SE Asia: A Packing List

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All the pieces

Packing for a long trip can take hours of research and thought if you have never done it before – the key is to take less than you think you need.  I found similar packing lists very helpful when I was planning so wanted to document everything I took with me and will update with what worked and what did not.  The above photo is everything packed away into respective smaller packing cubes which made finding what I was looking for pretty easy.  Below is every thing I took with me. I decided on a duffel bag instead of a typical backpack.  Everyone’s needs are different so choose what makes the most sense for you.  I also took a small backpack that is not pictured.  Let me know if you have any questions! Read more »

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6 Weeks in Southeast Asia

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Getting ready to go!

I’m finally doing it!  After a few years of 2 week long adventures around the globe I have finally secured the time off from my full time job to take 6 weeks off.  I was considering a few options; Central America, South America and snowboarding in the western rockies were all considered. In the end I decided to book 6 weeks through Southeast Asia starting in Singapore and ending in Hanoi.  Over the next few months i’ll be posting travel stories, some longer essays, city guides and some transit guides related to some of the trains, boats and bus rides throughout the region.

For now, I wanted to fill in a few details regarding the budget I have set, the amount of planning I have done, and some pre-trip preparations I have made. Read more »

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Arrival in New Delhi

Landing in New Delhi

Landing in New Delhi

We got into New Delhi after a 16 hour non-stop flight to Dubai, an 8 hour layover in the middle of the night and a short hop over to Delhi on Emirates Airlines.  Needless to say it was a long day but when we finally broke through the smog and clouds covering Delhi we were greeted by our helpful and cheery driver from our pre-arranged tour. Read more »

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Packing List: 2 Weeks in India

Everything to be packed for 2 weeks in India

Everything to be packed for 2 weeks in India

So what do you need for two weeks in India?  The internet is full of packing lists and what everyone packs is very subjective, but i wanted to share what i had in my pack while in India for 2 weeks.  The photo above is everything spread out but i’ll break down the list by general categories of clothing, electronics and travel kit.  I didn’t use quite everything i brought, but it ended up being pretty close.  The pack I used you can see in the last photo and it’s a Eagle Creek pack that they no longer manufacture sized at 45L.  Read more »

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The Great India Trip of 2012

Los Angeles International Airport

Los Angeles International Airport

My good friend @The_Angerson first brought up the idea of going to India for a friends wedding shortly after I got back from Peru and I knew I had to take any opportunity that sounded that awesome.  The details were a bit murky at first but as things became clearer our trip started to take shape.  Satish would be getting married in a town in Gujarat in north western India and we knew that if we were going to make the trip to the other side of the world I insisted we go for 2 weeks to see some of the sights.

We met as his apartment in the San Fernando valley, ordered Indian food, and discussed our options.   Read more »

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Day 15: Last day in Peru and the long way home

Arequipa Airport

Arequipa Airport

The last day in Peru!  Also, the day that will probably always be known as one of my longest travel days of all time. We woke up not knowing how we were getting home but knowing we needed to transfer off the island early (See Day 14 for details). About 8 of us took the short boat ride to the remote and mostly uninhabited side of Lake Titicaca (only about 5 minutes). Here K and I met up with a driver the hotel had set up to take us to Arequipa, i’m not sure where the other passengers went but they had their own plans.  The driver spoke no english, which was ok, we just couldn’t really communicate with him to settle any of our questions about where we were going or why.  It was slow going around the east side of the lake and a long drive to Arequipa.  A total of about 6 hours. Read more »

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Day 14: A day on Lake Titicaca, overnight on an island.

Sunset on Lake Titicaca

Sunset on Lake Titicaca

Lake Titicaca!  The official last leg of the trip.  I have been reading about massive Lake Titicaca and the floating islands since I started really considering a peru trip and I was getting even more excited because to end the trip we would be staying on an island in Lake Titicaca with an eco lodge on it. Read more »

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Day 13: Andean Explorer Train to Puno

I’m a bit of a train geek so I was really excited for our train trip from Cusco to Puno.  At one point, the train was the best and fastest way to get from Cusco to Puno – the roads weren’t paved, buses were slow and unreliable and the journey would take 15-16 hours.  Nowadays, the buses are clean and efficient, the roads have been paved, and the train journey has turned into a luxury and a throwback to the way things once were.

If you like trains and taking your time, it might be worth the experience.  If you just want to get to puno, the $30 bus ride is much cheaper and quicker vs the $220 train trip. Read more »

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Day 12: Aguas Caliente and back to Cusco

Museum in Aguas Caliente

Museum in Aguas Caliente

We weren’t entirely sure what to do with our day in Aguas Caliente since there really wasn’t a whole lot to do.  We were considering hiking back up to Machu Picchu but decided against it.  Instead we started our day by walking down the road a bit and visiting the Machu Picchu museum.  It wasn’t much, but was a cool display of the discovery and excavation as well as some thoughts on the original usage of Machu Picchu.   Read more »

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Day 11: Inka Trail Day 4, Machu Picchu and Aguas Caliente

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Day 4! Machu Picchu! A real bed!  Ok, so I was way more excited for Machu Picchu than a real bed but a shower did feel really nice.

We woke up at dark o’clock for our daily breakfast and was greeted by one of the most amazing things i’ve experienced on a trip – our porters had made our American heavy hiking group a birthday cake! Read more »

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