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How to Hold a Panda in Chengdu

February 7, 2017
Hold Panda, Chengdu, China

I am the first to admit, I made a special detour to Chengdu just to visit the giant pandas. The facilities in Chengdu are the only locations in the world where you can hold a giant panda. The opportunity to see them up close and hold one was too much. I had to go! I decided to visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding Center. It’s located…

China Travel Tips

The Ultimate Guide to Visiting Pandas in Chengdu, China

February 6, 2017
Panda, Chengdu, China

Welcome to Chengdu, the panda mecca of the world! Housing 80% of the world’s pandas, these furry cuddle bugs are considered one of the cutest animals in the world. They’re also known as the “national treasure” of China. The panda habitat was once spread out across central, southern, and eastern China (and even neighboring countries like Myanmar and northern Vietnam). Now, it has been reduced to mainly the…

Tibet

Unveiled: The Truth Behind Shangri-La, Tibet and How to Visit

January 24, 2017
Shangri-La, Tibet

Have you ever heard of Shangri-La, Tibet? Maybe it’s one of those words you’ve heard thrown around, but wasn’t sure if it was a real place. Or just fictional. Well you’re in good company because, that was me. While backpacking through the Yunnan Province of China, some fellow adventurers were saying they were heading up to Shangri-La. Naturally this peeked my interest because, being a well-seasoned traveler, I wasn’t…

Vietnam

Why Hoi An is the Hidden Jewel of Vietnam

January 18, 2017
Hoi An Riverside, Vietnam

While wandering my way through Vietnam, I stumbled upon this little beauty of a town, and I just could NOT get enough of it! Originally planning to only stay in Hoi An for 3 days, I extended my stay to 5, and was still pretty sad to leave this cozy spot. If time had allowed, I think I would have stayed a week, maybe longer, who knows! But…

Hiking Indonesia

Discover Indonesia’s Blue-Flamed Volcano!!

January 11, 2017
Kawah Ijen Volcano, Blue Flames, Indonesia

Kawah Ijen (pronounced: kawa eejen) is located on the island of Java in Indonesia. After reading about it, I knew that no matter how out of the way it might be, I needed to see this blue-flamed beauty. But what makes this volcano more interesting than any other volcano on the planet? Well, Kawah Ijen is an extremely rare volcano that actually erupts electric blue flames from its…

Hiking Indonesia

A Guide to Hiking Indonesia’s Blue Flame Volcano: Kawah Ijen

January 9, 2017
Kawah Ijen Volcano, Blue flames, Indonesia

Kawah Ijen is easily one of the most fascinating volcanoes on the planet. Famous for its electric blue flames that are only visible at night, this trip makes for an unforgettable hike, and stunning sunrise. Below are some tips on how to make the most out of your experience to see this blue-flamed beauty. A Guide to Hiking Indonesia’s Blue Flame Volcano: Kawah Ijen Why Go? So what makes…