Family portrait, Carlienne + Kacang

Adopting a Dog in Bali

11 months ago, we quit our jobs and took off on a year long worldwide adventure – and never expected to foster a puppy or fall in love.

Sunset at Katara Cultural Village, Doha, Qatar

Doha, Qatar

We were completely surprised by Doha, Qatar, though to be fair we didn’t have strong expectations. Doha felt like the Singapore of the UAE: it’s an international hub where English speakers will have no trouble, extremely clean and welcoming, and the perfect intersections of culture and food. You’ll get much of the desert vibes, at a much higher price tag but without the hassle and grime of Morocco (though we do love Morocco as well). The architecture throughout the city is striking in its myriad of forms; both striking and elegant.

Perdana Botanical Gardens, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Plan Your Own Adventure photo gallery logistics & budget where we stayed details Kuala Lumpur (KL) is the Southeast Asia country to visit if you love a variety of Asia food. The major city was described to us as a “grittier Singapore”, which we found quite accurate. There’s that similar vibrant mix of Malaysian, Chinese, […]

Rainforest World Music Festival 2019, Jungle stage.

The Rainforest World Music Festival 2019

I came across an online post about the Rainforest World Music Festival just after it happened last year while we were still in the planning phase of our Around the World trip. I remember immediately swiveling in my chair to ask Carl, “What do you think about an international music festival in the rainforest?” And with that, we slotted Malaysia for early July and it was the only hard rule we had for our route the entire year.

Wat Arun, Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand

Plan Your Own Adventure photo gallery logistics & budget where we stayed details   Things to Do in Bangkok Use MeetUp to Make New Friends: Board Game Night at Ninive On a whim we checked out MeetUp to see what was going on in Bangkok during our visit and found a group that met throughout […]

Cloud Forest, Gardens By The Bay, Singapore

The Garden City, Singapore

What we loved about Singapore are the gardens, the super affordable and tasty hawker fare and the wonderful mix of Chinese, Indian, and Malaysians cultures that reminded us a bit of home. Unfortunately for us, during our trip AirBnB was not as common and priced as high as hotels for a private room within an apartment. Given the high prices, we decided to go with a hotel and use our rewards points to cover the cost.

Sakura (Cherry blossoms), Meguro River, Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo in April

Plan Your Own Adventure photo gallery logistics & budget where we stayed details   As any girl growing up on Sailor Moon and Japanese animation (anime) would tell you, visiting Japan was a dream come true. Tokyo especially seemed like some mystical city that could delve into your dreams and birth them into reality and […]

Hazelnut espresso, Naples, Rome

Things to know before visiting Italy

We spent a couple weeks visiting Rome and Naples in February and despite prior research online, still had to learn much from experience. Granted our short time only provided a limited experience, but here is our list of things to know before going to Italy so you might feel prepared and not taken advantage of. […]

EAV bus shuttle from Pompeii to Vesuvius

Visiting Herculaneum, Pompeii & Mount Vesuvius

We had 6 days in Naples this February and one of the most popular things to do in Naples is to visit the Herculaneum or Pompeii ruins and go up Mount Vesuvius. Prior to going, we did some online research and found that plenty said you could fit two activities into one trip, with Pompeii and Vesuvius being the most common combo.

Sibelius Park (Sibeliuksen puisto), Helsinki

Helsinki & Finland: the realest winter

Plan Your Own Adventure photo gallery logistics & budget where we stayed details Finland. There is nothing like snow laden forests of bare trees: the stark brilliant white against the almost night black trees. The snow outlines forms you never noticed before. A simplification of the world, everything becomes dark or light, lines and shapes, […]