Wow!

Julie New Zealand 4 Comments

I had once heard that New Zealand is such a beautiful place that you can’t believe it, even when you see it with your own eyes. We have only been here several days now and I agree with that statement. New Zealand just may be the most beautiful country we have ever visited. We arrived in Auckland from Fiji, spent …

Fiji Sunset

Fiji…One Week In Paradise

Julie Fiji 6 Comments

Ahhh…Fiji.  Paradise. Fiji was everything we expected and more. Crystal clear aquamarine water, white sandy beaches, amazing sunsets, beautiful islands. We joke around that Fiji is our vacation from our vacation…a very long vacation, I know.  Here we got some much needed R & R from our fast paced travels around the world. I can’t complain about the challenges and …

Fiji Modriki Island

Beautiful Modriki Island, The Filming Site for the Movie “Cast Away”

Julie Fiji 5 Comments

Ahhh….Fiji. This has to be one of the most beautiful places we have been to yet.  No wonder it is such a popular location for filming movies. Movies such as “The Blue Lagoon” and “Cast Away” were filmed here. During our short stay in Fiji we took a tour out to Modriki Island (also called Monuriki Island), the filming site …

Taiwan Food Tour

Julie Taiwan 9 Comments

Stinky tofu, pig’s blood soup, and chicken feet, oh my!! We ate some weird things while in Taiwan and believe it or not, we even ate out of a toilet. Our two weeks in Taiwan was a culinary adventure and tons of fun. We wandered through night markets, ate at delicious Japanese restaurants, and feasted on Dim Sum. Here is …

Ten Interesting facts about Taiwan

Ten Interesting Facts About Taiwan You Probably Didn’t Know

Julie Taiwan 17 Comments

One year ago I knew very little about Taiwan. It wasn’t even on our radar as a destination for our journey around the globe. While browsing through hotels on Trip Advisor, tourism advertisements and facts about Taiwan kept popping up. After the tenth advertisement, Taiwan captured my attention and I took my first look at the Taiwan tourism website. Immediately, …

Teapot Mountain with kids

Hiking Teapot Mountain in Taiwan

Julie Taiwan 37 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 …

Taipei Street

Taipei, Taiwan in Photos

Julie Taiwan 2 Comments

Our introduction to Taiwan was its largest city, Taipei. We spent five awesome days here. There is so much to do, with night markets to explore, Taipei 101 to climb, so many wonderful restaurants to choose from, and tons of day trips to take. This was yet another city that we all really liked. National Palace Museum Our visit to …

Forbidden City

China Travel Tips: Things To Know Before Traveling to China

Julie China, Travel Advice 32 Comments

Traveling through China can be a very rewarding experience but it does come with its share of challenges.  With the right expectations and a little preparation (such as reading our China travel tips), a visit to China can be an amazing experience. Many people travel here on a tour, eliminating the challenges of arranging itineraries, transportation, hotels, and meals. As …

Visiting Shanghai

Hiking Shoes in Shanghai

Julie China 4 Comments

Shanghai turned out to be a much more modern and cosmopolitan city than we all were expecting. The four Earth Trekkers are still traveling with the G-Team, Kathy and Valerie, and we had three days to explore this city. While traveling, most of the time we feel like we fit in with our wardrobe. Traveling with only five shirts and …

In Beijing

The Best of Beijing, China

Julie China 9 Comments

We had one wonderful week to spend in the city of Beijing, China. For us, this was the perfect amount of time to visit Beijing’s main sights, pay two awesome visits to the Great Wall of China, and have some quiet time at our hotel at the end of the day. Our mothers joined us here, and from Beijing, Kathy …

How to hike the Great Wall of China

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

Julie China 22 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 …

Zhangjiajie China Photo

Photo Tour of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

Julie China 21 Comments

Zhangjiajie, China…a place you may never have heard of but have seen if you watched the movie “Avatar.”  When we learned that there was a place on earth that served as the inspiration for one of its most scenic landscapes, we put it at the top of our list. Zhangjiajie…the Inspiration for the landscape in “Avatar” This place is Zhangjiajie, …

Zhangjiajie Market Tour

Not Your Typical Market Tour in Zhangjiajie, China

Julie China 3 Comments

The city of Zhangjiajie was not what Tim and I were expecting. For some reason, we pictured Zhangjiajie to be a quaint, scenic town, with small shops and restaurants, nestled at the foot of some of the world’s most unique scenery. We arrived by train, and instead of a small town we entered a large city, complete with numerous high …

Cycling Li River Valley with kids

Cycling the Li River Valley from Xingping, China

Julie China 7 Comments

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 9 Comments

Our adventures in China continue with an amazing visit to the town of Yangshuo. 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 located in the valleys, this is a beautiful part of China. Arriving in Yangshuo We were …