The Silk Road is made up of the countries of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan. This part of the world is full of unique culture, ancient history, and delicious cuisine. Here are a few of our top tips on the best time to visit, and everything you need to know before visiting Central Asia
Sri Lanka truly has something for everyone, from its laid-back beach towns, to historical ruins, to tea estates to hiking up mountain peaks. Voted top country for travel in 2019 by Lonely Planet, go before the tourism surge. Here are ten reasons to visit Sri Lanka.
Visiting China will create unforgettable memories and allow travelers to experience a country with a unique culture and history, varied geography, and many tantalizing food delicacies. It would take a lifetime to experience everything China has to offer— the rugged geographic treasures of Zhangjiajie and Guilin, the dynamic energy of Shanghai, and China’s most-visited destination, Beijing, are just a few places to get a traveler started. Hong Kong, Pingyao, and Chongqing also deserve to be at the top of one’s itinerary list.
With nearly 60 million tourists visiting it in 2016, it’s no surprise China earned the award for the most visited country in Asia and fourth in the entire world. Part of the appeal of this coveted travel destination is the vast variety of culturally, historically, and religiously significant sites. The geographic treasures of Zhangjiajie, Huangshan, and Guilin feature awe-inspiring geography that have enticed filmmakers, photographers, geologists, and travelers for years.
A new year means new adventures, and there’s no better way to celebrate than with the trip of a lifetime. With so many incredible options out there, it’s hard to choose which getaway is the trip for you, but we’ve got your back. We’ve narrowed down the hottest destinations of the year to come, from the shores of Belize to the mountains of China. Keep reading to find out the top trips to take in 2019!
Deciding where to visit in China is no easy feat. It’s a large country entrenched in history, culture, and religion, with each region and city offering something unique and special. Dynamic, cosmopolitan, and vibrant with energy, Shanghai is the largest city in China and a popular destination for travelers. Not to mention taking the bullet train from Shanghai can get you to the beautiful destinations of Suzhou and Hangzhou in under two hours, making them great day trips.
Bhutan is truly a destination unlike any other. Located in the Eastern Himalayas, this magical country has worked hard to preserve its history, spirituality, and authenticity. The kingdom has achieved this by avoiding rapid urbanization and imposing strict tourism regulations, which has created the perfect balance of modern and ancient. A trip to this secluded hidden gem is a unique adventure to cherish, and it’s guaranteed to create lifelong memories. Keep reading to find out the top five reasons you should visit Bhutan!
China is a country of unique delicacies and historical wonders. It’s also quite expansive, with each region and city offering unique experiences. Experiencing all China has to offer at once would take forever, so we’re breaking down some of our favorite destinations to visit and what to do there.
Myanmar is a hidden gem brimming with natural beauty, a deep spiritual history, and never-ending adventure. This Southeast Asian country, formerly known as Burma, should be on every traveler’s bucket list. Whether you wish to lounge on a secluded beach, explore hidden temples, or visit bustling markets, there’s something for everyone. Keep reading to find out the best things to do in Myanmar!
Myanmar—formerly known as Burma—is a fascinating country full of mystery and allure. This tropical destination is known for its complex history, rich culture, and breathtaking sights. Whether you’re lounging on white sand beaches, touring the iconic pagodas, or exploring the bustling city streets, there are plenty of adventures to be had. Myanmar’s monsoon climate means certain times of the year are better for travel, and it’s important to do your research before planning your getaway. Keep reading to find out the best time to visit Myanmar!
Imagine traveling into a country that kept itself isolated from the rest of the world until the mid-20th century, a country shrouded in magic and mystery. Welcome to Bhutan, a landlocked country situated between Tibet, India, and Southeast Asia. Bhutan is a unique nation, with a strong foundation in Buddhism and a rich cultural heritage, stemming from the fact that it is one of the only Asian countries that has never been colonized by a foreign power.
China is brimming with rich culture, breathtaking scenery, and never-ending adventures. Relax in the tropical paradise of Hainan, trek the Great Wall, or explore the waterfront metropolis of Shanghai—the possibilities are endless. This massive country is known for its great regional diversity, which means packing can get a little tricky. But don’t let the question of what to bring stress you out because we’ve got you covered, no matter what plans you have in store. Keep reading to see our China packing list!
Everyone dreams of the ultimate getaway, but many think it’s out of their price range. However, you don’t need to break the bank to enjoy a luxurious vacation. It’s possible to experience a piece of paradise while on a budget. Whether you long for a tropical oasis, bewitching city, or countryside retreat, the possibilities are endless—but we’ve narrowed it down. Keep reading to learn about five affordable getaways that feel totally luxe without the high price!
Normally, if you were to ask me when the best time to visit Bali, Indonesia is, my answer would be something along the lines of “Now. Yesterday. Whenever you can. ASAP. Always.” But, I’m going to take a shot in the dark and say that you didn’t click on this post for one sentence saying “What, you’re not packed yet?!”. On that note, let’s get to the goods...
Of all the islands I’ve visited, Bali is my favorite. The pristine beaches, rushing waterfalls, verdant rice terraces, and massive volcanoes create a stunning scene. Bali’s beauty is otherworldly, and you can’t help but feel like you’ve stumbled into a magical paradise. One of the best things about Bali is that it’s more than just breathtaking views—there’s no limit on adventures to be had. Keep reading to learn about my favorite things to do in Bali!
This past September, I explored the tropical paradise of Sumatra. I’ve always wanted to visit this breathtaking Indonesian island, which is home to the critically endangered Sumatran orangutan. Sumatra offers picturesque views and exciting adventures for nature lovers, but it’s the islands diverse wildlife that really stands out. While there, I embarked on a once-in-a-lifetime orangutan trek in Gunung Leuser National Park. This remarkable experience was one I’ll never forget. Keep reading to learn more about trekking with orangutans in Sumatra!
China is an expansive country full of great diversity. Although a trip to China is always a good idea, the variety of weather from region to region means you’ll need to do your research when deciding when to visit. Hong Kong down south sees different weather than Beijing up north, and planning your trip depends on where you plan to explore. Keep reading to learn the best time to visit China!
I love Thanksgiving, maybe even more than Christmas because it’s a time when we reflect with our friends and loved ones on what is good and bountiful in our lives. Our house is one of chaos, gluttony, stories, games, but mostly laughter and love. Oh, and LOTS of football. I began wondering if the United States was the only country to celebrate Thanksgiving. After doing some digging, I discovered Thanksgiving is a holiday that is celebrated in places all around the world!
If you had to pick one ingredient as the foundation of your diet, could you? What sets your meals apart from the rest? Perhaps your mind wanders to a spice or vegetable -- something with flavor that packs a punch? In Vietnam, the foundational ingredient in their meals is something much more simple and matter of fact. It’s rice.
There’s something incredibly special about traveling solo. For many, the idea of visiting a new country all alone is terrifying, but solo travel can be a priceless period of self-reflection, education, and growth. Facing your fears and putting yourself out there is so worth it, and it’s the best way to truly immerse yourself in a new culture. There’s nothing quite as rewarding as traveling solo—it’s an unforgettable adventure that everyone should experience at least once. Keep reading to learn the best countries for solo travel!