Author: Nate Hake

Nate Hake is a digital nomad from Denver, Colorado who has been traveling the world full time since 2016. He has traveled to 65+ countries across six continents around the world and writes about emerging travel destinations at TravelLemming.com. His travel advice and musings have been featured in high-profile publications like NBC News, Lonely Planet, Mic, and many more.
Rio Secreto: A Guide to Playa del Carmen’s Magical Caves

Rio Secreto: A Guide to Playa del Carmen’s Magical Caves

The Rio Secreto Nature Reserve was easily one of the coolest things I did during the three months I spent living in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Inside this magical reserve, you’ll find five cave complexes filled with thousands of stunning stalactites and a refreshing underground river. Visiting Rio Secreto is a great family activity for…

43 Things Travel Teaches You (From the Random to the Life-Changing)

43 Things Travel Teaches You (From the Random to the Life-Changing)

I recently wrapped up a long trip around the world in which I visited 43 countries in a single year. It was easily the most incredible year in my life, and no amount of words can convey the experiences you have while traveling that far (though I’ve try to do it through pictures in my…

I Visited 43 Countries In A Year: Here’s My Favorite Photo From Each

I Visited 43 Countries In A Year: Here’s My Favorite Photo From Each

From September, 2016 to September, 2017, I spent a crazy but amazing year traveling to 43 countries across six continents around the globe. And, if you can believe it, I originally planned to take the entire trip without a proper camera! Thankfully, my uncle convinced me to buy one the day before I left. I’m…

Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni Tours (The Ultimate Guide to the Salt Flats)

Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni Tours (The Ultimate Guide to the Salt Flats)

Do you want to take a ride on one of the most epic road-trips in the world: Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni tour of the salt flats? Perfect. I knew you looked awesome. But, before you can get strapped in for the adventure of a lifetime, there’s a few things you need to consider to help…

How to Find Travel Blog Ideas That People Will Actually Read (by a Blogger)

How to Find Travel Blog Ideas That People Will Actually Read (by a Blogger)

One of the most frustrating things about starting a travel blog (apart from just trying to pick a good travel blog name) is trying to come up with travel blog ideas for posts that people will actually read. After all, the best travel blog post idea is totally pointless if no one ever views it!…

Best Places to Visit in Asia in 2018 (7 Picks that Will Shock You)

Best Places to Visit in Asia in 2018 (7 Picks that Will Shock You)

What are the best places to visit in Asia in 2018? What will be the hot and trending destinations in Asia? Read on to find out! The world’s largest continent has a lot to offer — you could spend a whole lifetime trying to explore Asia and still come up short. That’s why this list…

Best Places to Visit in Africa in 2018 (5 Unique Picks)

Best Places to Visit in Africa in 2018 (5 Unique Picks)

What are the best places to vist in Africa in 2018? What are the best African destinations for next year? Read on to quickly find out our 5 trendy and unique picks. The continent of Africa offers an incredible array of options for visitors looking to explore — and it’s much more than just safaris!…

Best Places to Visit in Australia and the Pacific in 2018

Best Places to Visit in Australia and the Pacific in 2018

What are the best places to visit in Australia and the Pacific for 2018 and beyond? Read on to find out! Australia and the Pacific islands are known for some of the whitest sand beaches, wildest backcountries, and best weather on the planet. But they can also be known for suffocating crowds of tourists. Fortunately,…

Vacation Destinations in North America (10 Trendy Spots You Can’t Miss!)

Vacation Destinations in North America (10 Trendy Spots You Can’t Miss!)

Update: See our latest ranking of the best places to travel here. What will be the best destinations in North America for 2018? Read on to find out the best places to visit in North America for trendy travelers and vacationers. You already know about the classic destinations in North America like the Grand Canyon,…

Best European Destinations for 2018 (6 Amazing Picks)

Best European Destinations for 2018 (6 Amazing Picks)

Are you looking for the best European destinations for 2018? Do you want to knock your friends’ socks off when you tell them about the amazing and unique European vacation destination you’re hitting up in 2018? Of course you do. You’re awesome. Look: I’ve asked some of the world’s best travel bloggers to give me…

Emerging Destinations for Travel (17 Hidden Gems You Need to Visit Now)

Emerging Destinations for Travel (17 Hidden Gems You Need to Visit Now)

Want to check out the next hot places to travel before the crowds arrive? Well read on to find out 17 of the trendiest, most amazing emerging destinations around the world. Some of these are sure to surprise you (you definitely won’t want to miss #8!). So how did we pick these 17 awesome emerging…

How to Tour Belgrade Street Art With Serbian Artists!

How to Tour Belgrade Street Art With Serbian Artists!

Belgrade’s street art is incredible, and it’s now possible to take a walking tour of the Belgrade street art scene with the artist themselves! Take a walk around Belgrade, Serbia and you’ll quickly notice that the streets, alleys, and sidewalks are electrified by an overdose of amazing street art. The colorful artwork is a welcome…

Ukraine Travel Safety: Are Kyiv and Lviv Safe?

Ukraine Travel Safety: Are Kyiv and Lviv Safe?

Important 2022 Update: In light of the potential pending invasion of Ukraine by Russia, it is not currently advisable to travel to Ukraine until the geopolitical situation improve. The United States State Department has ordered families of its personnel to leave Ukraine, which should be a pretty good indication that now is not a good…

What to Do in Abkhazia

What to Do in Abkhazia

Important 2022 Note: The below is an old post from several years ago. In light of current geopolitical events, I would strongly suggest not traveling to Abkhazia right now. So you want to travel to Abkhazia — but you’re not sure what to do, where to stay, or what to eat when you are there?…

Chernobyl Tours Review: Visiting Chernobyl Today

Chernobyl Tours Review: Visiting Chernobyl Today

Chernobyl Tour Review: A Guide to Visting Chernobyl Today Can you visit Chernobyl today? What are Chernobyl tours like? And are Chernobyl and Pripyat tours safe? What does a Chernobyl tour cost? I’ll answer all those questions inside this Chernobyl tour review. First, a brief summary: despite what you might expect, it is actually quite…

Abkhazia in Pictures

Abkhazia in Pictures

Abkhazia is a remarkable juxtaposition of sorrow and beauty, where abandoned places mix with natural beauty. It has almost been forgotten by the outside world, and even just getting to Abkhazia can be a serious challenge. It’s a land that offers striking landscapes checkered by abandoned buildings everywhere — haunting reminders of the war that tore…

The 5 Best Almaty Cafes

The 5 Best Almaty Cafes

For the uninitiated traveler, a visit to Almaty, Kazakhstan isn’t likely to fit with your expectations. It’s an incredibly vibrant, cosmopolitan city, whose lush green streets buzz in the shadows of imposing snow-capped mountains. But the core of its culture is the bustling Almaty cafe scene. You won’t have to search long in Almaty to…

Batumi, Georgia – Singapore Meets Atlantic City on the Black Sea

Batumi, Georgia – Singapore Meets Atlantic City on the Black Sea

Imagine for a second that you mixed Singapore with Atlantic City, shrunk it down ten sizes, added a dash of southern hospitality and a hint of Soviet flavor, then plopped it all down on a pebble beach on the Black Sea. Welcome, my friend, to Batumi, Georgia. The first thing I noticed about Batumi is…

Visit Almaty: 10 Reasons It’s The Coolest City You’ve Never Heard Of

Visit Almaty: 10 Reasons It’s The Coolest City You’ve Never Heard Of

Visting Almalty, Kazakhstan may not be high on your list – but it should be! Read on to find out why. Leafy green trees hang over wide, clean sidewalks sprinkled with hip cafes and trendy restaurants. Cocktail bars and salsa clubs pulsate until the wee hours of the morning. And all this is set against jagged snow-covered mountain…

The Travel Privilege of the English Language: Linguistic Imperialism?

The Travel Privilege of the English Language: Linguistic Imperialism?

Let’s face it, native English speakers are born into a special form of travel privilege. English is not the most widely spoken language in the world, but in most popular travel destinations it is the universal language. From ordering a coffee at a cafe, to arranging to pick up the keys from an AirBnB host, to being…

9 Best Photo Spots in Madrid for Instagram Photography

9 Best Photo Spots in Madrid for Instagram Photography

Do you want to take an awesome Madrid photography tour? Then listen up, because in this post I’ll walk you through the best Madrid photography locations. Though many tourists eschew it for its more popular sibling Barcelona, Madrid is one of the hippest, most vibrant cities in the world. When the Spanish sunlight softens, the city’s…

Backpacking Myanmar (Burma) – A Quick Guide

Backpacking Myanmar (Burma) – A Quick Guide

[Edit: In light of the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Rakhine State, some travelers may feel ethical issues with backpacking Myanmar. I encourage you to consider these issues, which are discussed in further detail in my post: Should Travelers Boycott Myanmar?] With the Thai islands swarmed by millions of European student who read “The Beach,” and…

How to Go From Bishkek to Almaty (4 Options + Quick Guide)

How to Go From Bishkek to Almaty (4 Options + Quick Guide)

Do you need to go from Bishkek to Almaty quickly and cheaply? Just follow this guide on how to go between Bishek and Almaty via bus or taxi. You can easily travel between Kyrgyzstan’s capital Bishkek to Almaty, Kazakhstan in just 4-5 hours across very good roads for less than $10. This short guide includes everything you…