Sometimes all it takes is one photo to get you amped up to buy that plane ticket. Or at least get the gears grinding. I’ve compiled some of my pictures that I take on the go, and hope that they can motivate and inspire you to get out there and Just Do Life!
With over 7,000 islands, the Philippines provides countless opportunities to explore. Whether it be the famous beaches of Palawan, Cebu, and Boracay, the mountains of Northern Luzon, or the many cultural experiences in between, the Philippines takes TIME to explore. And it is well worth it. I hope to get back there one day soon and continue from where I left off. Take a look at some of the places I’ve been and hopefully I’ll keep adding and adding.
Sabah, Malaysian Borneo is a truly incredible place. Just outside of the main city Kota Kinabalu lies the oldest rainforest in the world. If you’d like, you can climb the highest peak in Borneo, Mount Kinabalu, or the equally challenging Mount Trus Madi. Sabah also offers some of the best dive sites and beaches in the world. Malaysia is the perfect place for exploration, come on down and see for yourself!
Ahhhh Bali, the surfers paradise. Or the Aussies blackout destination. Or the yogis dream location. Whatever you fancy, Bali is a mix of spirituality, tourism, nature and surf. The smell of incense wafting in the air throughout all of Bali entices one to think about life, love, and whether or not they put sunscreen on their back. Beaches, temples, rice fields, Bali has what you want in a relaxing getaway.
Some call it a handrail society. Some call it electric. I call it both, and if you are there at the right time, you will see those rising up against the handrail notion. Hong Kong is one of the most lively cities in the world, with the best dim sum hands down. Only 26% of Hong Kong is urban, leaving a long list of hiking trails at your disposal when you get exhausted trying to keep pace with the exciting scene HK has to offer. Or you can just relax on the waterfront and watch the junk ships cruise by in front of the epic skyline on Hong Kong Island.
Cambodia is well known for Angkor Wat, and the many other Angkor complexes in the country. I mean really well known. Traveling to Siem Reap means thousands of tourists in the same spots you are everyday…but its avoidable, just do the reverse of the mass tourist! When you are able to do this, you can really appreciate the gorgeous structures, historical carvings, and the fusion of stone and tree. This country has been through a lot, so do not miss it while traveling through Indo China!
From North to South, Vietnam holds some of richest culture, intense and eye opening history, and fresh perspectives one might not have ever thought of. Inquisitive travelers will have no shortage of knowledge to gain, as the people here are open and willing to share their history. Sites like Ha Long Bay, Hanoi’s Old Quarter, and Hue’s Imperial City are all areas of beauty, for different reasons. Come to Vietnam for a look into the past, and come out knowing more about yourself than ever.
The Land of a Million Elephants, holds just a few thousand at best now. However there are places like the Elephant Village in Luang Prabang to give elephants new life. Laos once logged timber for big business, but deforestation has caused that to halt. Elephants were a big worker during that time, and without the industry they have fallen victims to abusive tourism practices. Thankfully, that’s not the case everywhere! So come on in and check out the safe haven for these elephants, and cruise on through the Nam Khan with me!