Milk Tea, Sushi, and Giant Robots. That is what you think of when you think of Taiwan and Japan right? Well this past Christmas break, we broke those stereotypes (well except the milk tea one) in our amazing Taiwan and Japan trip! Check out our itinerary below for things to do, places to eat, and tips for travel.
Many people have asked how we are able to travel so much...one month it's New Zealand, and another month it's Canada. The key is to plan ahead - and to use a couple of trip planning strategies that we've really nailed down. And yes, I'm a bit of a detailed planner - so much that people say I should plan trips for a living - so here are my tips on how to travel on a budget!
Top: Lake Louise, Left: Johnston Canyon, Right: Sunwapta Falls
Canada and America share many things:
Of course, even the best laid plans can be thrown off. In short, we dealt with cancelled and delayed flights, road closures and changing reservations, but eventually, late Thursday night (about 1am) we pulled in to our campground in Jasper in an SUV. While we mostly just traveled on Thursday, we did pull out at a relatively unpopulated lake in between Banff and Jasper to snag an awesome photo as the light was fading!
We had to change and improvise some plans but we had an amazing trip! Here are some tips and hiking guides we put together after spending a week in the Canadian Rockies!
Day 1: Calgary & Jasper National Park
No trip to California is complete without visiting LA. From the hidden gems to the popular sites, check out our hipster guide to LA for things to see, places to photograph, and food to eat!
What better way to celebrate our one year anniversary than to visit Middle Earth? As an avid Lord of the Rings fan, I immediately jumped on the opportunity to ride on horses to Isengard and drink ale at The Green Dragon. Though a short trip, it was certainly a wonderful adventure to remember.
Here was our itinerary! Packed with a lot of driving - I would suggest extending the trip to two weeks if you can! We definitely ran out of time, and especially with the shorter winter days, found ourselves rushing from place to place. In the South Island, we rented our campervan from Britz, which was surprisingly great! There were mixed reviews online so we were skeptical, but we had no problems with the van, and it was quite spacious and well stocked. In Auckland, we rented a Toyota Yaris from GoRentals, which also worked out pretty well.
* These were on our itinerary but we didn't make it! Unfortunately we either ran out of time or ran into poor weather conditions.
When we found a flight deal for London, we immediately jumped on it and booked our flights for a week in the UK. But as we started planning, we realized that we weren't really city people - instead, we really wanted to go out and see the wild landscapes of the UK. So we quickly booked flights from London to Edinburgh, and took an epic adventure to the Isle of Skye. It was our first time taking a campervan, so it was certainly a learning curve, but it was so worth it! Check out our blog post with our self-portraits as well as our fun adventure shoot with Rachel and Tonie!
Here's our itinerary below, and the Google Maps directions if you want them!
Day 1: Kuta, Bali