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 Travel Backpack 45L First Impressions

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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

Everest Base Camp Trek Day by Day Journal

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This post is kind of a journal of exactly how each day on the trail went. Hopefully this will give other trekkers an idea of what to expect for their upcoming adventure. If you’re looking for general information, or more of a concise overview of the trek, see our What to Expect on the Everest Base Camp Trek where we outline … Read More

What to Expect on the Everest Base Camp Trek

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If you’re looking for an adventurous multi-day trek, why not set your sights on the highest point in the world and be one of the few people who can say they’ve seen Mount Everest with their own eyes! The trek to Everest Base Camp gives you an up-close look of the world’s highest mountain range, and offers some of the … Read More

Packing List: Everest Base Camp Trek

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So you’ve decided to trek to Everest Base Camp but you’re unsure how to pack light when you know you won’t be able do laundry. Been there! This list is exactly what I took for our 11 day/10 night trek, and notes on what I learned along the way. Though everyone’s needs are different, hopefully this post can help you … Read More

Mayan Ruin Power Rankings

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If you’re visiting Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, you’ll have no shortage of Mayan sites to choose from to visit. But are they all worth your time? Here’s our ranking of some of the major sites we’ve been to and why or why not we’d recommend making the trip. 4) Chichén Itzá It might surprise you to see one of the famed … Read More

Five Can’t Miss Mérida Experiences

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Mérida has long drawn expats for its colonial charm and temperate weather. A trip here is a great place to do nothing. This roundup is by no means exhaustive, but is a good way to fill some time in between doing nothing. 1) Unwind in a Colonial-style Airbnb This is the main reason you’re looking at a trip to Mérida, … Read More

Chichén Itzá Guide

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Back in 2007 some organization no one ever heard of raised some money in the quest to bill a new “Seven Wonders of the World,” a noble undertaking, but what amounted to little more than a popularity contest with nations around the world vying to have their cultural treasures secure their place on the list in an effort to boost … Read More

Where and What to Eat in Mérida Restaurant Guide

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Eyeing a trip to Mérida to take in its colonial charm and relaxed vibe? Undoubtedly you’ll also want to feast on local cuisine. You’re in luck as there are ample choices in the centro histórico to whet your appetite—without busting your budget. Wayan’e Tacos Multiple locations, corner of Calle 46 and Calle 59 in centro histórico area This taco hot spot was on … Read More