Category Archives: Melissa

Baltics Adventure II: Lithuania, Latvia & Estonia Highlights

Rural sauna, and ‘whisking’, also known as ‘a gentle beating’ by your companions with traditional birch twigs are integral parts of the authentic Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian smoke sauna tradition. Same same but different. But they all serve the same purpose – it is believed to help with  stress relief and weight loss. It is actually a super relaxing…

Its more fun in the Philippines – Cebu

I just got back from a crazy, adventure-filled weekend in the Philippines. 2nd time I’m in the Philippines this year – shows how much I love this country. 3 days 2 nights in Cebu was a little rush but it was good enough to experience two exciting activities – Canyoneering in Kawasan Falls & Swimming with Whale Sharks. There…

Life inside a painting-Mongolia

  I was inspired to head to Mongolia by a friend who inspired me to do solo travels. His experiences and photographs made me want to experience them myself. Why is Mongolia so interesting? The coldest capital city in the world is not in Canada or in Northern Europe but in Mongolia; it’s Ulaanbaatar! It used…

Warm hearts of Sri Lanka

People interaction drives my travels. After traveling Europe in 2014, I wanted to focus on Asia, where my heart is closer to in 2015. The only knowledge I had about Sri Lanka was what I learned from my social studies lessons. I knew that the country went through civil war but it ended in 2009,…