Cape Town: Our Beginner’s Guide

12 Apostles & Camps Bay, Cape Town

Cape Town. You may come for beauty, but you’ll leave with a story.Cape Town, a city we had heard so much about over the years, but for so many reasons never took the opportunity to visit – until recently.  Like most, we were originally attracted to Cape Town for its natural beauty – think Table Rock cut by coastlines – but we also knew there was more behind that … [Read more...]

Ladakh: 9 Memories of Deep Himalayan India

Dan at Gongmaru La Pass, Layers and Layers of Mountains - Ladakh, India

Ladakh: a place we had dreamed about for well over a decade, a visit packed with expectations. What made this place remarkable wasn’t quite what we expected.Imagining Ladakh for all of those years, we focused on the landscape. Sure, Ladakh as a setting for just about anything did not disappoint. The physical beauty was more stunning – and more consistently so -- … [Read more...]

Stay Open, Stay Safe: 5 Unconventional Travel Safety Tips

Dan vs. the Bull - Boudhanath, Nepal

For all our readers that ask around the question, "How do you balance safety and openness on the road?" A few thoughts.The U.S. State Department Travel warnings are shaking the news once again. Apparently, many people are wondering whether to cancel their travel plans. We’re getting notes from family and friends asking us to be careful. And we’re currently in … [Read more...]

Flight 447: We Cannot Penetrate This Weather

Up in the Air Flight

This is a story about how when you hear penguins at 20,000 feet, there’s a good chance you’re in deep sh*t.“Ladies and gentlemen…the weather situation in Srinagar is very bad…flights are being diverted to Delhi…four flights just before us...we will try and see.”I'd absorbed only fragments of the pilot’s announcement as my head was buried in a book. We’d come … [Read more...]

Ladakh: Dumb Luck, Dreams and Visa Kung Fu

Audrey Wins Grand Prize from ANA Airlines - Seattle, Washington

This is a story about the mystery of mountains, a San Francisco swami, a stroke of good luck, a dabbawalla and the fine art of resourcefulness.Long, long ago in the late 1990s, I lived in San Francisco. And next door to me lived a man who would one day become a swami. And he told me of a land called Ladakh.But before I get to that, a photo. … [Read more...]

Masiphumelele Township By Bicycle: Getting Up Close

Mother and Son at Masiphumelele Township - Cape Town, South Africa

This is a story about visiting a South African township by bicycle, where people and life and answers to questions are up close and personal.As we rode to the end of our visit, a big white van, way too clean, rolled passed us in almost slow-motion like you might expect in a movie. From the side windows, faces peered out, their eyes snagging on us. Others pressed … [Read more...]

Bunny Chow Serendipity

Ultimate Bunny Chow in Durban

This is a story about an afternoon in Durban, South Africa where everything seemed to go wrong, but somehow ended up right. It’s also everything you ever wanted to know about bunny chow but were afraid to ask. … [Read more...]

South Africa: From in the Books to on the Ground

Abseiling down Table Mountain with a view of Lion's Head, Cape Town

This is a slice of backstory regarding our current visit to South Africa. It’s about a man named Tutu, a book entitled Invictus and a musician called Rodriguez. It's about South Africa and about our relationship to places before we've ever visited them. Finally, it’s about our journey from Cape Town to South Africa’s Northern Cape. … [Read more...]

The Danger Map of the World: Fear vs. Awareness

DangerMapScreenshot

This is about fear and awareness and how recognizing a distinction between the two can improve your travels…and your life.At the extremes, we have two choices in life: a) sit back and be afraid of absolutely everything and never leave the couch, or b) proceed recklessly and lean blindly into situations that will likely harm us.Or, there’s a third way. … [Read more...]

New Zealand North Island: Don’t Sell It Short

"Get amongst it!" - Audrey grabs a bit of junglelicious New Zealand rainforest

This is a story about living in someone else's shadow. It's also the beginning of our answer to the question: New Zealand, North Island or South Island?Imagine a geeky younger boy who grows up in the shadow of his brother, the all-star. The big brother gets all the attention, all the fame. But it's the younger brother with whom you develop a special relationship, … [Read more...]