20 Epic Travel Experiences We’ll Never Forget From 2014

20 Epic Travel Experiences We’ll Never Forget From 2014

This post was last updated on January 6th, 2015Today marks our final post of 2014! It’s honestly a bit weird, primarily because this past year has been utterly fantastic, but also because we have a lot of new and exciting changes coming up in 2015. We’re incredibly excited to go forward and make the most out of each and every day that the New Year will bring. And of course, we’re practically bursting at the seams to share with you all of our upcoming life changes. But before we look forward, we wanted to take a couple of extra moments to look back—to reflect on 2014, on our favorite adventures, and on our most beautiful memories. We feel so blessed to have been able to share these experiences with all of you, and we hope you’ll enjoy reminiscing with us a bit! If it can inspire you to go out and have more adventures of your own in 2015…well, that’s even better! As always, we’re insanely grateful to have such a great group of readers to share our stories with. Happy, Happy, Happy New Year! Look forward to sharing more wonderful adventures together in 2015!   And now here it is: our 20 most epic travel experiences from 2014 :)     1. Humpback Whale Watching In San Pancho, Mexico   We began 2014 in the small, friendly beach town of San Pancho, Mexico. We fell in love with the community, the people, the dogs, the sunsets, the food, the yoga and the surf. It’s the type of place we could see ourselves living in permanently one day. And...
Our Holiday Gift-Giving Guide For The Stylish Adventure Traveler

Our Holiday Gift-Giving Guide For The Stylish Adventure Traveler

As we’re writing this gift-giving guide from hot and sunny Costa Rica, it’s hard to believe that the holidays are just around the corner. So far all we’ve done to get ourselves in the holiday spirit is partake in an obligatory viewing of Love Actually, my favorite Christmas movie of all time. Luckily in one week we’ll be back in good ol’ North Carolina, at which time I fully plan to binge on cookie baking and carol singing. If things get really crazy, we might even make a gingerbread house. And if all that fails to get us festive, then we’ll have our NYC getaway over Christmas and New Years Eve to do the trick! With Christmas shopping in full swing, we decided to join the blogging masses and craft a custom A Cruising Couple Holiday Gift-Giving Guide. If there’s a stylish adventure traveler in your life (or really any type of globetrotter you care about) then we’re sure there’s something on this list they’d be thrilled to receive! Note: We were not contacted by or compensated for including any of these products in the list. Some links are affiliates, which mean we receive a small percentage of any purchase at no extra cost to you. We’ve only selected those items we would love for Santa to personally deliver to us.     For The Active Traveler     GoPro We’ve been lusting over all of the GoPros since we first began travel blogging. We’ve yet to invest in one ourselves, and we’re really not sure why. It’s an essential for any traveler who regularly finds themselves immersed in...
Free Bucket of Goat! – A Tale From The Pamir Highway

Free Bucket of Goat! – A Tale From The Pamir Highway

This post was last updated on November 12th, 2014At 4,655 meters (15,270 feet) The Pamir Highway is the second highest highway in the world, and is where we spent 2 weeks of our travels through Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. Our road trip through this volatile land was intrepid, exciting and filled with history and nature.   Around day 10 of the trip, we left the little village of Langar in the Wakhan Valley. We had huge smiles on our faces and were thinking back fondly of our two nights there. Our time in the mountainous village learning the traditional farming methods and visiting ancient petroglyphs carved into rock was very memorable.     We were abruptly brought back to reality from our daydreams as 4 wild-eyed men jumped in front of our jeep yelling and violently waving their arms. We were being attacked, these men were there to rob us, or so we assumed.   We all clutched our backpacks and scrambled to hide our money. Nurali, our driver/guide, did as the strangers suggested and pulled over. After speaking to the men, Nurali informed us that we were invited in for lunch.   “What?”   The four of us white-skinned travellers looked skeptically at the group of men outside of the jeep. Our big backpacks and provisions were all strapped to the roof of the jeep, which meant that while we were having lunch, these men could easily snatch our belongings.   But, we decided to have faith and grabbed our small backpacks containing our valuables and headed off with these strangers.   We were shown to a small wooden...
Join Us In Colombia! Win A Trip for Two to Cartagena with LAN Airways

Join Us In Colombia! Win A Trip for Two to Cartagena with LAN Airways

This post was last updated on September 13th, 2014In our recent reflections post, we divulged that in just a few weeks we will be switching things up with one month of travel in Colombia. We were originally going to hop down to Argentina and spend a month in Buenos Aires, but a lovely Colombian gal here in Rio made her home country sound awfully wonderful. To be honest, I already knew that one month in Colombia would be nothing short of amazing—a few years ago I visited Medellin and I’ve been wanting to take Dan back ever since. But what really sold us this time around was the chance to visit Cartagena. Shortly after booking our tickets, we told our new friend that we would be taking her advice and visiting Medellin and Cartagena. I think she was even more excited than we were! She closed her eyes and passionately talked about the people, the architecture, the beaches, the nightlife, and—most importantly—the food. We knew we had made the right decision. So you can imagine our excitement when we were asked by a representative of LAN Airways to share their giveaway: a luxurious three-night stay in Cartagena, Colombia—with roundtrip airfare out of Miami!   We can’t wait for our upcoming visit to Cartagena, but we would be even more excited if one of our readers got to go, too! And don’t worry. If you win, you don’t even have to time your free trip to Colombia to coorespond with ours (though how awesome would it be to hang out in Cartagena together?) Of course we’ll be sharing all of our...
Reflections on One Year of Nomadic Living | In Words

Reflections on One Year of Nomadic Living | In Words

This post was last updated on September 18th, 2014Last week we shared some of our favorite photos from a year of full-time travel around the world. As promised, today we are taking some time to reflect a bit more deeply on the past 365 days—and ultimately spill the beans on whether or not we think a nomadic lifestyle is the one for us.   To put it simply, the past year has been nothing less than amazing. Not easy, by any means, but amazing. When we packed up our lives in Taiwan and headed out on this nomadic journey, we didn’t really know where we would go or what we would do. Because this was in no way a ‘gap year’ or a trip with a finite end, we didn’t feel any pressure to plan farther than a few months ahead at a time. That’s not to say we weren’t always thinking about the future (contrary to popular belief, we’re horrible at just throwing things to the wind and waiting to see where the universe will take us). But planning for us meant thinking: ‘where do we want to be in five years?’ and never ‘where are we going to sleep next week?’   This loose life mapping without micro managing worked out perfectly for us. When we first set out to cycle Vietnam, we never dreamed that our travel tales would include hiking through the jungles of Costa Rica, exploring ancient Mayan culture in Mexico, cross-country skiing through Lapland, house sitting in the south of France, or cheering on Brazil during the World Cup.     There’s always...