Kathmandu Nepal

This is Kathmandu, Nepal…a Photojourney

Julie Nepal 12 Comments

Kathmandu, Nepal…how best to describe this crazy city?   Chaotic, dirty, loud…but Kathmandu is also exotic, beautiful, and captivating.  The streets are dusty and dirty. Even though you want to look up at the thousands of signs over your head and in the windows of the shops, you must always be looking down to avoid stepping in potholes, on burning …

Everest Base Camp with Kids

Trekking to Everest Base Camp with Kids

Julie Nepal 36 Comments

Trekking to Everest Base Camp (EBC), a bucket list item for many travelers, is not just an adventure for twenty or thirty year olds. It is possible to trek to Everest Base Camp with kids, as we proved in October 2014. Tyler and Kara were 10 and 11 years old when we trekked to Everest Base Camp. Kara had turned 10 just three …

Everest Base Camp Trek

The Everest Base Camp Trek in 12 Days

Julie Nepal 84 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 …

Shark Cage Diving

Shark Cage Diving in Gansbaai, South Africa

Tyler 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 with an Elephant

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 …

Drakensburg

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 …

iSimangaliso

Awesome iSimangaliso Wetland Park in St. Lucia, South Africa

Julie South Africa 6 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, …

Baboons in Kruger

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

Julie South Africa 23 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 …

Tyler and Kara in Kruger

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 in Swaziland

Cycling with Zebras in Eswatini

Julie Eswatini, Swaziland 5 Comments

The Kingdom of Eswatini (formerly known as Swaziland) is a very small country located entirely within South Africa. Eswatini 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 …

Zim Zam Bridge

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 …

African Elephant

On Safari in Chobe National Park, Botswana

Julie Botswana 26 Comments

Chobe National Park in Botswana is the place to go to see African elephants. We spent the most amazing three days here on safari. During the day we took boat trips on the Chobe River and went on game drives in the park, searching for elephants, lions, giraffe, and numerous other African animals. At night we slept in tents around …

Dachau

A Visit to Dachau Concentration Camp in Munich, Germany

Julie Germany 14 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.  Dachau was the Nazi’s first concentration camp and was the only concentration camp to have existed throughout the entire …

Garmisch Partenkirchen

How We Spent One Week in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Julie Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein 36 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 …

In Berchtesgaden

A Quick Guide to Berchtesgaden, Germany

Julie Germany 10 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. About Our Experience We visited Berchtesgaden in …