While most people head to the Island of Palawan for the sand and surf, there's quite a bit of culture beyond the beach as well. On our first full day in Puerto Princesa, we swapped the seashore for a jaunt in nature. Our half-day excursion consisted of a hike to the Batak village where we stopped for lunch and a tour before heading back. The Batak are the indigenous people of the Philippines and a[...]
 
 
Before ever arriving to the Island of Palawan, I knew two things: that it is part of the Philippines and that several travel magazines have coined it the "most beautiful island in the world." That's a lot to live up to but as soon as I landed at the Puerto Princesa airport, I knew that Palawan would be every bit as special for me as I'd hoped.In fact, after braving the extreme heat of Manila, [...]
 
 
*This is a guest post by professional photographer Angela Altus. You can view more of her work here. I had been travelling in Vietnam for just over a week - faced the wonderfully chaotic streets of Hanoi, taken the “less traveled” hiking rout through Cat Ba National Park, crawled through the mud-filled Dark Cave of Phong Nha in a bathing suit and hard hat, weathered what I thought at the time [...]
 
 
Less than 48 hours since landing in Hong Kong, I was off on my next adventure. While I'm not always so spur-of-the-moment with my travel plans, I couldn't say no to the Philippines. So off I went to the Island of Palawan with Intrepid Travel, a destination many refer to as "the most beautiful island in the world." That's a lot to live up to but I soon discovered that its praise is well-deserved. T[...]
 
 
After my first week of touring Hong Kong like a boss, it was time to slow things down and actually get to know Hong Kong on a deeper level. When Urban Adventures approached me to participate on one of their most popular and longest running tours: The Story of Hong Kong, it was kind of serendipitous because I was already planning on signing up for one of their neighborhood walks anyway. This was my[...]
 
 
Like many cities in Latin America, Panama City is full of contrasts. From the varied styles of architecture to the gritty graffiti boldly covering building walls, a walk through the cobbled streets of Casco Viejo is anything but boring. Yet, as much as I enjoyed learning about Panama's past, I found myself easily more fascinated with its present. In particular, I gravitated toward a program called[...]
 
 
If you've been following my Google+ or Twitter posts (heck, even Facebook) lately, you might be wondering why I'm seemingly obsessed with Hong Kong. Well, I'm actually living here for the next four months! I arrived in mid-may but about two days later, I was on a flight to the Philippines so it wasn't until returning from that trip that I actually began exploring my new home.What did I discove[...]
 
 
Next week I'll focus on downtown Panama City, but right now it's time to revel in the glamour of pure nature. The great thing about Panama is that city and country are never too far apart. Our drive from Panama City to the starting point of our San Blas islands adventure was only a two-hour car ride. That goes by pretty fast, making this an ideal day-trip or even a weekend getaway if you crave mor[...]
 
 
It's hard to believe that it's been over a month since my very first trip to Panama and yet, here I am, still thinking about all the amazing people I met while I was there. In some cities, it's the architecture that really blows me away and for others, it's the food. In Panama, I fell in love with the people. Sure, the food was delicious, the buildings colorful and the culture vibrant, but ultimat[...]
 
 
One of my goals last year was to visit more destinations in the Caribbean, as that was one area of the globe I hadn't explored much. I'm really glad I set that goal because I discovered three of my (now) favorite destinations: Dominica, Jamaica and Curaçao. All three of these locales exceeded my already high expectations and besides the stunning scenery, what impressed me most was the deep sense o[...]
 
 
How do I even begin to explain Bologna's vibrant food scene? Seriously, I actually went clothing shopping pre-trip and bought an extra pair of jeans (in the next size up) and comfy stretchy pants because I knew I'd eat everything in sight upon arriving in Italy. In case you're wondering if I succeeded in that goal, I most certainly did. However, I never felt bloated or lethargic after my meals and[...]
 
 
During my week in Emilia-Romagna, I spent just as much time wandering through the cobbled city streets as I did basking outside in the countryside and that proved a perfect balance. This particular region really caters to travelers seeking interactive experiences, especially those relating to cuisine and crafts. Luckily, I got to explore both art and the art of food.It wasn't until our very la[...]