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How to Travel New Zealand by Campervan

How to Travel New Zealand by Campervan

Is renting a campervan the cheapest way to see New Zealand? No. Is campervan travel a great way to see New Zealand? Well, we certainly thought so. If you are looking to stretch your budget, you may want to consider renting a car and either packing a tent and sleeping bags or staying at backpacker hostels. If budget isn’t your number one priority, and you’re looking to spend several weeks exploring the more isolated countryside, you may want to consider…

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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu (7-day)

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu (7-day)

Monday August 29, 2011 Starting point – Mollepata (9,544’) Ending point – Soraypampa (11,150’) Elevation gain – 1,606 feet Today we began our 7-day private…

Kilimanjaro, Lemosho Route (8-day)

Kilimanjaro, Lemosho Route (8-day)

Sunday June 23, 2013 Starting point – Londorossi Gate (7,070’) Ending point – Mti Mkubwa (Big Tree) (9,186’) Distance – 4 miles Elevation gain –…

Given to Fly

Given to Fly

Way back before we started out on this journey, Jenn had mentioned something about paragliding in Switzerland. When we were in Peru, we had briefly looked into soaring off the cliffs in Lima, but the calm skies meant that none of the shops were open. After our first hike in Zermatt, we immediately realized that, of any weather-related cancellations for our adventure, lack of wind was unlikely to be one of them. We woke up to cold, clear air and…

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Triglav National Park

Triglav National Park

Just a couple hours northwest of Ljubljana, tucked along the mountainous borders with Austria and Italy, sits Slovenia’s sole national park. First established as a protected area in 1924, Triglav National Park is actually one of Europe’s oldest reserves. Home to Slovenia’s swath of the Julian Alps, Triglav offers a host of activities for outdoor enthusiasts – extensive hiking and skiing trails, as well as kayaking, canyoning, rafting, and rock climbing. Adding to its appeal, Triglav National Park seems to…

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Tatra National Park

Tatra National Park

Nestled at the foothills of the imposing Tatra Mountains, the largest range of the Carpathians, sits the small alpine village of Zakopane. Just a couple hours south of Krakow, the ‘winter capital of Poland’ is a popular holiday destination for locals, boasting prime skiing in the winter months, and offering over 270 km of hiking and climbing trails in the summer. We learned about the locale from yet another friendly traveler we met along our journey – Linda, an outdoor…

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Trans-Siberian Railway

Trans-Siberian Railway

While I was excited to head off on our epic train journey, I don’t think either one of us was pleased to leave Mongolia. Still, the train tickets could not be changed, so we resigned ourselves to departing and made our way to the train station. The outside of the station was plain – just a simple, rough, stone structure – but gave way to an unexpectedly lavish foyer with large marble tiles, grand columns and an enormous, glittering chandelier….

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Central Mongolia

Central Mongolia

I have to admit, Mongolia had never really been a destination on my radar. It wasn’t a place I was actively avoiding; rather I’d never read about it as a travel destination, and therefore really knew nothing about it. When we were planning our around-the-world excursion, Stephan had expressed an interest in taking the Trans-Siberian from Beijing to Moscow, via Mongolia. Thus, we’d only considered a brief transit through the country. It was only after learning with absolute certainty that…

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The Great Wall

The Great Wall

Naturally, while in China, we had to see the Great Wall. In an effort to escape the crowds, we signed up for two days of hiking with an organization called Beijing Hikers, whose trips tend to move outside of the easily accessible, and hence congested, areas of the wall. Our hike leader was a loud, crass, hilarious woman from Chicago named Mill (or Millie) with boundless energy and no hesitation about speaking her mind. The Great Wall’s total length is…

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Birthday on the Bay

Birthday on the Bay

Another must-see for us in Vietnam was Ha Long Bay, a world heritage site about 180 km east of Hanoi. The resplendent waters of Ha Long Bay burst with some 1,969 limestone islets, some barren and craggy, many others draped with lush greenery. In Vietnamese, the name Ha Long means ‘descending dragon.’ And while there are countless twists on the legend of Ha Long Bay, it is largely believed that centuries ago, the ruling emperor sent a dragon to help…

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