Asia

Bukit Lawang, Indonesia

Sung to the tune of “Jingle Bells:” Jungle Trek, Jungle Trek, in Bukit Lawang See the monkey, see the bird, see orangutan (hey) Jungle Trek, Jungle Trek, in Bukit Lawang See the monkey, see the bird, see orangutan   Walking through jungle, in Bukit Lawang Everyone together, in Bukit Lawang. Walking through jungle, see the …

Kagawa, Japan

Most people don’t realize how incredibly diverse Japan is. The small island country has something for everyone. Castles, gardens, and temples in the ancient capital of Kyoto. The best power skiing in the world in Niseko. Mountainous hot spring onsen baths in the Japanese Alps. White sandy beaches on the subtropical Okinawan islands. The list goes …

Tokyo, Japan

If our recent flight path looked odd, it’s because we were supposed to end this RTW trip in South America; however, fond memories of our honeymoon in Japan encouraged us to extend the trip, taking us back to Asia. After Cape Town, we flew to Tokyo, finally arriving to our Airbnb in Shibuya some 30+ …

[Picture This] Gunung Leuser National Park, North Sumatra

One picture that inspired a visit   What: Gunung Leuser National Park is one of the most important and biologically diverse conservation areas in the world. The park protects a wide range of ecosystems and endangered species including elephants, tigers, rhinos, and orangutans. When I saw my cousin’s picture of her trip to Gunung Leuser, …

Best of Bhutan

Beyond Tiger’s Nest, we knew almost nothing about Bhutan before going. In fact, we’d never talked to anyone who’d been. Therein laid the appeal of the country mysteriously called “The Last Shangri-La.” Fully intrigued, we added the tiny Himalayan country to our RTW list.   Getting There Bhutan’s intentionally difficult visa process discourages tourism, requiring …