Jemaa el-Fnaa, the world famous medina (some may say circus) in the heart of Marrakech, is a must-see for anyone traveling through Morocco. We spent 3 days there, eating, exploring, shopping, and people watching.
The most epic way to experience Luxor, Egypt: from a HOT AIR BALLOON! Once the sunlight began to wash the valley in reds and pinks, we could see the west bank of the River Nile coming to life.
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.
We did a three day and two night island expedition with Buhay Isla to travel between Coron and El Nido. What would normally take about six hours on a ferry, we stretched out over three sun drenched, unplugged, well-fed, adventurous days. What a beautiful way to travel from one place to another.
On the way to Dahab, the 1-hour drive north out of Sharm el Sheik rewarded us with views of Sinai's rugged, mountainous, empty desert. Spotting the occasional Bedouin huts along the way I began to wonder what traversing this region must've been like thousands of years ago.
Inside the museum we were immediately overwhelmed. Over 100,000 objects in 60 or so rooms. There's no way we could see everything, nor would we want to.
We spent 5 hours at the pyramid complex officially checking off the number one item on my bucket list.
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.
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.
Alaska, the last frontier! This gigantic chunk of land that's twice the size of Texas and far removed from the lower 48 should be near the top of your travel bucket list. The days are long in the summer, never really getting dark, the terrain is lush, the air is cool, and the people are so friendly!
Atlanta is booming right now! Not only is it growing as a top trip destination, but people are moving there in droves. With so much to see and do in Atlanta, I'd like to offer my suggestion of the top 2 things you absolutely must make time to see while you're there.
Unless you're from that part of the U.S., you probably haven't given much thought to visiting Kentucky. Home of the Kentucky Derby and the Louisville Slugger of course, but Kentucky is most notably famous for their smooth, sippable bourbon.
We've had an adventurous 2016, with trips to exotic places like India, Thailand, Alaska, and Las Vegas (maybe that's not "exotic" but still), and yet, ending up spending the summer in Illinois is something I can't quite wrap my brain around yet. And we've been here for 10 days already.
Day and Night number one as full-time RVers could've gone a lot worse than it did, if not for Nicks incredible power to calm his panicking wife.
It's a strange sensation, downsizing the years of accumulation inside our 2200 sq/ft home, into a 29ft fifth wheel travel trailer.
As I type this, we are sitting at a beachside hotel in the south of India at the half-way point of a 15 week journey through India and Thailand. That sounds amazing doesn't it? Well it is, but it's also incredibly challenging. And our direct experience of backpacking with months of medical supplies on our backs through a country that has no concept of "handicap accessible" probably looks a hell of a lot different than the dreamy vacation you might be imagining. We travel for so long at one time because we move so damn slowly.
Goa is an amazing place. Wild and free, with just about anything on offer you can possibly think of. It's a small coastal state with beach towns as varied as what you might find in California. The trick is to research according to your tastes and then not be attached to the outcome.
India is an ideal location for budget travelers to explore and spend time in. My goal with this post is to give you an idea of what to budget for a trip to India, and what is possible for you to experience.
Rishikesh is beautiful. A bustling little town nestled in the foot hills of the Himalayas, the Ganges river runs right through it on the way to Varanasi, and beyond to the Bay of Bengal. It took us 19 hours, and six modes of transport to get up to Rishikesh from Varanasi. It was totally worth it!
Intrigued by the worlds most peaceful religion, we traveled to the site where Buddha gained enlightenment and found a unique adventure we weren't expecting.