Roadtripping in Oman

Situated between the arguably failed state of Yemen, ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia, and flashy UAE, Oman often and undeservedly gets lost in the Middle East shuffle.  It’s this off-the-radar status plus its relatively progressive attitude, political stability, and absolutely stunning landscapes … Read More

How Not to Cross an International Border

posted in: Motorbikes, SE Asia, Stories | 3

I’m not ashamed to say that I have a bit of nostalgia for the “Come Fly with Me” era of travel – where the suits were three piece, the stewardesses were hot twenty-something virgins from Iowa, and the destinations were … Read More

12 Must-Have Items for Your Next Trip

Have you ever consulted a packing list, either online or in a guidebook, only to find things like a smart phone, toothpaste, and underwear on it? You’re not alone.  We consulted dozens of online resources to put together our own … Read More

Letting Go of the Travel Fantasy

If you’ve been with us since the early days, you might remember that our original plan was to ride motorcycles through most of SE Asia, starting in Vietnam before tackling Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia, possibly moving on to … Read More

5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Travel Long-Term with Your Significant Other

posted in: Stories, Travel Tips | 10

When we first announced our plan to embark on this adventure, we were overwhelmed by the outpouring of genuine enthusiasm and support from family, friends, colleagues, and even strangers.  It was such an awesome, warm bear-hug of a feeling. There … Read More

Vang Vieng, Laos: The Party That Just Won’t Die

posted in: Stories | 8

Unless you’re in your 20’s and from Europe or Australia, odds are you’ve never heard of Vang Vieng, Laos.  I certainly hadn’t until we started doing research for this trip. Vang Vieng was once a sleepy and picturesque village on … Read More

The Most Useful Travel Tool Ever

posted in: Planning, Travel Gear | 17

When it comes to travel, the list of things you “absolutely must have” gets longer and longer with each passing year.  If Wanderrlust had taken place in the 80’s before the rise of the internet, Courtney and I would have … Read More

The King of Soups

posted in: Food + Drink, Recipes | 0

I am a soup lover. Bean soup, meat soup, potato soup, noodle soup, clear soup, vegetable soup, creamy soup, bread soup, rice soup, shrimp soup – I could go all Bubba from Forrest Gump on soup for hours.  Except gazpacho.  I HATE … Read More

Top 10 Tips for Travel Photography

It was the fall of 2012, and I was happily planning my first trip with mom, just us two, to Istanbul. Cheap flight with free exit row upgrade?  Check (thank you, MileagePlus status!).  Cool little flat in the old part … Read More

Our Best Travel Advice

Sorry for the radio silence on the blog – I promise we are still alive and have survived the current “security situation” in Thailand (which, for the record, is very safe for travelers right now despite the U.S. State Department’s … Read More

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