5 Budget Things to do in Stone Town, Zanzibar

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While some may be visiting Zanzibar Island for its pristine beaches, we opted to stick around historic Stone Town during our relaxing 6 day vacation. The old maze of buildings that make up Stone Town are a lesson in architectural and cultural history. Pair this with delicious food, talkative locals and perfect weather, and you have the beginnings of a … Read More

3 Holy Sites to Visit in Kathmandu

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If there’a any site that’s considered a “must-see” in Kathmandu, it’s on this list! In addition to the old palace Durbar squares, these three stupas and temples make up the heart of the capital city. Getting around is easy enough with taxis or ubers, though you can also book a day tour with Mosaic Adventures and receive loads of information about the … Read More

Peak Design 45L Travel Backpack First Impressions

shaneGear, Reviews2 Comments

My go-to travel backpack has been the Osprey Farpoint 70L for the last several years, and I’ve written before on its features and why I think it makes a good international carry on backpack. However, I always keep up with the latest offerings from the travel backpack space, and Peak Design‘s Kickstarter-funded Travel Line caught my attention. Encompassing a 45L … Read More

The 3 Ancient Kingdoms of Kathmandu Valley

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Kathmandu Valley used to be divided into the three kingdoms of Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur. The heart of each of these kingdoms was the Durbar Square, around which the royal palaces and temples were arranged. Today, the sprawl of the capital city of Kathmandu has nearly swallowed all three of these Durbar Squares, so it’s possible to visit them all … Read More