The Rickshaw Run – Goa

After driving through Konya Wildlife Reserve we left bright and early for Goa. Tristan bet the team a round of beers that we wouldn’t be on the road by 6am and he lost!  Watching the sunrise over the farmland was the perfect start to the day, until Afternoon Delight had its first breakdown at least. Need Travel Read More …

Rickshaw Run – Driving through Konya Wildlife Reserve

We left Navi Mumbai bright and early to avoid all the traffic and were excited to explore Konya Wildlife Reserve.  We’d heard good things about the viewpoints on the way up the mountain to Mahabaleshwar and had high hopes that Morning Glory would stay alive for the journey. Need Travel Insurance? Head to World Nomads Read More …

The Rickshaw Run – Driving from Rajasthan to Gujarat

The Rickshaw Run is the craziest adventure I’ve ever attempted; the first few days of the Rickshaw Run we discovered that one of our rickshaws, Morning Glory, had a well worn engine and was going to continue giving us trouble.  She had a fuel tube and ignition cable come loose multiple times and needed a Read More …

Day Trip to Nara, Japan

Nara is the perfect destination for a day trip from Osaka or Kyoto on your trip to Japan.  As a former capital of Japan, Nara has a rich cultural heritage.  For a traveler, Nara has lots to offer with beautiful temples, one of the world’s largest Buddhas a lively deer park and your usual fanfare Read More …

Onomichi to Imabari & New Years in Tokushima- A Road trip off Japan’s Beaten Path

After spending the day exploring UNESCO’s Iwami Ginzan silver mine we piled back in the car and drove to Onomichi.  The plan was to drive across the famous Shimanami Kaido bridge.  Truth is the bridge is a series of 10 bridges and among them is the world’s longest series of suspension bridges, and the world’s second Read More …

Izumo & Hinomisaki Shrines – Japan – A road trip off the beaten path

After a day of walking around Matsue we hopped into Andrew’s car and ventured towards Izumo.  Izumo Taisha is famous throughout Japan as one of the oldest Shinto shrines.  In fact, the records of its founding were lost eons ago so many believe it to be the oldest shrine in all of Japan. Japan’s Oldest Shrine Read More …

Matsue, Japan – A road trip off the beaten path

After Matsuyama Andrew and I drove through Kochi to pick up his buddy David (a Welshman) before driving north to pick up Tobias (a Kiwi) in Okayama rounding out our international group at 4 so we could drive to Matsue.  The drive across Shikoku was quite beautiful taking us through mountains and massive tunnels, some Read More …

In the Shadow of Mount Olympus – Hurricane Ridge

Waking up in a rainforest is an experience that should be on everyone’s bucket list.  The pristine sounds of nature trickling through the canopy are a soothing alarm clock as the sun rises in the east.  My brother and I crawled out of our tent to birds chirping and dew glistening on blades of grass Read More …

In the Shadow of Mount Olympus – The Hoh Rainforest

When most people hear rainforest they immediately think of a tropical one, perhaps The Amazon, in Costa Rica or a tropical island.  It turns out a rainforest is based on how much precipitation falls and has nothing to do with proximity to the tropics.  I know crazy, right?  There are in fact tropical rainforests like Read More …

A southwest journey to find True North – Zion National Park, Day 7

We woke up for our last day of backpacking full of excitement!  Just a few miles on the West Rim Trail before we would reach Angel’s Landing, one of the main reasons we picked this route.  After breakfast we took a water count, decided that we had enough to make it to Angel’s Landing and Read More …