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Kunming’s Western Hills: Xi Shan

After a lovely weekend in Shangri La, we decided to spend the weekend in our home city- Kunming! Kunming is a wonderful, manageable-sized, charming city. There’s plenty in the city to check out (if you’d like a post on that, I can definitely do that), but we headed towards the mountains. Kunming is the home to the Western Hills (Xi Shan in Chinese). I was expecting a...

Travel Back in Time: Barida National Park

I’ve been told many times that Bardia (also Bardiya) National Park is Chitwan National Park 30 years ago. Slightly off the beaten track, Bardia National Park is a little hidden gem amongst travelers in Nepal. Even if travelers have heard about it and become interested in it, as soon as they see the only way of getting there (on a backpacker budget) is a 16 hour...

Why I Decided to Cancel My Dream Trek

I’ve been dreaming of doing the three passes trek since the first time I came to Nepal. After hearing about crossing three high passes, seeing the Gokyo Lakes, and making it to Everest Base Camp, The Three Passes Trek quickly jumped to the top of my list. I’ve returned to Nepal twice since initially making the trip out, and the third time I was in Nepal...

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Itinerary & Guide

Annapurna Base Camp is one of my favourite treks in Nepal. It’s one of the easier ones, but you’re still rewarded with incredible views. The Annapurna region is popular with trekkers, and there’s no question why. I loved it so much I’ve done it twice! Here’s everything you need to know the ABC Trek, including an Annapurna Base Camp...

Australian Base Camp Trek: Nepal’s best hidden gem

Australian Base Camp is definitely one of Nepal’s best-kept secrets. This hike can be completed in one day and brings you through the Annapurna foothills to an incredible viewpoint of the Himalayas. It’s an incredibly accessible hike, as it doesn’t require a TIMS card or ACAP permit. While it’s easily a half-day to day hike, I actually...

Travel Recap: What We Did in Borneo

Malaysian Borneo is definitely on my list of ultimate destinations. There’s something for everyone there, from snorkeling in Sandakan to climbing Mount Kinabalu. My family and I felt a great need to explore a little bit of everything that Borneo had to offer, so we tried to pack it all in! Borneo is one of Asia’s best family holidays. I fully reccommend...

A Guide to Trekking in Nepal

Nepal is my favorite favorite FAVORITE country in the entire world. I’m only 100% happy in this country (something I’m really trying to work on). It’s filled with the kindest people, the best food, and the most stunning views you will ever lay your eyes on. Nepal is a place that I could return to year after year and I’d...

My Gap Year

“Anya, have you ever thought of taking a gap year?” “What’s that?” “It’s when you take a year in between high school and college to do something meaningful.” “No Mom, I’m going to graduate from high school and go straight to OSU.” ^^^A real conversation I had when I was twelve. When I was sixteen, this “conversation” happened. “Hey Mom guess what I’m...

Gap Year Overview

I decided to call an end to my gap year, as I’m starting university soooon and technically, my gap year should have ended about 4 weeks ago (around when I left last year). It’s been the most incredible year, and I’ve learned an insane amount during the past 12 months. I couldn’t be happier with how I chose to spend this year, and I feel incredibly blessed & lucky...