Up Next: A Journey to East Africa

Simien mountains

Our journey to East Africa, just about underway. What follows includes not only our itinerary and a call for your recommendations, but a personal note and a couple of back-stories including $100 given to us with a purpose on a ship in Antarctica.As you read this, we're on our way to Ethiopia to begin a six week journey through Eastern Africa. We expect the … [Read more...]

Antarctica, The Lemaire Channel [360-Degree Panorama]

LeMaire Channel

We were on our way north, making the long return journey from south of the Antarctic Circle to our final destination in Ushuaia, Argentina. The captain announced that we would soon be going through the Lemaire Channel, a narrow passage strait in northern Antarctica framed by steep cliffs and icebergs.Everyone aboard ship was invited on deck and to the bridge to … [Read more...]

Tongariro Crossing, New Zealand [360-Degree Panorama]

Tongariro crossing

Our trek to the Tongariro Crossing on New Zealand's North Island was the trek that almost wasn't. Winds were fierce, rains continued to pour down and visibility only seemed to get worse right up to the day before we were set to hike.As night fell, winds began to subside and the rain slowed, but it still didn't look good. We prepared ourselves for the … [Read more...]

Spring Dreaming: G Adventures Gift Certificate Giveaway

Road trip New Zealand style

Winter hibernation is coming to an end. 'Tis the season of spring dreaming and doing. Think of it as prime time to dust off all those New Year’s resolutions, evaluate them, and begin doing those things that matter most. And soon. Years have a nasty habit of sneaking by before we know it.Does your spring dreaming tap into wanderlust and travel? If so, we’d like to … [Read more...]

Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand: A Perfect Beach for a Picnic [360-Degree Panorama]

abel tasman

Confession time. This week's panorama is really for us. We've been enduring the tail end of a long winter in Berlin. (Yes, it's still going!).Gazing at beach scenes like this one offers a respite, a way to escape to New Zealand for a few moments to forget the lingering snow on the ground outside. We, too, travel vicariously -- even back to the places we've … [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...]

Hiking Franz Josef Glacier in New Zealand [360-Degree Panorama]

Franz Josef glacier

One minute, you're in the center of the town of Franz Josef, a cafe on one side of you, a pizzeria on the other. Then, within minutes, you are transported to another world. Your helicopter pops up into the air, through jagged mountain crags, just before dropping you into the heart of a glacier, an otherworldly ice field of turquoise blues and glowing whites.This … [Read more...]

Bay of Islands from Above, New Zealand [360-Degree Panorama]

bay of islands

Perspective. There are times to sit and relax on a white sand beach and enjoy the proximity of the crashing waves. And then there are times to climb up to get up above it all.Waewaetorea Island is one of those times to take the climb. From the top you get a 360-degree view of around 35 islands that make up the Bay of Islands in the North Island.Open the … [Read more...]