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,…

Best Places to Visit in Uzbekistan: Top Sights on the Silk Road

Uzbekistan is a country in Central Asia that was under Soviet rule until the early 1990’s. In just two years the government has made great strides in making it easier for tourists to get here and to get around the country. The money is unpegged, ATMs are now widely available, the e-visa process is simple,…

Muynak, Uzbekistan: A Visit to the Aral Sea Ship Cemetery

A popular trip from Khiva is north, to the city of Muynak where you can visit the “ship cemetery”. The residents of Muynak once made their living by fishing on the Aral Sea. But for decades the sea has been decreasing in size and volume. Fishing boats were abandoned in the sand that was once…

32 Things to Know Before Visiting Uzbekistan

Prior to visiting Uzbekistan we read several blogs that actually made us really nervous. We read about the currency being pegged so people had to exchange their US dollars on the black market. We read about foreign officials being quite paranoid about foreigners taking photos. We had a hard time finding accommodations that looked decent….

What to Pack for a Vacation in Uzbekistan

So you’ve booked your trip to Uzbekistan, woohoo! I’ll bet people are asking you “how in the heck did you choose that vacation destination?” Well once they hear your stories and see your amazing photos, they’ll understand. But you’re probably wondering what to see and do in Uzbekistan, how to prepare for your trip, and…

Top 12 Things to See in Khiva, Uzbekistan

If you start your journey in Tashkent and head north, Khiva will be the last stop on your Uzbekistan itinerary. It’s not easy to get to, as it is a 7-hour train or car ride from Bukhara. But a trip to this darling little pedestrian-friendly old town, filled with history, is most certainly worth the…

Guide to Shopping in Uzbekistan: What to Buy and How Much to Pay

The souvenir market scene in Uzbekistan is strong, especially in the touristy towns of Bukhara and Khiva. You can’t walk down the road or enter a madrasah without walking past the colorful embroidered tapestries, bags, and jackets. Ceramic plates line the sidewalks of the roads to get to the tourist shops. And vendors call out…

Bukhara, Uzbekistan: 18 Amazing Things to See and Do

Bukhara (also spelled Buxoro) is the shopping mecca in Uzbekistan. You can’t enter a madrasah or walk down any of the pedestrian-friendly roads in the Old Town District without seeing the amazing hand-woven textiles that Uzbekistan is famous for. If you want to pick up a few Uzbek souvenirs during your trip, Bukhara is the…

Where to Stay in Oahu: Honolulu, Ko Olina, and the North Shore

A trip to the island of Oahu in Hawaii will undoubtedly be one you will never forget! With miles of pristine sandy beaches for lounging, plenty of amazing hikes along rugged ridgelines, and spectacular waterfalls to explore, you’ll truly be vacationing in paradise! But before you get to all of that adventuring, you’re going to…

3-Day Trip to Nusa Penida, Indonesia: A Perfect Tour Itinerary

Nusa Penida is a gorgeous, mostly undeveloped island just 30 minutes off the eastern coast of Bali in Indonesia. And unlike Bali, you won’t find hundreds of yoga studios or organic cafes there. Just miles of spectacular cliffs towering over the ocean, exhilarating hiking adventures, white sand beaches, and the friendliest locals. And while it…