kept in self-imposed isolation for more than half a century, Myanmar has recently relaxed censorship and opened its doors to travelers. Myanmar is changing, but its cultural traditions remain intact. Men wear a skirt-like longyi, women decorate their faces in thanakha (traditional make-up), and betel chewing is still commonplace. For the second half of the trip, I crossed the border to chill on Thailand’s islands and beaches. My phone was damaged while sea kayaking in Ao Thalane, so some of my favorite moments of the trip are preserved only in my memories. The photo gallery for this trip contains 228 photos from my camera and travelers that I befriended. The 18 trip posts document my five week journey.
2016 Central America
I concluded 2016 and welcomed 2017 with a 45-day backpacking trip across Central America. Starting in Playa del Carmen and ending in Panama City, I traveled through eight countries: Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama. My holiday was packed with outdoor adventures, including trekking up volcanoes, rappelling down waterfalls, exploring Maya sites, and surfing in both the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean. Check out the photo gallery to see 323 photos from my journey.
At the end of 2015 I went backpacking in four countries in the Mekong region of Indochina: Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos. Highlights included the majestic Temples of Angkor, pristine beaches of Sihanoukville, lantern-lit streets of Hoi An, and outdoor beauty of Vang Vieng. I returned home from this trip with over 5000 photos! Check out the photo gallery to see 367 of the photos. If you’re interested in a closer look at trip itinerary, then see the 27 trip posts. The trip posts feature brief descriptions and photos of the places I visited.
2015 Columbia, Ecuador, and Peru
During the summer of 2015 I spent five weeks traveling from Cartagena to Lima, seeing landscapes as varied as the Caribbean coast, the high mountain Andes, and the Amazon rainforest. Highlights included staying at a Colombian coffee plantation, meeting Roberto Escobar, and playing soccer with locals in Ecuador. See the 19 trip posts for descriptions and photos of the places I visited. Check out the photo gallery to browse all 167 photos on a single page.
2014 Nepal and India
At the end of 2014 I spent 36 days exploring Nepal and northern India. I traveled overland from Kathmandu to Mumbai through the Himalayas, the Thar Desert, and subtropical forests. Highlights included spotting rhinos and tigers in the Chitwan and Bandhavgarh National Parks, watching the sun rise over the Ganges in the holy city of Varanasi, and visiting Rajasthani palaces. Check out the photo gallery (186 photos) to see Nepal and India through the lens of my camera. You can also peruse the 25 trip posts for a closer look at the places I visited.
2013 Peru and Bolivia
During the summer of 2013 I trekked the classic Inca Trail in Peru. After four days of trekking in the Andes, I arrived at Machu Picchu, which is as spectacular of a site as it appears in photos. Other highlights included watching the condors soar over Colca Canyon and a homestay with a family in Raqchi. Check out my photo gallery (152 photos) to see photos of Machu Picchu and other places that I visited during my three weeks in Peru and Bolivia. For a more in-depth look at the trip, read the 21 trip posts.
During the summer of 2012 I traveled to Brazil with my sister to visit my dad and stepmom. We stayed for five nights at my dad’s home in Presidente Prudente, and then spent 2.5 weeks traveling from Fortaleza to Salvador. In addition to spending time with my family, highlights of the trip included partying with locals in Fortaleza after a soccer match, exploring Jericoacoara on a dune buggy, and joining a procession of drummers and dancers in the streets of Salvador. Check out the 15 trip posts for descriptions, photos, and videos of the places we visited. A photo gallery with all 91 photos is also available.
During the summer of 2011 I went on my second cross country road trip–a month-long trip from New York City to Seattle. I was experimenting with social media during this time and live blogged from my phone during the trip. I supplemented the 23 trip posts and photo gallery (45 photos) with photos from my camera after returning home, but the content is still a bit light and Facebook-esque. My blog was born out of this trip, but now I live in the moment while traveling and publish meatier content after returning home.