• Asia,  India

    What to Expect in India for First-Timers

    India is an exciting and beautiful destination, but it’s hard to know what to expect. India can be a challenging place to travel, even for those who have plenty of experience immersing themselves in foreign cultures. After spending three weeks traveling the northern regions of the country, I learned so much that I wish I had known beforehand. I’ve made this list of what to expect on your first trip to India in hopes you’ll avoid some of the annoyances we didn’t! Here’s what you will find in this guide on what to expect on your first time in India. What to Expect in India for First-Timers I developed this…

  • Asia,  India

    Spiti Valley Itinerary – India’s Wild North

    When planning our trip to India, I came across a small mention of this mystical land in northern India called Spiti Valley. Google searches for “Spiti Valley itinerary” came up with few useful results, but I was determined to go there. This Spiti Valley itinerary is the guide I wish I had when planning my own trip there. It breaks down what to see and do in this incredible region of India, and how to do it safely. Here’s everything you’ll find in this itinerary and planning guide to Spiti Valley: Getting to Spiti Valley There are daily 1 hour flights to Bhuntar from Delhi (round trip about $300 USD).…

  • Guatemala,  North America

    Acatenango Volcano Hike – Everything You Need to Know

    A hike up Acatenango Volcano is at the top of many people’s Guatemala bucket list. The views are incredible, the hike is challenging, and it’s easily accessible as a long day or overnight trip from tourist hot-spot Antigua. You won’t find much information online about what to expect on the hike up Acatenango Volcano, and not even my Lonely Planet guidebook provided us much information. But, we’d had friends who had done the hike and recommended it, so even without knowing too much about it, we knew we wanted to do it during our month-long stay in Antigua. This guide will demystify what to expect on the Acatenango Volcano hike,…

  • New Zealand,  Oceania

    Stewart Island Itinerary – New Zealand’s Other Island

    New Zealand’s Stewart Island is like the forgotten stepchild of the country. Everyone always talks about the North and South Islands, but what about Stewart? This island deserves some major love too, and this Stewart Island itinerary has everything you need to know. Here is what you will find in this Stewart Island itinerary: Getting to Stewart Island To make the most of your time on Stewart Island, I recommend taking the earliest ferry ($79 NZD each way) you can from Bluff, New Zealand. Plan to take the afternoon ferry back to Bluff the next day in order to do all the activities on this Stewart Island itinerary. There are…

  • New Zealand,  Oceania

    Franz Josef Glacier Helihike – Is It Worth It?

    Is the Franz Josef Glacier helihike worth the steep cost? This was the very question Tim and I wrangled with in advance of arriving in Franz Josef. We had budgeted for the painful price tag ($459 NZD per person) but still weren’t sure if we really wanted to spend it or save it. I know we’re not the only ones, so this guide will help you determine if the Franz Josef Glacier helihike is worth it for you! Here’s what you’ll find in this guide. Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems Neither of us grew up with a ton of money or international travel opportunities, so we both still have a very…

  • New Zealand,  Oceania

    Two Week New Zealand South Island Itinerary

    With two weeks on the South Island of New Zealand, a well-organized itinerary can take you to scenic fjords, epic glaciers, dramatic mountains, and all the bungee jumping you can stomach. Since it’s a relatively small island, you can easily travel throughout and visit all the major points of interest in about two weeks. Part of the magic of New Zealand is that you can be on a beach one day and on a glacier the next! Here’s what you’ll find in this thorough guide to planning a two-week itinerary in the South Island of New Zealand. About My Two Week New Zealand South Island Itinerary This two-week itinerary through…

  • New Zealand,  Oceania

    Two Week New Zealand North Island Itinerary

    With two weeks on New Zealand’s North Island, you can trek one of the most beautiful day hikes in the world at the Tongariro Crossing, witness the mesmerizing shimmer of glow worms at the Waitomo Caves, and explore the country’s surprisingly tropical side at Hahei. This two-week road trip itinerary covering the North Island of New Zealand top to bottom has everything you need to know! New Zealand’s North Island totally surprised me. Most of the top attractions I’d heard of in my research were based on the South Island. Thus, I traveled through the north without any expectations. The north has more to offer than I knew. Think tropical…

  • Asia,  Philippines

    Guide to Mount Pinatubo Hike from Manila

    A hike to Mount Pinatubo on a day trip from Manila, Philippines is THE best way to escape the chaos of the smog and sweat of Manila streets. Even better, very few tourists spend time in this region of the Philippines, instead jetting off to the islands right away. Lucky for the rest of us, stunning adventures like the Mount Pinatubo hike are left relatively uncrowded! And lucky for you, this guide will tell you everything you need to know about the Mount Pinatubo day hike! Mount Pinatubo History Mount Pinatubo was a perfect cone-shaped volcano for thousands of years, until it blew its top in 1991 (yes, THAT recently).…

  • Asia,  Philippines

    Three Week Philippines Itinerary

    With three weeks in the Philippines following this itinerary, you can visit the most perfect remote islands, learn about the country’s fascinating and complicated history, and visit adorable little tarsiers in their native habitat. (What’s a tarsier, you say? I’m glad you asked.) Is three weeks enough time to do everything in the Philippines? Heck no! But it’s enough to appreciate its highlights in-depth, if you plan it right. That said, with 7641 islands, it’s a tricky country to travel around. Don’t worry though – my comprehensive three week Philippines itinerary has got you covered! Here’s what you’ll find in this complete guide to three weeks in the Philippines. Day-by-day…