Many may not think to explore Croatia’s inland, but there is so much that lies beyond the beaches and the Adriatic Sea. During the off season months, when the sea is too cold to enjoy, we like to venture off into the country and see all the treasures that are a short ride from our home base in Split. In the low season, we have scored car rentals as low as $4.25 USD per day, so day trips can be extremely cost effective. In addition, all of these sites are all free to explore. Continue reading Best Day Trips from Split, Croatia
Visiting North Korea was always this far fetched travel idea that Harry and I used to entertain ourselves with. However, when we decided to visit South Korea, we agreed that this was an amazing travel opportunity that we didn’t want to pass up. When traveling to Korea, so much of the history, current events, museums, politics, etc., are related to the sights and locations that are visited on a DMZ tour, that it almost seems nonsensical not to explore them.
“Can we really say we visited North Korea?” The American soldier confidently replied, “Yes.”
The Philippines had been on our must see list for some time. Every traveler who visits this country sings its praises. On a last minute whim, we added it to our second tour of Asia. We knew if we didn’t visit it this time around, we would have regretted it. Researching The Philippines can be slightly overwhelming. There are so many special, unique islands to visit within the country and traveling between them can be costly, unreliable (i.e., cancelled ferry boats), and uncomfortable. However, with a lot of research crammed into a short amount of time, we developed a great couple’s guide to Bohol on a budget. Continue reading Budget Guide to a Romantic Stay in Bohol & Panglao, Philippines
Our goal in travel is to always share amazing places that offer great value for the dollar. On our trip to Bohol, we came across a great property that deserves a shout out and is probably one of the loveliest, budget friendly accommodations that can be found in the Philippines. Continue reading Best Budget Accommodation on Bohol
Traveling to wild, remote destinations can take you back to a different time or place. Whether it’s the feeling of playing outdoors as a child, or capturing the essence of a turn of the century explorer, adventure awakens your senses and shakes the soul. In an overly digital world, at Borneo Rainforest Lodge visitors can find that rejuvenating connection with nature and more importantly, a reconnection to one another. Continue reading Real Life Jungle Book – What to expect at Borneo Rainforest Lodge
With the opportunity to visit one of the premier, luxury eco-lodges in the world, Harry and I wanted to do something special to document our time spent at the Borneo Rainforest Lodge. We worked together to write daily journals and create cinematic videos to offer an insight at the travel experience of a lifetime. Visiting Borneo Rainforest Lodge was a dream trip for us. We hope that our story will inspire others to embrace their inner adventurer and to live their own story of exploration in the Borneo Rainforest. Continue reading How To See Danum Valley Rainforest – Borneo Nature Tours
Our third visit to Thailand felt a whole lot different. This time around, we traded in the laid back beach life of Phuket for the bustling city of Bangkok. Lots of travelers have spent time in this city, so we opted to explore for eight nights to experience it for ourselves. We planned to use a few additional days to rest and acclimate ourselves from the Euro Life and significant time change. Continue reading Bangkok Budget Travel Guide
Trust us. Plitvice (PLEET-veet-seh) Lakes National Park is one of Europe’s hidden gems. We visited during March when prices are 3x LESS (than during the peak season) and crowds are at an epic low. Our admission fee was only $8 per person. The price includes access to all of the hiking trails, a boat ride on Lake Kozjak, and a panoramic train ride that picks you up at the finish line and takes you back to the starting point. After doing almost no research and just “showing up,” the beauty of the park blew us away. It was totally unexpected. Continue reading Virtual Travel Guide: Plitvice Lakes National Park
Come BS with us as we explore the Cook Islands. Topics include great budget savvy ways to spend your time when visiting the islands of Aitutaki and Rarotonga. Just two sassy, honest, and funny travelers doing their thing….
I write this with tears in my eyes. We proudly present our most wonderful journey to our last, final continent. Many who venture to Antarctica are often overcome with emotion because it is such a unique, beautiful, indescribable place. On this journey we were surrounded by a young woman battling cancer, older folks on their last great adventure, and other backpackers taking a risky chance by living life in a less conventional way. Continue reading Travel Guide: Exploring Antarctica – Welcome to the 7th continent club
Happy New Year! After over two years of traveling through Europe and living the European lifestyle, it is time for a little change of scenery. We are excited to announce that we are switching continents for a few months to enjoy some warmer weather, new cuisine, and a lot of adventure. Continue reading Kicking-off 2017 with a “Bang”
Being a foodie on a backpacker’s budget has taught us a thing or two about the best way to experience a country’s food scene. Before we left on our travels, being a foodie meant experiencing cuisine in high-end restaurants, with accompanying high-end prices. But throughout our budget savvy travels, we’ve learned a valuable lesson. Good food, with great value, often comes in smaller, more authentic restaurants. We’re talking about traditional family-style restaurants where European families come to dine on Sunday afternoons, or the hole in the wall gems where the working-class order hearty luncheon specials at affordable prices.
Our Mission: To explore the high energy city of Tokyo and the peaceful city of Kyoto and find the best budget friendly places to enjoy all the deliciousness that Japanese cuisine has to offer. Continue reading Don’t need a layaway plan. Our travel guide for budget eating in Japan!
I’m sitting here with piles of old tourist maps and travel guides scattered in front of me on the table. The maps are covered with x’s of attractions visited, and the photos are all of familiar places where our path has already crossed.
For weeks, I’ve been trying to scrounge up the desire to write about our time in Romania. Anyone paying close enough attention may notice that my last post left off in Bucharest, where I tried to offer my best advice to how to enjoy the city. Throughout our travels, we’ve always tried to be truthful and honest on our reflections of a country.
Right now, I just feel stuck. Continue reading Fat Ugly Americans in Romania
Every year at this time, emails come in from adventurers around the globe seeking firsthand advice about what to pack for an Antarctica expedition. After composing the email many times, I realized it was time to make an official “Ultimate Antarctica Packing Guide” to help others have a successful, enjoyable trip to the last and coldest frontier. Expedition outfitters often have guides available, but everyone who has reached out to us claims that they are seeking a firsthand account of our personal experience. Continue reading Best Antarctica Packing List AND Travel Guide
Let’s cut right to the chase. Japan blew us away. After departing, we had to stop ourselves from comparing it to other countries because frankly, Japan “had it going on.” Everything just worked. The people were some of the most beautiful in the world: fashion forward, put together, and smartly dressed. We observed an entire country that was spotlessly clean, despite the fact we could never find a public garbage. It was modern, efficient, organized, and safe. We immediately fell in love with this country, so deeply rooted in respect, that it was impossible not to respect it back. And so for 12 days we enjoyed the beautiful Japanese culture, the urban maze of neighborhoods, and the <cuisine> all on a tight budget.
Many are aware of Italy’s culinary truffle tradition, but did you know that neighboring Croatia’s truffle industry is booming? If you’re visiting the Istria region, you can’t help but get caught up in the underground treasure hunt that is the known as the truffle. There are truffle hunting tours, truffle fests, and souvenir shops dedicated to endless products made from truffles.
Harry adores truffles. I, on the other hand, don’t see what all the fuss is about. However, in the spirit that you should try everything at least once, our goal is to guide you so you can decide for yourself! As dedicated foodies, we set out to try to experience this delicacy in the BEST budget savvy way that we could. Continue reading Truffle Guide for Motovun Istria
One of the reasons we love using Airbnb is because we always get such great travel tips from our hosts when visiting their city. Our first stop on our tour of Istria, a region in northern Croatia, was Pula. Pula is a sea side town, the largest city in Istria, and is known for its Roman ruins, especially the Roman Arena. This amphitheater is special as it has four surrounding side towers, three of which are entirely preserved. Continue reading Chasing Dinosaurs in Istria, Croatia
Here’s a tour of “Our House in Budapest.”
We said it before and we’ll say it again, finding great, budget-friendly accommodation is probably the greatest challenge we face while on the road. Therefore, when we find something special that offers great value, we are quick to share our travel secret on our blog. We spend A LOT of time researching, so why not pass this valuable information along to our followers? Continue reading My House in Budapest
2015 was the year that I decided I was in search of answering the question, “Where are you, Christmas?” So with December 13th marking our ability to re-enter the European Union, we decided we would experience the holiday season in Budapest, home to one of Europe’s most famous Christmas markets. Continue reading What’s the Best European City for the Holidays? A Photo Essay