Destinations

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.

Amberg | Germany :: Bratwurst & Beers In Bavaria

Onto the second half of our adventure – Eurotrip time! We were excited about visiting Terry’s parents in Amberg, Germany for two weeks to start off our journey in a central location. We...

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,...

Manama | Bahrain :: April Fool’s Surprise

After six months of packing, unpacking, booking hotels, researching new cities, we decided to take a well deserved break. Geographically, we were headed west from south-east Asia to Europe, so the Middle East was...

Tawau | Malaysia :: Diving Sipadan Island Marine Park

Ever since we first went diving in Thailand, we now tend to gravitate towards places where the diving is known to be wonderful and diverse. We knew that Malaysia had some great reefs...

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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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...
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Rotorua | New Zealand :: Heating Up In New Zealand’s Cultural Capital

Rotorua | New Zealand :: Warming Up In New Zealand's Cultural Capital from The Bettendorfs on Vimeo. All we knew about Rotorua was the persistent ‘rotten egg’ smell that lingered all day and that it...

Lake Taupo | New Zealand :: Queenstown of the North Island

Lake Taupo is the North Island’s answer to Queenstown in the South, where there are adventure seeker activities galore and a beautiful blue lake for water activities and mountains close by for skiing. We...

Wellington | New Zealand :: The Windy Capital City

Wellington, the windy political capital city of New Zealand, is situated overlooking a picturesque harbor with colonial homes perched on the surrounding hillside. The city, rather compact and not much larger than an American...

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...

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