Trekking the Annapurna Circuit: Chame to Manang

Today was the first actual day of hiking on the Annapurna Circuit and we woke up to beautiful blue skies and snow capped mountains after a crazy ride from Kathmandu!  We had about 25 km between Chame and our acclimatization day in Manang .  It would take us 2 days to climb over 1000m and reach the highest Read More …

Trekking the Annapurna Circuit: Leaving Kathmandu

Kathmandu is filled with a whirlwind of dust as trekkers from around the world prepare for their journey into The Himalayas.  My brother and I met our guide Thakur the night before and today we found him waiting for us at the hotel just after breakfast. We took a taxi past merchants setting up shop in Read More …

Snowed in on the Annapurna Circuit – Manang

Getting snowed in on the Annapurna Circuit means I actually had some down time to put together this post.  Luckily the Throng La Hotel in Manang has some wifi so I thought I’d tell you all about the trip so far.  The first few days of our expedition has been quite enjoyable with a day Read More …

Taroko Gorge – Shakadang Trail & The Eternal Spring Shrine

Taroko Gorge is the best place to hike in Taiwan.  Its famous for massive marble walls in a giant chasm that is many kilometers long.  The mountains around the park reach well over 3000m and provide a stunning backdrop for any outdoor enthusiast.  On my first day in Taroko National Park I joined a few other Read More …

Top 10 Travel Photos of 2015 #7

2015 brought me good fortune and even greater photos.  My camera followed me from New Years Eve with my family in New Jersey then back to Korea before enjoying Lunar New Year in Thailand and short stint in Taiwan for Buddha’s Birthday.  Then we went up a few Korean mountains and swam in stunning Korean islands before heading back Read More …

Mae Hong Son Loop – Part 1: Chiang Mai to Pai

The Mae Hong Son Loop has been on my brain for a year now.  Ever since I rode Vietnam’s Hai Van Pass last summer I’ve been itching to jump on a motorbike for another long ride through South East Asia.  Sure I tooled around for a half day in Krabi last Lunar New Year but that trip just whet Read More …

Chuseok at the Striking Ulleungdo Island in Korea, Gateway to Dokdo

A note from Mike:  I’m happy to introduce everyone to Rodrigo!  He’s a hiking buddy and fellow traveler who usually posts travel advice at www.OutOfYourComfortZone.net.  He is LiveTravelTeach’s very first guest blogger and I hope you enjoy the article about his getaway to an exotic island!   Another Chuseok, another long holiday, and another opportunity to explore Read More …

Hiking Dinosaur Ridge, Seoraksan National Park – Seoul Hiking Group

Walking through Seorkasan’s midnight forest we glanced skyward at glimmering stars when suddenly a bright light streaked across the sky!  Our hiking crew let out a cry of joy as a second shooting star ran across the heavens.  I know that was a god omen for my second trek along Dinosaur Ridge in Seoraksan National Park. Read More …

Mountains, Fireworks, & Beaches for Buddha’s Birthday – Seoraksan National Park with Seoul Hiking Group – A sneak peek

Thank you Buddha for being awesome, oh and happy birthday! This weekend I jumped on another night bus with Seoul Hiking Group and took a 15 hour, 25km trek into the mountains before some R&R on the beach. It was another incredible adventure watching the sun rise & fall over the ocean, a Korean mountain Read More …

Bukhansan National Park’s highest peak – Baegundae

Last summer I made the responsible (albeit disappointing) choice to skip mudfest in lieu of staying healthy and climbing Bukhansan National Park’s highest peak, Baegundae.  Leaving the following Thursday for an extreme trip through Vietnam  I knew that I didn’t want to fight a multi-day hangover or any bruised limbs from the alcohol supported escapades at one of Read More …