Brewster Glacier Hike (1 Day vs. Overnight)

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Brewster Glacier is the most accessible glacier in the Mount Aspiring National Park as you can get from carpark to the glacier in a matter of hours (although it’s no walk in the park!) The Brewster Glacier Hike can be done in a single day or overnight based on your timeline and fitness level. After…

5 Best Bike Rental Companies in Leh, Ladakh (Revised For 2024)

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There are several bike rental companies in Leh, Ladakh. But not all of them are trustworthy and professional. And the last thing you need is to end up with a faulty bike, hidden charge, or bad deal that can ruin your trip.  In this post, I’ll share the 5 best bike rental companies in Leh…

Kilimanjaro Park Fees 2024 (This Is How They’re Calculated)

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Climbing Kilimanjaro is not cheap. When I was planning my trip back in 2019, the shock of the various fees caught me off guard. These include the conservation, camping, rescue, guide, and porter fees.  If that’s not enough, I also had to factor in my preferred route, the tour operator I’d be employing, and the…

The Best Kumano Kodo Accommodation Options (My Recommendations)

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One of the most distinctive features of the Kumano Kodo track is the accommodation. There aren’t any fancy hotels or resorts, but there are stunning traditional family-run guesthouses. They offer warm and authentic hospitality, and a chance to immerse yourself in the local lifestyle, and best of all INCREDIBLE FOOD. But with options between Minshukas,…

The 7 Best Kilimanjaro Tour Operators (And Who I Used!)

Tristan Balme The Best Kilimanjaro Tour Operators And Who I Used

I summited Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2019. But choosing the right tour operator wasn’t an easy feat. I spent several days walking around Moshi talking to the local tour companies, as well as scouring the internet (and making phone calls) – on the hunt for reliable, ethical, and professional companies that offer the best value for…

Where To Stay In Tanabe, Japan (My 4 Picks!)

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I spent a couple of nights in Tanabe while hiking the Kumano Kodo trail. The city’s quaint, but there are decent lodgings to stay in.  One of the highlights was soaking in the hot tubs found mainly at the Ryokans. Absolutely relaxing. Some are reasonably priced too.  Here’s my pick of 4 best places to…

The Best Kumano Kodo Tours (Guided vs. Self-Guided)

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Planning a Kumano Kodo hike can be a headache.. (it was for me at least!) A simple search can send you spiraling down the rabbit hole as you sift through websites (half of which are in Japanese) trying to find the right combination of accommodation, transport, and routes to make (firstly) it all work –…

The 7 Best Hotels In Stone Town, Zanzibar (And Where To Avoid!)

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As quaint and compact as it is, Stone Town continues to be one of the most mesmerising destinations I’ve travelled to. But I can’t deny the dilemma I experienced when it came to choosing accommodation for a well-rounded experience. After spending a couple of days in the city, I’ve found some offer top-tier service than…

Brewster Glacier Hike (1 Day vs. Overnight)

Brewster Glacier is the most accessible glacier in the Mount Aspiring National Park as you...

5 Best Bike Rental Companies in Leh, Ladakh (Revised For 2024)

There are several bike rental companies in Leh, Ladakh. But not all of them are...

My 19 Best Restaurants in Leh Ladakh (And 4 Must Trys!)

Leh Ladakh is a beautiful place with a rich culture and delicious food. During my...

Kilimanjaro Park Fees 2024 (This Is How They’re Calculated)

Climbing Kilimanjaro is not cheap. When I was planning my trip back in 2019, the...

The Best Kumano Kodo Accommodation Options (My Recommendations)

One of the most distinctive features of the Kumano Kodo track is the accommodation. There...

The 7 Best Kilimanjaro Tour Operators (And Who I Used!)

I summited Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2019. But choosing the right tour operator wasn’t an easy...