Road Life

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 »

Top 5 Activities in Seoul, Korea

Top 5 Activities in Seoul, Korea

Visiting the Korea War Memorial Getting to the Korea War Memorial was on our list of places to visit in advance of our trip to Seoul. And the layout of the site and information we learned exceeded our expectations. I enjoy learning about world history (which I get from my Dad) and have always found war history to be fascinating. ... Read More »

Chillin’ Out in Seoul

Chillin’ Out in Seoul

What have we been up to lately? Well, we have been doing a lot of wandering, roaming, meandering, relaxing, etc, etc, etc. Basically, we decided we were going to chill out once we got to Seoul and explore the city at a casual pace versus the non-stop on the go that usually happens when we visit a new city. Seoul ... Read More »

Seoul Birthday Recap: Matt’s Take

Seoul Birthday Recap: Matt’s Take

First, THANK YOU to Alana for making my birthday in Seoul one I won’t forget. It was perfect. Love you lots! Second, THANK YOU to everyone for the birthday wishes on the website, Facebook, Twitter, email and so forth. I appreciate the love and thoughtfulness from everyone and hopefully I can celebrate future birthdays with you in person! Also, it ... Read More »

Take Me Out to the Ballgame…

Take Me Out to the Ballgame…

Buy me some peanuts and crackerjacks…or BBQ chicken skewers and beer! With it being October and the MLB playoffs going strong back in the U.S., we thought catching a baseball game would be a great idea on a beautiful Sunday afternoon in Seoul. We did a little research online and also asked our guesthouse owner how to best see a ... 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 »

A Local, A Kiwi and Two Americans

A Local, A Kiwi and Two Americans

Cheers to meeting new people and new experiences! For those who are not familiar with couchsurfing, it is a website/community of people who sign up to host people (couchsurfers) and be hosted while traveling. Some might be a little leery of the idea of staying with and meeting random strangers, but the site does include some verification as well as reviews ... 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 »