For an escape from Bali’s wannabe Ibiza beach club scene, the tranquil islands of Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan offer a more relaxing getaway. There’s plenty of opportunity for chilaxing at the beach and sipping cocktails at sunset, but there’s so much more than just sitting in a beach lounger. Fantastic surfing, world-class, Read More
Backpacker Boat Trip From Lombok To Flores In all honesty, we were very lukewarm about taking the 4day/3night boat trip from Lombok to Flores. We’d read the nightmarish reports of boats sinking in rough seas, cramped onboard conditions and not enough food to go around. The experience seemed like it might turn into, Read More
Top 12 Highlights On Nusa Penida If you haven’t heard of Nusa Penida, that’s because it’s still a fringe destination for many travelers to Bali. Often described as Bali twenty or thirty years ago, we think Nusa Penida has its own identity that is unmistakably not Bali. We strongly recommend heading there as, Read More
Haputale: Authentic Sri Lanka Hill Town We’re not big tea drinkers, but seeing as how Sri Lanka’s Central Highlands produce some of the world’s most highly sought after tea leaves, we made plans to visit the iconic Dambetenne Tea Plantation.
The Poorman’s Guide To Visiting Sigiriya, Sri Lanka An early morning climb up Sri Lanka’s Pidurangala Rock truly is one of the island’s hidden secrets. We began our walk under a sky salted with stars and summited Piduranangala’s bald dome as the false dawn polished the stone with soft shadows. The ascending orange, Read More
Sri Lanka’s Best Beach Towns The southwest coast of Sri Lanka has long been a favorite for beach bum travelers. Our January arrival was serendipitous, coinciding with the southwest’s December through April surf season. The entire coastline is scattered with white, sandy beaches and romantic coconut palms rounding out the scenery. We scored, Read More
EBC Trekking: Altitude Sickness and Other Annoyances The Everest region is full of dangers. The risks faced by mountaineers during summit attempts are well-known and a huge debate rages over the safety of Everest climbers with so many expedition teams on the mountain.
Everest Base Camp: Guided or Unguided? We hiked for 16 days in the Everest region without a guide or a porter. We carried all of our gear on our backs. A decision we made not because we are ultra cheapskates (although we are), but because we wanted to experience the mountains organically.
Minimalist Packing for Everest Base Camp Trek Choosing what to bring on a 16-day trek in the Himalayas is not easy. Without a porter to carry our gear, we wanted our loads to be as minimalist as possible yet still have enough gear to be warm and comfortable.
Surfing Sri Lanka Sri Lanka has all the necessary ingredients for a world-class surf trip. Clear tropical water, coconut palm lined beaches, and a scattering of surf breaks ranging from sandy bottom beach breaks to fast-peeling shallow reefs. During two weeks on the coast, we can definitely say that Sri Lanka’s surf lived, Read More