India days 26-28: weekend in stoner town of Kasol + visiting Malana Village

And a new week begins! I’m back from a weekend trip to Kasol, a riverside town famous for cultivating the best hashish in India. Kasol was on my radar as it was all the buzz among travelers I met; people raved about its chiller atmosphere, unique scenery, and less commercial vibes than Manali (spoiler alert … More India days 26-28: weekend in stoner town of Kasol + visiting Malana Village

India days 20-25: day trip to Solang Valley + Baror Parsha waterfall hike + hostel life and duties

After the changes around my volunteering gig last week, things have gotten much brighter. Day by day, I feel even more at home at my new hostel and more comfortable with the staff/guests who feel like my Manali family. Over the last few days, I was able to put the past behind me and truly … More India days 20-25: day trip to Solang Valley + Baror Parsha waterfall hike + hostel life and duties

India days 13-15: new chapter in Manali / the Himalayas + new gig at a hostel through Workaway + day trip to Koksar

And a new chapter begins in the Himalayas. 🙂 I’m currently in Manali, a high-altitude mountain town in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Manali is popular among backpackers and families for its mountain scenery, trekking, and strong Tibetan influence. I am SO excited to be here as the Himalayas have been on my all-time … More India days 13-15: new chapter in Manali / the Himalayas + new gig at a hostel through Workaway + day trip to Koksar

India days 4-7: meeting Aloo Baba + day trip to Ajmer + marble dumping yard + Aarti ceremony + all types of temples

After my wonderful first days in India, I remained in Pushkar for the rest of the week. The last few days were spent doing more off-the-beaten-path activities, enjoying the vibes in this holy town, and falling in love with Pushkar even more. Day 4: Meeting Aloo Baba + “monkey” temple Nick, Stefan, and I set … More India days 4-7: meeting Aloo Baba + day trip to Ajmer + marble dumping yard + Aarti ceremony + all types of temples

India days 1-3: first days in holy city of Pushkar + Pushkar Lake + Savitri Temple hike + camel safari

I made it to India!! My first days have been packed with wonderful experiences in a small, religious desert town called Pushkar. Pushkar is in the Rajasthan state (the largest Indian state and where most tourists go). I’m focusing on Northern India this trip because I wanted a different experience than Sri Lanka, which I … More India days 1-3: first days in holy city of Pushkar + Pushkar Lake + Savitri Temple hike + camel safari

Sri Lanka days 22-24: lively mountain town of Ella + Little Adam’s Peak hike + Nine Arch Bridge + scooter adventures to Ravana Cave + Sri Lanka’s economic crisis

After a beautiful start to our reunion in Sri Lanka, Joe and I made it to the mountains for the second week of our trip. We are spending one week in Ella, a lively town in the highlands known for its picturesque hills covered with cloud forests, hiking, tea plantations, and hippie vibes. Day 22: … More Sri Lanka days 22-24: lively mountain town of Ella + Little Adam’s Peak hike + Nine Arch Bridge + scooter adventures to Ravana Cave + Sri Lanka’s economic crisis

Sri Lanka days 11-15: Nuwara Eliya continued + waterfalls, hikes, and gardens galore + tea plantation tour + horse ride through the countryside

This past week, I grew even more in love in Nuwara Eliya, a small town in Sri Lanka’s tea country (see a recap of my first 3 days here). After 7 days, I can say this is my favorite spot in Sri Lanka so far from its picturesque sites and feeling at home in my … More Sri Lanka days 11-15: Nuwara Eliya continued + waterfalls, hikes, and gardens galore + tea plantation tour + horse ride through the countryside

Sri Lanka days 8-10: iconic train ride + tea country hills of Nuwara Eliya + Horton Plains National Park

After my time in bustling Kandy, I headed to my next destination, Nuwara Eliya, a small town in the tea country hills in central Sri Lanka. Nuwara Eliya is known for its beautiful tea plantations, cooler mountain temperature, ample hiking options, and unique western architecture. Nuwara Eliya is usually treated as a 1-2 day stop-over … More Sri Lanka days 8-10: iconic train ride + tea country hills of Nuwara Eliya + Horton Plains National Park

Sri Lanka days 6-7: Kandy botanical garden + herbal remedies at spice garden + Udawattakele park

My last two days in Kandy were spent sightseeing the remaining spots in Sri Lanka’s “culture capital,” while also finding time to recharge from navigating this bustling city. Day 6: Kandy viewpoint + spice garden + botanical garden The two previous days, I saw as many sites as I could by foot, but there were … More Sri Lanka days 6-7: Kandy botanical garden + herbal remedies at spice garden + Udawattakele park

Sri Lanka days 3-5: culture capital of Kandy + Buddhist ceremonies + cultural dance show (including a video!)

After a beachy start in Negombo, I headed to Kandy, known as the “culture capital” of Sri Lanka. While Kandy is the second largest city in Sri Lanka, it’s nestled in the mountains, so there is ample nature and cooler temperatures too. Aside from some heart rate-pumping moments in the busy downtown, I’ve been able … More Sri Lanka days 3-5: culture capital of Kandy + Buddhist ceremonies + cultural dance show (including a video!)