Pan Pacific Whistler Village Hotel Review

Hey travel bugs! We recently checked in to the Pan Pacific Hotel in Whistler Village, Canada. It was both of our first times exploring Whistler and we had an amazing time in the area as well as the hotel. On our way up to Whistler from Vancouver, we made a stop at Garibaldi Lake to embark on a 8 hour hike. Needless to say, we were exhausted by the time we finished! It was 6PM and we had been hiking down the mountain past sunset in the dark and cold.. 38,000 steps later, all we could think about was arriving...

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Hey travel bugs! We recently checked in to the St. Regis Hotel in Downtown Vancouver. It was my (Hillorie's) first time ever staying overnight and exploring in Vancouver - crazy right, considering I have lived in Canada all my life! The St. Regis is a boutique hotel which is a small stylish hotel, typically one situated in a fashionable urban location. We specifically loved the location of this hotel, it was central to everything and super easy to get to other places in the city. Check-in was a breeze and we immediately felt welcomed by the greeting staff. Read on to...

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Fujifilm X-T2 in… Ancient Town, Hoi An, Vietnam

What is up ladies and gents! I'm back with more XT2 photos and this time we visit Hoi An, Vietnam, the ancient town! Let's get started... ANCIENT TOWN Boy that ancient town is full of tourists! I felt it was overcrowded...   Hoi An is a charming little town, but it can be overcrowded at times.  Rickshaws carrying tourists around the small yellow town. Here is a shot of Hillorie in her "Ao Dai" outfit strolling around town. At this time we started to see more tourists pour in. The walking streets are full! Hoi An is full of yellow...

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10 Pro Tips to Help You Survive Your First Visit to Vietnam

Hoi An Vietnam - Top 10 Tips

Planning to Visit Vietnam for the First Time? Tung and I have both been to Viet Nam 6 times - can you tell that we love it so? We've seen Viet Nam together for 3 of those 6 visits, and it seems like we grow more in love with it each time we go back. Even though we are very comfortable and familiar with getting around Viet Nam, especially in Saigon in the South, we ALWAYS get culture shock when we arrive! Now, I don't mean culture shock in the bad way, I mean it in the "oh-my-gosh-we're-in-Vietnam! -can-you-believe-it- its-so-busy-holy-crap-so-many-motorbikes...

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BALI: Top 3 Waterfalls You Must See!


Out of all the waterfalls we’ve seen on the long-term trip we’re currently on, Bali had the biggest and best ones (sorry Hawaii, Australia, and New Zealand!) We really think these waterfalls in Bali ruined all other waterfalls for us because we’re not even making the trip out to see some famous ones in Da Lat, Vietnam, which is where we’re currently exploring. Therefore I’m writing up this guide to show you Bali’s top 3 waterfalls you must see yourself! How do I get there? If you want to see the island’s best waterfalls, its best to see them while...

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BALI: Riding a Motorbike? Avoid Getting Pulled Over by the Corrupt Police With These Tips!

avoid getting pulled over by corrupt bali police

You have not experienced The Real Bali unless you've rented a motorbike/scooter to get around this island. With a motorbike you are able to explore the entire island as your heart desires passing through quaint villages with huts, getting lost in rice fields, and navigating through small alleys that serve as shortcuts which regular-sized vehicles can't get through. You can stop-and-go as often as you like, for example if you ride past a chic cafe or a great spot for a photo op, you can stop and turnaround easily. You probably wouldn't wanna do that if you were in a taxi,...

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BALI: Trapped Inside and Stranded on Nyepi! – Balinese New Year

nyepi bali new year silent day

At the time of this writing, we are literally trapped inside our hotel room. The hallway and corridor is pitch black, the workers are not even here leaving only the hotel guests in the building, and the front door is gated shut so no one can go outside even if they tried. We are stranded with nowhere to go! [caption id="attachment_725" align="alignnone" width="500"] TRAPPED INSIDE!!! They closed up the gate to our exit![/caption] The island of Bali celebrates their New Year over 6 days of festivities and on the 3rd day (toady) the entire island comes to a complete halt,...

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BALI: Finding the Secret Gateway to Heaven – Pura Lempuyang

Secret Gateway to Heaven Pura Lempuyang Bali

Not everyone goes to heaven, but at least we can all find the Secret Gateway to it! [caption width="550" id="attachment_706" align="alignnone"] I don't think we'll get accepted into heaven.... =p[/caption] Bali, Indonesia is one of those places that is on everyone's "I-really-want-to-go-there!" list. Essentially this means that everyone and their mothers follows at least one Balinese inspiration Instagram account and already has all the top spots that they plan to see pinned. When they finally book a ticket to go, its time to cross off the rice terraces, beaches, and temples off the dreams list. The slight problem with this is...

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BALI: The Complete Guide to Seeing Tegallalang Rice Terraces the RIGHT Way

Red Dress at Tegallalang Rice Terrace

The Tegallalang Rice Terraces are the most famous and pictured rice paddies in Ubud (and all of Bali for that matter). Tourists flock to these rice fields by the numbers to get the instagram-worthy photo of the luscious green landscapes featuring rows upon rows of rice terraces lined with coconut trees. If you know someone who has visited Bali, chances are you've also seen them post a photo of the tropical rice terraces. Perhaps this has served as your travel inspo and you are now on your way to Bali and have this place marked high on your to-do list....

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The Huge Misconception About Hostels In Asia – They AREN’T Hostels – They Are HOTELS!

baba homestay

“Hostels” in South East Asia are really just American hotels without amenities like a gym, pool, or spa. The misconception is so widespread and common that many hostels in South East Asia have actually now changed their name to “hotel” or "home stay". When you think of backpacking or budget traveling, one of the first things that comes to mind is: hostels. We love hostels. They are great value for money, they’re usually located in the central central part of town, you get to meet a ton of cool people (many of whom you realize are no different from yourself),...

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