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From festivals in Florida to touring Dracula’s digs in Romania, we round up the best destinations to visit this October. As summer abandons Europe again this October, eke out the last of the rays and raves in Ibiza, where nightclubs will be going out with a bang for the winter break. When the party finally stops head to the island’s north.


Queenstown | New Zealand :: Hiking The Routeburn Track

If you have not hiked one of New Zealand’s Great Walks, the full experience of what this country has to offer has probably escaped you. The tramping opportunities, as the kiwis call it, are...

Gili Islands | Indonesia :: Island Living, Off The Grid

We didn’t really know what to expect when we arrived in Gili Trawangan via the Gili Cat from Bali ($32 per person, 2 hour journey) near the island of Lombok. The largest of the...

Koh Phi Phi | Thailand: A Piece of Paradise

Following stints in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket, we were anxious to get a taste of remote island life. Sure, Phuket is technically an island, but the attitude and characteristics you find there are...

Taking Europe by Train :: A Eurail Story

We absolutely LOVE train travel in Europe! If you are visiting the continent, you won’t get a true depiction of European lifestyle without taking at least one train journey.  A normal part of every...

Siem Reap | Cambodia :: Angkor Wat

Ahhhh, we missed you, Asia!  Long gone were the days where we could progressively dine street style, bargain until our ears bled, enjoy hours of cheap massages and not feel guilty about taking naps! We...

New Zealand | Explore More Campervan Review

New Zealand :: Explore More Campervan Review from The Bettendorfs on Vimeo. We were lucky to have “sampled” travel in various sizes of campervans in Australia for short periods of time before we had to...

Top 10 Experiences :: Day 153

A ranked list of our most memorable experiences to date, that will be continuously updated as our travels continue. So many more left off this list are worthy of attention, but the people, places...

Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers | New Zealand :: Beauty On Ice

Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers | New Zealand :: Open For Business Since 10,000 BC from The Bettendorfs on Vimeo. Even though we’ve seen similar in Alaska, these twin glaciers are still awe inspiring and...

Chiang Mai | Thailand: Sleeper Train Returning To Bangkok

After a wonderful stay in Chiang Mai, we reluctantly packed our bags again to head back to Bangkok for our flight to Phuket. Nothing much to say here, but wanted to document a little...

Lake Taupo | New Zealand :: Skydiving Is For Tourists Too!

Lake Taupo | New Zealand :: Skydiving Is For Tourists Too! from The Bettendorfs on Vimeo. To keep up with Terry and these adventure loving Kiwis, Manali decided to throw herself 15,000 feet out of...

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