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Trusted Housesitters: A Day In The Life

Trusted Housesitters: A Day In The Life

6AM-ish We wake when the pups (Sapi and Betty) think it is time for us to get up, usually around 6am. The sun is up and Bali’s various creatures are chirping and singing away. Sapi and Betty appear to want out of their cage (which is actually a nice BIG air conditioned room we are all sleeping in), but what ... Read More »

We’re Not Virgins Anymore!

We’re Not Virgins Anymore!

Hash House Harrier virgins, that is. Hash House Harriers (HHH) is a world-wide organization that labels itself as ‘A Drinking Group with a Running Problem.’ The idea for each Hash (run/walk) is to have one person from the group assigned to be the hare. The hare sets the course ahead of time and leaves a trail of paper/chalk/spray paint leading ... Read More »

Organic Salt Farming: Les, Bali

Organic Salt Farming: Les, Bali

Prior to visiting Les, we had heard of and eaten organic salt, however, we never gave much thought to it or the process involved in its production. We knew it was more expensive than regular table salt, but beyond that we didn’t know much. After a week in Les, our appreciation for the product has completely changed! Seeing first hand ... Read More »

Accommodation Review: Green House Puerto

Accommodation Review: Green House Puerto

What is Green House Puerto? Green House Puerto (GHP) is a bed and breakfast located in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines. This B&B is owned by a wonderful husband and wife team, Susan and Ad. GHP features 8 rooms, which include options for singles, doubles and families. It is located on a quiet side street close to Puerto Princesa International Airport ... Read More »

Philippines Travel Costs: Spending Breakdown

Philippines Travel Costs: Spending Breakdown

The goal for our RTW trip is to keep spending to under $100 USD/day. We assumed the Philippines would be fairly inexpensive when deciding to add it to our itinerary. In advance of arriving, we booked flights between islands, but not much else was planned in terms activities. We knew we were going to be doing some island hopping around El ... Read More »

hELlo NIDO: Beaches, Sun and Bed bugs

hELlo NIDO: Beaches, Sun and Bed bugs

Accommodations Unfortunately our initial experience upon arriving at the guesthouse was not great, as we found bed bugs in our bed (exactly why I do sweeps of ALL hotel rooms!). In my previous jobs, traveling and hotels rooms were constant, so my bed bug detection skills became vitally important. Bed bugs can be nasty and they are not something you ... Read More »

Island Hopping in El Nido Part Deux

Island Hopping in El Nido Part Deux

We couldn’t get enough island hopping in El Nido, so we signed up for another round! From the different conversations we had with our guesthouse and others in El Nido, it was overwhelmingly clear we needed to book Tour C after already going on Tour A (check out the recap here). And boy, we are glad we did, because IT WAS ... Read More »

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 »

Korea Travel Costs: Spending Breakdown

Korea Travel Costs: Spending Breakdown

  The goal for our RTW trip is to keep spending to under $100 USD/day. We assumed Korea would be one of the more expensive countries we visit during our trip, especially with us spending the majority of our time in Seoul. We came to Korea without much planned for our 13 day visit other than initial lodging, so we ... Read More »