Many people go trekking in Nepal for the views of the Himalaya Mountains. But I found there’s an even better reason to come: the Sherpa people.
The largest continent by both area and population, Asia offers a tremendous diversity of places to see and things to do. There is an incredible history in Asia – from the Imperial dynasties of Japan and China to the mystic cultures of the Central Asian countries. Many of the great food cultures are located here: sushi and sashimi in Japan, momo dumplings in Nepal, pho in Vietnam and the bold curry dishes from Thailand, Malaysia, India and Bangladesh. If there’s something good to eat in the world, chances are good at least part of it can trace its roots back to this massive stretch of land.
For travelers there is so much to do here. Active travelers and adventure seekers can find thrills in the high Himalayas of Nepal and Bhutan, including mountain monasteries and trekking around Annapurna. Skiers should seek out the slopes of Japan. Scuba divers will be treated to amazing diving in Okinawa and Thailand. Intrepid travelers looking to get off the map have incredible opportunities to explore the stans: Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan. And foodies will be delighted by the street food in Singapore. There’s a lot to explore in Asia.
I learned one key lesson in Nepal: never underestimate the resiliency of the Nepalese people. When you are born into one of the poorest countries on earth, you don’t have the luxury of failing. The Nepalese people have always found a way to overcome. In the aftermath of the Nepal Earthquake, I’m confident they will rebuild their lives…with a smile on their faces. That’s what you do in Nepal.
Istanbul, Turkey sits astride the Bosphorus Strait. This is the meeting of two continents – Europe and Asia – and is one of the busiest shipping channels in the world. Thousands of vessels cross these waters every day. Taking a Bosphorus cruise tour is also one of the top activities for visitors in Istanbul.