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

 An Introduction To Tea Plantation Trekking   The once remote outpost of Ella in Sri Lanka’s hill country has become the unofficial backpacker capital of the tea plantation belt stretching across the island’s highlands.   Journeying aboard the rustic Sri Lankan Railways is part of the thrill. The winding track to Ella from Kandy is, Read More

The Women With Spiderweb Face Tattoos   When we booked our 20-hour bus from Mandalay to Mrauk U in Rakhine State, we had two plans. The first was to explore the temples and ruins of the former Arakan Kingdom and the second was to make a day-trip to the Chin villages along the Lemro, Read More

Return To Koh Phi Phi   We always rave to our friends about Koh Phi Phi, our favorite island in Thailand, so when we made a return visit after nearly a twelve year absence, we were shocked.  Our goal was to recapture the charming traveler vibe that we once found so alluring in this, Read More

Venice:  Photos That Will Stir Up Your Wanderlust   We spent two months early in the summer traveling through Italy and we absolutely fell in love with the country. We were lapping it up; train rides through the rolling Tuscan hills, sailing the azure blue Tyrrhenian Sea around Amalfi,  and soaking up the stunning, Read More