The air is so thin that my Royal Enfield Motorbike struggles to keep moving from the lack of oxygen. My mind often becomes hazy and my heart labours just like the motorcycle, but every time I look up from the terrifyingly steep, pothole-riddled and rough road I see some of the most majestic scenery I have ever witnessed. Stark and jagged mountains, rugged blue glaciers, remote Buddhist villages, and mountain passes covered in colourful prayer flags. This is just some of the epic landscape set before my eyes on this journey. Every hour I climb higher and closer the Khardung La, the world’s highest motorable pass set at a dizzying altitude of 5602 m. This is one of the world’s last great adventures to be had!
This is a part of India you may not have heard of. A widely misunderstood area tucked away in India’s North West corner on the border with Pakistan is the province of Punjab, home to the Sikh faith. A trip to Punjab almost feels as if you have left India and entered a whole new country. For starters, Punjab is against the cast system making it one of the most accepting regions of the country.It is also home to quite possibly the best food in all of India due to the region being blessed with fertile pastures and a great growing season, many refer to Punjab as the Naan basket of India. This extraordinarily different side of India is addictive and has now brought me back for a third time to try and delve deeper into Punjab’s incredible culture! Welcome to Punjab, India.
An old style Chinese Junker boat ploughing through the waters across Hong Kong Harbour, a dazzling array of futuristic fluorescent in the distance, soaring modern buildings covered in glass stand beside dilapidated and overcrowded concrete blocks splattered with vibrant decked out kanji signs from a time long ago. This is Hong Kong; The old, the new and the unexplored, many travellers don’t even attempt to scratch the surface of this misunderstood city. Stay long enough and you will be rewarded with one of Asia’s most fascinating destinations. Hong Kong, city of colour and culture, a photographers dream. Read More
The air is like soup mixed with exotic spices and a hint of pollution. The colors around me keep my gaze in a constant struggle. I sit in the middle of a sea of rickshaws Unable to comprehend the madness that surrounds me. When I close my eyes I hear thousands of bicycle bells serenading the absolute insanity. This is the capital of Bangladesh, Dhaka. It’s a gritty mess of poor infrastructure, mass poverty, heavy pollution, and extreme overcrowding. Dig past all of this and you will see what Bangladesh is truly about, its deep rooted culture, amazing cuisines, incredible hospitality and historical sights hiding in plain view. It is an absolute assault on the senses, but if you brave Dhaka and dive in, you will be rewarded with one of the most spectacular destinations on earth! Read More
Seoul, South Korea
Those traveling from North America to Asia often transit through Seoul, South Korea. Seoul is not just a place to relax in transit. It’s a chaotic, fast paced, and modern city, and yet it’s managed to stay very traditional, which means a plethora of historic sights remain. Whether you have 12 hours or 36 hours, Seoul can offer the weary traveler a host of amazing experiences. With my Layover guide to Seoul you will be dining on Korean BBQ and walking the neon lit streets of Seoul! Read More
The tiny island of Bali hosts stunning lush tropical landscapes riddled with rice terraces and active volcanoes. It’s also home to an ancient Hindu culture that has left its mark here with intricate and ornate temples that reflect the islands intense beauty. Unfortunately for us travelers this is no secret and tourists have been flocking here for years. For the savvy traveler there is plenty of opportunity to find the parts unknown. After visiting Bali frequently for the past ten years I have developed a guide to help you find the authentic Bali you have been dreaming of. See why Bali is one of my favourite Islands! Read More
North Korea Travel
Let’s put aside the politics, the propaganda and everything else negative about North Korea. Instead of looking at the constant barrage of negativity surrounding this controversial destination let’s take a look at the positives. I traveled to North Korea for two weeks and loved it. After traveling the most secretive country on earth I can tell you that it is a beautiful country that has stunning nature, clean cities, friendly people and of course bizarre but wonderful sights. North Korea also has a very distinctive culture that everyone shows with pride. Here is a list of reasons why you should visit North Korea! Read More
I have been here before, a place in time where all my troubles seem irrelevant, where everything I thought I knew has just been turned upside down. The colours, sounds and people unfold in front of me in a dazzling display of culture. All the descriptive words I can write, but nothing will give this place the justice it deserves, this is Varanasi, India. You see, Varanasi is where traveling became something different for me, it’s the place where I abandoned my previous life and entered my new one. This place of life, death and everything in between is the place I keep returning to for many reasons, although many are still understood. Varanasi will change you, walk these holy shores and she will take a hold of you as she did to me. Varanasi, the ultimate traveling destination! Read More
The scenery is indescribable. As we slowly bump down this 1300km road in a colorful semi-truck with Urdu music blasting it’s hard not to get wrapped up in this amazing journey. It’s a difficult, uncomfortable, dusty and at time’s dangerous route, but it’s one that will stick with you forever.
The Karakorum Highway is a classic traveler’s trail that is often referred to as the eighth wonder of the world, The Karakoram Highway. This ancient trade route whispers hints of its former glory with its grand crumbly forts, magical traditional villages and legends of Marco Polo. Travellers who undertake this journey will not be disappointed. The Karakoram Highway will change those who dare to undertake its path, venture here and join the elite travelers who have done so! Read More
Yarlung Valley, Tibet
High in the Himalayas I clamber through a dark cavern deep into the mountains heart in search of the Guru Rinpoche’s path to enlightenment in the Yarlung Valley the cradle of Tibetan civilization. The cave opening is barely wide enough for me to squeeze through. A weathered old leather rope was placed here hundreds of years ago by pilgrims to help assist in pulling yourself to the other side, this is not for those who are claustrophobic. Finally, I reach the heart of the mountain. Wafts of juniper incense and the heat from the butter lamps make the air heavy. In the distance you can see Tibetans gathered around a large gold statue murmuring mantras.
For Tibetans a pilgrimage should be a difficult and dangerous event, this way when you finally complete the journey the sense of reward is there. In Tibet’s Yarlung Valley there are many of these karma boosting journeys taking place. Those who make it to the Yarlung Valley will find one of Tibet’s oldest and culturally rewarding experiences. Read More