After nearly 7 months of traveling, I have developed a helpful sense of flexibility. With each change in scenery, my mind just performs a quick self-adjustment to adapt, like turning the hot and cold knobs on the shower only just slightly until they are adjusted to the perfect temperature. This flexibility is absolutely necessary when […]
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**If the photos have been upside down or sideways when viewing our posts, try accessing our site via Google Chrome. The photos appear correct in Google Chrome and incorrect in some other browsers.** Singapore was a natural geographic stopover on our travel path from Indonesia to Thailand. Even so, it felt more like a far-off detour. […]
Throughout life, people have often told me about the connections they feel with physical places. For some people, it is their hometown, the place they were born and would never dream of leaving behind. For others, it is a passion they feel about another place, perhaps even one they have never visited but are strongly […]
The Gili Islands are Indonesia’s dream destination for beach lovers and underwater enthusiasts. As two freckle-covered, pale-skinned backpackers on the go, the beach life doesn’t always suit James and me. We typically spend more time putting on and reapplying sunscreen than actually lying on the beach and more time adjusting chairs and umbrellas for the […]
Ubud, Bali is just one of those places that sticks with you. I didn’t see it at first. I first saw narrow streets jam packed with scooters and cars. I heard loud noises of dogs barking and roosters crowing. I met vendors ready to hassle and haggle in the streets with the many tourists like […]
There are only two World Heritage pilgrimage routes in the world. Both are ancient walking paths that have been traveled for over a thousand years by pilgrims making spiritual quests. The more well-known path is the Camino de Santiago, also known as “The Way of St. James”, in Spain. The traditional path of the Camino […]
At some point after we left the city of Kyoto, I must have stepped into a magical wardrobe because it led me to the other-worldly land of Nara, Japan. I was already bound to be fond of the small town of Nara. If not for the plethora of the traditional Japanese architecture I’ve grown so […]
It is the close of our second week in Japan, and the cultural wonders continue to impress me. We left Tokyo and headed 300 miles away to the city of Kyoto. Despite being known as the cultural capital of Japan, Kyoto would still be another large, modern city with metros, buses, and skyscrapers, so we […]
As I boarded the plane from Hawaii to Tokyo, Japan, I felt a wave of nerves. It had finally sunk in that I was once again moving on to a new country. Only this time, I would also travel to a new continent and for that matter, a whole new side of the world, farther […]
After spending a week in Brazil’s small beach towns, we finally mustered up the will to leave the stunning beaches to return to the big city, Rio de Janeiro, where we would spend a final 4 days in South America. This time, we were more prepared. We had cash, learned a few key words in […]