Plan Ahead by Applying for a Turkey Tourist Visa Online

Turkey has been at the crossroads of civilization pretty much since there has been civilization.

One thing we learned on our visit is that a visa is required to enter the country, and the last thing we wanted to do was wait in a long line… CONTINUE READING >> 

Turkey has been at the crossroads of civilization pretty much since there has been civilization.

One thing we learned on our visit is that a visa is required to enter the country, and the last thing we wanted to do was wait in a long line… CONTINUE READING >> 

The Highest Ski Resorts in the World

There is something extra special about ski resorts located in the highest regions of the world. It’s not just that they usually offer longer and more challenging ski runs. They also tend to have the most spectacular views. With adequate ski travel insurance, at least some of these lofty resorts are now accessible to anyone.

Chacaltaya, Bolivia … Continue reading “The Highest Ski Resorts in the World”

Fear Conquering & Eating Silkworms

I am no longer an eating-a-bug virgin.

I love sampling new food – the more authentic the better. But, from time to time we are faced with delicacies which may be too authentic.

Find out which of us tried it and who chickened out… CONTINUE READING and watch the video >> 

I am no longer an eating-a-bug virgin.

I love sampling new food – the more authentic the better. But, from time to time we are faced with delicacies which may be too authentic.

Find out which of us tried it and who chickened out… CONTINUE READING and watch the video >> 

Ruining Ourselves in Osaka, Japan

Kuidaore, a Japanese word meaning “to ruin yourself with extravagant food,” has become synonymous with the city of Osaka.

How could we possibly not love this place?

We jumped right in… CONTINUE READING >> 

Kuidaore, a Japanese word meaning “to ruin yourself with extravagant food,” has become synonymous with the city of Osaka.

How could we possibly not love this place?

We jumped right in… CONTINUE READING >> 

Living Like an Empress Dowager at Beijing’s Summer Palace

The Summer Palace lies on the northwest edge of Beijing, China by Kunming Lake, in what used to be countryside.

As the name implies, it was the imperial getaway from summer in the city, but palace only describes a part of this place… CONTINUE READING >>

The Summer Palace lies on the northwest edge of Beijing, China by Kunming Lake, in what used to be countryside.

As the name implies, it was the imperial getaway from summer in the city, but palace only describes a part of this place… CONTINUE READING >>

Riding the Fastest Train in the World

Ever think it might be fun to levitate?

That’s just fantasy stuff, right? The kind of thing we only see in movies, or magic shows. Not true.

There is a place where floating in midair, and doing it at 200 miles per hour, is not only possible, it happens every day… CONTINUE READING >> 

Ever think it might be fun to levitate?

That’s just fantasy stuff, right? The kind of thing we only see in movies, or magic shows. Not true.

There is a place where floating in midair, and doing it at 200 miles per hour, is not only possible, it happens every day… CONTINUE READING >> 

It’s Cherry Blossom Time in Japan!

In another of what seems to be a series of unbelievable bits of good timing we have encountered in our travels, we hit Japan right at the peak of the cherry blossoms blooming.

Known as sakura, the blooming trees have deep roots in Japanese culture… CONTINUE READING >> 

In another of what seems to be a series of unbelievable bits of good timing we have encountered in our travels, we hit Japan right at the peak of the cherry blossoms blooming.

Known as sakura, the blooming trees have deep roots in Japanese culture… CONTINUE READING >> 

How it Feels to Visit the Atomic Bomb Ground Zero in Nagasaki, Japan


Physically being in the Zone of Prayers brought us to an emotional state that is impossible to describe.

But, despite the horrific history of this spot, our feelings were directed toward peace and remembrance.

The site is incredibly solemn, yet very beautiful… CONTINUE READING >>


Physically being in the Zone of Prayers brought us to an emotional state that is impossible to describe.

But, despite the horrific history of this spot, our feelings were directed toward peace and remembrance.

The site is incredibly solemn, yet very beautiful… CONTINUE READING >>

Sumo Warriors: My Japanese Wrestling Education

Another fun post from our daughter, Charli, AKA The Piglet!

There’s a misconception that sumo wresting is just a couple fat dudes bashing into each other, but there’s actually a lot ritual, a lot of skill, and a lot of training that goes into those fat guys bashing into each other.

Sumo tournaments are held three times a year in Tokyo and I was lucky enough… CONTINUE READING >>

Another fun post from our daughter, Charli, AKA The Piglet!

There’s a misconception that sumo wresting is just a couple fat dudes bashing into each other, but there’s actually a lot ritual, a lot of skill, and a lot of training that goes into those fat guys bashing into each other.

Sumo tournaments are held three times a year in Tokyo and I was lucky enough… CONTINUE READING >>

Look Mom, I’m in North Korea!

Excited to introduce everyone to our daughter, Charli, AKA The Piglet!

For most parents, “Look Mom, I’m in North Korea!” is probably not a dream email to receive.

However, I obviously inherited a love of questionable activities in foreign countries from my parents, The GypsyNesters.

So when they received my weekly travel newsletter detailing my trip to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), not only… CONTINUE READING >>

Excited to introduce everyone to our daughter, Charli, AKA The Piglet!

For most parents, “Look Mom, I’m in North Korea!” is probably not a dream email to receive.

However, I obviously inherited a love of questionable activities in foreign countries from my parents, The GypsyNesters.

So when they received my weekly travel newsletter detailing my trip to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), not only… CONTINUE READING >>

Picture This: Tonic Food & Dried Seafood Streets in Hong Kong

Famous for ancient Chinese medicines, traditional herbal remedies, and tonic foods such as $5,000-per-pound bird’s nests, Hong Kong’s Wing Lok and Ko Shing Streets are bursting with wonderful oddities.

And trust us, that’s the tame stuff!

The life expectancy in Hong Kong is among the highest in the world, so who are we to argue? Click in to see some truly incredible wonders… CONTINUE READING >>

Famous for ancient Chinese medicines, traditional herbal remedies, and tonic foods such as $5,000-per-pound bird’s nests, Hong Kong’s Wing Lok and Ko Shing Streets are bursting with wonderful oddities.

And trust us, that’s the tame stuff!

The life expectancy in Hong Kong is among the highest in the world, so who are we to argue? Click in to see some truly incredible wonders… CONTINUE READING >>

Picture This: Fabulous Food Signs of Osaka’s Dotonbori


The competition for most eye-catching advertising is nearly as much of a draw as the food in Osaka, Japan’s Dotonbori District.

When the crab restaurant Kani Doraku erected their giant mechanized crab sign back in 1960 they kicked off quite a craze of giant animated… CONTINUE READING >>


The competition for most eye-catching advertising is nearly as much of a draw as the food in Osaka, Japan’s Dotonbori District.

When the crab restaurant Kani Doraku erected their giant mechanized crab sign back in 1960 they kicked off quite a craze of giant animated… CONTINUE READING >>

Yin and Yang: Ancient Meets Modern in Shanghai


How does a city with a jaw-dropping skyline and  the fastest train in the world also embrace its roots?

Join us as we discover Shanghai — the old and the new — through her art, religion, architecture and food (soup dumplings!)… CONTINUE READING >>


How does a city with a jaw-dropping skyline and  the fastest train in the world also embrace its roots?

Join us as we discover Shanghai — the old and the new — through her art, religion, architecture and food (soup dumplings!)… CONTINUE READING >>

Beijing – Forbidden No More

To those of us who grew up in the “eat your vegetables, there are starving kids in China” era, visiting Beijing really seemed like a trip into a forbidden city.

Back then the city was known… CONTINUE READING >>

To those of us who grew up in the “eat your vegetables, there are starving kids in China” era, visiting Beijing really seemed like a trip into a forbidden city.

Back then the city was known… CONTINUE READING >>

Livin’ on Hong Kong Time

Hong Kong is the world’s most vertical city, with two hundred and ninety-three buildings higher than five hundred feet – sixty more than second-place New York City.

Travel with us as we explore the wonders of this great city – all while taking advantage of a mass transit system that serves eleven million people a day… CONTINUE READING >>

Hong Kong is the world’s most vertical city, with two hundred and ninety-three buildings higher than five hundred feet – sixty more than second-place New York City.

Travel with us as we explore the wonders of this great city – all while taking advantage of a mass transit system that serves eleven million people a day… CONTINUE READING >>

A Powerful Prayer at The Peace Garden of Nagasaki, Japan

Nagasaki, Japan is no doubt best known as the site of the second atomic bombing on August 9, 1945.

The Peace Garden commemorates that tragic event in a beautiful and hopeful place… CONTINUE READING >>

Nagasaki, Japan is no doubt best known as the site of the second atomic bombing on August 9, 1945.

The Peace Garden commemorates that tragic event in a beautiful and hopeful place… CONTINUE READING >>

The Venice of Shanghai

Zhujiajiao is one of many small cities in China that are built along canals, water towns where transportation mainly involves feet and boats.

And getting around on foot means bridges, at least thirty-six of them, which are a big part of the city’s character… CONTINUE READING >>

Zhujiajiao is one of many small cities in China that are built along canals, water towns where transportation mainly involves feet and boats.

And getting around on foot means bridges, at least thirty-six of them, which are a big part of the city’s character… CONTINUE READING >>

Goodness Gracious Great Wall (o’ Fire… in our legs)

Bucket List: A group of things to do or places to see before one kicks the bucket.

We have never had an official list ourselves, most likely it would simply read “everything,” but when we laid eyes on The Great Wall of China we instantly knew it was near the top of that nonexistent list.

Our first glimpse was… CONTINUE READING >> 

Bucket List: A group of things to do or places to see before one kicks the bucket.

We have never had an official list ourselves, most likely it would simply read “everything,” but when we laid eyes on The Great Wall of China we instantly knew it was near the top of that nonexistent list.

Our first glimpse was… CONTINUE READING >> 

Who’s Your Buddha? The Big Buddha of Hong Kong

Up until this year’s Asian adventure our entire understanding of Buddha consisted of cheesy gold statues of a smiling, pot-bellied guy we’d seen in some restaurants. We weren’t exactly enlightened.

Perhaps we could clear up our conceptions a bit with a visit to The Tian Tan Buddha. He sits atop a hill on the outskirts of Hong Kong.

He stands one hundred and twelve feet high, and weighs in at… CONTINUE READING > >

Up until this year’s Asian adventure our entire understanding of Buddha consisted of cheesy gold statues of a smiling, pot-bellied guy we’d seen in some restaurants. We weren’t exactly enlightened.

Perhaps we could clear up our conceptions a bit with a visit to The Tian Tan Buddha. He sits atop a hill on the outskirts of Hong Kong.

He stands one hundred and twelve feet high, and weighs in at… CONTINUE READING > >