• South America
  • La Balsa Border Crossing: from Ecuador to Peru

    The La Balsa Border Crossing is the lesser known way to cross from Ecuador into Peru. It's incredibly scenic, not too difficult, and totally free of tourists!

    Sometimes travel makes you miss things that you never knew you appreciated before. Like the immigration kiosk at the airport. You hop off a plane, hand them a slip of paper, answer a couple questions, then you’re off to enjoy a new country. Sure, you might wait in a long line, but at least you’re not scrunched in a van next to a rooster careening along a cliff at 80mph while the driver talks on his cell phone.

  • Featured
  • The Ultimate Self-Guided Walking Tour of San Francisco: A Local’s Guide

    The Golden Gate Bridge from the Batteries to Bluffs trailhead in San Francisco, California!

    We may have packed up all of our belongings and flown to South America, but we left our hearts in San Francisco. Over the 7 years Jeremy lived in the Bay Area and the 4 years I lived there, we amassed a wealth of knowledge about the best things to do and see in San Francisco. This walking tour covers 8 unique neighborhoods in 6 miles. Plus, get a FREE San Francisco Walking Tour Printable Map and Directions!

  • Local's Guides
  • Louisville, Kentucky: A Local’s Guide to 21 Reasons Why You Need to Visit This Fall

    21 Reasons Why you need to visit Louisville, Kentucky this fall! A local's guide.

    Louisville, Kentucky is the city where I was born and raised, and although I’ve traveled all over the world, I’ve never found anywhere quite as special. Louisville is a world class city brimming with art, culture, food, bourbon, and the friendliest people you’ll meet anywhere. And fall is my favorite time to visit Louisville! It’s not just the crisp autumn air and crunchy colorful leaves that brings me back year after year. It’s also fall horse races at Churchill Downs, bourbon tasting on the Bourbon trail, museum touring, art festivals, walking through miles of flickering expertly carved pumpkins, haunted houses – and one haunted sanatorium -and a theatre scene that rivals New York City.

  • Travel Stories
  • Long Term Travel: A Day in the Life of a Travel Couple

    Selfie while hiking from Barichara to Guane near San Gil, Colombia!

    It’s been almost 2 months since we put our belongings in storage, said goodbye to steady paychecks and friends, and embarked on our year long extended honeymoon. Before this trip, the longest either of us had traveled anywhere was 2 weeks. True to form, around the 2 week mark is when both of us started to feel like we were ready to go home. But eventually we started to settle into a kind of routine – or at least, things started to feel less horribly foreign to us as time went on.

  • Accommodation Reviews
  • Hostel Spotlight: La Serrana Hostel in Salento, Colombia

    La Serrana Hostel in Salento, Colombia. Original Photo: P1050183.JPG (CC BY 2.0) by clandestino_20 on flickr

    Tucked away in the Eje Cafetero/coffee region of Colombia lies the little town of Salento. This town has become a major stop for travelers due to its proximity to the famous Valle de Cocora, myriad coffee farms, and stunning views of the area’s rolling green hills. Our experience in Salento was amazing, and one of the major reasons for that was our hostel, La Serrana Hostel and Eco-Farm.

  • South America
  • Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls: My Waterfall Rappelling Catastrophe in San Gil, Colombia

    Don't go chasing waterfalls: my waterfall rappelling disaster in San Gil, Colombia

    “How do I stop?? How do I make it stop going down?!?” I shriek frantically at my husband, who is calmly dangling in mid-air a few feet below me. I can’t make out his response through the roaring, cascading waterfall that we are both being drenched in as we rappel down a sheer rock face 250 feet in the air, but it’s probably something like ” Use the rope, idiot!” Oh, right.