Hobart, Tasmania is a great base for exploring the southeast of the island. From there you can easily do day trips to Port Arthur, Bruny Island, Maria Island and even part of Southwest National Park. If you have a few days in Hobart, a day trip to Maria Island (pronounced like Mariah Carey) is a … Continue reading What to Expect: Maria Island Day Trip from Hobart, Tasmania
Our visit to Stewart Island (New Zealand's third-largest island, just south of the South Island) was one of the highlights of our road trip around the country. To be honest, though, we'd never even heard of it before booking our Stray Maximus Pass and seeing it on their itinerary. I'm so glad we went! This … Continue reading Stewart Island – New Zealand’s Third Island
Is the Franz Josef Glacier Helihike Worth it? This was the very question Tim and I wrangled with in advance of arriving in Franz Josef. We had budgeted for the steep price tag ($459 NZD per person) but still weren't sure if we really wanted to spend it or save it. Neither of us grew … Continue reading Is Helihiking Franz Josef Glacier Worth It?
If you are traveling through New Zealand’s North Island, and you enjoy the outdoors and hiking (and honestly what are you doing in NZ if you don’t?), then the Tongariro Alpine Crossing should absolutely be a priority in your plans! This was easily one of the best things my husband and I did during our … Continue reading What to Expect: Hiking Tongariro Alpine Crossing
When visiting South Korea, one of the most interesting things you can do is take a day trip outside of Seoul to visit the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and Joint Security Area (JSA), where the North and South meet to discuss matters (including peace talks). This area is heavily guarded by military from both North and … Continue reading What to Expect: Visiting the DMZ Between North and South Korea
The very first big tourism activity we did in New Zealand was a day trip up to Cape Reinga from Paihia. Admittedly, this wasn't even a day trip that was on my radar, but it was included in the hop-on/hop-off bus pass we had booked for touring around the north and south islands. I am … Continue reading What to Expect: Cape Reinga Day Trip from Paihia
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