It is time to look back at 2016. Come take a look at where I traveled and hear about what impacted me this year!
As part of my epic Bluffworks travel pants test (Part I and Part II), which was really just a weekend mileage run to Hong Kong and Beijing, I visited the Great Wall of China. I had previously visited in 2014 and was blown away by how much I enjoyed it. Once you get out of the pollution and crowds of Beijing there’s something very simple and pure about visiting the Great Wall, at least until the tourists show up. I decided to visit the same section as I did last time, Mutianyu, to see if I could get some better pictures than last time.
I’ll admit, I was breathing pretty heavily. Walking up hundreds of stairs will do that to you. Especially carrying about 20 pounds of camera gear on your back. It was kind of nuts to me that I only had six hours until my flight, because that meant about an hour of hiking and a fairly hefty drive back to an airport notorious for delays at security (I’d end up being the last person to make the flight). What was I doing there? Besides taking pictures? Well, I was completing the most thorough product test of my blogging career: testing the Bluffworks travel pants.
Beijing definitely has its pros and cons. One of the biggest pros of Beijing is the hotel prices, which tend to be reasonable even for higher-end properties. I was only going to have one night in Beijing so I wanted to stay at a nice property and settled on the St. Regis Beijing.
Andy Great Walls you with his favorite picture from the epic Mutianyu Great Wall
Andy was surprised this airline offered a First Class cabin so he just had to check it out on his trip to Asia.