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Trekking to Everest Base Camp in 12 Days

Julie Nepal 55 Comments

Trekking to Everest Base Camp in Nepal was one of the highlights of our trip around the world.  In fact, this trek was so important to us that we planned the entire year around this two week adventure. Trekking to base camp was more challenging than we anticipated, both physically and mentally, but was absolutely worth it. While traveling through …

Wild and Crazy Africa!

Julie Botswana, Lesotho, South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe 4 Comments

We spent six weeks in Southern Africa, touring through six countries (South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Swaziland, and Lesotho). During this time we saw the good, the bad, and the beautiful. We saw beautiful scenery but also lots of poverty, we met very friendly, happy people but were always warned about crime and random assaults on people. I am so …

Who Was Nelson Mandela?

Kara Rivenbark South Africa 5 Comments

In this post, Kara writes about Nelson Mandela and our visit to Robben Island. Rolihlahla Mandela, or more known as, Nelson Mandela, was born in a village of Mvezo, Transkei, on July 18, 1918. When Nelson was 12, his father, the principal councilor to the King of Thembu people, died. As a child he was able to get an education …

Shark Cage Diving in Gansbaai, South Africa

Tyler Rivenbark South Africa 3 Comments

In this post, Tyler writes about our experience shark cage diving in Gansbaai, South Africa. On September 10, 2014, our family went shark cage diving. It was a really great experience, one of the best in Africa, and we all loved it. We drove to the office of White Shark Ecoventures in Gansbaai, South Africa, where we would meet our …

Kara South Africa

Elephants, Ostriches, and Cheetahs, Oh My! Animal Encounters on the Garden Route of South Africa

Julie South Africa 7 Comments

The Garden Route, a stretch of coastline along the southern coast of South Africa from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth, is home to a huge number of game reserves and animal sanctuaries. These animal sanctuaries, similar to zoos, offer opportunities to get up close with their animals. Our animal encounters with the elephants, lemurs, ostriches, and cheetahs were some of the …

Tranquility in the Southern Drakensberg Mountains

Julie Lesotho, South Africa 2 Comments

The Drakensberg Mountains, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, cut through the eastern portion of South Africa. The mountain range starts at Blyde River Canyon, located just west of Kruger National Park, and heads southward, through the smaller country of Swaziland, and ending near Lesotho. For four nights we stayed at the Umzimkulu River Lodge in Underberg, located in the southern …

Awesome iSimangaliso Wetland Park in St. Lucia, South Africa

Julie South Africa 4 Comments

iSimangaliso Wetland Park, the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in Africa, is located just north of St. Lucia, South Africa. We spent several days in St. Lucia, using one of these days to tour the park. This was a huge change in scenery from where we have been, as we were now staying on the east coast of South Africa, …

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Why Kruger National Park Should be on Your List as a Budget Safari Destination

Julie South Africa 15 Comments

Kruger National Park, the largest national park in South Africa, and one of the largest parks in the world, is South Africa’s premiere safari destination. Spanning 200 km from north to south and 50 km from east to west, Kruger is home to the Big Five (elephant, rhinoceros, leopard, lion, and buffalo) as well as a multitude of other animals …

Sleeping with Lions in Tamboti Camp, Kruger National Park

Julie South Africa 6 Comments

Kruger National Park is South Africa’s largest and most famous wild animal park. There are many rest camps to choose from during your stay. Here is our experience at Tamboti Tented Camp. About Kruger National Park Kruger National Park is home to the Big Five (elephant, leopard, buffalo, rhinoceros, and lion) as well as other popular animals such as cheetah, …

Cycling Swaziland

Cycling with Zebras in Swaziland

Julie Swaziland 3 Comments

The Kingdom of Swaziland is a very small country located entirely within South Africa. Swaziland is a monarchy, ruled by King Mswati III. Sadly, this country has the highest HIV infection rate in the world, with 27% of adults infected with HIV. It is a poor country, with many people living in one room cinder block houses or in slums. …

Crossing the Victoria Falls Bridge into Zambia

Julie Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe 15 Comments

While visiting Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, we walked across the Victoria Falls Bridge into Zambia.  This sounds easy enough to do, but while planning our trip there was a lot of conflicting information about what visas and vaccinations are necessary in order to do this.  If you have the same questions, here is some information to help you plan your …

A Visit to Dachau Concentration Camp in Munich, Germany

Julie Germany 6 Comments

Dachau Concentration Camp was the first of the Nazi concentration camps. It is located near Munich, Germany. A visit here is an incredibly moving experience and a valuable history lesson. Here are some things you should know while planning your visit.  History of Dachau Concentration Camp Dachau was the Nazi’s first concentration camp and was the only concentration camp to …

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How We Spent One Week in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Julie Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland 29 Comments

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, a wonderful small town located in Bavaria, Germany, was our home base for one solid week. From Garmisch-Partenkirchen, we frequently day tripped to Austria, Liechtenstein, and other destinations in Bavaria. Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a great place from which to explore southern Germany.  It is located in the German Alps, just a few miles from the border with Austria, which we …

Overlooking Berchtesgaden

What do Cream Puffs, Hitler, and Salt Have in Common? Berchtesgaden, Germany.

Julie Germany 8 Comments

Berchtesgaden, Germany…a small corner in southern Germany, tucked away in the Alps, is surrounded on three sides by Austria. This is the land of wiener schnitzel, lederhosen, and beer. We spent three wonderful days here touring all of the big sites and taking a day trip just over the border to Salzburg, Austria. We traveled by train from Bolzano, Italy …

Earth Trekkers

A One Month Recap…How are we doing?

Julie RTW 15 Comments

So, we have made it through our first month. How are we doing? Note: This post was originally written July 2014, one month into our around the world trip. We are all still happy, healthy, and having a good time. Tyler and Kara haven’t killed each other yet, and they actually have grown a little closer already. So far we …