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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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Verona | Italy :: Casa De Romeo & Juliet

Verona is a great side or day trip from Venice, if you have the time.  This quaint town is most famous as the setting for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.  Many people consider Verona a...

Dubai | UAE :: Land of a Thousand Lights

Although we have been to Dubai numerous times, we still enjoy the occasional lively ‘city’ feel and love to hang out with family and friends each time that we are there.  Manali’s brother, Kunal,...

Sydney | Australia :: Wake Up! Sydney Hostel Review

This mammoth hostel, converted from a 1900 department store, located near Central Station and Railway Square is extremely popular among backpackers and travelers of all ages. Although a little more expensive than the...

Shanghai | China :: Koala Garden Inn Hostel Review

Fresh off the ferry we were ready to unload our increasingly weighted bags and take a stroll around our home for the next week...so we hired a taxi from the ferry terminal to take...

Chiang Mai | Thailand: Monk Chat

As noted earlier, Thailand is covered extensively with temples and they can literally be found on nearly every street corner. Having initially experienced temples in Thailand, we were interested to see what temples were...

Great Barrier Reef | Australia :: Diving the GBR

Larger than the Great Wall of China and the only living thing visible from outer space, the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is one of the seven wonders of the natural world. Over 2900 reefs...

Xi’An | China: Terra Cotta Warrior Army

Another noteworthy highlight of our trip to China was definitely our visit to Xi'An, in particular the Terra Cotta Warrior Army. We were surprised to learn that the historical relic dating back to 210...

Shanghai | China :: Two Days, Two Bunks, One Big Ferry. Find Out What...

Have you ever wondered what a two day ferry voyage across the East China Sea is like? Hopefully we can provide you a little glimpse of what may be in store for you, should...
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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...

Queenstown | New Zealand :: Adventure Seeking Capital

Queenstown reminded us a lot of Breckenridge or Vail in Colorado, a cute little ski town yet bursting with activities all year round. Here, other than skiing and hiking, you can go speed jet...

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