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Adventure to the Source of the Holy Ganges River: Gangotri, India

After spending over a week in busy city of Rishikesh we decided we had enough of waking up to loud horns beeping and walking through the overly crowded streets.  It was time to go back into the mountains. When we heard about the famous trek to the source of the holy “Ganges River” we didn’t quite know what to expect, especially after our last adventure over the Hampta Pass.  We decided to go for it anyways, and hopped on a local bus not knowing how long the journey would take us. Eleven hours after being stuffed on a bus and jeep, we arrived in one of the most enchanting places maybe on earth.

 

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Slow Dance- By David Weatherford

 

Have you ever watched kids on a merry-go-round,

or listened to rain slapping the ground?

Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight,
or gazed at the sun fading into the night?

You better slow down, don’t dance so fast,
time is short, the music won’t last.

Do you run through each day on the fly,
when you ask “How are you?”, do you hear the reply?

When the day is done, do you lie in your bed,
with the next hundred chores running through your head?

You better slow down, don’t dance so fast,
time is short, the music won’t last.

Ever told your child, we’ll do it tomorrow,
and in your haste, not see his sorrow?

Ever lost touch, let a friendship die,
’cause you never had time to call and say hi?

You better slow down, don’t dance so fast,
time is short, the music won’t last.

When you run so fast to get somewhere,
you miss half the fun of getting there.

When you worry and hurry through your day,
it’s like an unopened gift thrown away.

Life isn’t a race, so take it slower,
hear the music before your song is over.

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Sea Trekking into the Deep: Busselton, Western Australia

Try something new every day, that’s my motto. When a few friends asked me to join them for a “Sea Trek” I was super curious and couldn’t pass up the opportunity .  I’ve never been diving before so I was a little nervous about the idea of going down into the deep. Luckily for me, all you need to be able to do is basically breathe and walk.

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Facing My Fears: Bungee Jump and Canyon Swing-Last Resort, Nepal

If you don’t consider yourself adventours type then traveling to Nepal will be sure to put you in the spirit. After finishing up my trek to Mount Everest Base Camp I was already high on adrenaline and ready to take on another challenge.  I’ve never really thought about bungee jumping before but the opportunity was there so I thought why not? I booked a package with “The Last Resort” and set off to partake in one of the most adrenaline packed weekends of my life.

(find more details of “the Last resort” at the end of this post)

 

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Adventure in India- Trekking the Hampta Pass

 

My first trip to India was in October 2014. After one month of traveling solo, I left as fast as I could with memories of pure chaoticness. Upon my return home, I still couldn’t get India out of my mind. It was still such a mystery to me. I certainly had more bad moments than good on that one particular  trip, but when I did  experience good moments they were REALLY incredible, so incredible I kept replaying them over and over in my mind. The culture, the spirituality, the people who had helped me along the way,  the colors and the scents. I knew wasn’t finished with mother India. I had to go back. The sooner the better!

Fast forward one year later and my plane was touching down in New Delhi, India once again. This time I was on a mission to find a different side of mother India . A less chaotic side. After less than 24 hours in the city, we were on the next overnight bus heading north to Manali, located in Himachal Pradesh. It was time to go trekking!  When I heard about the Hampta Pass I really didn’t know what to expect. I’ve been trekking in Nepal several times but we’ve heard that trekking in India incomparable to Nepal where facilities are developed along the trails for tourists. We would be completely on our own out there. Just four friends and mother nature. We packed up our gear, a map of the area dated back from 1970, and headed off on what would be an adventure of a lifetime.

 

The Hamta Pass trek is located in the Manali region in Himachal Pradesh, India . It takes you over the Pir Panjal mountain range and then crosses over the Hamta pass at 4260M . For more information please see below!

 

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Steamy Jungles, Hot Springs and Monstrous Mountains – Annapurna Base Camp – Nepal

 

Do you want to adventure amongst the world’s largest mountains? Be surrounded by spectacular scenery of rapid flowing rivers and waterfalls? Would you like to emerge yourself into a culture of kindness and simplicity?   If yes, then the trek to Annapurna Base Camp is an adventure and a half you need to put on your bucket list!

This trek begins in a steamy hot jungle surrounded by rivers and waterfalls . As you work your way up to base camp  you will pass through small villages with welcoming ,friendly locals. Upon arrival to Annapurna Base Camp you will be rewarded with the opportunity to be up close and personal with the monstrous Himalayan mountain range.

PS. Be sure to pack your camera as you can see below mother nature puts on a magnificent show

 

 

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6 Ways To Beat Homesickness On The Road

 

 

The truth is being on the other side of the world away from friends and family can be challenging. Not every day is filled with sunshine, rainbows, beaches and fun. Some days that cringing feeling of homesickness can creep upon us and it’s not a good feeling. Today is one of those days for me .Today I want to give up the horns beeping outside my room seem a little louder than normal, my chronic allergies from pollution has left me no taste of the delicious Indian curries I once loved so much.

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