Traveling with a local is my favorite way to find the best hidden gems in a destination. My sister Shannon has lived on Oahu for several years and she had a list of restaurants, food trucks and markets for us to try on our last visit.
We are in Oahu visiting my sister Shannon, and she’s giving us a local’s tour of the island. I told her that I wasn’t going to research anything before our trip, and that I just wanted to do all of her favorite things.. except hiking.
Armenia is one of the most undiscovered countries I’ve ever traveled to. When I told people my travel plans, 1/2 of them didn’t even know Armenia was an actual country. No lie.
In an era where a single Google search will pull up thousands of blog posts and magazine worthy photos for any given destination, I was surprised at how few Armenia travel tips and guides I could find online.
Yerevan is one of the only major city in the world whose buildings are made of pink lava rock. The stone is responsible for the the city’s pastel hue (especially during sunrise or sunset), earning itself the nickname, “The Pink City.
Renting a car is one of the best ways to explore Armenia. Instead of being tied to a tour group’s schedule, having your own car allows you the freedom to take your time, make stops, and really fine tune your itinerary.
During our trip to Armenia, we spent 2 full days exploring the Northern part of the country. On the morning of the second day, we left our amazing hotel in Lori Province and made our way toward the Tavush Region to visit Dilijan and Haghartsin Monastery.