We took a tuk tuk tour through our hostel in Kandy today. Our first stop was at an elephant sanctuary to see retired elephants bathe in the river and go about their daily routine. We chose Millennium Elephant Foundation over Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage for its cheaper entrance fee (1,000 rupees- about US$6.50- vs 2,500.)     […]

  One bright afternoon, on a small island in the middle of the ocean, where palm trees dropped coconuts and crows squawked and played, an ordinary day was taking course. Over calm, emerald water, a ferry glided up to the pier. Three foreign women stepped off, accompanied by a man who lived on the island, […]

In short, I highly recommend taking the slow ferry over to the Gili islands, provided that you like a little adventure and are not super short on time. Here’s our experience: After hearing about the nearby, chilled out specks of land called the Gili islands, my family and I decided to take a trip out […]

From time to time, you guys inquire after how Grace is doing with our constant, far-flung travels. Although we like to spend as much time in each country as we can, in less than two years we’ve been to 19 countries. So how has Grace done?     We started our travels with a Grace […]

Lake Waikaremoana Holiday Park This campground is located in what locals consider a remote part of New Zealand, and despite it being one of the Great Walks, many kiwis have never even heard of this lake or forest reservation area. It’s maybe a three hour drive southeast from Rotorua.   The drive from Murupara to Lake Waikaremoana […]

Malaysia is a great place to practice Chinese because there are so many people to practice with! As a tri-cultural country, Malaysia encompasses the Malay, Indian, and Chinese cultures and languages all at once.     My mom and I first got into learning Mandarin Chinese during our three month trip around Taiwan. And after […]

Traveling constantly, without any semblance of a stable home, at some point leaves you breathless, fatigued. Even travelers who have been gone for just one month confess to feeling weary. The massive amount of energy that goes into being abroad each day has quite surprised me. On-the-go, dig-your-heels-in deep travel, for any extended period, proves […]

We drove up to this cute farm somewhat on a whim (but mostly thanks to the Campermate app!) after changing plans three times that day. Traveling straight down New Zealand’s north island, this campsite makes a perfect overnight stop just off highway 3. The sign when you turn in says, “Backpackers Welcome.” It’s always nice […]

If you haven’t heard, Taipei is my favorite city in the world. This isn’t only because there are three Costcos there. But I’d be lying if I said Costco wasn’t part of it, or that the thought of entering Costco for the first time since leaving home didn’t make me excited for a whole month […]