Bucket List Inspiration: Diving with Mantas in the Maldives
Asia / Explore / Maldives

Bucket List Inspiration: Diving with Mantas in the Maldives

I’m not an overly experienced diver, but I have been lucky enough to complete more than 30 dives in some of the most beautiful locations in the world. I earned my SSI Open Water Diver certification in Thailand, and I received my PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea in Egypt, which are both … Continue reading

Travel Inspiration: Trekking in the Northern Highlands of Vietnam (Sa Pa, Vietnam)
Explore / Southeast Asia / Vietnam

Travel Inspiration: Trekking in the Northern Highlands of Vietnam (Sa Pa, Vietnam)

Only 36 km from the China-Vietnam border, and a overnight train ride from Hanoi, lies the quiet mountain town of Sa Pa, which straddles the misty, rice-terraced highlands of Vietnam. Sa Pa is home to migrant lowlanders and a great diversity of ethnic minority peoples, primarily Hmong and Dao. The villagers from areas surrounding Sa … Continue reading

The Ultimate Phuket Thailand Bucket List
Explore / Southeast Asia

The Ultimate Phuket Thailand Bucket List

I often hear that travelers avoid Phuket, Thailand, like cats avoid water. Yes, there are plenty of reasons not to go to Phuket, such as the hordes of speedo-wearing, backpack-toting tourists and the polluting and seedy overcommercialization. But if you look beyond the grit and longtail exhaust, Phuket offers landscapes of astounding beauty, fantastic food, and wonderful culture. So … Continue reading