Bali, an Indonesian island known for its yoga and meditation retreats, forested volcanic mountains, iconic rice paddies, amazing temples, beautiful beaches and coral reefs. It has vibrant communities of party-goers, digital nomads, and vegans - so it is at the forefront of the new age. And after the film Eat, Pray, Love was released in 2010, tourism has picked up exponentially on the island between Australia and…Read More
Johor Bahru, or “JB”, is just across the border from Singapore in Malaysia. Nusajaya / Iskandar Puteri is a suburb of Johor Bahru and best known for Legoland Malaysia and Sanrio Hello Kitty Town. Whether you visit for a couple of days or a couple of months, JB has something for the whole family. We’ll share what to do in JB and the best hotels for your stay. It’s even a great affordable spot to stay if you want to visit Singapore for a day or…Read More
What comes to mind when you think of Singapore? Perhaps Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay Sands, Merlion Park, a Night Safari, or the Trick Eye Museum? This unique city-island-country has many world-famous attractions and locations. We’ll share how you can get the most out of your visit in this amazing 3 day Singapore itinerary.
Before you visit, you may want to…Read More
It’s no secret that staying in Singapore can be expensive, but it’s also no secret to Singaporeans that everything is cheaper in Malaysia. To save on expenses during our travels, we decided to stay at a resort hotel in Malaysia that is just around the corner from Legoland in Nusajaya, Johor Bahru. Our cost at this Bed and Breakfast was just under $630 USD per month and we stayed for 2 months. We’ve learned that crossing the border takes time, so if you are limited on time, we certainly wouldn’t recommend it.
However, if you only plan to cross the border into Singapore once or twice per week…Read More
Planning a visit to the Singapore Zoo can be a bit overwhelming and slightly complicated. This guide will make it easier! When asking for recommendations of things to do in Singapore, the Night Safari, River Safari, Jurong Bird Park, and the Singapore Zoo were all highly recommended by other travelers. Did you know they are each separate parks? There are multi-park tickets available, but be aware that…Read More
Sentosa Island is south of the main island of Singapore. Nicknamed the “State of Fun” – It has attractions like Universal Studios Singapore, Trick Eye Museum, Fort Siloso, S.E.A. Aquarium, and Madame Tussauds Singapore. However, Sentosa actually translates to “peace and tranquility” and the lagoon-style beaches reflect that calm feeling. The whole front of the island is considered “Resort World Sentosa” and has enough to keep you occupied for a few days. However, the whole island is compact enough…Read More
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
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
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