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Taking Europe by Train :: A Eurail Story

We absolutely LOVE train travel in Europe! If you are visiting the continent, you won’t get a true depiction of European lifestyle without taking at least one train journey.  A normal part of every...
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New Zealand | Explore More Campervan Review

New Zealand :: Explore More Campervan Review from The Bettendorfs on Vimeo. We were lucky to have “sampled” travel in various sizes of campervans in Australia for short periods of time before we had to...

M & T’s Top 11 of 2011 | Beaches & Islands of Thailand

Thailand beaches are really relaxing and although similar, there are a few things that stand out in each that could make or break your beach time. Ko Samui :: The east coast of Samui has...
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M & T’s Top 11 of 2011 | GBR Pro Dive Live Aboard

We have nothing but great things to say about Pro Dive in Cairns! The three day live-aboard was nothing short of professional, entertaining and enjoyable. Although a packed schedule, we never felt rushed...

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...

Melbourne | Australia :: Melbourne Central YHA Review

This award winning hostel was one of our favorites. The common rooms, kitchens (a little small, but one on each floor) and bathrooms were spotless and recently renovated, the beds were comfortable and long...

Cairns | Australia :: Globetrotter’s International Hostel Review

This ‘apartment’ style hostel offers free wireless internet (certain times throughout the day), a small pool, spacious and well decorated double rooms and kitchens in each dorm room. The owner was extremely helpful...

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...

Ubud | Indonesia :: Puri Garden House Review

In Ubud, there are plentiful Balinese homestays where basic accommodation can be found for $10 (fan rooms with shared bathroom) as well as luxurious 5 star hotels with all the amenities, such as the...

Ubud | Indonesia :: Sania’s House Review

Tucked away in a small alley off Monkey Forest road, Sania house is an authentic jewel of a homestay. The family that resides in the traditional Balinese compounds couldn’t be any friendlier and...

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