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
Itinerary: Day 1: Fly to Hong Kong and settle in Day 2: Day trip to Macau Day 3: Visit Man Mo temple and Victoria Peak Day 4: Fly out to Manila, Philippines Dates: January 26-29 Our Odyssey: After our scary illegal layover in Beijing a few weeks ago, we scratched a return visit to China … Continue reading Hong Kong and Macau – Back in China After All
A lot of people are heading to South Korea soon for the 2018 Winter Olympics. Whether you're headed there to check out the games or just visiting, this itinerary is full of tips on what to see and do around Seoul! Day 1: Fly to Seoul, South Korea. We flew from Osaka and paid $122 … Continue reading Itinerary for One Week in Seoul!
Itinerary: Day 1: Fly to Seoul Day 2: Itaewon and Korean BBQ Day 3: Rest Day 4: DMZ and JSA tour Day 5: Gyeoungbakgung Palace Day 6: War Memorial of Korea Day 7: Fly out Dates: January 20-26, 2018 Our Odyssey: Between ongoing (and heightening) tensions with North Korea and the upcoming Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, … Continue reading So Cold in Seoul
We absolutely loved Japan and feel so grateful for our 10 days (9 if you exclude our travel day from the US!) exploring the nation’s fascinating melding of old traditions and new innovations. Here’s a great itinerary you can follow to get the most out of a short time in this amazing land, and a … Continue reading The Ultimate Japan in 10 Days Itinerary!
Itinerary: January 10 – Flight from Madison to Tokyo, via Minneapolis January 11 – Arrive in Tokyo and checked into our hotel – Tokyo Marriott January 12 – Tsujiki Market tour, cooking class, and Senso-ji Temple January 13 – Day trip to Mount Fuji and Aokigahara Forest January 14 – Walking tours around Tokyo (Harajuku, … Continue reading Japan Makes Miso Happy
Ever since Tim and I got back from our first round-the- world trip at the end of 2014, we knew we had to take time off again in the future for more extended travel. It's totally a cliche, but once you have the travel bug, it's a lifelong ailment. After 3 years of saving and … Continue reading We’re Going Around the World (Again)!
Itinerary: Thursday - Fly to Cleveland, Ohio Friday - Cedar Point Saturday - Impromptu pub crawl Sunday - Cuyahoga Valley National Park Monday - Fly out Dates: August 31 - September 4, 2017 Our Odyssey: What do Polish heritage, America's densest concentration of roller coasters, Drew Carey, and a casino + Taco Bell + bachelorette … Continue reading Cleveland Rocks! No, Really.
Itinerary: May 18, Thursday: Fly to Lisbon, Portugal May 19, Friday: Explore Lisbon May 20, Saturday: Explore Belem and fly to Sao Miguel, Azores May 21-24, Sunday-Wednesday: Explore island of Sao Miguel Day 1 – Sete Cidades and surrounds; Ponta de Ferraria Day 2 – Whale watching, Sanguinho hike, Furnas Day 3 – Vila Franca do … Continue reading Road-Tripping Around Portugal