Approaching the Himalayas by air, the anticipation is like that on no other journey. Giant empty mountains framed by a bright blue sky under our noses. It’s a scenic 40 minutes flight until we have a dramatic landing in the most dangerous airport on earth. We arrive in Lukla – Eastern Nepal – in the shadow of Mount Everest.
Life is never as amazing as when we share the special moments with our loved ones. When looking for a unique experience to share with our dear friends visiting us from Brazil, Fernanda, and Claudinho, we came across diving in Komodo Island, a board of Alexa. Nothing sounded to beat such a beautiful boat navigating towards one of the best diving spots on earth (CNN Survey 2015).
Two years ago, I put my feet in India for the first time. That was just a three-day trip, but long enough to fall in love with the remarkable Taj Mahal, drive 300km from Agra to Ranthambore National Park on a Royal Enfield Bullet, and track wild tigers in their natural habitat. Three days were way too short for a trip to India. Nevertheless, it was during this journey when a huge desire to learn about this compelling country was born.
If you have the curiosity to experience what an undeveloped and new nation is like you should go to East Timor. I say new nation because this former Portuguese colony became the first new sovereign state of the 21st century in 2002. The country was utterly ruined in 1999 when the Indonesian troops who had occupied it for 24 years were forced to withdraw after a United Nations referendum resulted in its independence. Almost 15 years after this event, it still lacks in resources, and there is not too much happening in East Timor. And this is the reason why we decided to visit this little nation in the Indian Ocean. We wanted to see with our eyes how a country in its very beginning looks like.
I had long wanted to visit Bhutan. A country that stands apart in the Himalayas as it has been saved from the damaging effects of tourism that have affected the rest of Asia for the past 20 years. The rising of the popularity of Bhutan, however, cannot be denied. Slowly the country is throwing open its doors and coming out with new hotels, airports and flight connections. The high prices, on the other hand, will still keep the mass market at bay for a long time.
I know it can be hard in the beginning, but once you get used to bringing just the necessary when you travel, it is a life changer. It makes everything so much easier and more relaxed. Less time waiting at the airport for your luggage means more time to enjoy your holidays. Less stuff you have to carry means you don’t get so tired when moving from on place to another. Less stuff you bring less stuff you lose. Unless you spend two months traveling, I actually believe you can always use a carry on in your trips. You just need to follow my tips:
Melbourne is not only a fantastic city located in one of the most amazing countries in the world. It is also the starting point to stunning wild and remote destinations. We arrive in Melbourne – the dynamic Australian town – often ranked as the most liveable city on earth.