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Considering…Croatia

Croatia is a Mediterranean landscape paradise. From ancient walled cities and Roman ruins, to the many islands lining the coast, Croatia has it all. There are many well preserved Medieval towns and old forts that are worthy of Game of Thrones, just like in Ireland. Let’s check it out!

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Considering… Ireland

Ireland is a beautiful country rich with rolling landscapes and ancient heritage.  The people are friendly, the food is comforting, the music is lively, and the history is fascinating.  What’s not to love?

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10 Must-See Holidays and Festivals From Around the World

As today is the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, we thought we would share 10 must-see holidays and festivals from around the world.

Thanksgiving is one of many holidays that celebrate a good harvest. Today it is mostly a time to get family and friends together to eat and drink a lot. Typically, this is done while watching some American football and then settling into a more formalized family dinner. The holiday has been celebrated differently throughout history, as I am sure many of these world holidays have also changed over time.

So here is our list. We hope to participate in some of these  in our lifetime or even on our upcoming world trip in 2019. Continue reading “10 Must-See Holidays and Festivals From Around the World”

Editing Media Around the World

This is a topic near and dear to our hearts.  I am an avid photographer, and Aaron is passionate about video.  Our lifeblood is our media, one of our primary reasons for traveling is to capture photos and make videos, and we plan on using this as a supplementary income source while we are abroad.  In short: photography and videography is essential to our trip.

But how do we sustain these hobbies and income streams while traveling?

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Considering… Romania

Romania has many castles and wonderful landscapes which will make for some great photography and video. We happen to know someone who is from Romania, so that helped inspire us to consider it for our world trip. She is a very nice and welcoming person, so we hope to find more people like her in this country.

Why do we want to go?

It is cheaper than western Europe and has many similar things from old Europe like castles and churches. It is a photographer’s dream with many landscapes in a country that is about the size of Oregon in the U.S. but much more populated. We’ve had some fear of this area as well so that makes us want to go even more. Maybe we can get our blood sucked out in Transylvania by some vampires (or mosquitoes). It would be fun to go there for their Halloween event. Continue reading “Considering… Romania”

Considering… Iceland

Iceland is a beautiful country, known for its pristine landscapes, hot springs, glaciers, waterfalls, and spectacular aurora.  It’s a landscape photographer’s dream, and it has lots to offer the outdoorsfolk.  Rumored to be named to deter too many settlers, this island is beautiful, though it actually is home to quite a bit of ice.

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Considering… Peru

Peru gets some of its inspiration from our first trip to Mesa Verde National Park, where we got to see ancient ruins of Native Americans up close (built around 1,190AD). Machu Picchu is one of those once-in-a-lifetime kinds of places that also has ruins, but these are definitely more EPIC. Why have we waited so long? Let’s go! Continue reading “Considering… Peru”

Discovering Hostels

Our planning continues, but sometimes we have to take a deeper dive into a more focused topic.

All of our traveling thus far has been short-term, well-planned, and reasonably funded.  Our plans for world domination travel are anything but.  A year isn’t “short-term” by any stretch of the imagination.  While we are certainly attempting to plan as much as possible, one simply cannot plan every moment of an entire year.  And though we are saving up as much as possible, the basic fact remains that the further we can stretch our dollars (or yen or euros or krónas or colones), the longer we can travel, the more we can experience, and the safer the cushion for our return.

As such, we will experience something new – a place we have never before dared enter…

Hostels.
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Considering… Namibia

Through watching many landscape travel videos on Vimeo and Youtube, I came across Namibia. It looks like a beautiful place with so much wildlife and incredible contrasting landscapes with bright orange sand dunes mixed with dead trees. Africa is a continent that contains so much beauty, and it would be a great addition to our world trip. Continue reading “Considering… Namibia”

Considering… New Zealand

We’re ramping up our planning, so we need to bust out some more country profiles to help us decide where to go!

New Zealand invokes images of sprawling landscapes and stunningly beautiful mountain ranges thwarting hobbits’ journeys to Mordor.  It is known as an adventure mecca and a photographer’s paradise. Continue reading “Considering… New Zealand”