• Anxiety,  Travel Tips

    How to Travel with Anxiety Without it Keeping You Down

    I’ve lived with generalized anxiety pretty much my entire life, though I never admitted it to myself until one very scary panic attack I had on a road trip in California in 2013. Sometimes the anxiety keeps me in bed all day, making it feel impossible to function at home, much less travel. Thankfully, I’ve adopted many methods and tips that enable me to manage my anxiety, especially when I’m traveling. Whether you feel anxious only when traveling, or your anxiety is generalized like mine, these tips for managing anxiety and stress can help you make the most of your travel adventures, from the peaks of the Himalayas to the…

  • Australia,  Oceania

    Three Week Tasmania Itinerary

    Tasmania, Australia is one of those places I could return to again and again, which is why three weeks is the shortest itinerary I could write about this amazing island! When Tim and I first visited Tasmania in 2014, people had one of two reactions. The first was, “Is that in Africa?” and the second was, “Why? There’s nothing to do there.” Now, four years later, the attitude towards Tasmania has changed dramatically! Australia’s island state (by the way, no, Tasmania is not in Africa) has become a hot destination for those who love hiking, wildlife, and locally sourced food. While Tasmania has always had a lot to offer, the…

  • Australia,  Oceania

    Snorkeling with Manta Rays and Whale Sharks in Australia’s Ningaloo Reef

    His fins curved effortlessly as his torso barrel rolled just a few meters below me. His mouth agape to collect krill, he looked as if he could swallow me whole if I got too close. However, the manta ray seemed to not even notice my presence as he continued with roll after roll. This is just a glimpse of what it’s like snorkeling in the Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia, where you can see manta rays and giant whale sharks. Here is what you will find in this comprehensive guide to snorkeling with whale sharks and manta rays in the Ningaloo Reef of the coast of Western Australia: About Manta…

  • Australia,  Oceania

    Guide to Visiting Rottnest Island on a Day Trip from Perth

    If you’re making it out to Western Australia, chances are high you are spending at least a little bit of time in Perth, the state’s capital and largest city. Even if you are only in Perth a few days, Rottnest Island, or Rottie (as the locals call it) is a worthwhile day trip out of the city. This guide will tell you everything you need to know when visiting Rottnest Island on a day trip from Perth, plus an ideal biking itinerary to follow on the island! Here’s what you’ll find in this Rottnest Island day trip guide: Getting to Rottnest Island Many companies run ferries from Perth or Fremantle,…

  • Australia,  Oceania

    Perth to Darwin Road Trip Itinerary

    With this Perth to Darwin road trip itinerary, I show you why and how to visit Australia’s west coast, where you’ll find a side of this country most people haven’t thought much about, let alone visited. When people talk about visiting Australia, images of Ayers Rock and the Sydney Opera House probably come to mind. Throw a kangaroo into the scene, and you have most people’s idea of Australia. Western Australia is frequently overlooked, but this guide will demonstrate why so many people say the west is best! Perth to Darwin Road Trip Itinerary Day-by-Day My Perth to Darwin itinerary reflects my minimum recommended time to spend in each location.…

  • Asia,  Indonesia

    Komodo Boat Trip – Complete Guide

    After only one liveaboard boat trip through the Komodo Islands, I can say with confidence that this is something I would do again…and again. It’s one of those magical places you’ve only ever dreamt about from nature and travel documentaries, and when you’re there, it barely feels real. Spending 3 days on a boat trip through Komodo National Park was a highlight of our Indonesia itinerary. I am so excited to share this guide with you, which will tell you everything you need to know to plan your own Komodo boat trip. Here’s what you’ll find in this post: Why Visit Komodo National Park If you like watching nature documentaries,…

  • Asia,  Indonesia

    Body Rafting Green Canyon in Indonesia

    A highlight of our time in Java, Indonesia was body rafting in Green Canyon near the city of Pangandaran. A mix between canyoning, white water rafting, and hiking, body rafting is a unique adventure, and body rafting in Green Canyon is a one-of-a-kind experience. I had no idea what to expect when we signed up for body rafting in Green Canyon because there is really nothing else quite like it anywhere else. This guide is everything I wish I had known before embarking on this crazy adventure! Here’s what you will find in my guide to body rafting Green Canyon. Green Canyon Location The Green Canyon is easily accessible from…

  • Asia,  Indonesia

    3 Week Indonesia Itinerary – Java, Bali, and Komodo National Park

    If you are planning a trip to Indonesia, you are already doing something right. Indonesia is one of my favorite countries I’ve ever visited. The people are warm and kind, the food is great, and it’s safe and easy to get around. On top of that, the natural sights are incredible. From beaches to mountains to incredible wildlife, Indonesia is a traveler’s dream! My 3 week Indonesia itinerary is a perfect introduction to this country for first-timers, or repeat travelers who haven’t dived into Java, Bali or Komodo National Park just yet! 3 Week Indonesia Itinerary Day-by-Day Days 1-2: Bandung and Kawah Putih (White Lake) I recommend flying into Bandung,…

  • Asia,  Thailand

    What to Expect: Krabi Island Hopping – 4 Islands and Phi Phi Islands Tour

    Island hopping is arguably the best activity to do when in Krabi, Thailand. From Ao Nang Beach, there are a number of options to choose from. It can be hard to decide which island-hopping route to pick. While in Krabi, you will undoubtedly see offers for trips to the “4 Islands” around Krabi and the Phi Phi Islands in the middle of the Andaman Sea, midway between Krabi and Phuket. If you’re short on time and want to see it all, an island hopping boat trip that offers both the standard 4 Islands route near Krabi plus the Phi Phi Islands is a great way to see a lot in…

  • Asia,  Thailand

    Two Week Thailand Itinerary

    Thailand is a traveler favorite, and for good reason. With fantastic islands and beaches, and fascinating history and culture, it offers everything a traveler could desire. And that’s without even mentioning the food! Determining your two week Thailand itinerary can be tricky. With two weeks in Thailand, you can get a taste of the north and the south and experience the best Thailand has to offer. Follow my two week Thailand itinerary to discover more! Here’s what you will find in this two week Thailand itinerary.  Two Week Thailand Itinerary Day-by-Day Days 1-3: Bangkok If you are arriving from an international flight into Thailand, you will very likely be flying…