Swinging to the Future, Grasping for the Past

Borneo.  Stylized as a land untamed, this island situated off the Malay peninsula in the heart of the East Indies, is home to three countries and an astonishing array of cultures.  It’s a vast expanse of some of the richest ecosystems in the world, from ancient virgin rainforest on the island’s interior to pristine marine…

Scuba Certified in Koh Tao

Imagine being under water, the warm aqua-marine sea all around you, corals swaying gently with the tide like branches on a tree in slow motion, schools of technicolor fish playfully darting around and through the labyrinth of coral…and then you take a breath.  And another.  And another.  It’s not natural, breathing  underwater.  But that’s exactly…

Low Season vs High in Tonsai

We know the problems with traveling during high season. What’s the solution? Maybe, don’t come during high season…

A Day in Egypt

The Egyptian Museum, Great Pyramids of Giza, and dinner at sunset on the Nile…all without even having to buy a plane ticket there?

Safaris Illustrated

The literal translation of the word “safari” in Swahili is “journey.”  If that’s the case, we’ve been on a safari for the better part of the last year, seeking adventures, experiencing new cultures, meeting other souls, and appreciating the wild world that’s all around us.  But in Kenya, we found a safari unlike any other….

How to Travel the World on the Cheap: Planning

Like snowflakes and fingerprints, each person is different when it comes to traveling. The innumerable possible variance of positions on the spectrum of why people travel, for how long, on what budget, with whom, and so on makes the planning process unique to each individual.

Restart Africa: A Homecoming

With that first breath of fresh African air, and the view of clear blue sky, warm sunshine, and white, billowing clouds, a new chapter had begun. We didn’t even care that our bags were lost. We’d arrived in Kenya, finally.

How to Travel the World on the Cheap. Part 2: Accommodations

Sleep. The final frontier. No matter where you go, or what your situation, it will find you. From upright sleep on bumpy busses brought on by extreme exhaustion to the ever occasional full 8-hours, where one rests their weary eyes is of continuous of concern on the road. The decision on how to tackle the…

Our Love-Hate Relationship with India

The common saying goes like this, “People either love India, or they hate it.”  More precisely, Lonely Planet’s most recent guide to India states, “Love it or loathe it – and most travelers tend to seesaw between the two, to embrace India’s unpredictability is to embrace her soul.” We’ve definitely experienced this oscillation between hope…

Oman: A Hidden Gem of Independent Travel

The thing about long-term traveling is that, while you get to experience a plethora of new sights, cultures, and cuisine, the longer you’re away, the more you long for home. Such was the case with us as we left southern India just a couple weeks ago. We’d been on the road for six months and…

Teaching Spoken English in India

The clanking of desks on the hard tile floor is what sticks with me the most. It was August of 2011, and I was about to give my first lesson as a teacher at the College of Micronesia in Pohnpei, a small, green place in a big, blue ocean, thousands of miles from anything…and I…

The “Joys” of Chennai

The world in which we live today is awash in positivity. That is to say, any time we turn on the TV, open Facebook, or talk to a friend or colleague, we only get half the story – the good half: newborns and new homes, thoughtful articles and funny memes, and inspiring pictures or tales…