A garden in Brussels, Belgium

Free Walking Tours – All You Need to Know

When you’re traveling indefinitely, it’s important to cut costs any way that you can.  We’re really good at budgeting, and we found the best ways to pay almost nothing for lodging.  And as for activities and the best ways to experience a new city, our go-to was definitely free walking tours.

Our tour guide, Diogo, in Porto, Portugal

Curious what they’re all about?  We’ve got you covered!  Read on to find out how to find them, what to expect, and why we love them so much!

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Waterfalls at Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Visiting Plitvice Lakes in Autumn – Things to know before going

In Croatia, Plitvice Lakes National Park is a must-see destination we were fortunate to see in the off-season of autumn. Plitvice’s stunning beauty brought us there, and we had an unforgettable experience. It was pure eye-candy to see so many waterfalls in one place. Here are some things to know before going and a short video of our experience in the park.Aaron and Brianna in front of the waterfalls at Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia Continue reading “Visiting Plitvice Lakes in Autumn – Things to know before going”

A Glimpse of Avoiding Pickpocketing

How do you avoid pickpocketing?

Throughout my life, I’ve been very aware of my surroundings and can get a sense when I need to be more protective of my belongings. Rome was definitely one of those places. Only once have I been pickpocketed, and it was in a crowded dance club. Rome itself is like a crowded dance club. The first sign is when someone you don’t know approaches you.

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A Glimpse of Couchsurfing Italy

Where have you found generosity in your travels?

We never intended on staying in Reggio Emilia as we intended on staying in Bologna. However, a Couchsurfer reached out to host us and it ended up being the best Italian cultural experience for us. Mama mia! During our travels, we have seen so much generosity, but in this case, it was above and beyond anything we had seen before. Our host was incredible! We were so fortunate to start time in Italy with this amazing person.

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Outlets with built-in switches

Our Favorite Gadgets and Ideas from Around the World

One of the things we love most about travel is discovering the many ways others think differently than us.  Witnessing new ideas challenges our way of thinking and adds to our own personal arsenal for tackling problems.  Besides, it’s exciting to experience something we hadn’t before considered!

During nine months abroad across at least 20 countries, we encountered some brilliant ideas that made us wonder: why isn’t this standard around the world?  From the bathroom to the kitchen, at home and on the road, these were some of our favorites.

Bikes stacked neatly in Rotterdam

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Flying Home During the Coronavirus Outbreak

After spending time in Patagonia seeing glaciers and beautiful mountainous peaks, we headed to Ushuaia. In our time there, we had to check to see if there were any last-minute deals on cruises to Antarctica, and managed to find one. It was a dream come true, as we have always wanted to visit the seventh continent. Our boat was booked and all we had to do is wait about a week, rent some gear, and go. As coronavirus became more widespread, we started worrying things might get canceled, but continued to be hopeful and optimistic.

Then things changed dramatically, and our entire world trip was canceled. We had to go home. This is our story of flying home during the coronavirus outbreak.

Ushuaia Shipwreck

The End of the World

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Travel in the Time of Coronavirus

Many things have changed rather rapidly with the spread of COVID-19, and our travel world has more or less come crashing down.  We have weathered it for as long as we can, but we’ve reached a point where it just doesn’t make sense anymore.

So we wanted to take a little time to reflect on what’s happened, how it has impacted us, and how both we and you can move forward once it’s over.

Practicing our mask wearing while in isolation in Ushuaia

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Experience Santiago Chile: Like a True Local

While traveling, it is important for us to understand the culture, politics, and history of the places we visit. We have always believed that travel is more than just sightseeing, and there is always a human element. During our visit to Santiago, Chile, we had a unique chance to see how the locals lived, even in the poorest of neighborhoods. The family who hosted us barely spoke English, and even with so little resources, they gave us so much. It is fascinating to see a family live so happily on so little, while also being so generous at the same time. We viewed Santiago from a completely different perspective.

Host family in Santiago Chile

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Our Year in Review | 2019

This has been an incredible year! After 6 months of travel, we are ready to begin the new year by switching continents. That’s right; we are finally leaving Europe in February! It is exciting and a bit nerve-wracking as we have a lot of planning to do. How did we get to this point? Let us review our year of 2019 in photos and a video.

Namibia Sand Dunes - Sossusvlei
Sand Dunes Namibia

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Visiting the Himba Tribes in Namibia in 2020

Visiting some of the native African tribes was a must for us during our journey to Namibia. It felt important to understand the cultural roots of the country and the indigenous peoples. The history and way of life of the Himba is fascinating.

They live a simple life without cell phones, cars, or even electricity or plumbing. Everything in the village was made by hand. Sure, they are still touched by modern life, but they try to stick to their roots and cultural traditions, and we were grateful to be able to witness this firsthand. If you’re looking to visit a Himba tribe, this is how you can do it and what you can expect.

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