The Batad Rice Terraces of the Philippines – An agricultural masterpiece

The Batad Rice Terraces were carved into the Philippine mountains, supposedly mostly by hand, by the indigenous people of that area over 2,000 years ago.  Apparently, if the steps were put end to end, it would encircle half the globe! It took a nine hour over night bus to reach Banaue, the entrance to the rice terraces, and initially, traveling there by myself, I was planning on visiting it on my own. Continue reading The Batad Rice Terraces of the Philippines – An agricultural masterpiece

Solo Christmas on Boracay Island…a good idea? Maybe.

While I was still recovering from my trek to Everest Base Camp by drinking too much coffee and eating too much Israeli and Indian food in Kathmandu, I knew I had to start thinking about where I was going to be for Christmas and New Years. The holidays, no matter where in the world you are, can be expensive and sold out if you don’t make prior arrangements.  While Asia Continue reading Solo Christmas on Boracay Island…a good idea? Maybe.

The cost of travel – December 2014 budget roundup

Sorry this post is a bit late – things have been crazy with unexpectedly flying home and a change of travel plans.  So without further ado my December travel budget roundup! THAILAND (Koh Lanta, Bangkok) I spent 13 days in Thailand during the month of December (on top of the 10 I spent in November) including 3 days in Bangkok and 10 on the island of Koh Lanta. Total time: 13 days Continue reading The cost of travel – December 2014 budget roundup