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 (check out a snapshot here). 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. If you’re curious about what how we packed, check out our packing list and gear list.

Wat Arun, Bangkok, Thailand
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Cloud Forest, Gardens By The Bay, 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
Sibelius Park (Sibeliuksen puisto), Helsinki
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)
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
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
When we arrive in Netherlands, we still had one more day on our Eurail pass, so we made a day trip out to Brussels and tried to hit all the
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
Victory Column, Tiergarten, Berlin, Germany
Our train reached Berlin by 8:00 am, which was a too early even for our earlier check in, so we hung out at Rubens Coffee Lounge, a nearby cafe, and
Zurich, Switzerland
We spent the first half of our week in Switzerland in Geneva and the latter short half in Zurich; meeting a friend and visiting Christmas Markets. Zurich felt significantly colder