The retired Swiss couple I met at a restaurant in Bandipur, Nepal were full-time RVers. They’d just arrived from India and were traveling through Asia in their German camper van. Talk about traveling in faith! I asked a million questions about living in a motorhome… Read More »How to Make Your RV Retirement Dreams Come True
One of the best parts of the Tibetan Encounter Tour in Nepal was a free health consultation with a Tibetan doctor. Tour guide Thupten Gyatso took us to Tashiling settlement’s health clinic near Phewa Lake in Pokhara. My first encounter with Tibetan herbal medicine —… Read More »Will Tibetan Herbal Medicine Make You Healthy?
What causes anxiety before traveling, and is it normal to feel fear before flying? Travel anxiety is caused by three main factors: 1) a personal disposition to nervousness (internal) ; 2) negative travel experiences in the past (external); and 3) news reports about traveling and… Read More »4 Ways to Calm Travel Anxiety and Fear
Traveling from Pokhara to Bandipur by tourist bus is a slow, inexpensive, non-touristy way to see the Tribhuvan Highway in Nepal. It’s also full of surprises! Just like every Buddhist stupa, temple, peace pagoda, monastery and Tibetan refuge camp I visited. Even the monkeys in… Read More »12 Tips for Taking Tourist Buses in Nepal
You’re at the airport – maybe even at the Kathmandu Airport in Nepal, like I was – and the check-in counter clerk says you can’t board the plane. The airline staff refuses to let you on the flight! It’s a shocking, crazy feeling. What do… Read More »What to Do When They Refuse to Let You Board the Flight
One of my biggest worries about traveling to India was “Delhi belly” (the traveler’s diarrhea, not the Bollywood movie!). I didn’t want to exacerbate my ulcerative colitis. When my dietician friend told me to take the Dukoral vaccine to prevent travel-related tummy troubles, I hesitated.… Read More »Should You Take the Dukoral Vaccine to Prevent Traveler’s Diarrhea?
One of the biggest challenges of traveling to countries like Nepal and Peru is the pain of seeing starving, neglected dogs. “It makes me too sad to see dogs who are hungry and homeless,” a friend said. “How do you cope with animal abuse when… Read More »How I Coped With Seeing Starving Dogs in Nepal