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At the end of the second day of the Inca Trail, I felt a massive relief that the hard part was over and that it would be non-stop fun all the time from there on out — and hoped I wasn’t fooling myself. Turns out, I wasn’t. Day three would be my favorite day of the…

The Inca Trail. If I was able to peek into the mental bucket lists of travelers around the world, I think it’s safe to say that this world-renown trek would merit a high ranking spot on most of them. Four days hiking through brutal altitude and stunning panoramas towards an unmatched final destination: the ancient Incan…

Trekking Mount Rinjani: Conclusion and Tips thumbnail

Start with Part I and Part II of this series. Just because I was too much of a wuss to make it to the summit of Rinjani doesn’t mean you all should be denied the stunning views. Anders, being the mountain man that he is, practically sprinted to the summit — while occasionally stopping to do…

Trekking Mount Rinjani: A Triumphant Failure thumbnail

The first thought that entered my head when I woke up on the third day of our Rinjani trek was a simple “I do not want to do this.” We set off at 3:30am. By 4:00, I was in tears and growing more overwrought with every step. I knew I could not make the rest of…

Trekking Mount Rinjani: A Beautiful Beginning thumbnail

Holy. Shit. What have I gotten myself into? Apologies to my grandmother for the profanity, but that’s what ran through my head as I stood on the shores of Gili Trawangan and watched the sun rising over Lombok, revealing the volcano we were about spent three days scaling. Gunung Rinjani is not only the second highest…

Hiking the Rice Terraces of Batad: Part II thumbnail

On the morning of my third day in the Cordilleras, I jolted awake and rolled over to look out the window. Had I dreamed how beautiful it was? The view that answered me back assured me it was very much reality. Despite, or perhaps even partly because of, the total isolation from the outside world, I…

Now This is Travel: Hiking The Rice Terraces of Batad thumbnail

Getting to Batad is not for the faint-hearted. This remote Filipino village, famed for having arguably the most beautiful rice terraces in the world, is not accessible by motorized vehicle. First, you get to Banaue, a remove village in Northern Luzon, accessible by bus from Manila. Then, you set out towards Batad, and go as far…

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