Long-haul flights are proving to be a very useful time to get lots of new blog posts completed! I went to Singapore with my friend Kitti recently, and I used the 5-hour flight to start and finish a little video for Thailand.  It’s posted to YouTube, but there’s a chance it may only work on a laptop (not mobile).  So check it out!  Link to YouTube Click above!

We’ve crossed the official 2/3 point in our Chinese adventure and looking back on it, one of our best decisions was to prioritize traveling in China.  Since Chengdu sits near the geographic center of the country and the airport is a major regional hub, we have over 100 direct flights from which to choose.  Many of these are short (<2 hours) and frequent (many flights available per day), so we have found ourselves spoiled with options. We haven’t gone outside of China for the last five months- all…

Authors Note 1: we were supposed to spend this three day weekend in Jiuzhaigou National Park, which is supposed to be one of China’s (and the world’s) most visually stunning natural landscapes. Our flight was cancelled the day before, though, so we decided to go to Shanghai. Author’s Note 2: We made this trip in March 2014. I actually wrote the whole blog in March also… I’ve just been slow to upload and add the pictures. At this point… we’ve actually now visited Jiuzhaigou too. 🙂 Friday 星期五…

Balloons Over Bagan is not an experience that will leave you feeling deflated (very punny, I know). On Day 3 of our 8 day Myanmar trek, we started early at 5am for our 5:30am bus pickup for a sunrise hot air balloon flight over the “Valley of the Hidden Temples” (as our friend Carlos Gomez described Bagan). We arrived to coffee and cookies and soon got to know the 14 other travelers who would join us with our pilot. It was a large balloon basket – it wasn’t…

Now for a less sexy blog topic (that I wrote and should have posted 2 months ago): immigration into a country. Myanmar was a dream vacation to us, especially after hearing such strong recommendations from friends like Carlos “Valley of the Hidden Temples” Gomez and Matt “Motor Bike Around ” Zedler. There was one potentially significant “barrier to entry” to making this dream a reality though (pardon the pun): Obtaining a Visa. We organized the trip  ~6 weeks in advance (not recommended) and didn’t have time to obtain…