South Africa is much more than safaris and animals. In between sips of delicious Stellenbosch wines, bites of ostrich meat and the vast ocean hugging road, I learn more about it's amazingly multi-diverse flora and fauna, and the steady recovery from it's recent tumultuous history.
The island of Java is lies across an active tectonic zone. Located south of Surabaya, Mount Ijen is famous for its harrowing sulphur mining activities and aquamarine acidic crater lake, while Mount Bromo and the surrounding sea of sand is a bleak yet picturesque landscape worthy of a thousand photos.
Myanmar has recently opened up to the mass tourism, and I head into the country before the hordes of tour groups flood into the pristine countryside and majestic ancient cities. Instead of finding myself hopelessly lost in translation, I discover a culture that opens up warmly to foreign visitors.
A whirlwind of ancient temples and endless miles of sandy desert roads whiz past (and under) me, as I explore Egypt and follow the River Nile downstream from the Aswan Dam. But come prepared - the roadside touts are really aggressive here!
The deceivingly named Everest Base Camp is 5,364m above sea level, and takes 2 weeks to climb up and then down. In this harsh rugged terrain devoid of the luxuries of hot water and electricity, I get the chance to silence the urban noise and reflect.
Taiwan is severely underrated as a tourism gem, as there's so much to explore and do for both urban explorers and outdoor fanatics. I loop around the island savouring street food, visiting night markets, climb a hill or two, and enjoy the ocean breeze at ever stop along the never-ending coastline.
To some, Alaska is the last frontier for the United States - a place where only the rugged and strong thrive in a tough but beautiful piece of paradise. Between the pristine Denali National Park to the grand fjords and glaciers in Kenai, Alaska has it all.
One of the three major ports under the British Straits Settlement, Penang has preserved much of its colonial history and is worth a day or two just to explore the various cultural gems within the city - from the Clan jetties that are still lived in today to the mecca for food lovers at Gurney Drive.
The ancient Silk Road was not just about the flow of tradable goods. Over the stretch from Dunhuang to Kashgar, I explore harsh deserts, lush green oases and majestic mountain ranges, and retrace the route that encouraged the early exchange of ideas, technology and religion.