How to vote while living abroad

“On Tuesday, November 8th the [American People] will make one of the most important decisions in its history”  Robert Downey Jr & others, Save the Day – Vote.   This week I signed up to vote while living abroad.  It was a bit strange to select “U.S. citizen residing outside the U.S. indefinitely and my Read More …

The Ultimate Jeju Island Experience – Bangawoyo Tours

Jeju Island‘s white sand beaches, giant waterfalls and amazing swimming holes give it the nickname “Korea’s Hawaii.”  Jeju is a 4 hour ferry ride south of mainland South Korea putting it in sub-tropical waters.  Its a large island so be sure to give yourself a few days to explore Jeju. I joined my old SHG friend Read More …

A Sneak Peak of Jeju Island with Bangawoyo Tours

Jeju Island was the perfect place to spend Chuseok, aka Korean Thanksgiving. Johnny made an awesome itinerary that mostly worked in spite of the looming typhoon.  I’m writing this on the long busride back to Seoul and will get a bigger update out ASAP. 5 days of making new friends on Korea’s “Hawaii” meant tons Read More …

Crocodile Island & Ondal Fortress- A day trip from Seoul with Bangawoyo Tours

Last weekend I joined Bangawoyo Tours on one last summer outing to Crocodile Island. We took an early bus Sunday morning and headed towards Chungju and headed for a short hike.   Crocodile Island is a really a wonderfully unique lake which gives the surrounding land a slight reptilian shape. Its actual name is Chungju Lake but Read More …

Sacred Monkey Forest – Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

The Sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud is a magical place where conservation and ecotourism mesh in the heart of a beautiful city.  The forest is literally in the center of Ubud which is the best reason to visit Bali, Indonesia.  Monkeys happen to be one of my favorite animals and I’ve been lucky with other Read More …

Muuido Island – The Perfect Getaway from Seoul

Muuido Island is so close to Seoul that you can see airplanes landing at Incheon International Airport from the beach.  Thankfully its also remote enough that the hustle and bustle of the city disappears along with the city lights and thankfully some pollution too.  Do yourself a favor and stay overnight in one of the Hanagae Read More …

Kecak Fire & Trance Dance – Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Ronda and I absolutely loved the Kecak Fire & Trance Dance.  We saw our first one at a smaller 7:00pm showing and loved it so much that we went back to a larger one at 7:30.  Each have their benefits and there are others to pick from but if you’re visiting Bali the Kecak Fire & Read More …

Blue Flames of Kawah Ijen Volcano – Java, Indonesia

I first heard about Mt. Ijen’s blue flames from a British biologist who hiked Bromo with me. Thinking it would be impossibly far away I was happy to hear Mt. Ijen is on the way back to Bali from Mt. Bromo! To save money I took a public bus to Bangyuwangi and found a group Read More …

Mt. Bromo – Java’s magnificent volcano for FREE

My absolute favorite part of Java was trekking Mt. Bromo and Mt. Ijen.  Bromo, an active volcano tucked into the Sand Sea, is constantly erupting a cloudlike smoke while Mt Ijen has magnificent blue flames!  This post will tell you how to explore Bromo on a budget. Mt. Bromo for $30/day You can easily see Read More …

10 ways to get the most out of Ubud

Ronda and I absolutely loved Ubud!  Its a must see for anyone visiting Bali, Indonesia.  You can cram everything you want to see into a few days but that will leave you wishing you were back in Ubud like we were.  We returned for another 2 nights after our stay on the Gili Islands!  Check Read More …