Everest Base Camp Trek: Grom & Team Return to Kathmandu

Everyone is enjoying the comforts here at the Yak & Yeti hotel, along with hot showers, good food, and the warm temps.

The Forgotten Gods of Nepal

A Bhimsen shrine stands lopsided in a small Newari courtyard in Kathmandu, behind it a crumbling chaitya, around it are new residents who walk by on the way to work … a few old people still pass by to stop and pay respect to the god Have the gods left Nepal or did the people leave the …

Two Weeks in Brazil: My Itinerary

To help you plan your trip to South America’s largest country, here is my  detailed two-week itinerary in Brazil. Brazil is the largest country in South America, encompassing around half of the continent’s land area and population. Spread out over a large landmass, the country packs in very diverse landscapes and experiences: from the impenetrable rainforests of the Amazon to the wetlands of Pantanal and sultry beaches of Rio. Brazil is also…

5 Fun Distractions When You’re Delayed At Melbourne Airport

Flight delays are less fun than wet Wednesdays in Woolloomooloo — especially if they’re long enough for you to miss the first day of your trip. Missing a business meeting means you’re stuck with your own company — but a paused family vacation can be even more stressful. So it’s best to make the most of your new-found free time — here are five fun distractions when you’re delayed at Melbourne Airport. Neighbours tour If the exploits of Ramsay Street stalwarts Paul Robinson and Bouncer the dog have kept you glued to …

On the Road Again – Off to Iowa!

Just a quick note to let regular readers know there probably won’t be much in the way of updates for the remainder of the week. I’m heading home to Iowa to visit friends and family there for a few days, so likely won’t have much time to post any news.

We’re Moving to Italy

It took me over four years to be recognized as an Italian citizen then in 2014 I was officially recognized. We’re finally ready to move to Italy. The plan has always been to live in Italy. The process took longer than we expected so we decided to have a home base in the US so we can finish the paperwork and have a baby …

How To Survive Cold Weather Like A Polar Explorer

Polar Training on Lake Winnipeg Manitoba, Canada It’s -16 degrees fahrenheit outside, and we’re pitching tents on a thick layer of hardened ice, preparing for a night of extreme cold weather conditions. Welcome to polar expedition training! Twelve strangers from around the world traveled to Manitoba, Canada to spend a week camping and skiing across Lake Winnipeg, simulating the cold weather conditions of an expedition to …

Everest Base Camp Trek: Grom & Team Enjoy Base Camp, Begin their Descent

Today we woke up to calm beautiful clear day and said good bye to our gracious hosts at Everest Base Camp, all of our staff, and we started making our way down hill.

Stonemason at work in Bhaktapur

A stonemason chisels at a solid stone block atop the ruins of the Vatsala Durga Temple in Bhaktapur A photograph of a stonemason symbolizes … You may recognize the above photograph from my article on reconstructing the Vatsala Durga temple. It was about being the first independently funded temple to be rebuilt. The donor list is virtual empty … and that’s okay. There’s much more going on…

Arctic Circle Train: Traveling Lapland By Train

Travel the northernmost region of Europe on one of the greatest rail journeys in the world: the Arctic Circle Train. Traveling Lapland on the Arctic Circle Train Extending for hundreds of miles above the Arctic Circle, Lapland is one of the last remaining wildernesses in Europe. For many, this northern extreme is a mystery – where the midnight sun shines endlessly in summer …

Tips That Will Help You Make More of Your Trip To Thailand

Are you thinking of taking a big trip to Thailand this year? If so, you need to learn a bit more about what you should do and what you should expect when you eventually get there. There’s something for everyone in Thailand; it’s that kind of country. But making the most of it and knowing the key attractions and ways to spend your time is important, so read on to…

Video: Winter Camping Tips From REI

It many now officially be spring here in the Northern Hemisphere, but much of the U.S. still has quite a bit of snow on the ground. Still, if you’re anxious to get a jump on some early season camping, this video may be of interest. Better yet, if you’ve often thought about trying camping in the winter, you’ll find some helpful hints and tips to make the entire experience a better one. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Jordan – Transformative Travel Destination

The Transformative Power of Jordan Climbing the holy mountain changed my life. It wasn’t an especially hard climb – there are paths to the top, temperatures were high but comfortable, and my guide was kind and responsive – but Jordan can do that, delivering an unexpected bolt of emotion that knocks your preconceptions sideways. …

Everest Base Camp Trek: Grom & Team Make Their way to Lobuche

Today we left Pheriche and hiked further up valley to Lobuche.