Author Archives: Emily Vickery

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

I’ve just finished a seven day trek to Annapurna Base Camp and it was incredible! Beautiful, challenging, peaceful, and spiritually rejuvenating. Many people advised I should take a porter or a guide, but I decided against it as I wanted the satisfaction and freedom of going at my own pace and finding my own way. I met a great girl

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My Time in Nepal

I’ve been in Nepal for over five weeks and counting, and I must admit that it’s one of my favorite countries I’ve visited. I wasn’t really sure what to expect before coming here, other than the fact that I was finally going to reunite with my very good friend Prina who I met while studying in Bangkok, and I was

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Why I Love to Travel

People who aren’t long-term travel-obsessed the way I am often ask me why I love traveling so much. When I meet people on the road, there tends to be a common understanding that we all love to travel, but we rarely ask each other why. So, I decided it would be fun to get to the root of it and

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The Things We Carry

When traveling the world in the gloriously extravagant backpacker style as I do, everything I own is carried preciously on my back, lugged from one place to the next. Every article of clothing, every toiletry item, every souvenir, adds to the cumulative weight that I must bear on my back daily or weekly, depending on how often I decide to

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A Glimpse of Shanghai

I’m not usually a fan of big cities. Don’t get me wrong- there are some fantastic cities I’ve been to that I’ve enjoyed and some I could even picture calling “home” for a while. But, when traveling, I find that it’s the smaller towns, villages, and off-the-beaten path spots that are usually the most interesting places to visit. These are

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Hiking Tiger Leaping Gorge

During the few weeks I’ve been in China, I’ve gone on a couple great treks. My first one was through the beautiful lush rice terraces of Longsheng outside Guilin, and the other was the Tiger Leaping Gorge trek in the Yunnan province, a three hour bus ride outside of Lijiang. The Tiger Leaping Gorge trek is one of the most

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A Week in Yangshuo

After spending my first week and a half in China attempting to navigate through insanely crowded and polluted cities, I was looking forward to spending some time kicking back and relaxing in Yangshuo. Yangshuo is about an hour and a half south of Guilin by bus and is a much smaller town, by Chinese standards. I noticed it was difficult

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China. Let the mis-translations begin.

One of my favorite parts about traveling to other countries are the English (mis)interpretations. I always love reading road signs and store fronts with butchered English translations. Lucky for me, I didn’t even have to wait until I landed for some amusement of this sort. It began as soon as I boarded the aircraft in Seattle, next stop China. With

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