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Traveling in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

by Michael on September 15, 2016

After spending a few weeks on the Indonesian island of Bali, we were excited to explore nearby Java and the bustling city of Yogyakarta. Anyone who likes coffee knows the term “java,” the nickname of which is derived from early coffee plantations on the tropical island that provided large amounts of coffee for export. Java […]

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I’ve spent a major chunk of the last two years dragging Larissa around the country visiting car museums and auto attractions.  During that time, I’ve branched out from my travel writing about road trips for the Philadelphia Inquirer to writing articles about car museums for Hemmings Motor News, 


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Driving Norway’s Fjords

by Michael on August 27, 2016

We were driving Norway’s fjords when we came across an impossibly bucolic scene: farmer Petter Melchior feeding his baby goats. There were so many scurrying around him that he was barely visible. He had just summoned the kids (that’s what baby goats are called) for breakfast and they had scrambled down the craggy mountainside to […]


After 5 years of full-time travel, it was time for a suitcase upgrade. After an exhaustive search with specific criteria, we both chose the same model (which is a first!). Following is our Travelpro Maxlite Spinner review. Because we are permanent nomads, reliable suitcases are a requirement for us. Continuous transit from place to place […]


The old quarter of Como Italy

Staying in Lake Como

by Michael on August 18, 2016

Lake Como in northern Italy is one of the most gorgeous places in the world; which helps explain why celebrities like actor George Clooney live in villas overlooking its aquamarine waters with the Alps forming a snow-capped backdrop. The lake itself is shaped like an upside-down “Y” with its namesake town of Como located at […]


Free things to do in Phnom Penh palace grounds

7 free things to do in Phnom Penh

by Guest on August 17, 2016

From guest writer Pete Vrouvas ~ Phnom Penh is a wild city in Southeast Asia in which to wander around and get lost. At first, walking the streets can be overwhelming with the tuk tuks swirling around; but once you settle in, it is an amazing city to explore. As a budget traveler, I always […]


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Visiting Yellowstone in the Fall

by Michael on August 11, 2016

It was the summer of 1969 and, as Old Faithful was about to send its regular timed flume of scalding hot water about 140 feet into the air for a spectacular sunset performance, the crowds gathered in hushed anticipation. The geyser had been doing so like clockwork for eons and was one of the main […]

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During a nighttime stroll, we had become lost in the dimly lit, maze-like streets of old Saigon. A series of turns led us into a narrow alley whose sole purpose seemed to be connecting to other alleys. The winding streets felt as though laid out by a two-year-old chasing a kitten. Locals, cooking their dinner […]

Crete beach view

Six wonderful things to do in Crete

by Michael on July 10, 2016

Greece is known for its sun-drenched, historically significant islands. But perhaps the most famous and popular is the large island of Crete, a varied, culturally captivating destination that in ancient Greek mythology was the birthplace of Zeus. Book a holiday here and you’ll find so much to see and do — here are six fantastic […]


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7 rather odd hidden sights in London

by Michael on June 5, 2016

London is a fascinating city filled with history. From its official naming in the Roman era to its bustling streets today, the city has always been important to England.. We’ve already written about free things to do in London, and are now revealing many unusual attractions and historical sites that you can visit there. (Many of which […]