Red rope bridge over green water at the dujiangyan irrigation system.

A Day in Dujiangyan: Exploring the Irrigation System & Mount Qingcheng

In Chengdu longer than planned, we looked for more day trips as we’d seen what we wanted of the city. Sarah’s panda obsession continued and she opted to visit the […]

View of the massive head of the Leshan Grand Buddha.

Sights in Sichuan: Leshan Grand Buddha & Mt. Emei

We headed out of Chengdu, a large city in China’s Sichuan Province, to visit some sights in the countryside including the Leshan Giant Buddha and Mt. Emei. Leshan Grand Buddha Leshan […]

Golden gate and dusty road at the border of CHina and Laos.

How to Cross Borders While Traveling in Asia

Traveling overland? Crossing borders by bus, train, taxi, tuk tuk, or on foot? This post is for you! Keep reading for details on how to cross borders overland between countries […]

Beyond the Terracotta Warriors: 3 Days in Xi’an China

Xi’an is located in central east-ish China in the Shaanxi province. An interesting mixture of old and new, the not-as-bustling-as-you-might-expect city offers historical sights and expected Chinese charm, as well as […]

Where To Stay | Asia

A quick list of everywhere I stayed while backpacking in Asia and my rating. Check out the best places to stay, and the places to avoid at all costs. Links […]

Colombia’s Caribbean: Santa Marta & Costeño Beach

Country Colombia | Dates August 7-9 | Accommidation Casa Carolina (Santa Marta) & La Brisa Tranquilla (Costeño Beach) [Read My Review] Santa Marta is a popular destination on Colombia’s Caribbean coast mostly because it’s […]

Man standing on brightly colored Chiva vehicle in Los Andes Colombia

Colombian Countryside: Jardín & Los Andes

Location Jardín Colombia | Dates August 4-6 | Accommodation Sergent Pepper’s When we boarded our bus to Jardín we were alarmed to see the attendant handing out barf bags to everyone onboard and […]

Colorful foundtain with men and Zocalo in Guatapé.

Guatapé & El Peñón: Go for the Zocalos (Not the Rock)

We did a day trip from Medellín to Guatapé Colombia (not very creative, I know), taking the bus that runs every 20 minutes out of Medellin’s north terminal. Turns out, […]

Photo of Butibara building palm trees and train bridge in Medellín.

Much to See in Medellín

Country Colombia | Dates July 31 – August 4 | Accommodation El Alternativo We left Salento and hopped a bus to Medellín, the city in Colombia we were most excited about. It turned out to be […]

How to Pay for Things in South America

South America has as many currencies as countries, making things slightly confusing even for the most savvy traveler. Not to mention the fact Ecuador uses the US dollar, which is […]