Gear Review: What Kind of Backpack to Buy? Top Loader vs Side Loader

Backpack Pile

If you’re thinking of quitting your job and hitting the road in hopes of a more fulfilling life, then the first thing you’ll need is a good backpack to transport all your crap around the world.  As you start shopping for packs you’ll eventually notice that there are a variety of sizes, colors and brands…each […]

Spiti Valley: How To Get To Key Monastery (Ki Gompa)

Key Monastery, Spiti Valley, India

The Key Monastery (Ki Gompa in Tibetan) is located in Spiti Valley, which is in the state of Himachal Pradesh in northern India.  It is the most iconic structure in the valley and should definitely be part of any trip into this corner of the Tibetan Plateau.  The monastery has a unique fort-like design due […]

Travel For Work: Is Traveling For Work Glamorous?

Business Travel

Sure!…at first.  But after a couple months it stops feeling that way, and I’m not sure it ever really comes back.  When I first started traveling for work I felt like a “baller”.  I was so surprised that a company would actually pay for my flights and my hotel and all of my food.  Surely […]

The Philippines: How To Get To Liwliwa Beach

Liwliwa Beach - Circle Hostel

If you live in Manila or are just visiting for a short time, you’ll no doubt come to the conclusion that traveling around the Philippines, while not difficult, can be time consuming.  With destinations that often require a messy combination of bus, boat and tricycle you may find that you don’t have time to get […]

Tibet’s 2nd Invasion

Tibetan Woman on Cell Phone

The Potala Palace, known the world over as an icon of Tibetan Buddhism, towered over the city of Lhasa casting a literal shadow on the hustle and bustle below.  Although from our vantage point, the profound symbolism of the building was lost amidst the chaos of modernity that swarmed below it.  As we stood in […]