Thakhek Loop Motorcycle Adventure in Laos

Trying my hardest to get off of the typical backpacker trail and see more of rural Laos, I decided to ride the Thakhek Loop which was probably the best experience during my month long stay in Laos! I arrived in the town of Thakhek via bus from Vientiane (well actually from Kong Lor due [...]

Kawah Ijen Without a Tour

Once I saw how easy it was to watch the sunrise over Mt. Bromo without a tour (read my post here), I figured Kawah Ijen without a tour could be done just as easily. The two are usually packaged together in a three day, two night uncomfortable and sleepless package of tourist-crammed outlooks. I think [...]

Mount Bromo Without a Tour: Spectacular Sunrise

Mount Bromo without a tour Tours are nice for people who have little time or don't want to deal with the adventure of finding their own way. Of course, there are acceptations, but the Mount Bromo sunrise is not one of them. (And Mount Ijen too!) If you would like to spend countless hours [...]

Swimming with the Green Sea Turtles of Gili Air!

A fellow traveler was heading out to snorkel around Gili Air and I was quick to join after hearing about the majestic Greens Sea Turtles on the reef. My last snorkel experience ended with a blistered sunburn on my back, so I was ready to beat the sun this time! I rented a set of [...]