The Annapurna Base Camp Trek

The Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) trek was a joy to my heart and soul, but still a challenge for my body (SO MANY STAIRS!). Though the views weren’t as varied, raw, wild or epic as what I saw on the Everest Base Camp trek, they were peaceful and beautiful in a different way. Poon Hill offered…

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…

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.

A different voice

Browsing through my favourite section of a local bookstore (adventure and literary travel) , I noticed that the vast majority of books displayed were written by authors with Western names, that there were few authors whose names weren’t European or of European heritage (to be honest, I don’t recall seeing a single book by an author with an…