On loneliness

I’m laying in bed, recovering from a pretty rough case of food poisoning (FYI — Thai tea, fried eggs and avocado are much more enjoyable on the way down than the way up), and I’m thinking about loneliness. It’s a topic and feeling I’ve thought about and experienced a number of times on this trip, and in my current sad and miserable state, it’s top of mind.

Saying goodbye to Kathmandu

I leave Nepal tomorrow, just shy of two months in the country, with a month spent in the capital city, Kathmandu. While I could stay another month on my visa, I’ve seen and done what I wanted to do here:¬†go trekking¬†in the Himalayas to see the mountains of my dreams. I hope to return to…

The quest for Everest

It’s 11:47 p.m. and I’m pretty much packed and ready to go for an early start tomorrow. I’ll be heading to the airport for a domestic flight to Lukla…if the weather cooperates and we get a clear window for take-off at Kathmandu, but more importantly a clear window for landing at Lukla. Lukla’s Tenzing-Hillary Airport has the reputation of being the most dangerous airport in the world…you need a good weather window to get there safely.

And if I do manage to make it to Lukla tomorrow, I will commence the biggest physical challenge I have attempted to date — trekking to Everest Base Camp (5,350m).

A warm welcome to Nepal (and a cockroach murder)

A couple of flights and 24 hours of travel time later, I’ve made it to Kathmandu, Nepal! This is the first time I’ve travelled alone without a familiar face waiting to greet me at my destination…it’s definitely a luxury I have taken for granted in the past, that I won’t take for granted again. But, this isn’t…


The last few months have been quite the whirlwind, but now, here I go: I’m about to board a plane to Kathmandu, Nepal and I don’t have a return ticket booked. I don’t have a solid plan either — just a budget and a list of places I’d like to visit in Asia. As someone…

Cindy Chen

Cindy Chen: On travelling solo and gaining confidence along the way

Cindy Chen is a friend from my undergraduate days. She’s currently on an amazing solo trip around the world, and I’ve found it so heartening to speak with her and learn about her adventures and emotional journey– I thought other people might find her story just as inspiring. Cindy was kind enough to answer a few questions about herself and her trip — this is a travel tale, from a different voice.