Da Nang is a fantastic city in Central Vietnam with a vibrant culture and gorgeous coastline. We have had the privilege of spending 50 days in this city over the last two years. We have gotten to know all of the great places to visit, fabulous restaurants, fun bars, and must-see sights around the city. Hoi An is only 30 minutes away and on everyone’s travel destination list. When my brother and his wife decided to visit us during our journey, we were excited to suggest Da Nang as the location to … [Read more...] about Podcast 50: Da Nang, Vietnam (Trip of a Lifetime)
Have you ever dreamed of leaving it all behind to travel the world? If yes, this is precisely how Matt and Nikki Javit felt before packing their backpacks to leave the United States in February of 2017. They both think that their mid-career retirement will become more common as people pause their hectic lives to seek more from experiences. Both have been featured on podcasts and blogs around the world and Matt has been called the Anthony Bourdain of Barber Shops based on his series World Barber Shop Adventures.
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Is it best to stay in one city for a few days and then hop to the next city or is it better to stay longer to really understand the culture when traveling? How can you build your country-visited list if you are only in one country for a long time? Is it easier to save money by staying put in one place? Is slow travel more relaxing? Is fast travel more fun? We dive into all of the details and differences between fast and slow traveling and let you know what we find the most rewarding in this … [Read more...] about Podcast 49: Fast vs Slow Travel (Which is Better?)
Having the chance to spend two months traveling to a few different cities in India is something we will always remember about our journey around the world. Seeing the Taj Mahal outside of Delhi, celebrating two weddings, and exploring the wonder of Kerala are all experiences that will stay with us forever. Our time in Indore, Nagpur, and Bhopal were filled with excitement as they are non-traditional tourist location, but the families that took us in were kind, welcoming, and fantastic cooks. We … [Read more...] about Podcast 48: India is Incredible (2 Months Traveling 7+ Cities)
Traveling for almost two years straight now on a budget has made us very smart about how we spend our money. In this podcast episode, we discuss all of the ways that we have saved on the road from creative accommodations, transportation, technology, and more. We have found ways to maximize our time in lounges and eliminate ATM fees. Wearing the same clothes for two years sucks but not if it is high quality. And what about a few things that we have learned about that we don’t do but still might … [Read more...] about Podcast 47: Saving Money Ideas (Short Trips or Long Vacations)
People have all kinds of fears about traveling. We attempt to tell the truth on a few of the travel myths that are keeping people from engaging in the experiences of a lifetime. From street food to duty-free costs to transportation. You cannot believe all that you read and we hope to shed some light on the topics that might be holding you back. Don’t know the language? Worried about your age? Scared to take a bus? We discuss it in this episode of busting Travel Myths. We also give details on … [Read more...] about Podcast 46: Travel Myths to Ignore (Early 2019 Travel Plans)
Matt and Nikki Javit are currently traveling the world full time with just a single backpack each after leaving the US in February 2017. They have been to places like Machu Picchu, the Galapagos Islands, and The Taj Mahal, and amazing cities like Hong Kong, Venice, Cape Town. During their travels, they find creative ways to keep down their costs, get involved in the communities, and network with locals while having a great time. Before they left to travel full time, they loved their careers … [Read more...] about Podcast 45: Who We Are, Why We Did It, and Where We’ve Been
Back in Da Nang where we have fallen in love with the Vietnamese culture and this time to meet a friend from the US. We spent almost two full weeks seeing Da Nang, Hoi An, Quy Nhon, Hanoi, and Ninh Binh. With such a wide variety of locations, it was a truly authentic experience. We sat through the crazy rains that would last for days, partied with locals late into the night, ate local food like goat and eel, and went CRAZY as the Vietnam Football team won the AFF Cup. It was a wild, wet, and … [Read more...] about Podcast 44: Vietnam with a Friend (Da Nang, Hanoi, Ninh Binh, Quy Nhon)
Phu Quoc, Vietnam is an island south of Cambodia and Vietnam. We had the chance to spend 8 fun days there in the heart of the action and on a resort that will be a hot spot for the casino lovers. Both locations provided beautiful beach lines, amazing eats, and different entertainment options. In this podcast episode, we will discuss why we decided to visit this island in Vietnam and why we hope to go back someday. We talk about getting lost on the scooter that ended up viewing a gorgeous sunset, … [Read more...] about Podcast 43: Phu Quoc (Fantasy Island of Vietnam)
Our adventure to Cambodia included celebrating the Water Festival (Bon Om Touk) while in Phnom Penh, discovering the beauty of Siem Reap, and taking in the mystery of Angkor Wat. The massive celebration in the country’s capital city brought in over a million visitors and we had the chance to take in the festivities alongside them. Eating insects, watching the boat races, and hearing the fireworks were all part of the 3-day massive party. Our time in Siem Reap helped us understand why it is a … [Read more...] about Podcast 42: Cambodia Travel (Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, and Angkor Wat)
We had the luxury of spending four fantastic weeks in Bali, Indonesia. It was a location that was highly anticipated on our journey as we heard stories from other travelers and had seen its beauty in the movies several times. To be in Bali long enough that we found our favorite places to eat, where to work out, and get used to the daily scooter lifestyle was great. We took a couple of fun day trips, met several kind locals, and found out why people consider Bali ‘Heaven on Earth’. In this … [Read more...] about Podcast 41: Beautiful Bali, Indonesia (4 Weeks in Travel Paradise)