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Cormorants are heavier and more intelligent-seeming than you would expect, with neck feathers that are as soft as high-end cupcake Read more
We are notorious last-minute packers. Fortunately, I made up a system for that, and it works brilliantly. (I'm not even Read more
Trip time: 10 days Major attractions visited: The Louvre Eiffel… Read more
No trip to Egypt would be complete without seeing the Sphinx and the Pyramids, right? We felt the same. Read more
A quick search of travel.state.gov would have revealed warnings such as "do not travel to the Sinai Peninsula due to Read more
We saw our most interesting highway interchange of all time in Egypt in 2016. Read more
It involves a lot of pointing and uncertainty. Read more
Today was tough. Shenzhen is louder, more confusing, and more difficult to navigate than Hong Kong, and my feet hurt Read more
Musings on a cultural difference between China and the US. Read more
Typhoon Mangkhut shut down the train between Yangshuo and the coast and cut off the path to our flight out Read more
Bastimentos is magical. It's a tiny Panamanian island in the Caribbean that can only be reached by boat and is Read more
9 hours and 4 busses later, I found a region of the country in the mountains near Costa Rica where Read more
After less than 24 hours in Panama City I knew I had to escape. Read more
Latin American Buses hold such a special place in my heart. Read more
Panama City. It was just a city, really. With an ocean. And a canal. And more brown people than I'm Read more
4 days ago, I decided to take a last-minute trip to anywhere south of Mexico and found an absurdly cheap Read more
One of the craziest things about Israel is recognizing names and places from the bible ALL THE TIME. Read more
The Dead Sea is simultaneously harsh, desolate, and devastatingly beautiful. Read more
We negotiated our way into the heart of Palestine by taxi using sign language, nods, smiles, cash, and the help Read more
We walked out of the hot, bright Israeli sun and were immediately surrounded by darkness Read more
Many people think that international vacations need to cost thousands of dollars. I'd like to dispel that myth right now. Read more
Our 1 week trip in China turned into 2, due to Super Typhoon Mangkhut. Read more
Josh flexed his photography muscles on this devastatingly beautiful candy cane cathedral. Read more
We were both nervous and excited to be in the Colombian capital on the presidential Election Day. Let me break Read more
Climate change and overfishing have decimated the Jamaican reef and turned it into a bleached, algae-covered mess. Still, we managed Read more
“Parents will go without, but Jamaicans take great pride in getting their children to school every day in a crisp, Read more
The Greenwood Great House was one of the only plantation homes to survive the Christmas Rebellion of 1831. Read more
It was one of the coolest things we've seen in this world. Read more
Built in the 1760s, this beautiful building has had many lives. Most recently, it was our temporary home (and inspiration Read more
There’s a city-wide 8pm curfew and state of emergency called in response to a high number of gang-related homicides. Read more
We spent a little while here in the pretty landscape, just enjoying the views. Read more
Puertecitos Mexico, Population 41, is located a few hours south of San Felipe and is home to excellent natural hot Read more
This nature reserve is home to 1,000 year old, absolutely gigantic cacti. Read more
San Felipe is a beautiful place to hang out on the beach, explore the nearby rocks and pools, catch a Read more
If you are ever driving down the #5 Highway from MexiCali down the coast of the Sea of Cortez, keep Read more
We always had the vision of the Jordan River as a wide, formidable, ageless, and important-looking. It's not. Read more
One of my most cherished memories of Israel. Read more
Want cheese on that? Too bad. Read more
It was a Dead Sea Scroll kinda day. Here are… Read more
We were fortunate to be able to visit 2 major religious sites in Old Jerusalem: The Western Wall and the Read more
Old Jerusalem is an ancient, fragrant, complex, dusty, emotionally-, politically-, and religiously-charged space. Read more
In the heart of Historic Mexico City, on Zocalo Square and partially buried under the Cathedral of Mexico City, is Read more
Our Airbnb host helped us plan an amazing walking tour of the heart of Mexico City. Read more
Josh thinks visiting Teotihuacan was cooler than visiting the Pyramids of Giza. I'm on the fence. Read more
We would take a trip back to Mexico City for the food alone. Read more
Mexico City has a reputation for being dirty, poor, crowded, uncultured, and unsafe. Don't believe the hype. Read more
We visited CDMX a few short months after a 7.1 earthquake that rocked the city and killed hundreds. Amazingly, there Read more
We have been to museums on 5 continents and all across the United States and The Museum of Anthropology in Read more
Growing up, we were taught that graffiti is bad. The Bogota Graffiti Tour turned that worldview upside down. Read more
The gold museum in Bogota was one of the shinier places we've ever been. Read more
Paloquemao, a gigantic, pungent, colorful, bountiful market in the middle of Bogota, did not disappoint. Read more
The monastery-topped mountain Monseratte looms over the East horizon of Bogota. Read more
This post is just a set of pictures from around the city that capture the feeling of Bogota. Read more
The plan was this: Get in at 5am, rent a car, drive to the Everglades for a sunrise hike, take Read more
Total Trip Time: 4 days (2 weekend days + 2 days PTO) Read more
The purpose of this post is just so we don't forget this excellent elevator in Edificio Sucre, Bogota. Read more
A strategy for surviving densely packed experiences in densely packed cities. Read more
Andeans across Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Bolivia have been chewing coca leaves or drinking coca tea for thousands of years Read more
We went to Colombia with a list of foods that we wanted to eat that was 2 pages long. Read more
"Zipa! Zipa!" An overpriced and underwhelming unofficial church in an old salt mine... but I guess the pictures came out Read more
We took 1 day of PTO on Memorial Day Weekend… Read more
Near el Prado, a main boulevard in Havana, exists the closest thing that Cuba has to Craigslist. Read more
Let's say you have a week off work. Where would you go? This article lists step-by-step instructions for finding the cheapest Read more
I was probably pretty annoying the entire day because of my barely contained excitement. Read more
Walk centuries old stone streets, enjoy beautiful 18th century golden limestone architecture, and explore a 2000-year-old Roman bath house. Read more
  Our clothing system for fast and light travel was… Read more
Most everything about the former home of King Henry VIII was creepy, unwelcoming, and a little bit off. Read more
England is not a cheap vacation destination by any stretch of the imagination. We did figure out one good trick Read more
The London Wall, The London Tower, Tower Bridge, London Bridge, and All Hallows By The Tower Read more
The British Museum: "It's just a bunch of stuff that's been nicked from other countries." Read more
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We decided to pop in to the National Gallery while we were in Trafalgar Square. Read more
This is part 2/3 of our walking tour of London, heading from Parliament Square to Trafalgar Square. Read more
A self-guided walking tour through the heart of London, from Victoria Station to Parliament Square. Read more
The highlights of the trip were tours of Stonehenge and a nearly 1,700 year old Roman bath house. Read more
This trip is the one that made us realize that quick, cheap, international long weekends are an amazing strategy to Read more
Cuba is the most complex and challenging place we have traveled yet. It was also fascinating, deeply rewarding and, most Read more
For the grandparents and gear heads. Read more
Just across the bay from Havana sits Regla, a fascinating town with a rich cultural history. Read more
We flagged down an off-duty driver, who had a friend, who had a family member, who was able to give Read more
Abuelo digs out some eggs from the nest of a free-roosting chicken. This man was probably my favorite person we Read more
Video: "This is easily my favorite place we've been so far." Read more
We were driving down the highway when... Read more
Cubans are master recyclers, perhaps to a fault. Read more
With no internet connection or any way to get a forecast, the best we could do was look up at Read more
These magnificent beasts were parked outside our casa when we arrived back from the valley. Read more
In what appears to be a closed down storefront in Viñales, there is an ephemeral ice cream shop. Read more
The tobacco farms in Viñales Valley produce some of the best cigars in the world. Read more
This may give you some sense of what it's like to travel in Cuba. Read more
A person could spend an entire vacation exploring graffiti in Havana. Read more
Buying goods in Cuba can be tough, especially if you get outside of the tourist areas. Read more
Trans culture was surprisingly visible out and about in Cuba! Especially in Central Park. Read more
The vertical, low-tech lifestyle of street-vending in Havana. Read more
The Museum of the Revolution: As Americans, we didn't feel much love here. Read more
Everyone says Cuba is a time capsule. But is it really true? Read more
We arrived in Cuba around 10pm at night, exhausted from… Read more
When we were there, temperatures hit record lows. Fortunately our… Read more
  The Mexico City Metro is the best public transit… Read more
“I think we are more than 50% lost right now.”… Read more
This is a sample itinerary for a person-to-person educational visa circa April 2017. Read more
Cuba was the most difficult place to travel I've visited yet. It was also fascinating, deeply rewarding and, most importantly, Read more
This is all the clothing I brought with me to… Read more
People actually live in the old city of Jerusalem, surrounded… Read more
This happened to us at both museums we visited. Read more
We tried to keep our packs super light this trip (about 10 lbs in half-full 40L packs). Here's how. Read more
A road trip with friends plus camping on the beach,… Read more
Egypt was tough, and not exactly what we expected. Still,… Read more
Let’s just start at the beginning, shall we? Read more
Israel and Palestine were complex places with a lot to unpack. We really look forward to doing so here! Read more