If you're visiting the Philippines, you'll probably be flying in or out via the country's capital, Manila. Today the city has little to offer the typical tourist, but it makes a great base for day trips. If you have a few days and want to escape the smog and sweat of Manila streets, you can … Continue reading What to Expect – Hiking Mount Pinatubo
If you're visiting the Philippines in search of the best beaches, colorful coral and torquoise water, you'll probably be heading to El Nido or Coron in Palawan. Both are considered the best bases for island hopping in the region. There are set routes and tours leaving from each place, taking you to visit beautiful spots … Continue reading What to Expect – Tao Philippines
Baby and momma elephant at the Elephant Nature Park, Chiang Mai, Thailand What would you say are the top excuses people make to not travel, and how are you able to overcome them? A friend posed this question to me on Facebook on a link I shared to this Forbes article about how one couple … Continue reading Why Not Travel?
It’s been a little over a year since Tim and I spent a week volunteering at the Elephant Nature Park in northern Thailand, but it’s a week we still think about often. Over the past year we’ve been thrilled to see several of our friends also visit the ENP, and whenever we’ve heard that friends … Continue reading What Elephants Taught Me About Travel
Many of my friends have asked me how I plan itineraries for trips I take, and have wanted my recommendations about the best travel guides and websites out there. For deciding where to go: Talk to your friends! People you like have probably traveled to places you’d like. Start there Lonely Planet’s “The World” Guide- … Continue reading My Favorite Travel Resources
One of our first challenges in planning our trip was getting the gear and clothing we would need for a full year of travel, while keeping budget in mind. We went to REI for our most of our purchases, and we bought a lot of the same items for us to each have one. Sarah’s … Continue reading A year in a 65 liter pack