I recently returned from our Walking Japan trip, and I found exploring Japan primarily on foot and by local train to be a leisurely-paced journey that offers an intimate experience you probably couldn’t get any other way. It’s a well-balanced mix of Kyoto’s elegance, the countryside’s serenity, and even a bit of Tokyo’s modern verve, with each layer perfectly complimenting the others.
Hoi An is a small village tucked away in the center of Vietnam, and unbeknownst to many, a tailoring hotspot throughout the world. I didn’t know much about Hoi An at first, but after stopping there a few days during a backpacking trip I quickly realized it was a diamond in the rough.
"When my cheap local flashlight flickered and died in the total darkness of an Indonesian jungle path, I tried to look at the bright side of things. At least the sunset on the summit had been pretty."
Irina & Andrei Shishov joined Mountain Travel Sobek for our exhilarating tour of Central Asia, traveling through Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan along the fabled Great Silk Road. We spoke to them about their journey and what made their experience so special.