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A guide to Olkhon Island on Lake Baikal, Russia

If you’re travelling the Siberian railway, the chances are you’ll stop off at Irkutsk, Russia in Siberia. And, if you do, then a trip to Olkhon Island is one of the best things to do in Irkutsk! Olkhon Island is a popular Siberia holiday destination thanks to its wildness and beauty. If you’re trying to decide whether to extend your stay in Russia and travel to Olkhon Island be sure to check out this guide ...

Things to do in Irkutsk, Russia

One of the major stops on the Trans Siberian route and Trans Mongolian railways is the Russian town of Irkutsk in Siberia. Irkutsk is the gateway to Lake Baikal, the world’s oldest and largest freshwater lake and is also a lovely place to explore in its own right. If you’re doing a Trans Siberian railway trip and plan to stop in Irkutsk, be sure to check out this guide to things to do in Irkutsk, ...

What to know before travelling to Mongolia

I didn’t know much about Mongolia before we booked our Trans Mongolia railway tickets. In my mind Mongolia was full of yaks, rolling green hills and Ger camps. And, whilst that’s true to some extent, there’s so much more to know about Mongolia. Mongolia has a huge and fascinating history, hails a ruthless dictator as its national hero and its capital city is a huge sprawling place with a mix of Russian and Chinese influences. ...

A guide and things to do in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

The second stop on our Trans Mongolian Railway adventure was Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. We arrived there one afternoon after catching the train from Beijing to Ulaanbaatar. The train to Ulaanbaatar from Beijing was long but a great chance to relax! The capital of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar was gearing up for the Naadaam Festival which started the day after our arrival. The city was full of people arriving from far and wide to enjoy and celebrate the traditional ...

Hiking The Great Wall of China

When we were planning our trip on the Trans Mongolian train journey, Beijing was one of the stops I was most excited for. We did some incredible things in Beijing, but for me, the stand out was our Great Wall of China trip from Beijing.  We spent about 6 hours hiking along an unrestored part of The Great Wall of China, where we saw an incredible sunrise and absolutely no other person. I felt we ...

How to spend 4 days in Beijing, China

Our Trans Mongolia railway trip kicked off with 4 days in Beijing. We saw some of the top sights, ate a lot of good food and sweated a LOT in Beijing's extremely hot and humid conditions. TMI? Sorrynotsorry. If you're planning a trip to Beijing, China for a vacation or on a layover, then check out this Beijing itinerary for 4 days. Useful resources and articles for planning your Trans Mongolia Railway trip Our Trans ...

Elfin Lakes hike in spring

8I've been talking about doing the Elfin Lakes trail since we moved to Vancouver. For one reason or another, it's never quite happened. First I was intent on staying in the Elfin Lakes shelter. Then, on another weekend it was pouring with rain and 22km in the rain with no views isn't that appealing even for someone as hiking obsessed as me. Then there was a bicycle accident that messed up my foot (which is ...

25 of the best lakes near Vancouver for hiking & swimming!

Canada is pretty famous for its lakes. Whilst you may not have heard of many of the lakes near Vancouver on this list, I'm sure you've heard of Maligne Lake and Lake Louise in Banff, Alberta. There's something I just love about a hike that ends up at a lake, especially when the views are as good as the ones on this list of the best lakes near Vancouver, BC! The best part about hiking ...

Vango Backpack Review: Cascade 65:75

I've got a lot of backpacking trips planned for this summer and for that I needed a good backpack that would fit in all my gear and be comfortable! Luckily I've now got a great backpack for all my overnight hiking needs. The all-new Vango Cascade backpack is great for multi-day hikes and it's also affordable too. Take a look at this Vango backpack review. About the Vango Cascade backpack The Cascade range is a ...

Anatom Boots review: Q1 Ballater ultralight shoe

I get through shoes and hiking boots pretty quickly. When I'm not hiking mountains I'm walking dogs around Vancouver and I rack up at least 20,000 steps every day. Whether I'm out walking dogs or mountains I prefer a lower boot, more of a hiking shoe, if you will. I've recently been trying out the Anatom Q1 Ballater Ultralight hiking shoe and I'm very impressed with the comfort and durability of it. If you're looking ...