Category : Asia

There’s More to Cambodia than Angkor Wat


Even though they scammed us out of a few bucks at the Vietnam-Cambodia border, we were still relieved to arrive in Cambodia.  Since when are Visas negotiable, anyways?!?  Bryan’s been to about 100 countries and that’s the first time he’s experienced anything like that.  The official price of a tourist visa in the Kingdom of Cambodia was supposed to be $20 USD each.  The border official s...

Not Always Feeling the Love in Vietnam


Inhospitality and Inflation Traveling isn’t always fun.  There are moments when I just want to scream, cry, and catch the next flight home.  I had a few of those thoughts during our time in Vietnam.  Even Bryan often felt aggravated and annoyed. To say the least, we definitely won’t be adding Vietnam to our ever-growing list of favorite countries.  This came as a shock to us.  We’...

Himalayan Highs and Lows


I was wrong when I thought that things would calm down when we crossed the border from India to Nepal.  We had no idea that we were arriving in Nepal in the middle of protests and a transportation ban because of their upcoming election.  Democracy is relatively new to Nepal;  their monarchy was officially abolished in 2008. At the border town we were supposed to board a bus that leaves sever...

5 Weeks in India – Holy Cow!


My biggest fear about returning home to the US next year (other than finding a good job) is that we won’t be able to settle down.  After 6 months of traveling in the US and Canada, we were restless to be abroad again.  Don’t get me wrong, we loved spending time with family and friends and visiting parts of North America that we’ve never seen.  But we were ready for something crazy and exo...

World Trip Leg #2 Round-up (1st Half): Europe


[travelmap-map height=400 maptype="terrain" first=66 last=138] For "Round-Up" purposes, we've divided Leg 2 of our World Trip into two segments.  We spent nearly 9 months abroad on this Leg, with the first half being in Europe and touching into western Asia.  We'll cover this segment in this post.  The second half was overlanding through Africa, which we'll follow up on at a later date.  ...

The Glitz and Glamour of Dubai


In many of the places we’ve visited (such as Romania and Georgia), it seems like we’ve gone back in time.  But Dubai is the first place we’ve been that seems like we traveled into the future.  Modern, futuristic skyscrapers tower above the city.  Manmade islands hug the white sand coast, shaped like giant palm trees and the world’s continents.  There are malls so grand that they make A...

Welcome to the Middle East: Turkey Time!


Overall, I loved our three weeks in Turkey.  I don’t think there’s any place quite like it.  But there were some uncomfortable moments when I quickly realized that I was far from home and what I’m accustomed to.  The last three months in Europe have been a cake-walk.  Europe isn’t a big culture shock for travelers from the US. (the Euro-Trip is usually a good starting point for newbie ...

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