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The largest continent by both area and population, Asia offers a tremendous diversity of places to see and things to do. There is an incredible history in Asia – from the Imperial dynasties of Japan and China to the mystic cultures of the Central Asian countries. Many of the great food cultures are located here: sushi and sashimi in Japan, momo dumplings in Nepal, pho in Vietnam and the bold curry dishes from Thailand, Malaysia, India and Bangladesh. If there’s something good to eat in the world, chances are good at least part of it can trace its roots back to this massive stretch of land.

For travelers there is so much to do here. Active travelers and adventure seekers can find thrills in the high Himalayas of Nepal and Bhutan, including mountain monasteries and trekking around Annapurna. Skiers should seek out the slopes of Japan. Scuba divers will be treated to amazing diving in Okinawa and Thailand. Intrepid travelers looking to get off the map have incredible opportunities to explore the stans: Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan. And foodies will be delighted by the street food in Singapore. There’s a lot to explore in Asia.

Reflections After The Nepal Earthquake

Nepalese Prayer Flags high in the snow and ice covered Himalayas

I learned one key lesson in Nepal: never underestimate the resiliency of the Nepalese people. When you are born into one of the poorest countries on earth, you don’t have the luxury of failing. The Nepalese people have always found a way to overcome. In the aftermath of the Nepal Earthquake, I’m confident they will

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The Ruins of Ephesus and the Travertines of Pamukkale, Turkey

Library of Celsus at Ephesus

When people come to Turkey, many have two destinations in mind – the Greco-Roman ruins of Ephesus and the white travertine cliffs of Pamukkale.  We did both in one day. From Kusadasi, we headed to Ephesus, which has been high on our list for years!  Originally a Greek city, it later became a Roman outpost boasting

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