Best of the Blog

Welcome to the Best of the Blog! Here is where we keep our favorite and most popular blog posts. We’ve sorted them by category so you can easily find what you’re looking for.

Miles & Points

How I Flew 4 People Around Africa on Points

Pete explains how he flew both of us plus my parents around Africa (and flew my parents around the world in business and first class!) on points.

How to Fly Like Royalty: Etihad A380 First Class

Want your own experience in an apartment on a plane? Pete walks you through how to get your own luxury travel experience on Etihad.

6 Month Miles and Points Review

Here’s how we spent our miles and points during our first six months of around-the-world travel.

How We Ended Up at the Holiday Inn

A look into how to maximize point promotions and credit card benefits.

Airline Reviews

Etihad A380 First Class “Apartment” Review – Part 2

Ever wondered what it’s like to fly on an airplane in your own apartment? Welcome to the most luxurious flight we’ve ever had. (If you haven’t read part 1, you can do so here).

Singapore Airlines First Class Review

We got to experience the legendary double bed in the sky!

JAL First/Business Review

Our very first, and still our favorite, first class flight.

Packing Lists

Travel Essentials: Our Favorite Travel Gear

There are some things we can’t imagine traveling without – here is a list of those things.

How to Pack for an Around the World Trip: Our Packing List

Packing for our around-the-world trip was incredibly stressful, so we’d like to share a list of all the things we ended up bringing.

Specific Packing Lists:

Southeast Asia Packing List

Safari in Tanzania or Kenya Packing List

Gorilla Trek in Uganda Packing List

The Inca Trail Packing List & Essential Info

Stories & Ramblings

Superlatives Around the World

If you want a quick list of our favorite (and least favorite) spots around the world, this is the post for you!

Pros and Cons of Long-Term Traveling (vs. 2-Week Vacations)

Long term traveling is absolutely fantastic – but it’s not for everyone. We used to think there was no contest between long-term travel and shorter vacations, but after traveling for almost a year, we’ve changed our minds.

Missing the Chaos of Vietnam (Or, Why We’re Finally Appreciating our Visit Months Later)

It took us a while to fully appreciate our experiences during our month in Vietnam – here’s why.

10 Things I’ve Learned While Traveling

I wrote this about 6 months into our travels and, while I’m always learning, these lessons still ring true.

Traveling with Anxiety: How to Cope on the Road

Don’t let your anxiety hold you back. Here’s some ideas (based on personal experience) for how to cope with anxiety.

Our Travel Experiences

Hoi An to Nha Trang: Sleeper Bus & That Time We Almost Got Robbed

Our first (and hopefully last) experience on a sleeper bus, following by a close call.

Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh

Apparently this post is pretty helpful for people traveling from Vietnam to Cambodia!

Visiting Family in Sweden

Pete shares his heart-warming experience visiting his family in Sweden.

Exploring Copenhagen, Denmark

Honestly, this one surprises me as one of our most popular posts! Read our honest account of our short trip to Copenhagen, our first stop on our world tour.

Bora Bora on a Cup Noodles Budget

We still talk about this vacation to this day. Here’s how we stayed at a luxurious, over-water bungalow in Bora Bora on a budget.


Bora Bora

Tanzania, Africa

Lan Ha Bay, Vietnam

Phong Nha, Vietnam

Palau, Micronesia

Easter Island

Bungee Jumping in NZ

Photo Essays

Train from Bergen to Oslo



Easter Island

Is your favorite not on this list? Please let us know!