Complete Guide to the Pingxi Line, Taiwan

The Pingxi Branch Line is an 8-mile stretch of narrow-gauge railroad that runs alongside the Keelung River from Sandiaoling to the tiny mountain town of Jingtong. Completed in 1921 during the Japanese occupation of Taiwan, the Pingxi Rail Line was originally built to transport coal as Pingxi was the heart of coal mining country at…

The Best Cheap Dim Sum in Hong Kong

Dim sum (or “yum cha” as it’s called in Cantonese) is an iconic Chinese meal consisting of numerous small plates of food shared among friends and family and washed down with plenty of tea. Its origins are Cantonese and many consider Hong Kong to be the home of dim sum as well as the location…

Food in Uzbekistan: 21 Traditional Uzbek Dishes You Must Try

When most people think of Uzbekistan their minds immediately go to the awe-inspiring Islamic architecture of the Registan in Samarkand, the towering Kalyan Minaret of Bukhara, or the ancient walled city of Khiva. What you don’t hear much about is food in Uzbekistan. In fact, when we first arrived we really had little to no…

10 Incredible Things to do on the Gili Islands, Indonesia

Okay, so I have a confession to make. In three separate trips to Indonesia, I have never really fallen in love with the island of Bali. I have always felt that Bali’s beaches were a little underwhelming, the beach clubs were a bit pretentious, and the traffic was total gridlock. That being said, I think…

New Zealand Bucket List: 26 Epic Things To Do on the South Island

We had the opportunity to spend 3 months in New Zealand back in 2014. We bought a campervan in Auckland, drove around both the North and the South Island, and then sold it in Christchurch. We did some truly amazing multi-day hikes, went fishing with some crazy Kiwis (people, not birds), drank delicious Sauvignon Blanc,…

65 Things To Do in New Orleans (Besides Bourbon Street)

“If there was no New Orleans, America would just be a bunch of free people dying of boredom.” Whether you call it the Crescent City, the Big Easy, NOLA or New Orleans, once you visit you may never want to leave. Unfortunately some visitors think that the whole city revolves around Bourbon Street and the…

New Zealand Bucket List: 23 Awesome Things To Do on the North Island

We visited New Zealand back in 2013 and had a wonderful 3 months living out of our bright red 1994 Ford Econovan. We spent our days exploring the beautiful landscape and our evenings drinking delicious New Zealand wine around the campfire. It’s been a few years since we have been in New Zealand, so we…

Guide to Eating Snails, Shellfish, and Seafood in Vietnam

Vietnam is a country characterized by it’s food – the freshness of the ingredients, the complexity of the flavors, and often the strangeness of whatever it is you’re about to consume. One of our favorite things to do in Saigon is head to Vinh Khanh (Vĩnh Khánh) street in District 4 for a rowdy night…