• Asia,  Myanmar

    10 Day Myanmar Itinerary

    After 10 days in Myanmar, we were in love with it. The beautiful temples, stunning landscapes, and warm people completely stole our hearts, making Myanmar one of my favorite travel destinations. This 10 day Myanmar itinerary is what we followed for our week and a half exploring this beautiful country in June of 2018. I think it gave us a perfect glimpse into the ancient temples, delicious food, and unique Buddhist culture of Myanmar. Here’s everything you’ll find in this 10 day Myanmar itinerary. Myanmar’s History Myanmar is one of Southeast Asia’s most enigmatic destinations. Long cut off from outsiders due to a military dictatorship from 1962 to 2011, Myanmar…

  • Asia,  India

    Golden Triangle India Itinerary – Off the Beaten Path

    One of the most popular itinerary routes for first-time visitors to India is the classic Golden Triangle, but its popularity makes it challenging to get off the beaten path. This popular route is packed with tourists year-round, but there are a few unique gems and activities that not everyone knows about. I’ve designed my Golden Triangle India itinerary to enable you to get off the beaten path of this well-traveled route. Here is what you will find in this “off-the-beaten-path” version of India’s classic Golden Triangle itinerary! About This Golden Triangle India Itinerary When people refer to the “Golden Triangle” in India, they are talking about an itinerary that starts…

  • 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).…

  • 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 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,  South Korea

    How to Visit the DMZ and JSA from Seoul

    Planning a vacation to North Korea? Yeah, I didn’t think so. But if you are visiting very-vacation-destination-worthy South Korea, you will have a unique opportunity to get a glimpse into both North Korea and its tense relations with their southern neighbor. When visiting South Korea, one of the most fascinating things you can do is take a day trip outside of Seoul to visit the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and Joint Security Area (JSA), where North and South Korea meet to discuss all matters (including peace talks). This area is heavily guarded by military from both North and South Korea, and, for whatever reason, they´ve agreed to let curious foreigners visit…