Doing a dive safari in the Red Sea has been on my radar for a few years. I couldn't imagine visiting this region without doing a specific diving trip, so I booked us 7 days on a live-aboard dive boat. The itinerary was to leave from Porto Ghalib and dive three main areas: Elphinstone reef, the Brothers Islands, and Daedalus.
Our travels to and around the Philippines have been comedic and unique. Today, we traveled a half day from El Nido to Siquijor. Emerson picked us up right on time at 6:30am in his blue and red psychedelic trike. We traversed 7km of bumpy roads and hills that nearly stalled us. I visualized needing to hop out and walk along side the sputtering trike, but we made it.
The cute and semi-upscale airport is owned and operated by the only airline serving it, Air Swift. While waiting to board they offered us free coffee, tea, and sweet rice treats. Nick and I got preferential treatment and were instructed to board first.
Outside, we walked down a red carpet-like lane to our aircraft and boarded from the rear. Inside, the attendants were very hands-on, giving us instruction even with the most menial of tasks. Things were running smoothly. I got settled in for a short, comfy flight.
Then the tall, dirty-blonde European guy with a tusk for a nose took his seat behind me. Within seconds I was gagging on his putrid foot odor. His well-worn Teva’s smelled like they were dipped in week-old fish guts and kept moist for added kick. I switched to mouth breathing and tried to relax.
About 30 minutes into our 75 minute flight, through my heavy duty ear plugs, I could hear him loudly slurping the last few sips of a drink through a straw. He did this several times before Nick glanced back to find that he didn’t have a drink in his hand after all. He was heaving violently into a barf bag.
The unforgettable odors of fish gut soaked feet blended with the rotten stomach acids and together they swirled all around my seat. I began to feel ill myself and spent the next 15 minutes uncomfortably leaning forward, barely breathing through a scarf pushed against my face, meditating on something more pleasurable like having the Novocain wear off during a root canal.
Turns out that was 15 minutes spent needlessly suffering. I abandoned Nick and moved to an open seat three rows up and recovered for the remaining 10 minutes of our flight.
I briefly saw him while retrieving our bags and took one last glance at those nasty sandals. Dude, wash your feet before flying!
Legend has it that Siquijor (pronounced See Key Whore) is full of mystics, shamans, voo doo, and healers. Superstition keeps many Filipinos from visiting the sleepy island. We spent 6 days there and had to experience some sort of healing treatment ourselves.
Exploring Utah's most beautiful National Parks was a non-negotiable part of our road trip from Southern California to Colorado. Only slightly out of the way off Interstate 70, we couldn't miss Zion, Arches, or Canyonlands National Parks.
While thousands of dive enthusiasts and novices flock to Thailand each year, not all SCUBA diving in this tropical paradise is created equal.
The Similan and Surin Islands is where all the SCUBA magic happens in Thailand. Let us tell you all about it.
Mammoth will write a song in your heart and fill you with peace if you let her. To prove it, we are sharing these ten photos that will inspire you to put Mammoth on your short list of travel destinations.
Before we made any plans, we asked ourselves this one simple question: do we want to spend our limited budget on one single wedding day, or spend it on many, many days of adventure and discovery? Duh! We chose the latter and couldn't be happier we did.
Here is the story of our inexpensive, 13-person wedding and we stretched our budget to include a 4-month honeymoon to India and Thailand.
One of the most frequent questions we get asked when people find out we are traveling full-time is, "How do you afford it?" To that I extend a sincere thank you for the inspiration to focus my writing on budget travel!
This post is going to list some of the practical things we do in our daily life to decrease unnecessary spending and allocate more money to our travels.
We never planned to spend three days in Albuquerque. In fact, we aimed for a single day of exploring Santa Fe as we were driving across the country. But anyone living the RV life knows, breakdowns happen and you have to be willing to go with the flow.
Thailand is such a popular backpacking destination that many of these stories might not make YOU go hmmmmmmm, but for many of my fellow Americans who have never been to Asia, it's a share-worthy list of weird things.
Travel blunders are bound to happen, especially when traveling to a new place that has a completely different culture than what you're used to. There's so much you can't possibly anticipate so you just wish for the best. But sh%t happens.
Through our travels in Asia, Central America, and the States, we have learned a ton of do's and don'ts and gathered a plethora of resources to help us plan our trips and stay within our budget. We hope you find some value in the information we've compiled for you.
Mammoth Mountain, located in the Eastern Sierra Mountains of central California, is considered one of the most premier ski resort towns in the US with over 3500 acres of skiable area, 28 lifts, and a top elevation of 11,053 feet. There are over 150 runs with the longest being somewhere around 3 miles.
Are you too old to learn how to ski? Probably not! I mean, hell no! Here are some of the reasons why, and how to maximize your learning experience.
Looking for reasons to book that dream trip over seas? Check out our 8 reasons to prioritize traveling abroad and get the inspiration you need to click "book flight."
Nick and I have recently become obsessed with podcasts. On our cross country tips we would listen for hours on end, sometimes even sitting in the truck for 5 or 10 minutes after arriving at our destination just to finish an episode. #mystrangeaddiction
Ever since Nick and I began taking long trips overseas to backpack around Asia, the most common question we get is regarding the logistics of affording it.
Being from America, where the cost of living is high, and it's easy to spend money (or credit, aka money we don't have) trying to keep up with those around us. I understand how it can seem impossible to stretch a few thousand dollars over a few months of travel when a week vacation in Hawaii could take you a year to save up for.
There's nothing quite like a beautiful, sunny day on the ski slopes, especially if it just snowed the night before. I just love hitting the mountain for some epic runs, but it never fails that several times a day I am triggered with a pet peeve. You know what I'm saying because I know you feel it too. Unless, of course, you're one of these people. #theshame
We've now been to 32 Crossfit gyms around the world. Here is our growing list and a little bit about our experiences.
After getting on the board for the first time I nearly gave up, but I'm so glad I didn't because now I'm hooked. I'm going to share I learned in those few weeks of getting my ass kicked in the water in hopes to help others have a better experience learning.