Tongariro

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

Julie New Zealand 16 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 …

Cycling Marlborough Wine Region

Island Hopping New Zealand Style

Julie New Zealand 2 Comments

Our travels in New Zealand started in Queenstown on the South Island. April in New Zealand is autumn…chilly nights, changing leaves, cooler temperatures. As the weather got colder, we slowly moved north, trying to stay ahead of the cooler temperatures. Over the course of two weeks we gradually moved north into slightly warmer temperatures, traveling from Queenstown up to Wanaka …

Roys Peak Track April

Hiking Roy’s Peak Track With Kids

Julie New Zealand 24 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 …

The Perfect Day Trip: Te Anau to the Milford Sound

Julie New Zealand 21 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 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 …

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 …

earth trekkers

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 …

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 …

Puez-Odle

Hiking the Puez-Odle Altopiano in the Dolomites

Julie Italy 33 Comments

Hiking the Dolomites was our favorite activity while in Italy. The Puez-Odle Altopiano was our favorite of three hikes we did while in the Dolomites. The Puez-Odle Altopiano Hike Facts About the Hike Distance: 9 miles/14.5 km Elevation Gain: 500 meters ascent/1100 meters descent Time: 6 – 7 hours Difficulty: Moderate Map: You can purchase a map of this hike …

Lagazuoi Tunnel Hike

Hiking the Lagazuoi Tunnels in the Dolomites, Italy

Julie Italy 24 Comments

The Dolomites, a commonly overlooked region of Italy for Americans when it comes to planning a vacation, is by far our favorite place in this amazing country.  We spent four days driving incredibly winding roads, up and down through mountainous territory, enjoying some of Italy’s best views. Our first hike, the Lagazuoi Tunnels, really showed us just how beautiful this …

Hiking the Cinque Terre: What You Need to Know

Julie Italy 67 Comments

The Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a group of five towns perched on the dramatic coastline of Italy, just north of Pisa. The towns are easily recognizable, with their pastel buildings stacked on top of one another, overlooking the harbors below. Each town offers something a little bit different than the others, and part of the fun …

Hiking Trolltunga: Everything You Need to Know to Have the Best Experience

Julie Norway 101 Comments

Trolltunga is one of Norway’s most popular hikes for good reason. It is an incredibly scenic hike, ending at the Troll’s tongue, a thin sliver of rock perfect for creative photographs. This is definitely a hike to add to your bucket list. For us, the hike to Trolltunga was our third of four hikes in Norway. Kjeragbolten was our favorite, but …

Hiking Pulpit Rock Norway with Kids

How to Hike to Pulpit Rock in Norway

Julie Norway 38 Comments

The hike to Pulpit Rock is one of the most popular hikes in Norway. With great views, a relatively easy hiking trail, and convenient accessibility from the town of Stavanger, this hike has a big appeal for many visitors to Norway. With that being said, you should expect big crowds in the summer months. Unless you start your day early …