Reasons why I don’t visit your blog

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As a blogger I (usually) enjoy reading and commenting on other people’s blogs
. My favorite blogs have a few things in common: they introduce me to new destinations, they are geared to the independent traveller, they’re honest in presenting a true picture of a destination or travel in general. I’m drawn to bloggers who travel full-time or who are expats that have made somewhere else their home (ie. people similar to us). Reading and commenting on other people’s blogs has helped us plan our own travels and has introduced us to other bloggers, some of whom we’ve met and now keep in touch with. In short, interacting with other people’s blogs is part of being in the “blogger community”.
It’s good being part of a community.

But there are blogs that I either won’t visit (I may once, before realizing that your blog’s not for me) or that, with time, I’ll no longer visit.

This post is about the reasons I probably don’t visit your blog. [Read more…]

Belgrade – Visiting Serbia, the Bad Boys of the Balkans

Visiting Serbia, the bad boys of the Balkans

Our trip to Serbia started ominously. “You have a one-way ticket to Belgrade?” questioned the agent at the Turkish Airlines check in counter in Tokyo. “They might refuse you entry”.  They held us for 10 minutes, the agent talking to the supervisor. I actually thought they might not let us get on the flight. We ended up having to sign a waiver stating that we didn’t hold the airline responsible should we be kicked out upon arrival. Hmm, not a good start. [Read more…]

Our Kyoto meltdowns. Are we all just photo-clicking monkeys? What’s travel about?

Our Kyoto meltdowns. Are we all just photo-clicking monkeys What’s travel about

On my last post I had a photo essay of our highlights in Kyoto. Kyoto has a lot to see as far as temples and gardens and we appreciated the architecture and natural beauty that we saw during our month there. I’ll be honest though – we both had meltdowns. They fell on different days, in different places, but they were both meltdowns. [Read more…]

The 4 places on our “Expat base” shortlist

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I guess it’s a natural progression – working the 9-5 lifestyle, leaving it all to travel full-time, followed by the inevitable…finding a base somewhere.

We’re not quite there yet but, after 2 ½ years of full-time travel, 2017 might be the year we actually sign a lease somewhere. It is in no way a rejection of the full-time travel lifestyle – we love travelling and exploring different places as much as ever. [Read more…]

Driving Spectacular Mt. Biokovo, Croatia

driving spectacular Mt. Biokovo, croatia

Mount Biokovo has some of the most stunning views I’ve seen anywhere. I’d seen photos before and wanted to visit – but when I went with Croatian friends Goran and Vedran (who had never been) we were all blown away by the natural beauty and incredible views in this Nature Park.

What makes Biokovo an easy place to visit is that you can drive to the very top of the massive, a 23 km drive that brings to Sv. Jure (the 3rd highest peak in Croatia). It is the highest road in Croatia. [Read more…]

Guanajuato, Mexico – the prettiest town I’ve ever seen

Guanajuato, Mexico – the prettiest town I’ve ever seen

I love Guanajuato, it’s the prettiest town I’ve seen anywhere. I was here a few years ago and had my visit ruined when I came down with a horrible case of the craps (don’t ever order a salad in Mexico). So this time around I had a mission – to come back to Guanajuato and spend the day exploring and taking photos.

I left my mom in San Miguel and took the bus to Guanajuato which is a little over an hour away. Have a look at these photos. Imagine if Guanajuato was in Italy instead of Mexico – there would be thousands upon thousands of tourists walking these streets. Luckily it’s not. [Read more…]

Croatia’s 10 Best Hikes

Croatia's 10 Best Hikes

Two countries have stood out for me after 2 years of full-time travel: South Africa and Croatia. What do they have in common? Rugged mountains, beautiful coastlines…and incredibly scenic hikes.

We spent 3 months in Croatia last year, staying in Airbnb apartments as we covered most of this country. Looking for something more luxurious? Well, how about renting a villa? I’ve teamed up with Villa Plus on this post to share my list of 10 of the Best Hikes in Croatia, a topic close to my heart. [Read more…]

Cape Town: Thoughts on people, race, politics…and why we can’t agree on South Africa

why we can’t agree on South Africa

We were sitting having breakfast after a long workout at the gym when Lissette said it. “You could retire here, couldn’t you? I can see it by the look in your eyes. I couldn’t”.

I protested with all the logical reasons why I couldn’t retire in Cape Town but halfway through kind of gave up…she was right in some ways. There are many things to love about Cape Town. And that’s true especially if you’re white. [Read more…]

The Essential “Must do” hike in Cape Town: Lion’s Head

hiking up Lion's head

Maybe you don’t have the time or the energy for a hike up Table Mountain. But even if you do, you don’t want to skip this hike.

I saved Lion’s Head for our last day in Africa. The reason being that I wanted to finish off with a memory that would stay in my head when I got on the plane later that day.

There are a few reasons I say this is an essential hike. The first is that you have views in all directions: the city bowl, the Twelve Apostles, the ocean, as well as towards Table Mountain. I think it is the complete package as far as views go in Cape Town. Secondly: It is a relatively easy hike (provided you go the right way which I’ll describe below). Third: You can do it all in about 2 hours. On this day I started off around 5:30 am (to see the sunrise) and I was finished by 7:30. Fourth: you don’t need a guide. You can take a taxi or Uber to the Lion’s Head parking lot and the trail is right there. Easy. [Read more…]

Highlights of a 2 week road trip around the Garden Route and Karoo, South Africa

highlights of a 3 week road trip around the garden route and Karoo

Over 2000 km, 3 winding mountain passes, uncountable dirt roads. We  passed through tropical greenery, arid semi-desert, and wide open landscapes stopping to see spectacular scenery, beautiful beaches, lots of wildlife and one of the natural wonders of the world – the Cango Caves. It was one of the most incredible trips we’ve ever taken.

This is a huge post with tons of photos, information, and a cool video at the bottom. You might want to take a pee or get a beer before sitting down to read. By the time you’re finished with it you’ll have sampled most of the highlights of this region. [Read more…]

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