Travel is one of the most spirit-renewing luxuries. In these pages we will go around the world with guests who adore traveling and exploring.
Today we travel with Jean-Paul; American traveler of Puerto Rican descent who loves to visit Kuwait from time to time and aspires to learn more about it. John Paul’s life was all about a small office, until the day he decided that this life does not suit him “I wasn’t going to let life just pass me by. So I decided to save up some money, quit my job, sell everything, and go see the world on a one way ticket!”
John Paul lives every day like it’s the last day in his life; he is not afraid of the unknown and does not hesitate to try new things. He learned many lessons from traveling; the most important is that a man does not need a lot to be happy.
Mt. Everest Base Camp – Himalayas – Nepal
Mount Everest, also known in Nepal as Sagarmāthā and in Tibet as Chomolungma, is Earth’s highest mountain. Its peak is 8,848 metres (29,029 ft) above sea level. Mount Everest is located in the Mahalangur mountain range in Nepal and Tibet. The international border between China (Tibet Autonomous Region) and Nepal runs across Everest’s precise summit point. In 1865, Everest was given its official English name by the Royal Geographical Society upon a recommendation by Andrew Waugh, the British Surveyor General of India.
Mount Everest attracts many climbers; some of them highly experienced mountaineers. There are two main climbing routes: one approaching the summit from the southeast in Nepal (known as the standard route) and the other from the north in Tibet, China. Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary made the first official ascent of Everest in 1953 using the southeast ridge route. Since that time, a series of successes of all kinds rolled and popular dreams flared.
Taj Mahal – Agra, India
The Taj Mahal is an ivory-white marble mausoleum on the south bank of the Yamuna River in the Indian city of Agra. It was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan (reigned 1628–1658), to house the tomb of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The tomb is the centerpiece of a 17-hectare complex, which includes a mosque and a guest house, and is set in formal gardens bounded on three sides by a crenellated wall.
The Taj Mahal was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 for being “the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage”.
Stonehenge – Wiltshire, England UK
Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England, 3 km west of Amesbury and 13 km north of Salisbury. Stonehenge’s ring of standing stones are set within earthworks in the middle of the most dense complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in England, including several hundred burial mounds.
Archaeologists believe it was constructed from 3000 BC to 2000 BC. The site and its surroundings were added to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites in 1986.
Perito Moreno Glacier – Patagonia – El Calafate, Argentina
The Perito Moreno Glacier is a glacier located in the Los Glaciares National Park in southwest Santa Cruz Province, Argentina. It is one of the most important tourist attractions in the Argentinian Patagonia. It was named after the explorer Francisco Moreno, a pioneer who studied the region in the 19th century. The glacier is unusual in that it is expanding, while most glaciers worldwide are retreating.
Erta Ale Volcano – Danakil Depression – Ethiopia
Erta Ale is a continuously active basaltic shield volcano in the Afar Region of northeastern Ethiopia. It is situated in the Afar Depression, a badland desert area spanning the border with Eritrea. Erta Ale is the most active volcano in Ethiopia. Erta Ale is 613 metres, with one or sometimes two active lava lakes at the summit which occasionally overflow on the south side of the volcano.It is notable for holding the longest-existing lava lake, present since the early years of the twentieth century. Volcanoes with lava lakes are very rare: there are only six in the world.
Machu Picchu – Cusco, Peru
Machu Picchu is a 15th-century Inca citadel situated on mountain ridge 2,430 metres above sea level. It is located in the Cusco Region, Urubamba Province, Machupicchu District in Peru, above the Sacred Valley, which is 80 kilometres northwest of Cuzco and through which the Urubamba River flows. Most archaeologists believe that Machu Picchu was built as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti. Machu Picchu was declared a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary in 1981 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. In 2007, Machu Picchu was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in a worldwide Internet poll.
Sossusvlei is a salt and clay pan surrounded by high red dunes, located in the southern part of the Namib Desert, in the Namib-Naukluft National Park of Namibia.
Manarola – Cinque Terre, Italy
Manarola is a small town, a frazione of the comune (municipality) of Riomaggiore, in the province of La Spezia, Liguria, northern Italy. It is the second smallest of the famous Cinque Terre towns frequented by tourists.
Maafushi Island, Maldives
About 90 minutes away from Malé by ferry boat, Maafushi Island is a favorite that’s frequented by a lot of backpackers. Located in the South Malé Atoll, the island is relatively large, compared to other islands in the same atoll, but also suffers from erosion on the northern shoreline.