For an escape from Bali’s wannabe Ibiza beach club scene, the tranquil islands of Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan offer a more relaxing getaway.  There’s plenty of opportunity for chilaxing at the beach and sipping cocktails at sunset, but there’s so much more than just sitting in a beach lounger. Fantastic surfing, world-class diving and a plethora of coastal landscapes beckon to be explored. Read More

Backpacker Boat Trip From Lombok To Flores


In all honesty, we were very lukewarm about taking the 4day/3night boat trip from Lombok to Flores. We’d read the nightmarish reports of boats sinking in rough seas, cramped onboard conditions and not enough food to go around.

The experience seemed like it might turn into an episode of Survivor.  As we proceeded with the booking, our minds swam with doubt wondering was it really going to be worth it? Read More

Top 12 Highlights On Nusa Penida


If you haven’t heard of Nusa Penida,  that’s because it’s still a fringe destination for many travelers to Bali. Often described as Bali twenty or thirty years ago, we think Nusa Penida has its own identity that is unmistakably not Bali. We strongly recommend heading there as soon as you can pack before things change. Read More

Haputale: Authentic Sri Lanka Hill Town


We’re not big tea drinkers, but seeing as how Sri Lanka’s Central Highlands produce some of the world’s most highly sought after tea leaves, we made plans to visit the iconic Dambetenne Tea Plantation. Read More

The Poorman’s Guide To Visiting Sigiriya, Sri Lanka


An early morning climb up Sri Lanka’s Pidurangala Rock truly is one of the island’s hidden secrets.  We began our walk under a sky salted with stars and summited Piduranangala’s bald dome as the false dawn polished the stone with soft shadows.  The ascending orange globe peaked over the distant horizon, the earth around us sparkled with cheerful morning sunshine. Read More

Sri Lanka’s Best Beach Towns


The southwest coast of Sri Lanka has long been a favorite for beach bum travelers.  Our January arrival was serendipitous, coinciding with the southwest’s December through April surf season. The entire coastline is scattered with white, sandy beaches and romantic coconut palms rounding out the scenery. We scored some great waves and explored nearby beach towns in between our surf sessions. Read More

Surfing Sri Lanka


Sri Lanka has all the necessary ingredients for a world-class surf trip. Clear tropical water, coconut palm lined beaches, and a scattering of surf breaks ranging from sandy bottom beach breaks to fast-peeling shallow reefs.

During two weeks on the coast, we can definitely say that Sri Lanka’s surf lived up to the hype. We scored a couple swells with slightly overhead waves. The early morning and late afternoon sessions were almost always glassed off. Read More

 How Much To Trek Everest Base Camp/Gokyo Lakes


Trekking in Nepal’s Himalayas is one experience that had been sitting on our bucket list for a long time. Finally, getting the chance to walk among the highest peaks on the planet, we can honestly say it has been one of the top hiking journeys of our lives. Facing high altitude, steep terrain, and unpredictable weather, we pushed our limits. Read More