It took seven years to return to Nepal, and this time it’s a gateway for my trip to Tibet with @gadventures. I’ve been travelling as one of the #GWanderers (#sponsored) for over a year now, and get to go to places where I can culturally dig deeper, take on challenging adventures and visit projects that have positive social impact, where tourism dollars go to the right people and places and for good causes. • This trip is no exception. #Kathmandu is one of my most favourite and beloved cities and to return felt like a homecoming from my days as a long-term traveller. I’ll forever champion everyone to visit #Nepal and help its growth, especially after the devastating earthquake in 2015. • From Kathmandu to the village of Panauti for a homestay to Kathmandu airport where we waited with anticipation for our #Tibet group visa to arrive... the new journey has only just begun. •
Obsessed with the mountains and feel that the ski run times end too soon? It’s easy to have a mountain peak (almost) all to yourself until the new day of carving powder dawns. • What a view to wake up to and end the day with on the Gerlitzen Alpe in Kärnten, #Austria. A panorama of mountains, layered in hues of blue that melt into the sky. • You can stay in a room with a view at @alpinhotel_pacheiner and keep your head in the alpine clouds. • My #YearinAustria travels with #VisitCarinthia. #sponsored
How could you dislike winter when you have the Alps to play on? ⛷ I've just returned from another incredible ski trip in #Austria, this time swapping the Tirol and Vorarlberg pistes for those in Kärten/Carinthia. The mountains are my calling, and this is one of my most favourite times of the year (which I then swap up for hiking when it all turns green). • I took the train from Vienna to the southern city of Villach and from there took a winding 40 minute drive up the Gerlitzen Alpe to stay in a mountain-top hotel at its 1,911m and test out some of the 25 perfectly groomed ski runs. • Staying right up in ski area meant being one of the first on the fresh powder, with more time to practice. And rarely was it over-crowded, which is great for managing your technique and a good sign in the management of tourism here. • And in my two years of lessons, I finally managed this time to get on the red runs – reaching my personal goal I set on my #YearinAustria project. It's also a pride thing living in Austria too 😉 🇦🇹 Cultural assimilation: achieved ✔️ • So, who wants to come and ski in Austria? And if you already have - where have you been? #VisitCarinthia #sponsored
From my days living in #Cambodia, visiting Angkor Wat never got boring. It was a joy not to be taken for granted. And while the site gets crowded, there is a system to avoid it, and for a little extra time and a couple of extra dollars, tuk tuk drivers are happy to oblige and take you on the best route. The ideal way is to start with Angkor Wat at sunrise, landing a spot just outside of the temple so that you can snap that iconic reflection photo (the crowds gather more inside), before moving onto the other temples in the complex. Then, come back to explore the grounds of Angkor Wat in the afternoon, also when the heat is a little more bearable for those stair climbs!
I like to take at least one big trekking trip every year, and while planning for Kilimanjaro is parked for 2020, I will be swapping up deep jungle trekking, like here in Colombia, for mountains hikes at high altitude in #Tibet and #Nepal in April. The Himalayas are calling once again and the Tibetan Plateau awaits.
One of the best things about doing updates on the website is going through a ton of photos from my days of long term travels and remembering random adventures. Like the time I was in #Trabzon in northern #Turkey trying to get a visa for Iran and stumbling upon lots of interesting sites like the Sumela Monastery - the ruins of a Greek Orthodox monastery set within the rock face of the Pontic Mountains range. Often you forget about those little moments where you found yourself, unplanned, in a place of huge cultural significance.