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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.

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Kuta Beach | Bali, Indonesia :: Surfer’s Paradise

We spent Christmas on Kuta Beach this year, gifting ourselves with surfing lessons, among people wearing their swimsuits and Santa hats resting under decorated palm trees. Not a bad way to spend the ‘winter’...

Chiang Mai | Thailand :: Baan Chang Elephant Park

Heading to Chiang Mai, we knew from research and conversation that one of the most interesting things to do there was have an up close experience with elephants. That was the general plan upon...

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...
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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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Milford Sound | New Zealand :: Cruising The Sounds

Milford Sound | New Zealand :: Cruising The Sounds from The Bettendorfs on Vimeo. On our way back from the 3 day Routeburn trek, we opted for the short “Cruize Milford” boat ride out to...

Melbourne | Australia :: Jucy Campervan Review

We were totally spoiled with the Toyota Hi Top Hiace in Tasmania and grimaced when we saw the limited space in the Jucy Toyoto Previa Campervan. Terry couldn’t even sit up in the...
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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...

Hong Kong | China: Victoria Peak

Tonight we rode to the top of Victoria Peak. The Peak, as locals know it, offers some of the most stunning views of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and Victoria Harbor. Like many things in...
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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...

Auckland | New Zealand :: The BIG City In A Small Country

Ahhh, finally, a “big” city and decent highways with limited roundabouts! If we had to live in New Zealand, we would probably live here, along with ¼ of the country’s population. With all the...

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