31 October to 10 November 2018 – Bhutan with my sister and her husband to meet up with their son who is working there, developing a hazelnut industry. We visited scores of temples including the famous Tiger’s Nest. We also did some long walks in the simple clean countryside of the happiest country on earth.
10 February to 14 March 2017 – Guatemala to study Spanish in San Pedro La Laguna on Lake Atitlan and backpack around Guatemala City, Antigua, the market town of Chichicastenango, the jungle and cascades of Semuc Champey, the island city of Flores and the ancient Mayan temples of Tikal.
25 September to 10 October 2016 – Mongolia to backpack around Ulaan Baatar, live like a nomad in gers, trek and ride horses on the steppes of western Mongolia and experience the Golden Eagle Festival of the traditional Kazakh eagle hunters. Melanie’s note’s and more photos are found HERE
22 to 29 March 2013 – Nepal to trek and sightsee around Katmandu.
10 to 16 January 2012 – Hong Kong to visit with relatives and hike some of the best suburban trails in Asia
18 to 30 March 2011 – Thailand & Laos to backpack around Chang Mai and Chiang Rai, take a river boat down the Mekong River and backpack around Luang Prabang.
18 to 22 November 2010 – Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia to trek to the summit of Mt. Kinabalu, a 4,100m peak.
6 to 16 February 2010 – East Timor to backpack around Dili and the hill country around Maubisse, scuba dive the north coast and Auturo Island and investigate volunteer opportunities.
January 2010 – Two weeks in Yogjakarta, Indonesia for intensive lessons in Bahasa.
30 December 2009 to 3 January 2010 –Sumatra, Indonesia to backpack around Lake Toba.
23 to 28 January 2009 – Borneo, Indonesia to backpack around Samarinda and up the Mahakam River into the old headhunting areas of East Kalimantan.
October 2008 – Vietnam to sightsee in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).