How to Hit the Highlights in Australia

If you haven’t looked at a map of the world recently, you may not realize that Australia is roughly the size of the continental United States. Wow, is right! It sure makes for a lot of ground to cover especially during a relatively short visit! Unlike the US, however, the population in Australia is a fraction…

It’s Official: We are Sold on Singapore!

Similar to Hong Kong, we had no intention of making our way to Singapore when we first embarked on our adventure. In fact, it wasn’t until a conversation we had with some travelers about a month or two into our travels that the idea of traveling to Singapore sparked our interest. Having recently visited Singapore, one…

What Started as a Nice Little Hike in Pai…

Before we left on our trip, my uncle wisely suggested that if something bad happens, we should wait a while before telling anyone about it. This is one of those stories. Two weeks young into our adventure we found ourselves in Pai, a little hippy town in northern Thailand surrounded by nothing but miles and…

Why a Trip to Indonesia MUST include Komodo National Park

Komodo National Park and the surrounding region in and around Flores is one of our favorite places on the planet.  Despite fairly easy access from Labuan Bajo (a 1 hour flight from Bali), Komodo National Park was virtually empty when we were there.  Go now before the world finds out about this place!  Here’s why: It’s the…

Gili Air – Another Island We Never Wanted to Leave

After an exhausting jaunt across Java, we were ready for some beachy downtime and some beers. Insert the Gilis, three islands just off the west coast of Lombok. There is a Gili island for everyone. Gili Trewangan for the party hardy backpackers, Gili Meno for those looking to escape everything and everyone, and Gili Air…

How to spend time in Purgatory…I mean Kathmandu

If you travel in Nepal, you will most likely fly into Kathmandu and inevitably spend some time there trying to figure out what to do with yourself. Since there is very little infrastructure here and since Kathmandu is the largest city and near the center of the country, it serves as the launching point for…

You Know You’re a Backpacker When…

Back in January, Brian and I were orienting ourselves to this new and foreign world of backpacking. Now that we have almost four months on our backpacking resume, we thought it was time to share a few things we’ve learned along the way. We had fun compiling this list (and I’m sure we’ll continue to add…