There is little doubt that one of the most iconic festivals anywhere in the world is the famous San Fermin festival. Never heard of it? OK, let’s put it this way — it is where the running with the bulls happens in Pamplona, Spain. Now, I bet you are all ears. I went a few weeks ago and this is that story, plus some great photos.
You know from our last post that we had a huge day earlier in the week here in Glacier. It started with an incredible hike, turned into a sad story and then – after walking into a bear and her cub – ended with a lot of whiskey.
The island of Grenada is one of my favorites in the Caribbean. It is at the bottom of the Windward Islands and doesn’t get nearly the love of its more famous neighbors. So, I did up a little “5 Reasons to Visit Grenada” and hope you like it and give it a chance.
I am really excited that the Ultimate Train Challenge has found an excellent charity to partner up with for the September travel blogger challenge. We have been honored to have been joined by the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation to raise funds for a charity near and dear to their hearts: Da Nang Association of Agent Orange Victims. We will be funneling charity money to those still affected by Agent Orange in Vietnam. Come read about it… and donate if you can. Thanks!
Convinced that we’ve just lived one of the most memorable days of our lives, we’re both in a haze. A few minutes ago – on our way to clean up in a lake – we were surprised by a black bear and her cub. Frolicking in the short grass as the beating sun was just beginning to relent, the two of them nearly made stroke victims out of both of us.
Another quick update as we make a quick pit stop on our way to explore another area of Glacier. Here’s a photo of what we just left behind in the southeast corner of the Park.
If this doesn’t make the case for visiting a National Park, I don’t know what does.
Hello from a quick supply run to the bustling town of East Glacier, Montana. We wanted to post this picture of our campsite in the Two Medicine area of Glacier National Park.
Our moms love us, but they don’t totally get us. Take this conversation from late last week as we were preparing to head into the wilderness…
Nestled between Playa del Carmen and Tulum, this little jewel (whose name means “place of the turtles” in Mayan) is just a short colectivo ride from either city. Overpower a small child, take their snorkel gear, and head to Akumal- one of the best day trips we’ve taken thus far.
Last week, we started enjoying other bloggers’ contributions to the My 7 Links project and saying things like: “Those seven posts would be tough to choose! Glad we don’t have to.” Well, our satisfaction as observers was cut short when we found that our friends, the other K and C, over at Technosyncratic had nominated us to participate (and then so did our pal Breakaway Backpacker, Mr. Escandalo).
If you have been reading this blog for a while, you know that I, Erica, am a huge wuss with a giant list of fears. Jaime from Breakaway Backpacker got annoyed at me a few times as I refused to dive into a lake in Flores, Guatemala (fear of drowning and I can’t hold my breath without holding my nose and a huge fear of water where I cannot see the bottom).
We’ve felt a little behind over the last several months and have vowed to not have anything lingering when we set up camp in the wilderness. After all, we can’t get our Zen on if the “Ommm” is disrupted by thoughts of “I forgot to…”
Amsterdam is one of the great cities of Europe, but I hadn’t been there to visit until very briefly. I had a few days there last month on a layover coming back to the States and this is my quickie overview of it. Really enjoyed it a lot.
The 2011 TBEX travel blogger conference was held in Vancouver this June. This is part two of my review, which focuses on the content of the event and gives some suggestions for possible improvements down the road.
There isn’t really a better way to describe our initial experiences in Playa del Carmen other than saying we got off to a rocky start on the wrong foot after getting up on the wrong side of the bed. We wandered from the colectivo stop to the crowded hostel we were going to spend the night at. We got there only to find that the last two beds were in separate dorms.
The Mohican area in Ohio is a great place that provides not only a great camping experience but other activities to make sure you’re happy campers. Your options range from state parks to small family owned camp sites or even upscale cabins. Looking for activities to keep you and your family busy, Mohican country is one of Ohio’s best canoe/kayak areas not to mention horse back riding, hiking, zip lines, bike trails, water parks, and much much more. Plenty to see and do that will give you a new outlook on camping.
From 1964 to 1973, the U.S. flew 500,000 secret missions and dropped two million tons of bombs on Laos, two tons for every man woman and child in the country, making it the most heavily bombed country in history. Many did not explode on impact and today continue to kill and maim those who find them.
I don’t know what gets more of a reaction – telling people we are car free or telling people we aren’t on Facebook (well, actually, weren’t on Facebook).
Check out our newest guest post, as Author Louis Jobin tries to explore the other side of Dublin, Ireland and tries to prove it has more to offer than pubs. Read through to see if he succeeds.
Lara Dunston is one of the most accomplished travel writers out there, with multiple guidebook credits, magazine credits and more. She’s been everyone, written everywhere, and done it all well. Come check out her interesting answers to the Lucky 13.
In my opinion, the TBEX 2011 Travel Bloggers Conference suffered from a severe lack of organization. It was great getting a chance to meet a lot of fantastic travel bloggers, but this conference could be dramatically improved in the future with some more time, effort, and people dedicated to the task. This is my review of that part of the conference.
We’re heading out of the Palm Springs area and making our way to Joshua Tree National Park. I look out the car window and see a clear blue sky and the blazing sun beating down on the gently swaying palm trees. Ah, Southern California. We’re relaxed.
Guest Post on everything you need to know about Tequila from its historical roots, the birth of the famed margarita and what to do if you find your self in Guadalajara looking for a taste of culture. It’s more than just a drink, it’s an adventure.
Tips and resources for preparing for your RTW or long term travel. Letting Google help you stay better organized and keep track of all your important travel itineraries and documents.
Check out my newest video comprised of over 500 photos from my drive through West Virginia, Virginia, and southern Ohio on my return home from my road trip.
It’s time for a little update on what we’ve got on the books for the months ahead as we aim to keep leading this No Vacation Required life – a life where every day is pretty awesome and where we don’t need a vacation.
Here’s what’s up…
The Middle East has been getting a bit of an unfair, bad rap lately. Sure, there are countries that you shouldn’t be visiting right now, like Syria and Libya, but the rest of the region is safe and wonderful… and you can get great deals. I have been spending the last month in Dahab, Egypt on the Red Sea and loving it. Here’s why.