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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.

Raglan | New Zealand Surfer Haven

As we now sit in our corporate cubicles and enjoy the new life of being non-nomadic parents, we often reflect on the many adventures and relaxing times we had on our year long journey...

A Middle Eastern Holiday

Manali and I spent the Thanksgiving holiday visiting with her parents in Bahrain, and her brother Kunal, who flew in from Houston. Seeing the Middle East was an amazing experience, I think I had...
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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...
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Abel Tasman National Park | New Zealand :: Kayaking with Seals

The sole reason to visit Abel Tasman National Park, one of New Zealand’s smallest parks, is to kayak and camp on the secluded bays among playful seal pups and penguins. You bet we were excited. ...

Tokyo | Japan :: Tsukiji Fish Market

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

M & T’s Top 11 of 2011 | Things To Do In Beijing

1. The Great Wall: Certainly the most memorable experience of our trip to date. There are many options available ranging in time, money and convenience. We recommend the Jinshangling to Simatai leg, a...

“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,...

Nelson & Malborough | New Zealand :: The Kiwi Wine Region

Two years ago today, we were in Nelson, New Zealand’s oldest city, is an artsy retreat near expansive beaches, full of cafes, art galleries (the museum of ‘Wearable Art’ is located here) and craft...

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...

Guangzhou | China: National Day Parade & Celebration

During National Day in China, we were on the move, leaving Guilin on our way to Hong Kong via Guangzhou. As we lugged our increasingly weighty bags through the Guangzhou airport, we caught site...

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