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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.

Shanghai | China: Authentic Street Food Shanghai Style

Manali and I searched tirelessly for authentic food, opting for street vendors if we could find them amidst the chaotic intertwines that are the streets of Shanghai. We were lucky to actually find one...

“Slugging” – A New & Unique Commuting Option That Is More Attractive Than It’s...

Listening to NPR this morning on my way into work, there was a story on a very interesting form of commute that has developed in the Washington D.C. area, termed Slugging. From their official website,...

Bangkok | Thailand: Floating Market

As you walk around Bangkok, and particularly backpacker centric areas like Khaosan Road, you see beautiful idyllic pictures of the nearby floating market. Romantic ideas of little old ladies in boats selling bananas float...
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Waitomo | New Zealand :: Glowing Worms and Naked Rabbits

Waitomo | New Zealand :: Angora Rabbit Shearing from The Bettendorfs on Vimeo. We were so “touristed out” at this point and were abhorred to find out that the cave exploration cost an upwards of...

Tokyo | Japan :: Tsukiji Fish Market

Manali goes journalistic with a first hand account of Tsukiji Fish Market. Don't miss this one!
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Hiking the Tongariro Pass

Mt Tongariro | New Zealand :: Hiking The Tongariro Alpine Crossing from The Bettendorfs on Vimeo. Although it seems ages since we finished the Routeburn track, our sore and tender muscles feel as though it...

Sydney | Australia :: Blue Mountains

The slate colored haze that is exuded from the oil of eucalyptus trees gives these mountains their name, a great excursion from Sydney if you have a few extra days. We headed there shortly...

Phuket | Thailand: Visa Expired!

Oh no! We had a slight scare today, and as always seems to be the case run we run into trouble Manali and I immediately into our bad cop / good cop roles. Guess...

Phuket | Thailand :: Hanging At The Beach…With Elephants!

After a 14 hour train ride from Chiang Mai to Bangkok, and a quick hour and a half flight from Bangkok to Phuket, we were at the beach baby! Phuket could not have come...
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Venice | Italy :: City On The Sea

Arriving in Venice, Italy  we were ready to explore the enchanting canals architecture and alleyways while slurping down spaghetti, espressos and gelato! A photographer’s paradise was discovered around each bend; each with more obscure...

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