Author Archives: Alana

Island Hopping in El Nido

Island Hopping in El Nido

El Nido has been on our radar since deciding to visit the Philippines. It was even included on Matt’s Bucket List! The soaring limestone cliffs and crystal clear turquoise waters are unrivaled compared to other beaches and oceans we have visited. Everything has exceeded our expectations. However, to really enjoy all El Nido has to offer, you have to take ... Read More »

Five Days on Alona Beach, Panglao Island

Five Days on Alona Beach, Panglao Island

Getting to Alona Beach Getting to Panglao Island is fairly easy, at least it was for us anyway. We flew into Cebu City and took a taxi from the airport to the ferry port, which is a quick 20-minute ride. (GBG TIP: Head to the departure area and flag a taxi with a meter instead of grabbing a taxi outside ... Read More »

1 Month on the Road!

1 Month on the Road!

Matt’s Thoughts We have officially been on our RTW (round-the-world) trip for one month as of today. We left Minneapolis for Tokyo September 19th and I can still remember the odd feeling of leaving the U.S. and realizing we would not be back until sometime in the Summer of 2015. So far the trip still has the feeling of being ... Read More »

Happy Birthday Matt!

Happy Birthday Matt!

Happy Birthday Matt! Matt’s Mom posted this adorable picture of him in celebration of his birthday and I couldn’t help but share it with everyone. The picture on the right is from his first day of school and the picture on the left is from this morning after our pursuit to find him some chips and salsa at the grocery ... Read More »

Japan Travel Costs: Spending Breakdown

Japan Travel Costs: Spending Breakdown

The goal for our RTW trip is to keep spending to under $100 USD/day. Hitting our target amount will be easy in some countries, but others like Japan will prove to be more difficult. We spent 12 days and nights in Japan, so having a plan in place for lodging and transportation was important to stay on track. These two ... Read More »

Top 5 Activities in Kyoto, Japan

Top 5 Activities in Kyoto, Japan

We spent seven wonderful days in Kyoto, Japan. We enjoyed virtually everything we did, saw and ate during our brief time in the city. With that said, it is extremely difficult to narrow it down to our five favorite events. However, the post title dictates it, right? So, our five favorite activities we took part in while in Kyoto are… ... Read More »

Let’s Go Grocery Shopping: Kyoto, Japan Edition

Let’s Go Grocery Shopping: Kyoto, Japan Edition

Grocery shopping and cooking your own food while traveling is a great way to save money and stick to a budget. Over the course of our RTW trip we will be staying at a number of guesthouses and hostels that will include a kitchen and other cooking utensils, so we will be taking advantage of these when possible. While we still ... Read More »

Tokyo: A Quick Four Days

Tokyo: A Quick Four Days

A VERY quick four days! We spent four days and three nights in Tokyo and we can say with absolute certainty that this was not enough time to truly see the city, but we have a schedule to keep:) We had an overnight bus to Kyoto booked, so we had to pick and choose what we wanted to see most, ... Read More »