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Exploring the Canadian Rockies – Lakes, Glaciers, Parks and Wildlife

Exploring the Canadian Rockies – Lakes, Glaciers, Parks and Wildlife

Why go to the Canadian Rockies in 2017? About a year ago a message popped up on my Twitter feed. It said all the national parks in Canada will be free in 2017 to mark its 150th anniversary. I immediately started planning my travels to the maple leaf country. First order of business is to order the Park permit pass (which is free of cost) in order to obtain access to the parks. As you can imagine Canadian National Park issued a record number of passes this year due to high demand. You can order your pass from the Canadian…

Ecuador, South America

Ecuador, South America

My 6th country in South America and 50th country in the world, Ecuador is a paradise for those who love nature. With its mystical beauty, snow-capped peaks along the avenue of volcanoes (some are still active) spread across the country, countless waterfalls in Banos, second highest capital city in the world, hugging clouds, rolling hills, cows and sheep grazing the slopes of the mountains. With the exception of Ireland, Ecuador has to be the greenest countries I have ever visited in my life. It seems almost everything is painted in green. This planet continues to amaze me. Ecuador in a…

After 3 months of backpacking in Europe

After 3 months of backpacking in Europe

It all started in August when a friend invited me to visit her in Glasgow, Scotland. What started as a single country trip turned into a 3 month long travel across western Europe. Here is what I explored during my travel across Europe and Northern Africa: Scotland – Glasgow, Edinburgh, Isle of Arran, Isle of Skye Ireland – Dublin, Killarney, Dingle, Portmagee London Paris Portugal – Porto, Coimbra, Lisbon, Lagos & Sagres Spain – Seville, Granada, Valencia, Barcelona, Catalan & Girona Morocco – Fes, Chefchouen, Tangier Italy – Florence, Rome, Naples & Ischia Here are some highlights from my 3…

Back to Medellin, Colombia

Back to Medellin, Colombia

Back to my favorite city in the world. This time I am going to stay here for a couple of months. Medellin has a lot to offer. All the activities in the sports stadiums (Inder Deportes) are free including the gymnasium, soccer and tennis lessons, swimming pools etc. The city wide biking system (encicla) is absolutely free. Of course you have to return the bike every hour but you can take another one immediately. Biking in Medellin is much better than in NYC. You have dedicated bike path which allows one to bike without any intrusion from other traffic. Plus…

Why train travel in Burma is fun and adenturous?

Taking the train in Myanmar is a must do fun activity for all ages. It feels like you are riding on a roller coaster the whole time when you are in the train. Traveling in “Upper class” is preferable as you can sit on leather seats as supposed to wooden seats. On your way you notice the following – farmers with their conical hats tilling the farm, cows grazing the field, pagodas on the top of the hills and little children waving their hands. Warning: Don’t eat much before your travel! Watch the video!

Thailand Itinerary

Thailand Itinerary

This is the plan from Nov 17 – Dec 16. After that inevitable stop in Bangkok, head to the north of Thailand for a couple of weeks and then go explore the islands in the south. I am looking forward to seeing Loi Krathong (sky lantern lighting) festival and the scuba diving in Koh Tao. Bangkok ->Chiang Mai/Chiang Rai/Pai -> Krabi ->Ko Tao (diving)  -> Koh Pha Ngan ->Koh Samui -> Surat Thani

Along the Mediterranean – Travel Itinerary

Along the Mediterranean – Travel Itinerary

The plan is to backpack across a bunch of countries along the Mediterranean coast. I planned to start my travels in Turkey and then move on to Greece and then to Egypt (my first time in Africa!), Israel, Palestine and Jordan. My original plan was to go to Turkey and Morocco and then move on to South East Asia. But since I am already there in that part of the world, I might as well see more countries along the beautiful coast. Egypt -> Israel -> Jordan Days traveled = 30 days Kms traveled = 2500

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