Our Biggest Adventure

Away for the holidays

After saving and planning for almost 2 years, we finally packed our bags and took off in October of 2019 for the grandest adventure. We started in Paris and spent the holidays making our way through Europe. We visited every Christmas market we could through Geneva, Zurich, and Berlin, and then spent New Years in Prague for back to back fireworks. After the ultimate traveler’s nightmare (Carl’s passport was stolen) in Athens in February, we thought our adventure would end too soon – luckily we were able to extend our stay and get a new passport before heading to South East Asia, spending about a month in Vietnam, and about 2 months each in Japan and Bali, Indonesia. Click here for the snapshot version of our year or browse below for a specific adventure! If you’re curious about what how we packed, check out our packing list and gear list.

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
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
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
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
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
Sibelius Park (Sibeliuksen puisto), Helsinki
Helsinki & Tampere: 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
Nyhavn (København K)
Copenhagen, Denmark
We left the comparably mild winter weather of Netherlands and arrived at the Copenhagen Airport late afternoon the second week of January: the sky already beginning to darken, old snow
Windmills at Kinderdijk, Netherlands
A Week in Netherlands: Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht
Netherlands made its way off and on our list as we debated our route around the world, weather conditions, and my general disinterest in Amsterdam's famed offerings, however we've agreed
New Years Day Fireworks, Mánes Bridge (Mánesův most), Prague
New Year in Prague
Prague is a city with old charm magic; a place where you can wander endlessly, live on beer, and walk around laughing in delight under a gentle snowfall that quickly