The post below was originally published on Hipmunk’s Tailwind Blog on 31 Mar 2016 by The Hipmunk Most people hear the word “rainforest” and immediately picture the Brazilian Amazon or the lush jungles of Costa Rica. Not surprisingly, trips to these rainforest destinations are priced accordingly: Everybody knows about them, so trips are in high […]
This post was originally published on Hipmunk’s Tailwind Blog on March 25, 2016 by TheHipmunk From the Great Pyramid of Giza to the Colosseum in Rome, sightseeing often entails reveling in the architecture and age of sites that have been around too long for us to fully fathom. But while classic architecture should of course […]
May through October is rainy season in Myanmar and much of Southeast Asia, but that doesn’t translate to “don’t go”. Go! Like any time of year, low season travel has its ups and downs. On the downside, I didn’t get to do all the trekking and cycling I would have liked. On the bright side, tourists are fewer and prices are lower, and my photos took on a unique tone.
The post below was originally published on IHG. The Empire State Building, Top of the Rock, One World Trade Center…all of offer exceptional views of NYC, but only with some major trade-offs. You could wait hours in line just to reach the top, and the cost of admission is as sky-high as the observation deck. […]
This post was posted by The Hipmunk on Hipmunk’s Tailwind blog on 2016/02/11. If you’re a grad student, it’s easy to come up with reasons not to travel. It costs a lot (and you’re low on funds). It takes time (and you have a thesis to write). If you’re a teaching or research assistant, it […]
My style of travel is to move to a new country, then use that place as a homebase for exploring. When I moved to Ethiopia in May, I didn’t exactly pack light, but I packed smart for living abroad and taking shorter trips from here. These are a few recent, well-loved additions to my packing checklist:
Today in the life of a travel trade gal – I’ve been invited to tag along on a fam trip to Ethiopia’s South Omo Valley. The region is famous for its decorated tribes and bartering markets. My 4WD ride leaves early on Friday morning (36 hours from now!). I’ll be on the road and offline for 8 days. More details, photos, and stories to follow …
Bad news, guys. African rhinos are in trouble. In addition to the habitat loss that endangers a wide range of species, the rhino’s threat is its particularly valuable horn. Sadly, poachers can fetch huge sums of money for rhino horns on the black market in East Asia, where the horns are believed to possess medicinal powers.