Getting Down to Earth: Into the Wadis of Oman

As the sunrise woke me, I got my first glimpse of Oman. The contrasting view of the beach below and the rocky Al Hajar mountains beyond was a fitting introduction to a journey that would take me all over the diverse terrains of this fascinating country.

Breaking the Ice: Discovering Siberia’s Lake Baikal

25 million years old, and more than 5,500 feet deep, Baikal is the deepest and purest lake on the planet, and home to 20% of its fresh water. As culturally significant as it is scenically dramatic, its shores are considered hallowed places by those who call it home.

The Road to Heaven’s Gate: Ha Giang, Vietnam

In the northernmost nether regions of Vietnam exists a remote destination that has been open to tourism for a mere six years - Ha Giang, a region virtually untouched by the harmful effects of mass tourism and big industries.

Discovering the Tribes of Loikaw

A short flight from Yangon sits the very traditional Loikaw, one of the best places to head in Southeast Asia for a window into authentic tribal life. I was the very first foreign visitor to some of Loikaw’s more remote tribal areas.

Off the Grid in Yunnan: Lijiang to Shangri La

I recently took a trip to Yunnan, upon which I did as I always do, and strayed as far off the tourist trail as possible. What followed were some of the most incredible memories I’ve ever made in China.

The Road to Gyantse

They say that travel is not about the destination, but the journey. I learned the true value of this statement on the long road from Lhasa to Gyantse in Tibet. They say that travel is not about the destination, but the journey. I learned the true value of this statement on the long road from Lhasa to Gyantse in Tibet.