5 Day Trip Itinerary on the Great Ocean Road

There is no greater contrast in travel than moving directly from a developing to a first world country.  It is easy to forget how predictable the world can be when transport works on schedule, the environment is respected and society is orderly.  We took a drive on the Great Ocean Road in Australia, exploring the coast and visiting wineries following our visits to India and Nepal.  Highlights of this itinerary include coastal serenity, wildlife, hiking and vineyards. Read more

India: Making Sense of the Madness

Every old man on the bus was demanding “MOVE, you and your big ass backpacks are blocking the aisle!”.  Or at least what we assumed they were saying.  In reality, a half dozen agitated men plus another few women were all pointing at us and demanding something incomprehensible through broken teeth in a language which was probably one of India’s 22 official languages.  It seemed that everyone wanted us to move somewhere other than where we were standing in our hard won spots in the bus aisle.  The only thing between us and moving anywhere were the other 1.4 billion people standing in the aisle with us.  But they weren’t the problem, just us.  We had fought to get on this bus as it rattled past, barely slowing to allow the hordes of riders to enter.  One of us had to dive into the back door while the other sprinted towards the front entrance where there was a just enough of an open step to hold a body braced against the doorway.  It seemed that everyone in India was between the two of us as we rode the only bus with enough room, hoping it was going in the right direction.  Even the family of five sharing the single seat moped to our left looked quite a bit more comfortable.

Read more

Finding Ways to Like India

We are trying really hard to enjoy India, but it is difficult.  We have visited over 50 countries and our month and a half in India has been amongst the least endearing.  This is tough to admit as a traveler since every country is supposed to be mystical, tantalizing, or some other rubbish term meant to conjure magic feelings in a land far far away.  Occasionally, a country can feel more like a visit to a trash pile and smell like urine.  When we arrived in Delhi, our expectations of grandeur were quickly replaced with thoughts of escape to, well, anywhere else. Read more

Trekking the Annapurna Circuit, Nepal

Have you ever dreamed of trekking through the Himalayan Mountains, surrounded by some of the highest peaks on Earth?  We lived out this dream recently, marking one of the most incredible experiences imaginable.  Read further for detailed information about trekking the Annapurna Circuit, including everything you need to know to arrive prepared. Read more

Trekking the Annapurna Sanctuary, Nepal

We spent the last eight days having one of the most amazing experiences the world has to offer.  We had been dreaming of trekking through the famed Himalayan Mountains for years, and made sure to build our round the world itinerary around a visit to Nepal.  We decided to tackle the Annapurna Sanctuary with a destination of Annapurna Base Camp for our first trek in the country.  This route takes you amongst some of the highest mountains on earth which culminates below an amphitheater of peaks and offers an experience unlike trekking anywhere else in the world.   Read more

Cape Town: Mountains, Beaches and Vineyards

Cape Town is one of the most amazing cities in the world.  It has all of the best to offer including craggy mountains overlooking a blue ocean, incredible wineries, delicious restaurants with fresh local foods, and outdoor activities galore.  It would be easy to confuse this place with a Western city on the coast of Europe or California if it weren’t for the pockets of staggering poverty and unemployment that are present around every corner. Read more