An Adventure in Angkor Wat

An Adventure in Angkor Wat

We stumbled down the outdoor staircase and passed reception where a man stood, a bit dazed in the early morning hours. The clock face on my watch flashed 5:00 a.m. We were directed to one of several waiting carts hooked to the back of a moped, called tuk-tuks, where a local wrapped in a light jean jacket greeted us. I crawled onto the tattered leather seats behind my lone companion on this escapade, a friend and fellow student, Mitali. It was mid-March in Cambodia and when the sun was at its highest, it seared through any resemblance of comfort. Thus we joined several tuk-tuks rattling through the dirt roads of Siem Reap in the almost cool morning air hoping to escape the inevitable afternoon swelter. Several upscale resorts whirred past us, a bit out of place in this desert landscape, as we made our way towards today’s adventure — Angkor Archeological Park, or perhaps better known as Angkor Wat. Joining the Masses The UNESCO World Heritage site stretches 400 square kilometers and boasts remains from the Khmer Empire dating as far back as the 9th century. Angkor Wat is just one of its temples, and arguably its most magnificent. Many people whose ancestors once occupied the site still live in villages scattered across the property, heralding guests with food and souvenirs. It’s riddled with history and religious significance, and on this morning, many tourists like ourselves. Our driver, who we’ve paid a mere $10 US to drive us between sites for the next eight hours, took us to the ticket center where a rather unalluring photo captured my disdain for...
48-Hours In Delhi, India: What You Won’t Want To Miss

48-Hours In Delhi, India: What You Won’t Want To Miss

India is one of those destinations that we think every traveler should visit at least once in their lifetime. For starters, it’s a country that makes you feel just about every emotion all in one day: stress, wonder, joy, overwhelm. It’s a place overflowing with mouthwatering cuisine, exotic smells, mesmerizing monuments, and friendly Indians who will never shy away from asking for a photo together. And it’s vast size promises plenty of unique adventures and experiences, no matter how many times you visit. If you’re ready to throw yourself straight into the middle of the madness, there is nowhere quite like India’s capital city, Delhi.     Most travelers skip over Delhi. It’s undeniably dirty, can certainly be dangerous, and, on the surface, doesn’t offer much to travelers. However, there’s more to Delhi than first meets the eye, and if you have the time, we think the city certainly warrants at least a few days in your itinerary. This time around, we had 48-hours in Delhi to experience the highlights of the city. Here’s what we recommend to get you started: 48-Hours In Delhi, India: What You Won’t Want To Miss   1. Red Fort     Named for its dramatic boundary walls of red sandstone, the Red Fort is an impressive World Heritage site located in the middle of Old Delhi. Surrounded by the bustling markets of Chandi Chowk, the Red Fort makes a perfect start to your 48-hours in Delhi. Construction of this dramatic complex began in 1638 and wasn’t completed until a decade later. The fort served as the primary residence of emperors during the Mughal...
The 4 Best Street Art Tours In Berlin

The 4 Best Street Art Tours In Berlin

Wall-to-wall and corner-to-corner, Berlin’s residents love few things more than expressing themselves through the art of Graffiti. Berlin’s famous street art draws flocks of tourists each year eager to partake in the city’s unique art forms, coloring the city with their exuberant self-expressions. If you want to let go and embrace the beauty of free-form art on your next trip to Berlin, here are our picks for the top 4 Street Art Tours in Berlin.   Photo via duncan c   1. Alternative Berlin Tours Shake the graffiti cans gurus as they give you an in-depth exposé of the history behind Berlin’s greatest masterpieces. Then, get the chance to leave your print behind in one of the city’s abandoned factories. Alternative Berlin offers this Street Art Workshop, as well as several free art tours, Pub Crawls, private tours and more.   2. Berlin Street Art Don’t waste a second getting lost in the maze of Berlin’s metropolitan pace. Berlin Street Art takes you right into the heart of the city’s most worthwhile artscapes, and gives you a rare glimpse into the story behind the art. These tour guides are well connected with some of the most prominent street artists in the area and provide a perspective you’ll want to hear.   Photo via Caroline Vincelet   3. Berlin On Bike There’s nothing quite like biking your cares away down the sidewalks of a foreign country. Now, mix that with exploring some of the world’s most unique displays of art. We think few things could top that. Glide down famous streets-turned-canvases with a group of fun tour guides who know...
How To See Lava on Hawaii’s Big Island: Kilauea Volcano

How To See Lava on Hawaii’s Big Island: Kilauea Volcano

If you’re traveling to the Big Island of Hawaii, then you won’t want to miss the mesmerizing opportunity to see lava as it flows across a lava field and pours into the ocean. We weren’t really sure what to expect before our most recent trip, but seeing lava on the Big Island turned out to be one of our favorite things we did!     Kilauea, one of the most active volcanoes on Earth, has been continuously erupting since 1983. Most often, the lava flow is slow and gentle; if you follow proper precautions and regulations, it’s safe and fascinating to get up-close to the show! That said, there are definitely a few tips and tricks to follow to ensure you make the most of seeing lava on the Big Island. Here’s what we learned from our latest lava adventure in Hawaii:   How To See Lava on the Big Island: Kilauea Volcano   There are numerous tours that will take you to see Kilauea’s lava flow, but it’s also easy to go the DIY-route. To start the adventure, head to the popular Kalapana Viewing Site, about 45-minutes from Hilo. Here, you’ll have the option to hike 9-miles roundtrip down a hot gravel road, or rent a somewhat uncomfortable bike from one of the many vendors in the parking lot. We opted to bike, which we highly recommend. You’ll find heaps of bike rental stations around the parking area, and it makes the trek to and from the lava viewing area much more manageable.      Insider Tip: Expect to pay $15 for a bike, a headlamp, a lock...
20 Postcards From The Garden Island: Kauai, Hawaii

20 Postcards From The Garden Island: Kauai, Hawaii

It’s always great when you have family living in picture-perfect tropical locations. We would know, because we get tons of family and friends who come visit us in Costa Rica—and we absolutely love it! In our case, Dan’s sister is currently calling Oahu home, which means we always have a legitimate excuse to adventure to the always stunning Hawaiian Islands. On our last trip to Hawaii, we explored Maui and Oahu. This time around, we were joining Dan’s family for a vacation to Kauai and The Big Island. Kauai, also known as The Garden Island, is home to the second wettest spot on Earth. It receives a staggering 460+ inches of rain per year. So, it should come as hardly any surprise that it down-poured nearly our entire time on the island! Since we were joining Dan’s family a few days late, we only had two days to try to do Kauai, Hawaii justice. The rain made it a bit more difficult, but we didn’t let it slow us down too much. From waterfalls to beaches to canyons to Hawaiian monk seals, we did our best to experience the best of Kauai in a short time period. There’s no denying the lush beauty of Kauai. Even through the rain, we had an amazing time exploring this beautiful piece of Hawaii. However, in order to show the true beauty of Kauai, we recruited Dan’s sister to add a few of her personal Kauai photos to the mix. We’re sure these postcards from Kauai, Hawaii are going to inspire you to adventure to this wet and wonderful paradise yourself!   20...
Kalymnos Travel Guide: What To Do On Our Favorite Greek Island

Kalymnos Travel Guide: What To Do On Our Favorite Greek Island

  Greece is one of those magical destinations where we feel like you can’t really go wrong no matter which island you choose. Santorini is as romantic as can be, with its iconic whitewashed buildings and dramatic caldera. Rhodes has a rich history, beautiful beaches and one of the best-preserved fortresses in the world. Then, of course, there’s the mainland and Athens—a city a bit rough around the edges but which we thoroughly enjoyed exploring. Yet of all the spots we visited in Greece, our favorite was without a doubt the small but beautiful island of Kalymnos. Kalymnos is a relatively off-the-beaten-track destination in Greece. Both Greeks and tourists seemed a bit surprised when we said Kalymnos was on our Dodecanese island hopping itinerary—and even more so when we said we fell completely in love with it. If you’re looking for raving nightlife and fancy clubs, then Kalymnos isn’t for you. But if you’re after a unique Greek experience that offers plenty of adventure, cuisine and beauty, then we think you’ll love Kalymnos just as much as we did. Here’s everything you need to know to start exploring this fascinating spot.     Your Ultimate Kalymnos Travel Guide An Introduction To Kalymnos The first thing you’ll notice about Kalymnos is its striking beauty, with dramatic crags and mountains, dazzling deep blue water, and a much greener landscape than its neighboring islands. It’s the ideal setting for adventure—and as a result is a popular destination for rock climbing, hiking and more (which we go into detail about below.) When arriving at Kalymnos, you’ll likely dock at Pothia, the main port...
Uvita Waterfall: A Thrilling Natural Waterslide In Costa Rica

Uvita Waterfall: A Thrilling Natural Waterslide In Costa Rica

  If you’re looking for a unique waterfall experience in Costa Rica, then you can’t go wrong with the Uvita Waterfall. Conveniently located in central Uvita, this easy-to-access waterfall isn’t the tallest or the most dramatic—but it will get your adrenaline pumping in a totally one-of-a-kind way. While we have yet to work up the courage, thrill seekers won’t want to miss a ride on this all-natural waterslide that plunges deep into a cool and calm pool below.     We first visited the Uvita Waterfall a few years ago, before we were living in the area. Our small group of friends were the only ones around, so we had no idea it was possible to slide down from the top. As such, we enjoyed swimming in the crystal-clear water and soaking in the peaceful jungle surroundings, but we weren’t as awe-struck by the Uvita Waterfalls as we were by, say, Nauyaca Falls (another must-visit nearby.) It wasn’t until relatively recently that we were working with the Travel Channel on filming an episode for one of their shows that the film crew asked us if we knew anything about Uvita’s natural waterslide. We were a bit embarrassed to say that we didn’t—until we realized they were talking about the Uvita Waterfall! Of course, we quickly made our way back so that we could better experience this “famous” local attraction.     Now the Uvita Waterfall is one of our favorite places to spend a late afternoon. It’s about five minutes from our house, entry is only $2, and the refreshing swimming hole makes the perfect place to relax with...