Stunning Sri Lanka

Stunning Sri Lanka

Stunning Sri Lanka Now that I’m currently employed again and living in Chicago, my international trips are a little less frequent as compared to my nine months hopping around the world the previous year.  However, my employer offers four weeks of vacation a year, which I plan to always use.  Since I didn’t want to use more than two weeks at once, I began to mull my options.  I preferred to go to a smaller country so I could see and enjoy a large part of it and hopefully not…

The Magical Island of Ometepe

The Magical Island of Ometepe

The Magical Island of Ometepe Formed by two volcanoes that rise up in the middle of Lake Nicaragua and are connected by a small strip of, Ometepe is both a mystical and magical place.  I was excited to have the opportunity to experience its volcanoes, nature, lakes, and its wild terrain.  Ometepe is accessible by ferry or plane.  The most popular way to get there is from the ferry from the town of Rivas.  There are also occasional ferries to/from Granada and San Carlos, but last time I checked those…

Volcano Boarding down Cerro Negro

Volcano Boarding down Cerro Negro

Volcano Boarding down Cerro Negro Ever since I decided I was going to Nicaragua (a whole week before I actually booked my flights), I knew that I ravels in Nicaragua, including my sister as well as my fellow travel friend, Dan, from Adventure Born.  As a self-proclaimed “adventure junkie”, I love trying my hand at any physical activity that pushes the limit (within reason of course).  Due to the specifics of this activity-needing a volcano covered in ash and not at immediate risk of erupting again, the sport is only available…

Why Nicaragua should be at the top of your travel list

Why Nicaragua should be at the top of your travel list

The time to go to Nicaragua is now. Even though I have settled back into daily life in Chicago for the near future, I found myself with two weeks to spare between jobs.  While October in Chicago is perfectly fine, and nowhere near as brutal as the months of January and February, I couldn’t pass up this golden opportunity to take a mini trip.  I had been back in the states for a little over 3 months, from my 9 month trip to Africa, Thailand, India, and Europe, and was…

Dazzled by Dubrovnik

Dazzled by Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik Dubrovnik is a city rapidly rising in the tourism scene.  Over the past five years or so, it has experienced a boom in visitors, as people are finally catching on to the beauty of Croatia.  Another prime reason is due to the hit TV show, “Game of Thrones” on HBO, which films quite a few scenes here.  It is located right on the coast (like almost all of the large Croatian cities), and is a prime stopping point for Mediterranean cruise ships. Dubrovnik is well known for its red…

Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice Lakes National Park Visiting Plitvice Lakes National Park was high on my Croatia to-do list.  Whilst perusing other travel blogs, I was mesmerized by their pictures and descriptions of this beautiful park.  The beautiful turquoise water served as a nice contrast to the surrounding trees and foilage. When I was in Zadar (and later in Split), I came across many tour agencies offering guided tours to Plitvice.  “It’s the only way to see it.” they would tell me in their best sales pitch.  Due to my aversion to guided tours…

Reflections on India

Reflections on India

Reflections on India I’ve had a couple of weeks since leaving India to process my nearly two months of adventure throughout the multi-faceted country.  India was without a doubt, the most unique place I’ve had the the opportunity to visit.  I had so many crazy experiences, some extremely good, others not so much.  I alternated between expressing my love for the country and wanting to rip my hair out in frustration.  Other people whom have been to India have said that they have a love/hate relationship with the country, and…

New Delhi, India, Not for the Faint of Heart

New Delhi, India, Not for the Faint of Heart

New Delhi The city of New Delhi, India was my last stop before heading to Europe.  For a lot of travelers coming to India, Delhi is their first taste of the chaos and intense crowds that they will encounter the rest of their trip. Having already been in India for almost two months, I’d tried to avoid the large cities, with the exception of Kolkata and Jaipur, as they didn’t have the best reputations.  Delhi is known for being the most polluted city in the world.  Couple that with the…

Manali: Hiking the Himalayas

Manali: Hiking the Himalayas

Manali, India- Hiking the Himalayas Manali is a small town located up in the north of India in the state of Himachal Pradesh. A popular tourist and adventure destination, Manali offers a wide variety of adrenaline-focused activities from hiking to white water rafting to paragliding. It is also known as a “party spot” in the summer months, as the notorious beach party spot Goa becomes almost inhabitable during the rainy monsoon months. Since it is located at 1800 meters above sea level in the Himalayas, Manali receives quite a bit…

Camel Safari in Jaisalmer

Camel Safari in Jaisalmer

Camel Safari in Jaisalmer For many people (myself included), the main draw for Jaisalmer is its proximity to the Thar Desert.  Located in Northwestern India in the state of Rajasthan, Jaisalmer (and the Thar Desert), is not too far away from the Pakistan border, although there aren’t any border crossings located nearby. I had plans to meet up with Andy (U.K), and Sebastian (Colombia), whom I shared a taxi with from Udaipur to Jodhpur, and whom later helped me out when I was sick in Jodhpur and made a trip…