Yosemite National Park

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

Julie United States 68 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 out the best landmarks to visit, the best views, and best hiking trails in the park. Take …

Tigers Nest

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

Julie Bhutan 76 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 …

McAfee Knob

Hiking McAfee Knob on the Appalachian Trail

Julie United States 4 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 …

Brothers Point

Brothers Point: Isle of Skye’s Hidden Treasure

Julie Scotland 15 Comments

Brothers Point, also known as Rubha nam Brathairean, 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 yourself. …

10 Days in Norway Itinerary

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

Julie Itinerary, Norway 195 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 …

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

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

Julie New Zealand 22 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 …

Roys Peak Track

Hiking Roy’s Peak Track With Kids

Julie New Zealand 25 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 Bungy Jump

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 …

Milford Sound

The Perfect Day Trip: Te Anau to the Milford Sound

Julie New Zealand 22 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. Before arriving in Queenstown, we heard 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 …

Teapot Mountain Hike

Hiking Teapot Mountain in Taiwan

Julie Taiwan 43 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 With Kids on the Great Wall of China

Julie China 24 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 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 …