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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 :: Funny Things We Like About CHINA (Or NOT)

All bits of culture have their little quirks...but the cultural quirks in China have quickly made lasting impressions, and leave us wondering, "Why do they do that?". For example, many Chinese men wrench their...

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...

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,...
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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...

Sydney | Australia :: New Year’s Eve

Happy New Year from Manali + Terry! We rang in 2010 and watched the fireworks from Mrs Macquarie’s Point the Botanical Gardens, a perfect viewing point of the Sydney Harbor Bridge and Opera House,...

Christchurch | New Zealand :: City Tour

Christchurch | New Zealand :: City Tour from The Bettendorfs on Vimeo. We landed in Christchurch just after midnight and were still intrigued by its small town charm as greeted by warm hospitable kiwis trying...

Picton to Wellington | New Zealand :: Interislander Ferry Crossing

Picton to Wellington | New Zealand :: Interislander Ferry Crossing from The Bettendorfs on Vimeo. Time for the North Island!  Hopefully no more curvy, windy, one lane highway roads up steep mountainsides adorned with sheep...

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 form...

Camping Below The Rim

Do you ever do things just for the hell of it? Maybe just to be able to say you did it, or to test your resolve? Our planned 3 day back country excursion into the...

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