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The Springs Resort Review- Arenal, Costa Rica

Costa Rica offers both adventure and beauty to everyone, but if you’re looking to escape it all, check out the resort we stayed at next to the Arenal Volcano.  (It was also used as a film location for The Bachelorette!)

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Visiting Batu Caves – Kuala Lumpur

Batu Caves was well worth the wait! We were originally supposed to visit the Batu Caves during a cruise through Malaysia. The transportation time between the cruise ship port and the locatino of Batu Caves was simply too far though. Luckily, we had a second opportunity to visit while we were on a 24 hour layover in Kuala Lumpur. Whether …

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Bob’s Booze Cruise: The Top Thing to Do in Koh Phi Phi

Bobs Booze Cruise Koh Phi Phi Thailand is one of the best things to do while in Phi Phi!  While on the cruise guests get to experience sailing, snorkeling, kayaks, and Reefs.  The booze cruise makes stops at Maya Bay, Monkey beach, Loh Samah Bay, and does sunset at Wang Long Cove. On top of all of this there are …

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Lanta Animal Welfare in Koh Lanta, Thailand

On a long holiday and miss your pets back home? Swing by Lanta Animal Welfare for a quick puppy fix. Lanta Animal Welfare is the top rated thing to do in Koh Lanta, Thailand according to TripAdvisor- for a good reason. The shelter saves stray dogs and cats in Koh Lanta.  It also helps them strays get adopted across the …

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What a budget backpacking hotel looks like

Travel bloggers love to write about incredible accommodations they score at unbelievable prices. Key word?- Unbelievable. Here is what to expect out of a budget backpacker hotel in Ko Lanta Thailand. This certainly is not a budget hotel review and we by no means are trying to pick on our hotel. In fact, we want to give it up for …

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Motorbiking Northern Vietnam – Lang Son & Cao Bang

In this episode the Diemers complete their Vietnam motorbike victory lap near the Chinese boarder.  After 55 days spent riding from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi the journey finally has an end in sight. Just because the end is near doesn’t mean the going gets any easier though.  Bad luck rides shotgun as the motorbikes rack up 2 flat …

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Ha Long Bay on a Budget | Vietnam Motorcycle Trip to Cat Ba Island

Toward the end of our Vietnam motorbike trip we found ourselves at a crossroads. (Metaphorically instead of literally for once). We still wanted to explore Ha Long Bay but we needed to do it in a budget friendly way.  Even the lowest priced junk boat tours were too expensive. The best solution we found to still get out on the …

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Visiting Ninh Binh & Tam Coc – Vietnam

After a week spent in HoiAn the Diemers would need to make up some ground on the Vietnam motorcycle trip. The constant rain was poised to derail the entire trip. The ride itself became miserable and road conditions a lot less safe due to the weather. After a quick discussion on strategy there was only one thing to do: book …

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Hoi An & My Son | Vietnam Motorcycle Trip

Hoi An may be one of the largest tourist destinations in the Vietnam but don’t let that deter you. It turns out people flock there for good reason. Hoi An has great beaches, restaurants, places to stay and things to do. We specifically drove to Hoi An to check out the Lantern Festival.  We also got to celebrate Christmas with …

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Vietnam Motorcycle Ride | Da Nang to Hue

As we continued our Vietnam motorbike ride north we finally reached Da Nang. By this point, a few nights sleeping in the same bed was necessary. There were several chores that needed doing- the motorcycles needed their oil changed, passports needed to be renewed and bribes needed to be made. Once all the errands where done there was plenty of …

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Buon Ma Thuot to Da Nang – Vietnam Motorbike Trip

After a few days spent in Buon Ma Thuot, it’s time to burn up some pavement on this Vietnam Motorcycle trip. Over the next week, Tim and Allison Diemer head north through the towns of Pleiku, Kon Tum, Buon Ho to get to the cities of Danang and Hoi An during their Vietnam tour. During this week, they hit some …

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Bydgoszcz, Poland in A Day- Museum of Soap | Mills Island

Time to take a quick breather in Bydgoszcz, Poland! Our upcoming travel schedule put us in Dubai, Istanbul, and the Philippines all within two weeks. We decided it was time to pump the brakes, visit family in Poland, and rest up. After a late night arrival in Warsaw we hopped aboard a $5 bus to Bydgoszcz. What to do in …

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The Ultimate Santorini Bucket List

The Diemers finally head off to the #basicbitch bucket list destination of Santorini, the picture perfect island in the Greek Cyclades. Tim’s un-informed opinion of the island was a place to get instagram pictures taken while wearing linen shirts. In reality, the island held adventure aplenty: cliff diving, volcano trekking, donkey riding, mountain climbing, clear water free diving, scooter driving, …

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Croatia Road Trip – Makarska

CROATIA: DALMATIAN COAST ROADTRIP | DRINKING TOO MUCH LOZA | PARASAILING MAKARSKA | FLYING A DRONE DURING SUNSET WITH LOCAL KIDS If you truly want to soak up the culture, the most direct way is by soaking up the local spirits. In the spirit of taking a break from traveling while they…..travel… the Diemers invest in the cheapest bottle of …

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Visiting Gollinger Waterfall, Austria

We found Gollinger Waterfall in the best way possible – spontaneously seeing a sign on the side of the road! On a road trip from Germany to Croatia (driving from Salzburg to Lake Bled), Tim saw a sign that said “Wasserfall”.  We assumed that meant “waterfall” in German and pulled off the side of the road. It was a small …

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Salzburg Road Trip- Visiting Salzburg Fortress

Tripped: Episode 3 starts off with a blast. Jet lagged at 4am we spontaneously decide to road trip to Croatia (Germany was too cold, duh). With only 3 hours of sleep but a liter of “Power Up” we get ready to tackle the day. To our surprise we can’t even get out of the country before we need a nap. …

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Santorini on a Budget

If Santorini got kicked off your bucket list because it seemed “too expensive”, this article will have you doing backflips.  Check out where we stayed on the island for only $27 USD/night with a pool!

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Visiting Lake Bled – Slovenia

Check out the video to watch Tim come to grips with the fact there is a country named Slovenia just to the south of Austria and discover a place called Lake Bled! (He doesn’t get out much). This beautiful destination was just a quick stop on the way from Germany to Croatia on our European Road Trip. If you’re interested …

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How much does it cost to travel New Zealand?

It’s time to break down the nuts and bolts of our New Zealand budget travel. Almost every traveler wants to go to NZ but all you hear about is how expensive it is. Since we’ve had a ton of questions on budget we thought we’d deep dive on this location and tell you where our dollars went. First off, let’s …

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New Zealand Campervan Roadtrip

The New Zealand campervan roadtrip was, in many ways, the culmination of our year abroad. After touch down in Christchurch and a bit of airport “camping”, we picked up our Wicked Campervan and were on our way! We spent the next six weeks touring both the South and North Island of New Zealand. New Zealand Campervan Roadtrip Preparation We strategically …

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Best New Zealand Day Hikes

The day hikes listed here, for us, was the most “bang for your buck”.  We didn’t have the gear for multi-day hikes but still had the adventure in our hearts to see some of New Zealand’s summits.  Everything listed can be completed in about 2 – 8 hours.

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7 New Zealand Travel Tips

Congratulations! It’s finally happening. Whether it took you days or years to pull the trigger, you’ve booked a flight to the other side of the world to see the Sounds, run with the sheep, and follow in Frodo’s footsteps.  

Before you land in Kiwi country, here’s a few things that you’ll be happy to have in your [figurative] back pocket.

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New Zealand Packing Essentials for a Campervan Road Trip

This is not a packing article – there is loads of information out there reminding you to bring layers of clothing and wool socks.  DEFINITELY bring those things.  This article, however, outlines the 6 most essential items from our 6 weeks traveling through both countries in a Wicked Campervan.

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Mount Sunday/Edoras New Zealand Must Do Hikes

Any Lord of the Rings fan knows that Rohan, Kingdom of Men is an essential place to see on an epic quest through Middle Earth.  Why not visit the capitol of Rohan by visiting Mount Sunday?  Mount Sunday stood in as the filming location for the fictional Edoras.  At this point, calling New Zealand locations by their Middle-Earth names has …

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Visiting Nugget Point, New Zealand

Nugget Point was one of our favorite places to visit in New Zealand! Albatross, Fur seals, scenic viewpoints and a lighthouse. This place has it all! Nugget Point completely surprised us as it was a last minute add on destination during our New Zealand campervan trip while in the Catlins. It’s entirely possible that we simply weren’t aware of the …

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Visit Moeraki Boulders | New Zealand

Anyone creeping on New Zealand Instagram photos is undoubtedly planning to visit Moeraki Boulders.  Afterall, the Moeraki Boulders have an iconic look that can be captured best during sunset or sunrise. In general, tourists aren’t interested about learning about these round stones.  They visit to find for Instagold! Visit Moeraki Boulders | Worth the Trip? So while Moeraki Boulders are …

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Best Compression Packing Cubes for Travel

When Finney first purchased compression packing cubes I thought they were the most pointless things in the world.  Why would I want to pack stuff in tiny bags inside of my backpack? Throughout our year of travel, compression cubes kept things organized and the situation more manageable. That experience led us to wanting to make the best compression packing cubes …

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Make Better Travel Videos | Tips for 2017

Picture it:  You’re standing at the top of Roy’s Peak.  The sun is just rising over Lake Wanaka.  You have your trusty GoPro in hand.  Turn it on and point it at the sun?  How do you capture this moment: your feelings, the sounds, the air; so you can share feeling with the world?  Here’s a few little things to keep in mind that will make a HUGE difference.

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How To Hand Launch A Drone Phantom 3 / How to Hand Catch a Drone

First off, why do you want to hand launch a drone to begin with?  Aren’t we going to chop our little fingers off?

Turns out, there is a great reason to learn to hand launch your Phantom 3 drone.  There are a lot of bad things that can happen to a drone.  One of the times our little robot friends are most vulnerable is during takeoff.  A strong wind gust, tall grass or an uneven surface can spell disaster.  On top of eliminating risk, I prefer to hand launch just to keep dirt and dust away from my camera lens.

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Best Waterproof Travel Shoes for Women

I’ve been on the hunt before trying to find the best waterproof travel shoes for women.  It’s tough!  There are many choices out there but it always seems like you have to compromise no matter where you turn!  Since hindsight is 20/20 here is what I found to be most important when selecting a shoes. It turns out, when buying …

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How much does it cost to travel New Zealand?

It’s time to break down the nuts and bolts of our New Zealand budget travel. Almost every traveler wants to go to NZ but all you hear about is how expensive it is. Since we’ve had a ton of questions on budget we thought we’d deep dive on this location and tell you where our dollars went. First off, let’s …

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What a budget backpacking hotel looks like

Travel bloggers love to write about incredible accommodations they score at unbelievable prices. Key word?- Unbelievable. Here is what to expect out of a budget backpacker hotel in Ko Lanta Thailand. This certainly is not a budget hotel review and we by no means are trying to pick on our hotel. In fact, we want to give it up for …

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Quit Your Job to Travel- Working Remote, Sabbatical, Job Search Abroad

If you need to quit your job to travel you’ll actually have to pull that trigger some day. We humbly present our advice on quitting your job to travel in the best way possible. Quit Your Job to Travel: Unpaid Sabbatical for Set Amount of Time If you love your job, don’t underestimate how much your job loves you back. …

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Job Hunt after Travel (And How to Come Home)

It takes a while to come to terms with the idea of quitting your job and leaving on a trip. Once I knew I HAD to take this trip, the very next thought I had was “Great-I can leave.  How do I come back?”
What follows is what I’ve learned from both Allison and my own experiences. These are all the things to consider and tips we learned on how to come home from a year living and traveling abroad.

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RTW Packing Checklist for Men- After 1 Year, 20 Countries

As a guy, it’s a little bit weird for me to talk about my clothes.  Bros just don’t do that.  I’m breaking the rule here though, because I can use the excuse that for a long term trip, clothes become more akin to being equipment or gear.  

And we know gear is a perfectly reasonable thing to discuss among dudes.

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Backpacking Tips to Save you Money and Headaches!

While traveling, experience starts to save you both money and headaches abroad.  Looking back at our early months traveling we face-in-palm to think of the costly mistakes we made.   We share them here to help you avoid stupidity like ours.

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International Driving Permit: Why You Need One Before You Travel!

In all the prep, planning and saving for your upcoming trip, don’t forget to pick up an International Driving Permit before you leave home. Getting your International Driving Permit isn’t as fun and sexy as picking out your new swimsuit for your trip, but you’re going to be glad you have it when the time comes. Here are three reasons

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Packing List for RTW Trip: Travel Checklist & Packing Tips

*Free checklist download!* Heading out on a trip soon?  Exciting!  Packing is both equally exciting and stressful.  We thought we’d put together a short list of the bare essentials.  Find out the most strategic way to say space in your suitcase by starting with essential items first.

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Visiting Gollinger Waterfall, Austria

We found Gollinger Waterfall in the best way possible – spontaneously seeing a sign on the side of the road! On a road trip from Germany to Croatia (driving from Salzburg to Lake Bled), Tim saw a sign that said “Wasserfall”.  We assumed that meant “waterfall” in German and pulled off the side of the road. It was a small …

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