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.

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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!

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.


Georgia is an incredible destination that has been rapidly rising on the global travel radar. I visited Georgia about 10 years ago and stayed with some friends who were living…

Northern France

Northern France is packed with world-famous attractions and one could probably spend a lifetime cataloging it all! I’ve popped into a number of the following destinations over the years ranging…

Southern France

This part of the world is so renown that the very phrase “the south of France” conjures up images of great wine, glamorous beaches, and glitzy terrace restaurants. It’s all…

Champagne (France)

Who doesn’t like some bubbly every now and then? As Winston Churchill said: “I could not live without Champagne. In victory I deserve it. In defeat I need it.” France’s…

Corsica (France)

Corsica is a rugged, mountainous island that adds a whole new dimension to France. Not only is it Napoleon Bonaparte’s birthplace, but it features a blend of French, local, and…

Reunion (France)

Reunion island is a department of France in the Indian Ocean, which is truly a stunning destination. I spent a half day in St. Denis in 2019 with two friends…