Morelia: Transformed city, breathtaking art, and a church for every corner

While traveling through Mexico we have at times consulted the United States state department travel advisories to make sure that we are not entering an area that is dangerous to tourists. Twice we have traveled through Do Not Travel sections of Mexico, but only after a little independent research as well as a deeper dive … Continue reading Morelia: Transformed city, breathtaking art, and a church for every corner

Guanajuato: Iconic Mexican city, Mummies, and a baseball game

Guanajuato was a city we had never heard of as we started our journey across Mexico, but after receiving a tip from our good friend Ivan in Mazatlan we knew we had to go. To say the town is gorgeous does not do it justice. Multicolored houses stair step their way up the sides of … Continue reading Guanajuato: Iconic Mexican city, Mummies, and a baseball game

Sayulita: Dirt roads, beach characters, and San Pancho

Taking our trip one day at a time has allowed us to fold in a bunch of unexpected experiences often thanks to a stranger’s suggestion. In Mandy’s line of work as a hair stylist, there was plenty of recommendations, and Sayulita was on our list to visit. Chic boho beach town? Ya that doesn’t sound … Continue reading Sayulita: Dirt roads, beach characters, and San Pancho

Mazatlan – Golden Zone, Tips from Ivan, and El Faro de Navegacion

After our brief detour in Los Mochis and Topolobampo we arrived in Mazatlan. Mazatlan is one of the cities in Mexico I had heard about but didn’t really have a mental picture of what to expect. It’s funny how you create images in your own head of things you don’t know yet. Judgments and predetermination's … Continue reading Mazatlan – Golden Zone, Tips from Ivan, and El Faro de Navegacion

Bangkok – Big City Lights, Ferris Wheel, and Goodbye Southeast Asia

When we started planning our trip to Southeast Asia we didn’t really have firm plans on what we wanted to see aside from a few things in Vietnam. We knew in May we would be meeting Mandy’s family for a planned family vacation and figured 3 months would be a good amount for Southeast Asia. … Continue reading Bangkok – Big City Lights, Ferris Wheel, and Goodbye Southeast Asia

Kanchanaburi – The River Kwai, Erawan Falls, the Death Railway and Hellfire Pass

With only a handful of days before we had to leave Southeast Asia we took off down south from Northern Thailand via bus for Kanchanaburi. Having taken buses in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and now Thailand we have to say Thai buses (or at least the one we took) was fantastic. Plenty of leg room, also … Continue reading Kanchanaburi – The River Kwai, Erawan Falls, the Death Railway and Hellfire Pass

Chiang Mai – Temples of many colors and tattoo’s

With only just shy of 3 weeks to see Thailand, we had to make a difficult decision early on. Either try and cram all of our time we had into a whirlwind 1-2 day per stop journey from the north of Thailand to the south with no time to breath, or to take our time … Continue reading Chiang Mai – Temples of many colors and tattoo’s

Pai – Sunsets, relaxation, and living in the now

Along our travels we have met a good amount of people who recommended Pai as a location that we could not miss. After hearing we had quit our jobs and were traveling the world many even suggested we would get stuck in the “Pai hole” as it is known. In fact, many of our fellow … Continue reading Pai – Sunsets, relaxation, and living in the now

Phnom Penh – Cambodian Genocide and the Killing Fields

After watching “The Killing Fields” movie in Luang Prabang we knew that we wanted to learn more about the Cambodian genocide that occurred from 1975-1979. History can often be hard to stomach, but it is only through knowledge we can avoid the mistakes of our past. Our experience was as somber and eye opening as … Continue reading Phnom Penh – Cambodian Genocide and the Killing Fields

Mondulkiri – Big Hearts in the Jungle

View from the lounge at Elephant Valley Project We knew that in our trip to Southeast Asia we needed to see the elephants, but that when we did, we wanted to do it in the most ethical and humane way possible. Saddling up and riding elephants is damaging to an elephant’s spine, not to mention … Continue reading Mondulkiri – Big Hearts in the Jungle