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RTW – Bolivia Salt Flats Tour
2021-02-01 00:18
After an enjoyable few days in La Paz, it was time for the main reason we had come to Bolivia – a salt flats tour. Arriving in Uyuni Overland travel in South America seems to in… Read More
RTW – La Paz, Bolivia
2021-01-25 10:32
After a month in Peru, we were excited to move on to our next country, Bolivia. We planned for a few days in the capital of La Paz before heading off on a tour of the famous Uyuni salt flats… Read More
RTW – Lake Titicaca
2021-01-17 12:06
After an overnight bus ride from Cusco, we arrived around 5am in Puno, gateway to Lake Titicaca. Our Peru Hop bus dropped us off at our hotel, where we found a place to stash our luggage and… Read More
RTW – Cusco
2020-04-24 23:26
We used Cusco as a base to see the surrounding area, Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo and the Peruvian Amazon. We also had some logistical tasks to complete in the aftermath of our unfortunate in… Read More
RTW – Peruvian Amazon
2020-04-11 10:35
When we were researching our itinerary for Peru, we discovered that the Peruvian Amazon was a very short flight from Cusco. This prompted further research to see if there was a way to see it… Read More
RTW – Ollantaytambo
2020-04-03 07:24
Ollantaytambo is best known as the place where you catch the train to Machu Picchu, after a taxi or bus ride from Cusco. Most travelers don’t spend any time here, but it’s well w… Read More
RTW – Machu Picchu
2019-12-22 02:23
After our day trips from Cusco, it was time to visit a major site on our Peru itinerary – Machu Picchu. We decided to do this a bit differently to the way most visitors do it. Instead… Read More
RTW – Day Trips From Cusco
2019-11-29 06:06
We had to rearrange our itinerary a bit due to our extended time in Lima, so we ended up doing a couple of day trips from Cusco before we saw much of the city itself. Arriving in Cusco… Read More
RTW – Colca Canyon Tour
2019-11-13 06:56
As well as the city itself, the other reason to visit Arequipa is to do a Colca Canyon tour. This is one of the deepest canyons in the world at 3,270 meters or 10,730 feet. As well as t… Read More
RTW – A Couple Of Days In Arequipa
2019-11-07 07:56
The next phase of our Peru adventures was a couple of days in Arequipa. We had originally planned to spend more time here, but we had to make some adjustments to our itinerary after spending… Read More
RTW – The Nazca Lines
2019-10-24 11:53
Having avoided Huacachina‘s famous party scene, we managed to get up bright and early to grab breakfast at our hotel before leaving for our 8:30 shuttle bus pickup. We were taking a de… Read More
RTW – Huacachina
2019-10-21 11:50
After our short stay in Paracas, we headed inland to the desert oasis of Huacachina. Based on our research, this place exists for two purposes – 1. playing in the sand dunes on buggies… Read More
RTW – Paracas
2019-10-20 11:01
After our extended time in Lima, we were well and truly ready to explore the rest of Peru. At 7am a shuttle bus picked us up from our hotel and took us to meet the Peru Hop bus which would c… Read More
RTW – A Week In Lima
2019-09-07 07:47
We planned for almost a week in Lima after our Galapagos cruise and island hopping adventures. Although based on our research it didn’t look like we would need that long to see the hig… Read More
RTW – Galapagos Island Hopping
2019-08-28 02:35
After our Galapagos cruise was over, our adventures in the islands were not. We had planned almost a week of Galapagos island hopping to see some places not covered on the cruise. This would… Read More
RTW – Galapagos Cruise (Part 2)
2019-08-21 13:24
See Part 1 of our Galapagos Cruise adventure here. Espanola Island When researching which Galapagos Islands cruise to take, we realized that we would be in the islands at the right tim… Read More
RTW – Galapagos Cruise (Part 1)
2019-08-18 02:00
After our short time in Quito, it was time to head to the Galapagos Islands for the first big adventure of our trip – an eight day cruise on the Solaris. First – a quick note… Read More
RTW – A Day In Quito
2019-06-21 00:41
After a couple of years of planning, much discussion, frantic preparation and a round of farewells, it felt surreal to be in Heide’s mom’s car headed to the airport to start our… Read More
RTW Preparation
2019-05-31 16:22
While the fun part of planning for a trip is coming up with an itinerary, there are many other no less important RTW preparation tasks that must be done before you can set off on a grand adv… Read More
RTW Itinerary
2019-05-29 17:52
I’m writing this post from what is effectively the first AirBnB stay of our Big Trip, although we haven’t left Houston yet. We moved out of our house about a week and a half ago… Read More
Japan Family Travel
2019-05-27 17:23
This post is an overview of our two week Japan family travel experience. Japan is one of our favorite places, and one we keep going back to. We saw a good mix of traditional and modern Japan… Read More
Japan – Experiencing Modern Tokyo
2019-05-22 02:41
We mostly spent our final day in Japan experiencing modern Tokyo culture. This was a bit like our first day in Tokyo as we wandered a few different neighborhoods seeing what we could see… Read More
Japan – Two Tokyo Museums
2019-05-10 03:21
Our second full day in Tokyo was a lot more structured than our first day spent wandering various neighborhoods. We had tickets for two Tokyo museums that we had bought well in advance befor… Read More
Japan – Tokyo Neighborhoods
2019-04-25 02:23
After enjoying our time in Osaka, it was time to head to our last destination in Japan – Tokyo. In our first day and a half we managed to cover a few different Tokyo neighborhoods… Read More
Japan – A Few Days In Osaka
2019-04-03 02:12
After our visit to Hiroshima and a stop in Himeji, our next adventure was a few days in Osaka. After seeing so many temples, shrines and palaces in Kyoto, we focused on more modern sights du… Read More
Japan – Himeji Castle
2019-03-24 22:13
After our too-short visit to Hiroshima, it was time to make our way to our next stop, Osaka. Along the way, we visited Himeji Castle. This is one of the most famous castles in Japan, and wel… Read More
2019-03-05 14:14
After our adventures in Kyoto (day 1, day 2, day 3), our next stop was Hiroshima. With two nights here, we only had time to see the major sight in Hiroshima – the Hiroshima Peace Memor… Read More
Japan – A Tour Of Western Kyoto
2019-02-24 23:27
On our last day in Kyoto we did a walking tour that covered some of the highlights of western Kyoto. We did this with a guide we found on Tours by Locals. We had used them on a previous trip… Read More
Japan – A Family Kaiseki Meal In Kyoto
2019-02-03 04:35
After all the walking on our first day in Kyoto, we had a bit of a slower start on day two. The planned highlight of the day was a family kaiseki lunch. Kaiseki is a traditional Japanese mul… Read More
Japan – A Walk Through Eastern Kyoto
2018-12-18 14:07
This post will cover the first part of our time in Kyoto, including our self-guided walking tour through eastern Kyoto.  After our stopover in Narita, we were up early the next morni… Read More
Japan – A Narita Stopover
2018-11-16 03:15
On our previous trips to Japan we had always hopped on a train straight from the airport. We had never had time for a Narita stopover. However, on our recent family trip to Japan we were arr… Read More
Animal Photos From Our Family Safari
2018-09-05 03:20
So Many Animal Photos … There are usually many uncertainties and surprises involved with travel to Africa, but one thing for sure is that you will take a lot of photos, especially on… Read More
Family Safari – Sightseeing In Swaziland
2018-09-03 15:03
Swaziland Sightseeing After the final wildlife experience of of our trip in the Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, we planned to spend the last couple of days in Swaziland sightseeing. We also pla… Read More
Family Safari – Manyeleti Game Reserve
2018-06-28 03:07
Three days on the Manyeleti Game Reserve After our do-it-yourself safari in Kruger National Park, we headed north to the Manyeleti Game Reserve. This is a private game reserve that borders K… Read More
Family Safari – Kruger National Park
2018-02-11 19:10
A Day in Kruger National Park After our break from the animals to explore the Panorama Route, the next activity on our agenda was a day self-driving in Kruger National Park. Although most of… Read More
Family Safari – The Panorama Route
2018-01-24 04:35
After the first game reserve experience of our family safari trip (in the Entabeni Safari Conservancy in South Africa’s Waterberg region), we headed west towards Kruger National Park… Read More
Family Safari – Johannesburg
2018-01-06 02:49
A Johannesburg Stopover Our major travel for 2017 was a trip to South Africa and Swaziland. The main goal was to see some of Africa’s wildlife on safari. Kruger National Park was the p… Read More
Summer Road Trip – Utah National Parks
2017-10-04 01:49
Utah National Parks This post will summarize our summer 2016 road trip visiting all the Utah National Parks, with pictures and links to individual blog posts for more details. As well as the… Read More
Utah National Parks – Pictures
2017-09-04 22:40
Utah National Parks – in Photos We took a lot more photos in the Utah National Parks than we could fit in the blog posts.  Here is a gallery of photos from each of the parks. Zion… Read More
Summer Road Trip – Arches National Park
2017-07-09 18:01
Note – some links in this post are affiliate links. If you use them to make a booking or buy a product, we’ll make a small commission (at no extra cost to you). The next stop on… Read More
Summer Road Trip – Moab, Utah
2017-06-30 03:15
The next destination on our summer road trip was a little different to our previous stops in Zion, Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef National Parks. We planned to spend three nights in Moab as a… Read More
Summer Road Trip – Zion To Bryce Canyon
2017-05-25 03:35
According to Google Maps, it only takes an hour and a half to drive from Zion to Bryce Canyon National Park.  However, there are quite a few things to see along the way, so it’s w… Read More
Summer Road Trip – Zion National Park
2017-05-21 04:04
2016 was the first year for the awesome Every Kid In a Park program, which worked out well for us because Lachlan was in the 4th grade. This program provides 4th graders and their… Read More
Airport Photos From Around The World
2017-05-16 03:16
Airport Photos – A Collection Airports aren’t always the most photogenic places, although there are some that are pretty nice.  Changi Airport is spectacular, and the Qatar… Read More
Sunset Photos From Around The World
2017-05-13 18:29
Sunset Photos – a Collection As our blog title suggests, we love a good sunset.  Taking the time to enjoy a sunset is one of the joys of travel.  Sunset photos are one of the… Read More
A Week In San Francisco And The East Bay
2017-05-08 02:06
This is the story of a hastily-planned Christmas break adventure in which we embrace some touristic cliches. We’ll give you some ideas for your own week in San Francisco, but firs… Read More
A Sydney Stopover – Tips And Memories
2017-05-03 03:09
This post will give you some great ideas about how to spend a Sydney stopover.  I’ll also share some of my personal experiences with this great city. Sydney, place of my birth I w… Read More

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