Kristin Addis 1028
 
Berlin
I'm a former investment banker from Southern California who sold everything I owned back in September 2012 and bid my old life goodbye in favor of traveling solo around the world - searching for off the beaten path destinations in Asia and beyond. I travel without guidebooks, instead speaking with locals, taking local transportation, and immersing myself in the culture.
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Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Kisoro, UgandaBwindi Impenetrable National ParkKisoro, UgandaIs it worth it to pay $600 to see the gorillas? In a word, yes. It's an amazing experience to get so close to these magnificent creatures. If...Province of Hohenzollern, Baden-Wurttemberg, GermanyProvince of HohenzollernBaden-Wurttemberg, Germanythis is the most perfect castle in all the land! It's got a bunch of hiking trails leading to it as well, and you won't battle the crowds that you...Valparaiso, ChileValparaisoChileI've never seen a city with so much street art. If you love seeing huge murals by amazing artists that tell a story, head to this town in Chile for...Kumana National Park, Sri LankaKumana National ParkSri LankaThe Stoupa at the top of this national park gives you an amazing view, and it's awesome for the early morning or sunrise.Essen, GermanyEssenGermanyI loved the lights at this Christmas market in Essen, Germany. It's such a fun time of year to travel through the country, hitting up the markets...Puu Pehe (Sweetheart Rock), Lanai, HawaiiPuu Pehe (Sweetheart Rock)Lanai, HawaiiLanai's most famous landmark, Pu'u Pehe is a lovely formation on this rugged island that so few people visit. It's an offroader's dream destination.Kaunolu, Lanai, HawaiiKaunoluLanai, HawaiiThe warrior's jump at Kaunolu. Kaunolu was a favorite fishing spot for King Kamehameha I and is considered one of the most sacred places on Lanai,...Keukenhof, Lisse, NetherlandsKeukenhofLisse, NetherlandsThis tulip garden outside of Amsterdam blooms all spring long. Pro tips: combine it with your flight in or out of Amsterdam to save time and money,...Annapurna Base Camp (ABC), Kāskī, NepalAnnapurna Base Camp (ABC)Kāskī, NepalThis trek to the Annapurna Base Camp out of Pokhara is a great intro if you're not quite sure you want to tackle the whole Annapurna Circuit but...Lavertezzo, SwitzerlandLavertezzoSwitzerlandIt looks, feels, and sounds like Italy but it's Switzerland! This little valley only has a few little old villages, and some of the clearest...Glaciar Exploradores, Río Ibáñez, ChileGlaciar ExploradoresRío Ibáñez, ChileSuper chill! The Exploradores Glacier has only been a tourist destination for a few years now, so it's still relatively new and unknown. It's also...Oeschinen Lake, Kandersteg, SwitzerlandOeschinen LakeKandersteg, SwitzerlandThis lake in Switzerland is so incredibly beautiful I almost couldn't believe it. There are at least a dozen waterfalls going into the lake and you...Cinnamon Dhonveli Maldives, MaldivesCinnamon Dhonveli MaldivesMaldivesHanging out in the Maldives. This particular resort is mid-range and loved by surfers.Tonsai Beach, Thailand, Ao Nang, ThailandTonsai Beach, ThailandAo Nang, ThailandThis is my favorite beach in Thailand, full of rock climbers and slack liners. It's calmer than the neighboring Railay and more laid back too!Fairy Tale Canyon, KyrgyzstanFairy Tale CanyonKyrgyzstanThis is Fairy Tale (sic) or Skazka Canyon in Kyrgyzstan. The rock formations and colors will make you feel like you're in the American Southwest!Asbyrgi, IcelandAsbyrgiIcelandThe sky decided to dance with me over the campsite in Asbyrgi, Iceland. Off of the ring road but not as often visited, this is so worth the stop!Iguazu Falls - Argentina, Puerto Iguazú, ArgentinaIguazu Falls - ArgentinaPuerto Iguazú, ArgentinaIguazu falls in Argentina just before the entrance to the boat excursion. Definitely go down here to see this amazing view!Yuanyang, China, Honghe, ChinaYuanyang, ChinaHonghe, ChinaThe most amazing rice fields in the world in provincial China. I've never seen anything so breathtaking in my life (and that's saying a lot!)Cerro Tronador, San Carlos de Bariloche, ArgentinaCerro TronadorSan Carlos de Bariloche, ArgentinaHanging glacier that turns into a waterfall. At the north of Patagonia outside of Bariloche, Argentina, this hike can either be done in an...Canmore, AB, Canada, Canmore, AlbertaCanmore, AB, CanadaCanmore, AlbertaI understand why people are obsessed with Canada now. This frozen lake on winter solstice was just gorgeous at sunrise!
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