Yosemite National Park

30 Epic Things to Do in Yosemite for First-Timers

Julie United States 110 Comments

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

Tigers Nest

The Ultimate Guide to Hiking to the Tiger’s Nest, Bhutan

Julie Bhutan 97 Comments

The Tiger’s Nest Monastery, also known as Paro Takstang, is one of Bhutan’s most recognized spots. Even people on the quickest of tours through Bhutan find the time to make it here. Why? Because this place is extraordinary. The Tiger’s Nest Monastery is a small collection of buildings precariously perched on a cliff, 900 meters off of the ground. It …

Tre Cime di Lavaredo

Tre Cime di Lavaredo Hike: Step-By-Step Trail Guide (Stats, Map & Photos)

Julie Italy 62 Comments

The Tre Cime di Lavaredo hike is one of the Dolomites’ iconic hikes. Three massive rocky prominences rise up from the rolling scenery of the Dolomites, surrounded by amazing views and, during the summer months, wildflowers. In this guide, we cover everything you need to know to hike Tre Cime di Lavaredo. About Our Experience We have done the Tre …

Brothers Point

How to Visit Brothers Point on the Isle of Skye

Julie Scotland 16 Comments

Brothers Point, also known as Rubha nam Brathairean, is a beautiful place to visit on the Isle of Skye.  The views of the peninsula are stunning. And because very few people know about this gem, you just may have it all to yourself. If you are traveling to the Isle of Skye, put Brothers Point at the top of your …

10 Days in Norway Itinerary

10 Day Norway Itinerary: Summer Road Trip through the Fjord Region

Julie Itinerary, Norway 268 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 …

Earth Trekkers

365 Days of Travel in 100 Photos

Julie RTW 54 Comments

This is a recap of the first 12 months of our trip around the world. So, here we are, 32 countries visited, 365 days of travel, and thousands of memories made. Here is a recap of our year, shown with our 100 favorite photos. In no particular order at all, here are some of our best moments, favorite spots, and unforgettable …

Zoos in Australia

A Tale of Two Zoos

Julie Australia 8 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 GBR

The Great Barrier Reef: Cruising to Lady Musgrave Island

Julie Australia 8 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 …

New Zealand with Kids

Ten Fun Things To Do with Kids on the North Island of New Zealand

Julie New Zealand 12 Comments

The second half of our New Zealand adventure took us through the North Island. Although the North Island lacks the stunning scenery that 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 …

Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Tongariro Alpine Crossing, A Step-By-Step Guide to New Zealand’s Best Day Hike

Julie New Zealand 30 Comments

The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is often labeled as the world’s greatest single day hike. Located on the North Island of New Zealand, the volcanic terrain of Tongariro National Park breaks up the lush, green scenery that is so prevalent in this country. Here is your chance to hike in the shadow of Mt. Doom (Mount Ngauruhoe), walk through an almost …

Hooker Valley Track Trail Guide

Hooker Valley Track Hiking Guide: Stats, Map & Photos

Tim New Zealand 8 Comments

The Hooker Valley Track is a hiking trail in Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park that takes you through stunning alpine mountain scenery within New Zealand’s Southern Alps. You will hike past views of snowcapped mountain peaks and glaciers, across three swing bridges, and past two glacial lakes (Mueller Lake and Hooker Lake). The track ends at Hooker Lake with …

Roys Peak Track Wanaka

Roys Peak Track: Stats, Photos, Hiking with Kids

Julie New Zealand 26 Comments

Roys Peak Track is one of the best hikes to do on the South Island of New Zealand. Located in Wanaka, this trail takes you high into the mountains for breathtaking panoramic views over Wanaka and Lake Wanaka. The hike itself is not all that exciting, but the main reason for hiking Roys Peak Track is for the views from …

Julie Bungy Jump

A Tale of Four Bungy Jumps

Julie New Zealand 4 Comments

Prior to our trip around the world, 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 …

Milford Sound

Milford Sound: Day Trip Options, Key Summit Hike & HELPFUL Tips

Julie New Zealand 22 Comments

The Milford Sound (also called Piopiotahi), one of New Zealand’s most popular sights, is located just a few hours away from Queenstown and Te Anau on the South Island. In 2008, the Milford Sound took the #1 spot on TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice World Destinations. And nearby Queenstown took second place. That just goes to show how popular (and touristy) the …

Teapot Mountain Hike

Hiking Teapot Mountain in Taiwan

Julie Taiwan 49 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 …

Great Wall

Hiking Jiankou to Mutianyu on the Great Wall of China

Julie China 25 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 …

Li River Valley

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 …

Yangshuo China

Kung Fu, Calligraphy, and Exploring Yangshuo, China

Julie China 14 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 …