• Storms River Mouth
    africa,  hiking,  outdoors,  travel

    Garden Route National Park: Tsitsikamma

    Tsitsikamma is located in one of the most stunning parts of South Africa called the Garden Route. It’s a mountainous region where rivers have carved their path to the Indian Ocean and home to fynbos vegetation. A place I can call a favorite because it left me awestruck just like many parts of South Africa.   GETTING THERE By car The best and most flexible option is to drive. I originally started my journey to Garden Route from Cape Town and Tsitsikamma was my last stop before returning back. There is a toll booth to enter this side of the Garden Route. The toll is R50 ($3). If you’re driving…

  • Along the Virgin River
    hiking,  north america,  outdoors,  travel

    Hikes in Zion National Park

    The red cliffs of Zion National Park is majestic! It’s my favorite place in all of Utah. I went here twice and I was just as amazed by its beauty the first time. It’s 2 to 3 hours drive from Las Vegas. A park great for canyoneering (also known as canyoning), which is navigating a canyon by hiking, swimming, abseiling, cliff jumping, and/or climbing. My first experience of this was a guided experience at Blue Mountains in Australia.   GETTING THERE If you need to fly, the nearest major airport to Zion is McCarran International Airport (LAS) in Las Vegas. Other nearby major airports are in Salt Lake City (SLC)…

  • Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado, USA
    hiking,  north america,  outdoors

    Great Sand Dunes National Park

    Did you know Great Sand Dunes National Park has the tallest dunes in North America? It’s over 750 feet in height and 30 square miles long. Elevation of 8200 ft (2499 m).   GETTING THERE Great Sand Dunes is open 24/7. The park is a 4-hour drive from Denver, Colorado. Admission is free with the America the Beautiful pass. Otherwise, you pay $15 per vehicle. During the summer, the sand can reach up to 150 degrees F. It’s best to hike early in the morning or in the evening.    THINGS TO DO AT GREAT SAND DUNES Hike to High Dune Hike Date: August 2018 Distance: 2.5 mile (4…

  • View of Table Mountain from Lion's Head trail
    africa,  hiking,  outdoors

    Hiking Table Mountain: India Venster Trail

    Table Mountain is Cape Town’s iconic landmark. It’s about 3280 feet (1 km) above sea level and the views from up top are amazing! Of course there are other trails that can lead you to the top, but India Venster trail is a popular hiking trail worth doing. I’ve visited Table Mountain twice. First time was by cable car and second time by foot.   GETTING THERE You’ll find the start of India Venster trail near the cable car station. Enter into Google Maps this address: Table Mountain Lower Aerial Cableway Station, Tafelberg Road, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa   I took a Uber to the meeting point so…

  • europe,  hiking,  outdoors,  travel

    Italy: Hiking Monte Baldo (Lake Garda)

    Monte Baldo in Northern Italy is a spectacular place for hiking. It’s 23 mi (37 km) long and 7 mi (11 km) wide. Located in a town called Malcesine around Lake Garda. Lies between the provinces of Trento and Verona.   GETTING THERE If you don’t have access to a car, you can reach Malcesine by bus or ferry depending on where you are coming from. A bus ticket from Peschiera del Garda to Malcesine was 10 euros ($11.50). The ride time was 1.5 hours. If you are driving and need to find parking in Malcesine, click here. For bus routes, click here for anywhere within Lake Garda. There are…

  • europe,  hiking,  outdoors,  travel

    Top 10 Beautiful Places In Europe

    They say nature does wonders for the soul. Would you agree? I can definitely attest to that. Europe has its own natural beauty just like the other 6 continents. Waterfalls, trees, flora, variety of mountain ranges, beaches, rivers, birds, caves, and I can go on! Read: My thoughts about Europe Below are 10 beautiful places in Europe I highly recommend you see.   LAKE BLED Where: Bled, Slovenia Why: No explanation needed. Go on a sunny day and you will not regret it. It is so picturesque as you can see! You can walk or bike around the lake. It’s 1.7 miles (2 km) long and takes about an hour…