January 2019

Experiencing the Beauty of Rural China

If you’ve been to Shanghai or Beijing, you have seen a major part of modern China. However, for those who want to experience the ancient culture and beauty of the orient, one must delve further into the country and explore its rural regions. Even though technology has touched some areas of rural China, there are still places in the country where a traveler may feel like they have traveled back in time. If you are planning a trip to China, be sure to check out these rural areas to experience all that China has to offer…

Winter Hiking Tips – Safety in the Snow

For those of us in the northern hemisphere, January means cold. Cold temperatures, snow, and icy conditions keep most people inside. However, there are some people who love winter hiking and exploration. In the winter, outdoor explorers have fewer people and less crowds to contend with, often cheaper travel rates (unless you’re traveling to ski resorts), and increased solitude and quiet. After the stress of the holiday season, it can be good to get outside and spend some time in fresh air, avoiding being cooped up inside…

Cruising the Sights of Sydney Harbor

No trip to Australia would be complete without a visit to Sydney and its surrounding waters. Safely tucked away from the Tasman Sea, the city of Sydney circles Port Jackson, the official name for all of the harbors, coves, and the Parramatta River that flows through the area, including Sydney Harbor. While I was only in Sydney for less than 48 hours, it was imperative to get a view of the harbor and to see the beautiful skyline and coastline from the water…

The Path to Becoming a Tucson Hiking Guide

Have you ever dreamed about leaving your old, city life and job behind to settle down in the warm southwest with the job of your dreams? Well, that’s exactly what Mitch Stevens of Southwest Discoveries did. Below is the story of how he traveled from New York City to Tucson, Arizona, became a Sierra Club tour guide, and eventually started Southwest Discoveries, his own adventure tour company. It takes a giant leap to take a chance on yourself and your dreams. Here is Mitch’s story…