Yosemite

Yosemite for First-Timers: Best Hikes, Best Views, & the Best Things to Do

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Yosemite National Park is packed with famous landmarks, awesome hikes, and breathtaking views. If you are planning a trip to Yosemite, how do you know what to do? I am a big fan of lists (and photos!). In this post, I list out the best landmarks to visit, the best views, and best hiking trails in the park. Take a …

Hiking Tre Cime Dolomites

Hiking the Tre Cime di Lavaredo Loop

Julie Italy 13 Comments

The Tre Cime de Lavaredo is one of the Dolomites’ iconic views. Three massive rocky prominences rise up from the rolling scenery of the Dolomites, surrounded by amazing views and, during the summer months, wildflowers. As far as hiking goes, this is a relatively easy hike. Tre Cime is great for kids, so if you are here on a family …

Hiking McAfee Knob November

Hiking McAfee Knob on the Appalachian Trail

Julie United States 2 Comments

McAfee Knob is one of the most popular hikes in Virginia. It’s also the most photographed spot along the Appalachian Trail. For hikers, this is a great one to add your list. This hike has always been popular with hikers, but it has recently become even more famous. In 2015, McAfee Knob was featured in the movie “A Walk in the …

Rubha nam Braithairean Scotland

Rubha nam Brathairean: Isle of Skye’s Hidden Treasure

Julie Scotland 2 Comments

Rubha nam Brathairean, also known as Brothers Point, is a hidden treasure on the Isle of Skye. Overlooked (or unheard of) to most visitors, our visit here was one of the highlights on our trip to Scotland. The views of the peninsula are stunning. And because very few people know about this gem, you just may have it all to …

Norway itinerary

10 Day Norway Itinerary

Julie Itinerary, Norway 90 Comments

For hikers and outdoor enthusiasts, this Norway itinerary is perfect. In 10 days, you will be able to do four amazing hikes. Be daring and stand on Kjeragbolten, hike out to Trolltunga and pose for the camera, enjoy epic views out to the Atlantic Ocean from Romsdalseggen, and hike Norway’s most popular hike, Pulpit Rock. Mixed in with the hiking …

365 Days of Travel in 100 Photos

Julie RTW 30 Comments

We hit a HUGE milestone today, hitting day #365!  But we aren’t finished yet. Surprise, surprise…our “one year” trip around the world grew to 13 months of travel. We have been having so much fun we are just not ready to go home, not yet. So, here we are, 32 countries visited, 365 days of travel, and thousands of memories …

A Tale of Two Zoos

Julie Australia 4 Comments

Did you know that Australia is home to more species of animal than any other country in the world that can kill you?  Did you know that there are people in Australia crazy enough to pick them up and show them to you?  Most people are familiar with Steve Irwin, aka the Crocodile Hunter, who wrestled crocodiles, captured poisonous snakes, …

Sea Turtle

The Great Barrier Reef

Julie Australia 4 Comments

Before the start of our year long trip, we all had an activity that was a “must do.”  For Kara, that “must do” activity was to go snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef.  We were all in agreement that we could not visit Australia without paying a visit to this natural wonder of the world, so our journey through Australia …

Auckland New Zealand

Ten Fun Things (and One Not So Fun Thing) To Do with Kids on the North Island of New Zealand

Julie New Zealand 6 Comments

The second half of our New Zealand adventure took us through the North Island.  Although the North Island lacks the stunning scenery we were wowed by on the South Island, there are still heaps of fun activities for families.  The North Island has it all…beaches, volcanoes, fabulous cities, famous movie sets, more adrenaline generating activities, and even caves filled with …

Tongariro

The Tongariro Alpine Crossing, New Zealand’s Best Single Day Hike

Julie New Zealand 6 Comments

The Tongariro Alpine Crossing has been labeled as the world’s greatest single day hike. Hearing this gave us high expectations for the day. Honestly, New Zealand has left us feeling a little disappointed with its hikes. The trails have been too manicured, too pristine, almost too safe, if that makes any sense. Don’t get me wrong, the scenery has been …

Mt Cook New Zealand

Hooker Valley Track and Its Views of Mt Cook

Julie New Zealand 5 Comments

For more amazing New Zealand views, do not miss the Hooker Valley Track in Aoraki/Mt Cook.  Located in the Southern Alps of New Zealand, Mt Cook is New Zealand’s highest peak.  It is best seen by helicopter or airplane flight but since we had recently blown the budget in Queenstown our feet were stuck on the ground, at least for …

Roys Peak Track April

Hiking Roy’s Peak Track With Kids

Julie New Zealand 15 Comments

Time to go hiking again!  This time we are in Wanaka, New Zealand, a gorgeous area with lakes framed by beautiful mountains.  It is autumn, a terrific time to be in New Zealand.  The trees are changing color, temperatures are cool but not too cold, and it is low season for tourists. Climbing up a mountainside for unbeatable views makes …

Julie Rivenbark Bungy

A Tale of Four Bungy Jumps

Julie New Zealand 4 Comments

Prior to this trip, we would never have gone bungy jumping.  That’s just for crazy people, right?!  But as we passed bungy jump locations around the world, the idea grew on us.  Once in Queenstown, the birthplace of bungy jumping, the idea didn’t sound so crazy anymore.  How could we circle this globe, trying to experience as much of the …

The Perfect Day Trip: Te Anau to the Milford Sound

Julie New Zealand 9 Comments

The Milford Sound, one of New Zealand’s most popular sights, is located just a few hours away from Queenstown on the South Island.  It has been said that you cannot visit New Zealand without visiting Milford Sound.  It would be like going to Paris and not seeing the Eiffel Tower.  After seeing tons of photos on line and hearing all …

Teapot Mountain with kids

Hiking Teapot Mountain in Taiwan

Julie Taiwan 10 Comments

Hiking Teapot Mountain was a fantastic experience. This hike would end up being our favorite in Taiwan as it had all of our favorite elements: stunning scenery, rock scrambles, steep ascents that required basic rock climbing skills, and an almost deserted trail. We saw hardly anyone else on this hike leaving us to wonder where everyone was. Why don’t more …

How to hike the Great Wall of China

Hiking Jiankou to Mutianyu With Kids on the Great Wall of China

Julie China 10 Comments

The Great Wall of China…one of the world’s most iconic sights and one of the top ten things to do on many traveler’s bucket lists.  We couldn’t visit China without seeing this amazing place.  It was so amazing that we actually visited the Great Wall twice. Our first visit was to the restored section at Mutianyu.  Several days later we hiked …

Cycling Li River Valley with kids

Cycling the Li River Valley from Xingping, China

Julie China 1 Comment

This is what draws people from around the world to Yangshuo, China: the towering, leafy limestone peaks along the Li River. Yes, we loved Yangshuo, but it is great to get out into the surrounding countryside for at least a day if your schedule allows. We chose to visit the small town of Xingping, located just a half an hour …

Street Corner in China

Kung Fu, Calligraphy, and Exploring Yangshuo, China

Julie China 5 Comments

Our adventures in China continued with an amazing visit to the town of Yangshuo.  This was a place that I had been looking forward to seeing for a long time.  When you see paintings and artwork of China, this is the area used so frequently. Bumpy limestone mountains, fishing boats and bamboo rafts drifting along the Li River, small villages …