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Hayley Terris

Writer, producer, storyteller, and world traveler (nowadays, with my toddler in tow). I love researching, exploring, connecting with locals, and finding spectacular spots you can't read about in guidebooks. I cherish travel for the unexpected moments, the art, the people, the landscapes, the stories, and, duh, the food.

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"New Years Eve at the Silver Temple in Chiang Mai: I had spent the day learning meditation from and chatting with a young monk, then returned at night to see the various buildings of the temple grounds bound together by yards of string. Over a loud speaker, the resident monks chanted, their fingers looped around the string, which traveled out to the courtyards for the community to hold onto as they chanted along. At midnight, worshippers brought huge gift baskets of food and robes to the monks and I headed off into the old city’s streets with my husband to make wishes on rice paper laterns, which we send up to the sky. "

Featured trips & expertise

Caravan on camelback across the Sahara desert
6 Days in Morocco - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With six days in Morocco, you can tour some of the country’s best highlights, depending on what inspires you. You could devote your itinerary entirely to exploring Moroccan cities, where you can wander around mosques, souks, and centuries-old landmarks embellished with exquisite mosaics. Or you can split your time between a big city (for example, Marrakech) and the desert. If you’re a “more is more” kind of traveler, you can even add on time in an Atlantic coastal town.

Morning sunshine at Swayambhunath Stupa
13 Days in Nepal - 6 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With thirteen days in Nepal, you can spend time in a few destinations to get a taste of what the country has to offer or you can commit to one particular region, which you can explore by foot, raft, or safari (and in some cases, all three). For trekking, consider getting away from crowds: Pikey Peak, the Khopra Ridge, and the Dolpo region are off-the-beaten-path, offer incredible views, and opportunities to learn about local villages and their heritages. You can also travel through Nepal in style; stay in luxury accommodations after a day of trekking, take a helicopter tour of the Himalaya, or sleep in a deluxe resort in a jungle, where you’ll be lulled to sleep by the trumpets of the property’s resident elephants. Read on for some inspiring ideas!

A view of Everest and Lhotse in the Himalaya
12 Days in Nepal - 6 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With twelve days in Nepal, you can tour a wide swath of the country or head out on a long, epic trek. If you’re interested in sightseeing, you can visit Nepal’s mountains, rivers, and jungles at a relaxed pace, or you can take an adventurous approach (think mountain biking, trekking, rafting, or even paragliding) and explore on one region, like the Annapurnas. Travelers interested in trekking also have a variety of options when it comes to time on the trail: visit iconic circuits, head off-the-beaten-path, stay in the homes of local villagers, or trade teahouses for luxurious accommodations.

A traditional masked dancer in Patan Durbar Square
11 Days in Nepal - 7 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With eleven days in Nepal, you can devote your time entirely to exploring the country on a trek, split your itinerary between trekking and sightseeing, or skip the trail entirely and discover historical cities, beautiful landscapes, and cultural landmarks. Customize one of the following itineraries depending on what you're most interested in.

The village of Ghandruk in autumn
9 Days in Nepal - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With nine days in Nepal, you'll have a couple of days to explore Kathmandu before heading off for a trek or multi-sport adventure (think mountain biking, rafting, or even bungee jumping). You can also consider a relaxing sightseeing tour of Nepal’s cultural highlights or discover Everest in luxury; you’ll fly by helicopter to various villages, then spend your days hiking, and your evenings unwinding in deluxe accommodations with some of the world’s most incredible views. These unique itineraries are sure to inspire your adventure.

The eyes of Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu
8 Days in Nepal - 6 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With eight days in Nepal, you can undertake a short great trek or split your itinerary up into multiple regions. You could explore Nepal’s two biggest cities and add in a very short trek, or you could hit a trio of the nation’s most beloved regions (no hiking necessary). If you’re feeling adventurous, head off-the-beaten-track for a week of adventure: trekking, camping, mountain biking, river rafting, and even bungee jumping. Or head straight for the jungles of Chitwan National Park for some quality time with the country’s wildlife.