Cambodia: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

December 1st, 2015|0 Comments

If you follow me on facebook you probably know by now that Cambodia was one of my LEAST favorite places to be.  10 days there was about 9 too many and I struggled to stay

Cai Rang Floating Market and the Mekong Delta, Vietnam

November 29th, 2015|1 Comment

Touring a floating market in the Mekong Delta is a box that many travellers to Vietnam wish to check, and none are bigger, or more popular than Can Tho's Cai Rang Market.   When we

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam v2.0

November 28th, 2015|0 Comments

Being back in Ho Chi Minh City brings backs a lot of memories. Our first time was with my sister, brother-in-law, mom and dad. Now it's just Allison and I and I can't help but

Hue, Vietnam – The Imperial City

November 23rd, 2015|0 Comments

Located in central Vietnam, Hue, was a majestic city, the Imperial city and also the former capital of Vietnam when under the reign of the Nguyen dynasty from 1802 - 1945, yeah “same same, but

From Hue to Hoi An on motorbike

November 18th, 2015|2 Comments

We had already purchased bus tickets to take us the 5 hours from Hue to Hoi An, but thanks to Alex and Hannah (who we seem to be following !) planting the seed in

Halong Bay – The Descending Dragon

November 15th, 2015|0 Comments

Basing ourselves in Hanoi allows many day trips, one of which is Halong Bay. The story goes that prehistoric gods sent a dragon down to protect Vietnam from invaders. The limestone “karsts” are from the

Trekking in Sapa, Vietnam

November 13th, 2015|0 Comments

Getting to Sapa, 315km from Hanoi does not prove to be an easy or a comfortable journey.  Sure, the trip should only take about 4 hours, but Vietnam is NOT America.  Roads here weren't built

The beginning of our Southeast Asia Adventures: first stop Hanoi, VN

November 12th, 2015|1 Comment

  After a  8 hour overnight bus ride from Barcelona to Madrid airport, combined 18 hours of flight and travel time nearly getting fined in Switzerland by overstaying our 90 day limit in

Bologna, Italy – The coolest city ever!

November 2nd, 2015|0 Comments

Before coming to Bologna, in the Emilia-Romagna region, we were told by a fellow traveler and new friend that Bologna is the coolest city ever…..well she's kind of right. I initially wanted to coming to

Photoblog: Barcelona

October 29th, 2015|0 Comments

  If you're following along with our blog, you'll remember that we were already in Spain at the very beginning of our trip (it seems so long ago!)  However, we never made it

Cooking in Tuscany; our sixth and final Workaway

October 26th, 2015|1 Comment

The stars aligned for us while in Italy and through sheer luck we stumbled upon what turned out to be the best Workaway opportunity of our entire trip.  We weren't sure what to expect and

Venice, Italy: One Big SPLURGE!

October 22nd, 2015|0 Comments

When this is the view that greets you when you exit the train station, you know you've arrived in Venice, a city built on and around over 175 canals.  And as soon as you

Photoblog: Hiking along the Cinque Terre

October 16th, 2015|0 Comments

Cinque Terre:  a rugged portion of coastline along the Italian Riviera.  Also known as 5 Lands, Cinque Terre is composed of 5 villages; Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore.  The coastline, the 5

A love affair with Florence

October 14th, 2015|0 Comments

  Even with a rainy day and an overcast day thrown into the mix, I can't see how anyone doesn't fall in love with this city.  Sure the Cathedral was under construction, the

That’s a wrap folks!

October 10th, 2015|0 Comments

9 months in the books, and it's time for us to bid farewell to Europe.  Mike is ecstatic to get to Vietnam for some quality Asian food.  I'm excited because the weather will be HOT,

Naples, Italy – The Birth Place of Neapolitan Pizza

October 8th, 2015|0 Comments

Let's face it, we had one mission and one mission only while in Naples.....can you guess what it was?? Eat as much Neapolitan pizza as we could and to find the best pizza, in our

Photo Tour of Rome

October 5th, 2015|2 Comments

We could bore everyone here with the details of all the sights in Rome, but thought it would be more fun to just showcase our favorite sights we planned to see and also those we

Rome, the Eternal City

October 2nd, 2015|1 Comment

For one reason or another, Rome has never really excited me  But, as the old adage goes, all roads lead to Rome and a trip to Italy would not be complete without at least seeing

Beautiful days spent on the Amalfi Coast

September 25th, 2015|0 Comments

  Overlooking the Tyhrrenian Sea, the Amalfi Coast extends in the Gulf of Salerno and includes many famous cities. It's a unique place that is included on the UNESCO World Heritage Site.  If

Salerno, Italy and how to navigate along the Amalfi Coast

September 24th, 2015|0 Comments

A visit to the southern part of Italy would not be complete without a visit the the Costeria Amalfitana (the Amalfi Coast) and lucky for us, we had 5 days to explore the coast and

Mt. Etna – Europe’s highest and most active volcano

September 4th, 2015|0 Comments

Ever been so high up that it hurts to breath let alone, hike? Well we haven't, so what better way to break in these summit virgins than Mt. Etna?? Standing at 3,300 meters, is the

In the Spotlight: Ragusa Ibla, Sicily

September 2nd, 2015|1 Comment

If we thought going to Siracusa transported us back into time, it's only because we hadn't yet gone to Ragusa. Ragusa is a town of two faces.  Arriving by bus from Catania, we were deposited

Soaking up the Atmosphere in Siracusa, Sicily

September 1st, 2015|0 Comments

A quick one hour bus ride from Catania and we find ourselves on the outskirts of Siracusa at a rather dismal and desolate bus stop.  Fear runs through me.  Did we waste our time come

Caltinessetta Italy: Like Coming Home

August 31st, 2015|0 Comments

  Caltanissetta is a city that lies smack dab in the middle of Sicily.  For most travelers, it's a city that you'd probably only pass through on a train bound from Catania for

Day Trippin’: where to go while using Palmero as a base.

August 30th, 2015|0 Comments

We based ourselves in Palermo for a few reasons.  First, we had originally only given ourselves 3 nights in Palermo and then had planned to move west to the seaside town of Trapani to spend 3

Palermo, Sicily – Tantalizing Foods & Tremendous Sights

August 29th, 2015|2 Comments

Palermo, not just home of the mafia but also home to what Forbes has said to be #5 in the world for street food....I'll be the judge of that. Arriving in Sicily was eye opening

How the Greek financial crisis altered our travel plans

August 16th, 2015|2 Comments

For those of you following us along on our journey, you know that we found ourselves in Greece smack in the middle of their huge debt crisis.  Before we even touched down in Greece, their

Food Spotlight: Must Try Foods In Morocco

August 11th, 2015|0 Comments

Before coming to Morocco, I had no clue about it's cuisine except couscous, the tagine dish and pork is not eaten....those "dirty little hamsters".  As delicious as pigs are, they are considered dirty.  That just

Santorini; Greece’s “Postcard Island”

August 10th, 2015|0 Comments

It's no doubt that many of you have seen pictures of Santorini. Whitewashed buildings, blue domed roofs and white windmills clinging to cliffs high above an underwater caldera (crater), overlooking the bright blue Aegean Sea

Tips for seeing all of, and surviving a hot summer’s day in Athens

August 6th, 2015|0 Comments

So you're headed to Greece and trying to figure out how many days, if any to spend in the rough and tumble capital city of Athens.  It's mid summer, hotter than Hades and you don't

The magical isle of Crete, Greece

July 29th, 2015|3 Comments

With 3 weeks to spend in Greece, we knew for certain we'd want to visit a few of the Greek Isles.  Deciding which ones out of the over 227 inhabited islands to visit was the

The Travertines of Pamukkale

July 28th, 2015|1 Comment

Pamukkale is a unique site of calcified mineral water that hardens and forms the travertine pools. Prior to being named Pamukkale, which means Cotton Castle, it was called Hierapolis, which means Holy City. It is

Photoblog: The ancient city of Ephesus, Turkey

July 25th, 2015|0 Comments

Ephesus (Efes), a once vibrant city of over 250,000 inhabitants, is today considered one of the best preserved Roman cities in the Mediterranean.   Dating back to the 2nd century A.D, Ephesus operated as a

Along the Turquoise and Aegean Coast of Turkey

July 22nd, 2015|0 Comments

We knew while in Turkey, we wanted to check out some of the beautiful coastline of Turkey, but picking which cities to go to was no easy task, as there are no shortage of hot

Up, Up and Away in Cappadocia, Turkey

July 21st, 2015|2 Comments

After having such an amazing start in Istanbul, we were super excited for Cappadocia (Kapadokya).  This portion of our trip was a special one for several reasons. It marks our 6th year wedding anniversary It's

Our top 15 favorite sites & cities

July 12th, 2015|2 Comments

Here is a list of our top 15 cities and/or sights that we've seen over the last 6 months of our travels.  The list is in no particular order and while we certainly have more than 15

what an incredible 6 months it has been so far!

July 11th, 2015|0 Comments

As I sit here in Pafos, Cyprus typing this, I can't believe that we are more than halfway through our planned travel.  Time is passing with the blink of an eye.  We've seen more in

The long road to the forgotten city of Olympos, Turkey

July 10th, 2015|0 Comments

What's a 12 hour journey which includes 3 different buses to get to a small little hippie town where the only accommodations are in tree houses, bungalows or camping tents?  Could we have picked a

Istanbul; not at all what I expected.

July 7th, 2015|0 Comments

Istanbul, you had me worried even before we met each other.  I had this fear seated deep inside of me that you would turn out to be like Marrakesh or Fes.  I feared that the

Foodie Post:  What NOT to miss in Portugal

July 3rd, 2015|0 Comments

With such a limited amount of time in Portugal, we only were able to fit in three cities and what better cities than Lisbon (Lisboa) and Porto with one stop over in Sintra to eat

I Love Zagreb

July 3rd, 2015|0 Comments

  Well, that's what the picture says, right? Actually, it's true, Zagreb was really awesome, unexpectedly so.  With our travels, a lot of times we have to make it back to a big city

A day on the Peljesac Peninsula, Croatia

July 2nd, 2015|0 Comments

  Peljesac is a peninsula in southern Croatia, about an 1.5 hr drive from Dubrovnik.  The Peljesac Channel separates the Peljesac peninsula from the island of Korčula.  It was actually when we were

The Walled City of Dubrovnik

June 23rd, 2015|0 Comments

We headed to Dubrovnik from Korcula Island.  Not as easy as one thinks as we couldn't just hop on a ferry and arrive in port at Dubrovnik.  The ferry wasn't running the day we wanted

Photo Blog: Plitvice Lakes

June 20th, 2015|2 Comments

I said it once, and I'll say it again.  If you only make it to one area in Croatia and only have time to see one thing while you are here, it has to be

In the Spotlight: Wine and Cycle Tour on Korčula Island, Croatia

June 17th, 2015|0 Comments

  We left Hvar and caught a one hour ferry over to Korčula, an island further south, that would serve as of gateway to Dubrovnik.  We didn't pick Korčula for its beaches or

Hvar Island, Croatia; and the best time to visit.

June 16th, 2015|0 Comments

We caught ferry from Split to the island of Hvar, one of the more populated islands in the chain.  Initially wanting to go to Bol Beach on Brac island for a night and then make

Split Croatia – 

June 13th, 2015|0 Comments

When we told our friends and family that we are spending some time in Croatia their first thought was "Oh, why Croatia?" Croatia is known for many things. Their amazing coast line of turquoise water

Our final days in Dublin, Ireland. Part 3 of 3

June 10th, 2015|0 Comments

  Day 7-9 Today we drive from Ashford Castle across the country, arriving in Dublin for the last two nights of our trip.  The drive was an easy one- only about 3 hours

Emerald Isle part 2

June 9th, 2015|0 Comments

Day 4 l Up and out the door by 9:30am- we made the 40 minute very scenic drive to the Cliffs of Moher.  Admission to cliffs cost you but only if you park in their designated

Girls trip to the Emerald Isle: Part One

June 8th, 2015|0 Comments

Ireland: a country never really on my radar until my mom mentioned how much she wanted to visit.  All I need is someone to tell me they want to go somewhere, and  I'm all for

Feeling Blue in the city of Chefchaouen, Morocco

May 31st, 2015|0 Comments

Yes, we made the right decision by venturing up to Chefcahouen.  So much so, we extended our days spent here so we would only have to spend 2 nights in Fes.  It was without a

Sahara Desert Tour – Day 2 & 3

May 31st, 2015|0 Comments

The next leg of our journey began at 7am after breakfast, which was simply coffee, tea, juice, Moroccan pancakes (Msemmen), jams, marmalades and more damn bread.  Hopped back on the bus and guess what.....another seven

Sahara Desert Tour – Day 1

May 24th, 2015|1 Comment

Do a quick Google search for Sahara Desert tour and you'll get thousands of search results.  The problem for us was not that we couldn't find one, it was that the top search results are

Morocco is a big country – just in case you had any doubts

May 22nd, 2015|2 Comments

Seriously- it's BIG. And, there's no quick or easy way to traverse it.  There are no decent train systems to speak of (albeit a few trains between major cities, but for anything outlying those, you're

Marrackech, Morocco – Pure Madness

May 21st, 2015|0 Comments

Arriving in Marrakech can be pretty intimidating for any non-native.  Cars whizzing by you ignoring pedestrian crossing areas, hordes of people rushing by you and then abruptly stopping, lines of horse carriages brings an assault

4 month recap a week late!

May 21st, 2015|0 Comments

Yep, May 11th marked 4 months on the road, and for me, this has been one of the most difficult months yet.  We started, and just about ended month 4 in Morocco, which in actuality

Oh Snap!

May 9th, 2015|0 Comments

Sometimes, $h!t happens.....and it happened to us.  Our laptop that we though was fixed, had the same issue with the charging port.  Major fail! Mother-in-law to the rescue!  We have a new laptop being hand

Food Spotlight: Spain (Part 2) Madrid Tapas Tour

May 2nd, 2015|0 Comments

Spain is one of the only countries that I know of where the mornings start late and the nights start even later.  Lunch is eaten in the late afternoon and dinner is eaten even later

Workaway- is it worth it?

April 30th, 2015|2 Comments

We've been traveling for just over 3 months now, and so far, have 5 workaways under our belt.  But after 2 lackluster workaways back to back, we sat down to talk about whether or not workaway

Food Spotlight: Spanish Cuisine (Part 1)

April 25th, 2015|0 Comments

Before we dive right into this, let's get a few things straight. I am no expert on Spanish cuisine. To say anything remotely similar would be like saying I know every word in the English

Remember that one time, when I fell in love with Portugal?

April 24th, 2015|0 Comments

Have you ever arrived in a new place for the first time and immediately felt a connection to the place?  Some kind of feeling that you can't quite put your finger on but you just

What’s not to love about Madrid, Spain?!

April 17th, 2015|2 Comments

Originally when we planned our trip, we were only going to spend 2-3 days in Madrid, taking the other time to take our time driving up from Andalucia though Castile la Mancha, visiting Toledo and

What we’ve learned from our 3 months of Euro Travel

April 16th, 2015|3 Comments

So, we've picked up some pretty good tricks of the trade after traveling for the past three months.  While we are in no way travel experts, here are some things we've learned along the way,

Not So Dutch Food in Amsterdam

April 12th, 2015|0 Comments

With such a huge immigrant population of Indonesians, it makes sense that it's the most popular cuisine.  Rice plates are very similar to Chinese take always but don't worry frites lovers, there are plenty of

3 months in the books!

April 11th, 2015|0 Comments

Crazy- time is just flying .  We've gotten into a good travel rhythm.  We are figuring out what works and what doesn't work for us in regards to travelling.  Maybe by the end of our

Seville, Spain; our own tapas crawl and a slight emotional breakdown

April 10th, 2015|0 Comments

Totally excited to be heading to Seville.  We thought about just doing a day trip from the Costa del Sol, but knew if any city in Andalucia warranted a longer stay, it was Seville.  So

Hiking in the Andalusian Mountains, Spain

April 8th, 2015|1 Comment

So, we have been prepared for a lot of things on our trip so far.  I've got a first aid kit that would put some hospitals to shame, our bags are packed with

3 unique cities on the Costa del Sol, Spain

April 7th, 2015|0 Comments

We took several day excursions to visit three different cities on the Costa del Sol.  I had heard of none of them before we arrived, but was pleasantly informed by one of the staff at the hotels

A Glimpse of Belgian Food

April 3rd, 2015|0 Comments

Let's face it, everyone in the world knows that Belgium is known for four major things when it comes to the food scene. Pomme frites, waffles, chocolate and mussels. If there is one thing that

In the Spotlight: A visit to the Alhambra

April 2nd, 2015|0 Comments

If there is one thing to see while visiting Andalucia, it has to be the Alhambra in Granada.  It was one of the first things I highlighted in my handy dandy tour book

Detour to Murcia, Spain

April 2nd, 2015|0 Comments

Heading out of Alicante toward the Costa del Sol, we made a slight detour to visit Murcia, which gave us our first real taste of tapas bars that lined every alley way we

Valencia, Spain

March 31st, 2015|0 Comments

Valencia is the third largest city in Spain, with Barcelona and Madrid being the other largest.  We haven’t yet been to a “big city” in Spain and decided we’d take a day trip to Valencia.

Our first days in Spain and our third workaway

March 29th, 2015|0 Comments

Spain - we are in love!  After two months of cold crap weather, we stepped off the plane at 10pm in Alicante, Spain and we were so excited that the thermometer read 55 degrees!!  We

Amsterdam: Red Lights, Coffee shops, Canals and a Sprained Ankle….

March 20th, 2015|0 Comments

Ahh......Amsterdam.  Where do we even begin?  We had such high hopes for Amsterdam.  Mike had been before, but as he'll tell you - it was "different" experiencing the city as a single guy in

This bus smells funny.

March 20th, 2015|0 Comments

A 3 hour trip we thought.  No big deal we said.  We can take the cheaest way possible and still get to where we want to be with time to enjoy our new

Polish Food For A Day

March 18th, 2015|0 Comments

Even though we were only in Krawkow and Warsaw for a short time that doesn't mean that we weren't able to eat the main staples.  Most everyone knows of pierogi's and galumpki's but several things

Food in Germany Part 2 (Munich)

March 16th, 2015|0 Comments

As we leave our workaway in Schrinding, we got a little taste of Bavarian cuisine.  Nadine, on our last night, made us a traditional Bavarian dinner of bratwurst, mashed potatoes and sauerkraut.  Very simply; very

A day in Brussels, Belgium

March 15th, 2015|0 Comments

Seriously, it's waffle o'clock right? Sorry, but after having a waffle in Ghent and 3 waffles in Liège, we were on the hunt for  waffles (or gaufres as they are called here)  Not that you

Day trip to Liège, Belgium

March 14th, 2015|0 Comments

So, we really did pick the perfect workaway, not only for the wonderful hosts and work we're doing, but also for the great location.  We were only a hour's train ride from Liège, and decided

A few hours spent in Ghent, Belgium

March 13th, 2015|0 Comments

l If you do nothing else while you are in Belgium, make sure you make it out of Brussels for at least a day and head to the  Flemish speaking Ghent for a day visit.

In the Spotlight: Carnaval in Binche, Belgium

March 12th, 2015|0 Comments

It's Fat Tuesday.  What better way to celebrate then to find a local Carnaval celebration and get to celebrating.  We found the biggest and oldest on held in Belgium, and just like that, we had

Food in Germany Part 1 (Berlin)

March 11th, 2015|0 Comments

Germany cuisine is known throughout the world but mostly sausages (wurst), sauerkraut (preserved cabbage), schnitzel (bread and fried filets of meat of either pork or veal), pretzels, spetzle and over 1,000 different types of German

2 months already..?!?

March 11th, 2015|3 Comments

train station in Liege, Belgium Yep, that's right...we are already 2 months into our yearlong adventure.  While I think we both agreed that the first month went by fairly slow, month

Our Second Workaway: Belgium

March 9th, 2015|1 Comment

And...we made it!  Whew.  Running through airports, dodging through security and forgetting to get our passports checked by the ticketing agent all nearly caused us to miss our flight, but we landed safe and sound.  Caught the

Our Recommendations for Sights not to be missed while in Germany

March 5th, 2015|1 Comment

After spending 3 weeks in Germany, we came up with a lists of sights and sounds that highlighted our time while visiting.  Of course, 3 weeks barely scratches the surface, but these are

72ish hours in Poland

March 5th, 2015|1 Comment

So, the main reason for heading to Poland was so we could visit the Auschwitz Concentration camp.  We didn't allot much time to do anything else, which was a huge oversight by us, because as

Dachau and Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camps.

March 4th, 2015|0 Comments

  While in Germany, we took the opportunity to travel to Dachau Concentration camp, just outside Munich.  Dachau was the concentration camp that all other concentration camps were modeled after. We also planned

Ramstein and our last few days in Germany

March 4th, 2015|1 Comment

Our last few days in Germany were spent visiting friends of Mike's that he met in when he, and they lived in Richmond.  Joe, a Major in the AirForce, his wife Heather, and their three

Heidelberg, Germany

March 2nd, 2015|0 Comments

After we left The Black Forest, we headed to Heidelberg, in the Neckar River Valley.  I don't even know what made us pick Heidelberg, other than the fact that Allison had heard about it being

Up the Rhine and down the Moselle

March 2nd, 2015|0 Comments

From the research we had done about Germany, we knew that one of the most scenic rides to take is in and around the Rhine River and Moselle River Valleys.  The Rhine River valley is extremely

The Autobahn, The Black Forest and German Saunas

March 1st, 2015|1 Comment

For the rest of our time in Germany, we decided to rent a car, rather than take a train.  Not only is it more cost effective, but it gives us a chance to venture off

Getting Lost in Munich, Germany

February 24th, 2015|3 Comments

The goal today  was to hopefully see some surfers on the river Isar.  I know, it's the middle of January-why would anyone be surfing, and even if they were, why in a river? Apparently its a

Germany: Müncheners love their bier

February 22nd, 2015|1 Comment

It's true... And any local Münchenkinder (those born and raised in Munich) will fill you in on how culturally important bier has been and continues to be.  The Bavarian region is especially proud of their beers,

Munich, Germany- love at first sight

February 21st, 2015|0 Comments

Get me outta here.. And get me over there! We are out of Shirnding, the village time forgot!  We took the first train out of town and high tailed it to Munich.  We were just

Our First Workaway Experience

February 12th, 2015|0 Comments

While we are traveling, we are doing something called Workaway, which we've talked about in our blog before.  To recap,  it's a network that connects traveling individuals with people in different countries who are interested

One month on the road!

February 11th, 2015|0 Comments

We've been on the road for exactly one month!  Technically, we've been without a place to call our own for for nearly 2 months now, BUT we have officially been in Europe for one month!

Postcards from abroad

February 8th, 2015|0 Comments

As we begin to hit more and more cities, we thought it would be a great idea for our readers and supports to have a chance to get a postcard from wherever we may be

Brrrrr Berlin

February 7th, 2015|1 Comment

Ah.. The dawning of a new( and much colder day). When we arrived in Berlin yesterday, the sun was still visible and the temperature didn't drop below 50 all evening.  However, today the high wasn't

The Top 10 Ski Resorts In North America

February 2nd, 2015|0 Comments

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In the Spotlight : East Side Gallery and Alternative Berlin

February 1st, 2015|0 Comments

The East Side Gallery  is only one of  three sections of the Berlin Wall that remains and  at 1.3 km long, it's the largest surviving section.  Bordered by the River Spree, the East Side Gallery

Arriving in Berlin at sunset

February 1st, 2015|0 Comments

We arrived in Berlin just as the sun was setting.  We caught the Deutsch Banh (DB), the local train into the city centre (€3 p/p) and walked the mile over to the hostel where we're

Switzerland – Fondue and then some

January 26th, 2015|0 Comments

When you think of Switzerland, most think of cheese, chocolate and fondue..... and well, that's partially correct.  Swiss cuisine is kind of a melting pot of cuisines.  Being surrounded by France, Germany and Italy, it makes

Basel, Switzerland. A last minute detour

January 24th, 2015|0 Comments

Today we have to catch our flight to Berlin, but not before we make it to one more Swiss town. Because we're flying on the budget European airlines (EasyJet, Ryanair, etc) they tend to be

Out of the Alps and into the City- Zurich,Switzerland

January 21st, 2015|0 Comments

Today we drove back down the mountain into Zurich.  We had a hotel room for one night about 10 minutes outside of city centre.  Honestly, I didn't do any research prior to getting to Zurich

Zermatt Switzerland, a taste of things to come

January 14th, 2015|4 Comments

Switzerland was never in our original itinerary when we planned our trip.  Our decision to go here and make it the start of our trip to go to Switzerland was quite last minute and fairly

T-Minus 2 days

January 9th, 2015|0 Comments

Holy Cow!  As I sit here to write this blog entry, I can’t believe that we have less than 5 days until we leave the U.S to start our European/SE Asia adventure!  I still feel

a BIG shout-out!

December 7th, 2014|0 Comments

So, we are getting down to the wire. We have 4 weeks to go until we jump on a plane to Europe, and only 2 weeks (eeek) left here in Sunny San Diego before we

Chaos has set in

December 4th, 2014|0 Comments

So it's coming down to the last two weeks of our time in San Diego.  I hate to say it, but we also just came back from a two week cruise through the Panama canal

Epcot Food and Wine Festival

November 11th, 2014|0 Comments

  So this past week I  took a break from all this Euro travel and took a trip to DisneyWorld.  I mean, the best way to de-stress from planning one trip is to go

Where to, Gumshoe?!

October 31st, 2014|1 Comment

When we started telling everyone we were taking off for a whole year to travel, people's initial reactions were pretty much the same:  "Wow, that's awesome" or " I wish I could do that or

Gear for a year

October 8th, 2014|0 Comments

Being gone for just about a year can make anyone cringe.  Things like reliable storage, laptop, hygiene, cell phone, and also multi-purpose clothing are 1st world problems that most don't bat an eyelash at.  I

2014 Liebster Awards Nominee…..That’s Me!!!

September 20th, 2014|2 Comments

So being somewhat new to the hardcore blogging scene, it was a major surprise to be nominated for this award from Type A Trips.....THANK YOU TYPE A!!!!  If you are/were like me, you have no

Know (and do) Before you GO! (part two)

September 17th, 2014|0 Comments

Hopefully you read part one of the know before you go post and you found it helpful.  As promised, here are a few more things to consider doing before you pack your bags and hit the

Know (& do) before you GO! Part One

September 11th, 2014|0 Comments

So when you're planning a year long trip- chances are you are PUMPED! I mean, the sights you are going to see, the smells, the people, the food, oh the food! The list goes on

How to plan for a year long trip

September 9th, 2014|0 Comments

You're probably thinking that the interweb has all the information that you need to plan and research anything you could possibly think of, right?!  There are so many blogs out there about traveling and best

How to Make it Work

August 31st, 2014|0 Comments

When we decided to wanted to travel for a year, there were two important things we considered.  First, how would we be able to afford traveling for a year in terms of staying places/ eating/

The 90/180 Rule.

August 25th, 2014|1 Comment

Well, OK, it's not time to get planning- we've already been planning since we first got the notion to go in our heads. The list of countries was extensive, the cities numerous and the sites

Oh Darling Let’s be Adventurers

August 21st, 2014|0 Comments

What started out as a few maddening scribbles on a whiteboard and a couple of cutouts of countries from a world map has evolved into a plan for 12 months of traveling the globe.  Yep,

Fancy night out at GrayCliff

May 30th, 2014|0 Comments

So if you remember from our post Tru Bahamian Food Tour, we stopped at Graycliff Hotel to sample some chocolates.  Didn't think we’d make our way back up there, but we received a great tip

Sandy Toes

May 30th, 2014|0 Comments

We were getting down to our last few days on the island.  Dad was kind of hell bent on wanting to rent power boats so we could cruise around the island.  However, in true Dad

Get Yo A$$ to the Daq Shack!

May 29th, 2014|0 Comments

In keeping in true vacation fashion, the purpose of this trip was obviously to check out as many beaches as possible.  We decided to head over to Cable Beach for the day.  We parked at

Sonia’s Jerk…..Chicken that is

May 28th, 2014|0 Comments

Get your mind out of the gutter!! Walking down Arawak Cay, aka Fish Fry, past the brick and mortar restaurants lies a strip of food shacks that range from savory to sweet. One of these

Deep Sea Fishing on Chubasco V

May 27th, 2014|0 Comments

Let’s face it, no trip to a tropical island without a deep sea fishing trip?!?!  If you do a quick search on Bing or Google, literal dozens of fishing charters come up.  So how do you choose??  Well,

Tru Bahamian Food Tours

May 26th, 2014|1 Comment

Well just seeing the name of this tour and you know we had to do it!  We did a lot of research and this is supposed to be the best….not to mention there aren’t very

Junkanoo Beach and Tiki Beach Hut

May 25th, 2014|0 Comments

Junkanoo beach is probably one of the two most known beaches on Nassau.  Why???  Because it’s the closest beach to the cruise boat docks.  The second being Cabbage beach due to it’s location on Paradise

Yamacraw Oasis Beach House

May 25th, 2014|0 Comments

After our one night at the RIU in Paradise Island, we headed to our beach house down on the south eastern part in the Yamakraw area.  It’s about a 20-30 minute drive from downtown and

Arawak Cay

May 24th, 2014|0 Comments

For our first night out we went to Arawak Cay.  This is one of the popular areas for real Bahamian food. As you drive down the “strip” you’ll see all the local and touristy spots. 

Paradise Island and the RIU Resort

May 23rd, 2014|0 Comments

Day one of a week long stay in the Bahamas for our annual family trip.  We pick a new location every year, and this year we chose Nassau.  Since we had to fly in from

Bahama Mama Ready

May 22nd, 2014|0 Comments

We have 12 hours and counting until we arrive in Nassaau, Bahamas and needless to say, it is much needed.  Every year Allison’s family plans a vacation together and this year it’s in the Bahamas. 

Wedding weekend eating our way through Charleston

April 24th, 2013|0 Comments

Charleston, SC is known for its southern hospitality, colorful and historic architecture and of course “low country” cuisine.  We were able to kill two birds with one stone because Allison’s sister was getting married in

Beer Battered Fish Tacos…..Para Mi!!!

March 18th, 2013|0 Comments

Being so close to the Mexican border, Allison and I are spoiled with the best, close as you can get, tacos. I mean the real deal tacos. Not that fru-fru crap where people try to

Pho-King-Delicious…….say that 10 times fast

January 14th, 2013|0 Comments

After being back from our Vietnam trip, we (Allison, Thy, Nir and myself) realized that eating Vietnamese food will be really rough back in the states.  All the flavors profiles, depth, herbs, and most importantly

Traveling Vietnam – Words of Wisdom

January 7th, 2013|0 Comments

Vietnam is mostly motorbikes and there are no roads that a motorbike won’t go on, wrong direction or not. The sidewalks aren’t used for walking, it’s used for parking motorbikes and driving motorbikes on. When

Vietnam Journey Recap

January 4th, 2013|0 Comments

Although we’ve been gone for just 3 weeks, it seems like we’ve been in Vietnam much longer.  This trip was more than I ever expected it to be. We saw more than any guidebook could

Whirlwind Adventures

January 4th, 2013|0 Comments

It’s been a whirlwind, adventurous and amazing vacation buts it’s about to come to an end. 🙁 We have a 8 hour layover in Seoul Korea where we are doing a city tour and then

Chiao Saigon

January 3rd, 2013|0 Comments

Allison: I need to start off by saying what an amazing nights sleep i had last night. I think all of our traveling is finally catching up to us as we near the end. Didn’t

Good Bye Beautiful Hoi An

January 2nd, 2013|0 Comments

Our last day in Hoi An is here and with perfect timing. We’ve explored all areas of interest to us from China beach, Hi Van Pass, Marble Mountain, Cha Dai Beach and of course old

Motorbikes and Massages

January 2nd, 2013|0 Comments

Allison: up at 6:30 am- there is an awesome rooster 10ft from our window who let’s us know its time to get up..appreciate that. If we’ve slept 7 hours any day during this trip, I’d

Hoi An: The next stop on the tour

December 31st, 2012|0 Comments

Allison: up around 5:30 am to get ready, and check out of our hotel. hailed a cab around 6:15 and made the 40 minute ride to Cam Rang Airport. We caught an hour flight to

Hoi An: Country side scooter tour

December 31st, 2012|0 Comments

Today we went on a scooter tour of the country side. Our guide is a Kiwi transplant who’s been doing this for several years now and seems to know the area pretty well. He pointed

Rain, Rain…..You Are My Bain….

December 28th, 2012|0 Comments

Ugh……second full day in Nha Trang and it’s pouring! We were at least able to visit the Dam Market, which in my opinion was a little grimy. It may have been compounded by last night’s

Nha Trang ……….. Some much need relaxation

December 28th, 2012|0 Comments

Allison: woke up this morning around 6:30am- headed downstairs to the street for some coffee. Mom and dad joined us and we took a stroll on the beach. Back to the hotel to check out.

Peace out Dalat…..Hello Nha Trang!

December 28th, 2012|1 Comment

After walking around last night, we woke up and mom parents were thinking the same thing……nothing worth staying an extra day for. At night we heard teenage Vietnamese EMO kids scream until about midnight, walk

The Road Less Traveled – Vinh Long to Dalat

December 26th, 2012|0 Comments

Our driver picked us up at 3am and we packed up and hit the road.  My parents are apparently afraid of flying Vietnam airlines from a previous experience.  If you ask me driving is more

Lunch at the family temple and a brand new dress

December 25th, 2012|0 Comments

Woke up this morning and started to pack away what little clothes we brought with us. We’re heading out tomorrow at 3am to make the 10hour drive to our next stop, Dalat, in the central

Christmas eve – Opa Vinh Long style

December 24th, 2012|0 Comments

This is going to be a Christmas to remember. I’ve never spent a Christmas in another country let alone living like a local. My mom got some crispy skin pork belly, my uncle is doing

Vinh Long – Day 3 – The orphanage

December 23rd, 2012|0 Comments

Allison: slept in today- didn't get up until 6:30am..talk about sleeping in. At 5am every morning, they do an hour long news broadcast over citywide speakers because most of the people living in this area

Vinh Long – Day 2

December 23rd, 2012|0 Comments

This morning we woke up and immediately my mom had the day planned out.  There is a market directly across the street from the house and we walked over to get some fresh shrimp and

The Road to Vinh Long – day one

December 21st, 2012|0 Comments

After dropping off Thy and Nir at the airport, but not before going back to the same place for some Bun Cha Hanoi, we hit the road with my parents to their house in Vinh

Cu Chi Tunnels and then to Vinh Long

December 21st, 2012|0 Comments

Allison: we were up bright and early again today 5am to be exact. Today was one of those days where I know I could have slept in for days, considering that the bed in our

Phu Quoc – Dinner at the night market

December 21st, 2012|0 Comments

The night market is about 1km away from our hotel, which is a about a 15-20 minute walk. As we started to get closer it got more lively. The night market is right in front

The other side of Phu Quoc – a feast for the senses

December 21st, 2012|1 Comment

Allison: Up again at 6am and still feeling kinda tired. Took a shower and packed up our bags-we’re headed back to HCMC this afternoon. Enjoyed breakfast at the hotel…..Anyways, I’m saving myself for my favorite

Sookie Sookie Four Dolla……..I Mean Beach Massage

December 20th, 2012|0 Comments

Directly next to our resort is a set of umbrellas and some tiny little Vietnamese women offering up massages….happy ending not included. For 80,000 VND you can get an hour massage and for an additional

Phu Quoc Island – Thien Hai Son Hotel

December 20th, 2012|0 Comments

The hotel that we are staying at is pretty nice. The rooms are all clean, staff are friendly, and they provide some local bananas, matter and coffee packets. There are two options for staying here,

Phu Quoc Adventures

December 20th, 2012|0 Comments

Allison: woke up today again at 5am- the sun wasn't even up yet. not sure what it is about us being on vacation, but we NEVER sleep in(probably why we always take a mid day

Day 2 – Ho Chi Minh City & Phu Quoc Here We Come!

December 18th, 2012|0 Comments

Mike: So today my cousin Minh is picking us up and taking us to lunch before driving us to the airport. For lunch we’re having com tâm, also called “Broken Rice”. Wait a minute….I haven’t

Ngày so môt (day one)

December 17th, 2012|0 Comments

Allison:  After crashing at midnight last night after being up for 24+ hours, give or take, we were up at 5:30 am ready to go- too excited for sleep apparently.   I’m really excited because

First stop……….Ho Chi Minh City

December 16th, 2012|0 Comments

After a crazy long plane ride from LA to Seoul and then running to the gate to HCMC, we are exhausted. It's late, I only slept about 2-3 hours on the last leg, Allison was

Longest day ever..and we haven’t even left the U.S!

December 15th, 2012|0 Comments

Being up since 3 am, you’d think we’d be halfway to Vietnam by now..but nope, not even close. We’re at LAX waiting for our 2nd flight of the day.this one a 14 hour jaunt to

Our journey to Vietnam

December 12th, 2012|0 Comments

Allison and I are about to start our journey to Vietnam.  I have never been before as I was born in the US.  I speak broken Vietnamese, at best, but enough to get by.  To