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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…

How to plan Cherry blossoms trip in Japan

How to plan Cherry blossoms trip in Japan Japanese call it “Hana – mi” which literally means Viewing of Cherry blossoms. The Cherry flowers are referred to as “Sakura” in Japanese. When did this tradition originate and how did it become a popular activity among both the locals and tourists? I have always wanted to witness the “Hanami” in person and use that as a reason to travel across Japan. It was almost early March when I finished my rather long backpacking adventure across South East Asia. I was taking a break in India for a few weeks. The northern…

Exploring Pai in my Vespa

Exploring Pai in my Vespa

In Pai you can rent a scooter (pictures 9,10) for less than $5 a day including gas. Then ride to Love strawberry Pai (picture 1), Coffee in Love for a scenic view (2), see the WW2 memorial bridge (3), feed bananas to the elephants (4), check out the Chinese village (5), and slide down the waterfall (6) and go to the Buddha temple (7) up in the top of the hill to watch the sunset (8). To finish it off have a nice healthy salad at Charlie and Leks health food restaurant. ‪#‎Pai‬‪#‎Vespa‬‪#‎Thailand‬‪#‎travel‬              …

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

Exploring former Yugoslavia

Exploring former Yugoslavia

April – May 2015 Yugoslavia always fascinated me from my childhood. As a kid I remember watching the contestants from this communist block play competitively in the Olympic games and usually come out in the top 5. It was home to many different ethnic and cultural backgrounds (and still is). They shared the same south Slavic language.In the early 90’s I witnessed the breakaway of this big block after Tito’s fall. If you are not familiar with Tito, he is the first post world war communist leader of Yugoslavia. Some saw him as a tyrant but most saw him as…

Slovenia – Beautiful landscape and people

Slovenia – Beautiful landscape and people

Slovenia It is strange to think that Slovenia was part of the former Yugoslavia block of countries. But Slovenes are more industrious and organized than the fellow former Slavs. During Tito’s era, Slovenia enjoyed a remarkable expansion of industrial infrastructure with 60% of all industry concentrated in this small state. Slovenia was the first country to secede from Yogoslavia after Tito’s fall. The breakaway was rather smooth with only a few dozen deaths compared to the mess we saw in Bosnia and Croatia. Within a decade after their independence from Yugoslavia, Slovenia joined the EU club. It was also the…

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