To Bali or not to Bali

I’ve been to Bali twice over the last 3 years and I have mixed feelings about this heavily touristed exotic island. The first time I went to Bali in 2015, I had quit my job and bought a one-way ticket after seeing a picture of Tanah Lot on my computer screen in New York City on…

Colombia: Lost City, Kogis, and Parque Tayrona

Following a few days in the hippie village Taganga in the Santa Marta region, I decided to join the 5 day trek to discover the Lost City in the mountains of Sierra Nevada. Despite the fact that I didn’t have proper hiking shoes or a backpack, the idea seemed like the best thing to do at…

Northern Thailand: Pai

Pai is a tiny mountain town near Chiang Mai, which is also a hippy gathering center. Tour companies and guesthouses all over Chiang Mai arrange minivan services between Chiang Mai and Pai and the trip takes 3 nauseating but pretty scenic hours, given the 762 sharp curves along the road. We booked our tickets with Aya…

Thailand, my second home!

Update: After my first blog entry below about Thailand, I continued traveling and returned back home (in New York City) at the end of an amazing 13 months. Even though I was back in the US in summer, the most fun time to be in the city, I wasn’t able to live in-between four walls…

Northern Thailand: Chiang Mai

Beautiful, modern yet authentic bohemian city in the northern part of Thailand, which is the country’s second most-visited city

Cambodia ❤

In between my trips to India and Thailand, I bought a ticket to Cambodia on a whim, which appeared to be a good option while applying and waiting for my 2-month Thai visa application. Cambodia is the first place I visited without making any prior preparations and I am glad I did it this way…

Motorcycle Diaries India Part 2: Goa

To continue from my previous blog entry on Rajhastan (Pushkar, Jaipur, Udaipur), Delhi, and Rishikesh, here is part 2 of my India story discovering the beautiful southern paradise Goa and a bit of Karnataka. Himalayas deserve their own chapter hence I will continue with another blog entry just for the majestic northern region. We arrived in…

Sri Lanka              

I paid an impromptu visit to Sri Lanka to apply for a new tourist visa for India (details below) since the previous one expired after 3 months. Frankly I went to this beautiful island unwillingly by interrupting my stay in Goa however, I was glad I did it since I was super impressed by Sri…

Nepal: Kathmandu and Pokhara

The days in Nepal start with namaste and end with namaste. How can someone not be comfortable surrounded by people who see the divine in each other! I thought the Nepalis were very kind people whose faces lit up when they saw us and tried to have a chit chat in any chance they got. And…

Uruguay: My new love affair!

I won’t hide the fact that I was beyond shocked to find Uruguay as a super modern, progressive, young, and beautiful country while expecting it to be old/historic/authentic such as Peru, Bolovia or Paraguay (oops!). But I was sort of relieved when I heard the same misconception from most of my fellow backpackers. All of…

Argentina: A short visit to Buenos Aires

When I landed in Buenos Aires following the 2 months I’d spent in various mountains and jungles of South America, I felt like I had returned back home to Turkey. Buenos Aires reminded me of Istanbul so much especially during the shuttle trip from the airport to the city center:  the people lying on the…