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Erin Levi

I wander the world in search of extraordinary people, places, and experiences, and am an advocate of slow travel. I've lived Asia, Europe and North America, and speak French, Italian, Spanish, Uzbek and Vietnamese (all to varying degrees of fluency).

More specifically, I'm spending the year in Nepal, Iceland, Peru and Italy as kimkim's first Global Travel Specialist (you can follow me on Instagram @gldncrl). I'm also a freelance writer whose byline has appeared in The New York Times and AFAR.com, and is penning a guidebook to Bhutan.

How did you get involved in travel?

"I've been traveling since I was a toddler, but it was only after graduate school in Scotland that I officially began working in the travel industry. For seven years, I was a publicist at a boutique travel PR agency in New York City, handling media relations for destinations like New Zealand and Quebec, as well as tour operators specializing in Africa, India, Italy, France and Central Asia. In late 2013, I quit to research and write a travel guidebook to Bhutan and explore my passion for travel via freelance writing. The risk paid off because now I have the ultimate dream job! "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Getting upgraded to first class on a Delta flight from New York to Detroit, and ending up in the same row as President Bill Clinton! "

Featured trips & expertise

Boat rides at sunset on Phewa Lake
Best Nightlife in Pokhara

It's easy to have a blast in Pokhara — especially at night! Between the open-air cinemas, booming live music scene, sports bars, and stunning sunsets, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Just be sure to make the most of everything before midnight, when the city shuts down.

Best Cafés in Pokhara

Nepal's love affair with coffee is in full swing in Pokhara, where over 35 coffee shops have cropped up in the last five years — all touting locally grown, organic Himalayan Arabica.

Top 18 Places to Eat & Drink in Pokhara

Pokhara is brimming with restaurants that cater to all tastes and travelers. From ayurvedic and vegan to Korean and Italian, deciding where to go can be the hardest part of your day in this relaxing lakeside town. Stress not: this dining guide is here to help.

A young woman meditates in the Annapurnas
Best Yoga Treks and Retreats in Nepal

While many yogis flock to the tropical beaches of southern India to hone their practice, it's hard to beat doing downward dog or meditating against the backdrop of the world's highest peaks. This roundup of the best yoga treks, retreats, and adventures in Nepal, from a yoga rafting trip on the Sun Kosi to a luxury yoga trek in the Annapurnas, will have you booking a flight before you can say Om-M-G.

Tipping Your Guide (and Porter) in Nepal

How much should you tip your guide and porter after a trek? That depends on a variety of factors: whether you're traveling alone or with a group, for just one week or a whole month, and most importantly, what kind of service you received. Here's a brief article to help you.