When people say that they are going to travel the world for an entire year, the perception is that they’ve saved up a LOT of money to be able to afford it. That makes sense considering that The Motley Fool states that the average American is spending $1,928 for a week-long trip (per person). If we did the math, that would mean a full year of vacation would cost $100,256 PER PERSON - yikes! And, probably impossible unless you were super wealthy - thus the assumption that people think that we are rich (because we’ve been traveling the world for well over a year now). Well, the truth is, we have been spending no more than…Read More
It was easier to determine what “The Most Dangerous Places in the World for Travel” were twenty years ago, before “global terrorism”. With headlines like “Missing British backpacker found dead in Guatemala”, “Canadian found dead in Burkina Faso after kidnapping”, and “Fifteen men charged over beheadings of female hikers in Morocco”, the world seems like a completely different place today.Read More
When we were researching this trip, we ran across many different posts that said that it was HOT in Ayutthaya. So, we planned ahead and looked for a potentially cooler day to go, and made sure that Ayutthaya was the first stop on the tour, and not the Summer Palace (as people noted that there were Air Conditioned spots at the Summer Palace, but not at Ayutthaya). Thus, we did this trip the CORRECT way - whereas the people who wrote the other posts did it backwards and didn’t pay attention to the weather. That being said, when we went it was UNBEARABLY HOT!!! Our favorite locations were…Read More
This British-desired railway, connecting Burma and Thailand, was deemed to be too incredibly tough of an undertaking to consider, due to the hilly jungle terrain and absence of transportation and medical equipment. However, in 1942 - during World War II, the Japanese seized Burma and took control away from Britain and by October of 1943, “The Death Railway” - as it became known - was completed by the Japanese with no transportation between the workers and the outside world, no medical help, no advanced tools and very little food.
It is a heartbreaking story with grueling conditions of forced labor, including more than 60,000 Allied prisoners of war and about 180,000 Southeast Asian natives. Over 100,000 people died during the construction of the railroad, and - after Wold War II ended - 111 Japanese military officials who were connected to the Death Railway were tried in court for war crimes, 32 of which received a death sentence. The remains of most of the war dead were retrieved and transplanted to official war cemeteries.Read More
Reflecting on 365 days of continuous travel, having visited 17 different countries on 4 different continents, doing most of it while pregnant, and having a baby in a foreign country. Cheers to another year of adventure!Read More
The best times of year to visit the countries in Asia. Best weather conditions and months for visiting Thailand, Best weather conditions and months for visiting Cambodia, Best weather conditions and months for visiting Indonesia, Best weather conditions and months for visiting Vietnam, Best weather conditions and months for visiting Laos, Best weather conditions and months for visiting Malaysia, Best weather conditions and months for visiting Philippines, Best weather conditions and months for visiting Myanmar (Burma), Best weather conditions and months for visiting Sri Lanka, Best weather conditions and months for visiting Japan, Best weather conditions and months for visiting South Korea, Best weather conditions and months for visiting Taiwan.Read More
The best places to visit in Cairo, Egypt. Must see places in Cairo, Egypt. Can’t miss places in Cairo, Egypt. The Great Pyramid of Giza. The Great Pyramid of Egypt. The pyramids of Giza. The Sphinx of Giza. The Egyptian Museum. Memphis & Shakkara. Pharaonic Village. Fayoum Oasis - Wadi El-Rayan. Madinaty City or New Cairo City. Al Mokattam Mountain Coptic Cave Churches. The Hanging Church, the Cavern Church & the Ben Erza Synagogue. The Coptic Orthodox Cathedral. The Salah Al. Din Citadel & Alabaster Mosque. The Mosques of Al-Rifa’i and Sultan Hassan.Read More
When we first learned that we were pregnant, less than 2 months into our multi-year travels around the world, we had two options: 1) end our travels early and return home or 2) have our baby while we were traveling.
Returning home would end our travels because, as full time travelers, we are exempt from paying for the mandatory U.S. medical insurance required by the Affordable Care Act - as long as we are outside of the country for at least 330 days out of the year. If we were to return, we would not only have to pay for our airfare (roughly $1,250 each from where we would be when we needed to return), but we would also have to back-pay for that medical insurance as we would no longer be exempt. The penalty is either…Read More
Easy belgian liege waffle recipe. The best waffles from Belgium. Best waffles in the world. How to make belgian waffles. How to make liege waffles. Easy way to make liege waffles. Can I make Belgian waffles? Do it yourself Belgian Liege waffles. Make Belgian Liege waffles at home! No pearl sugar, no Belgian waffle iron, no blender necessary.Read More
Cinque Terre Italy Photos. Images of Cinque Terre, Italy. The five cities in Italy. Photo gallery of Cinque Terre, Italy. Famous sites in Italy. Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia. The five lands of Cinque Terre, Italy. Better than the Amalfi coast.Read More
Baby Travel Gear Essentials. Traveling with a baby. Best travel stroller for a baby. Best travel baby carrier. Best travel baby bed. A few months into traveling, we discovered that we would be expecting a baby in early 2019. With less than a month to go for the baby’s arrival, we’ve been researching the BEST baby nomad gear.Read More
Switzerland on a budget. Free things to do in Switzerland. Is Switzerland expensive? How to travel to Switzerland. Affordable Switzerland. Affordable vacations in Switzerland. Travel and adventure in Switzerland. Kandersteg International Scout Center. Paragliding. White Water Rafting. Canyoning. Swiss Chocolate & Swiss Cheese. Zurmatt and the Matterhorn. Rock Climbing. Jungfraujoch & Eiger Trail Day Trip. Oeschinensee Lake and the Rodelbahn. Swiss Culture Night. Trummelbach Falls, Thun Castle, Interlaken.Read More
Safaris near Cape Town, South Africa? We went to 3 different Private Game Lodges and took pictures. Best safari near Cape Town? Check out our other article to learn what to expect at all of the game lodges near Cape Town. See the Big 5: Elephant, Buffalo, Rhino, Cheetah, Lion as well as many other animals such as Giraffe, Hippo, Wildebeest, Zebra, Kudu, Springbok, Ostrich and more! A gallery of our favorite photos from the safaris we went on near Cape Town, South Africa!Read More