Welcome to The Yakpacker! I created this site to share travel tips, photos, and stories — and to solicit travel advice from others! It’s not meant to be an exhaustive travel guide on every destination listed, but just to highlight a few top recommendations on places to see (or avoid) while travelling abroad, based on my experiences. I hope it will also help inspire travel to some lesser-known destinations! I’ll keep updating the “Countries” tab as my schedule allows, while also posting shorter, more frequent hits on recent travels.

Please subscribe and leave feedback in the comments section! As everyone has their favorite spots and destinations are always changing, I appreciate comments and updates from fellow travelers.

For food lovers — be sure to check out www.laviehline.net for recipes and video tutorials on cooking delicious cuisine inspired by our travels!

Belgium Tour – ongoing until 2021!

I’m currently posted to Brussels, Belgium and will live here until 2021. As a result, many short get-away posts will be in this part of Europe. Stay tuned for hidden gems and recommendations!

Switzerland — More Jungfrau!

We recently took a return trip to Switzerland and were (again) awe-struck by the natural beauty of the Jungfrau region! Visit the Switzerland Page for highlights on Grindelwald, Brienz, and the Altesch Glacier!

Tenerife 2020

Click here to check out the write-up of my recent trip to Tenerife, Canary Islands!

About Me

The last thing the world needs is another person blogging about their travels, so here is one more!

At last count, I’ve visited 114 countries and too many cities to log.  Apart from posting a few random photos here and there, I never gave much thought to blogging about my travels until recently.  It seems like a great way to document each trip and share insights with others.  I promise not to post any beach-feet selfies or business class lounge photos.

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COVID-19 Update

In light of the global COVID-19 pandemic, travelling is getting harder by the day. This provides an opportunity to start back-filling posts on previous travels (on the “Countries Visited” page) while waiting for this to blow over. In the meantime, take precautions and stay healthy!

Latest Posts

From exotic adventures to well-worn touristy spots — I’ll go anywhere that looks interesting! Check back often for updates — or just subscribe.


About two weeks ago we took a trip to Switzerland– and I must say — it is rapidly joining the ranks of my all-time favorite countries! Considering everything Switzerland is…

Belgium: North

Antwerp Antwerp: A real gem of a city, and not just because of the diamond trade. (I feel like a phrase that corny has got to be in a guide…


I visited Germany on several trips starting in 2000 until the present. I’m always impressed with the country’s natural beauty, hearty food, and it’s true– the efficiency of everything! Speaking…


Liechtenstein is a small, beautiful European mirco state, wedged between Switzerland and Austria. I visited the capital of Vaduz in November 2016 and again in June 2020. It’s definitely worth…