Nate and J


Nate and J

We saved and sacrificed to fulfill our dream, the one that so many people think they can’t accomplish or are afraid to embark on, traveling around the world. Our lives in Los Angeles were filled with Blackberrys, Starbucks coffee, endless traffic, meetings and insane works weeks. We traded in everything we knew for backpacks, instant noodles, one inch thick mattresses, bed bugs, twelve hour bus journeys and the most amazing memories we could ask for. We were on a tighter budget than most, trying our best to live off $50 a day for both of us (TRYING is the key word) and blogging the truth of our travels. Traveling for us has opened our hearts, our eyes, our taste buds and our minds to the lifestyles of people around the world. We feel we have given ourselves a wonderful gift that will not only shape who we are while we’re away but for the rest of our lives! Where there is will, there is a way…you don't need have to have a lot of money to travel, just get out there and do it!!

We've been back for a year and a half now since enjoying a trip around the world which lasted over 2 years. It's been a hell of a year or so, dealing with things we weren't nearly prepared for...even things as seemingly simple as trying to re-integrate into the "real world." That "old pair of pants" just didn't fit when we came back, but we've since found our ways and are heading back out on the road (just for a couple months this time). Just the mere thought of heading back to our love (Asia) is enough to make a giddy like little school kids! So, we're off to Thailand and we'll see where else tickles our fancy.

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"We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open." -Jawaharal Nehru

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai November 11th 2014

Wait…where are we going? Chiang Mai? Then why the hell are we on a plane? Oh yeah…that pesky ‘ole 30 day Visa thing. This was honestly a first for us. In all of the times we’ve visited Chiang Mai, NEVER have we flown in, not like we were complaining. Besides, it really doesn’t matter where you fly into Thailand or HOW you get there. Let’s face it, the important thing is, you’re there! Even though our trip was quickly coming to an end already (yeah, yeah…we know we’re spoiled considering we were gone over 2 years on the last one), we couldn’t have been happier that we were spending the rest of our time away in Chiang Mai, especially during Loi Krathong! Finally the time had come and the festival would be here in no time, ... read more
Chiang Mai by night
Beautiful krathongs
Pai Canyon

Asia » Laos » West » Luang Prabang November 5th 2014

Upon arriving in Luang Prabang, we found an incredibly nice room for maybe a little bit over our typical budget. But it was worth it! Our room was cleaned every day, we had fresh towels and some foreign contraption that with lights and sounds, oh yeah, a TV with HBO, which actually came in handy one day as it truly rained for an entire day and a half straight. The city itself hadn’t really changed all that much, other than being overrun with Chinese tourists like we’ve never seen before. We couldn’t help but wonder if we had somehow happened to take the wrong bus and ended up crossing the wrong border. The night market was just as good as we remembered, even after having someone in one of the stores try to charge us $85 ... read more
Morning clouds make for unforgettable views
Oh soups of Asia how we missed you!!
This is NOT how we remember it!

Asia » Cambodia » South » Sihanoukville October 22nd 2014

After avoiding what felt like a certain catastrophe, we were finally making our way to Phnom Penh so we could blow through to Snooky. Call us crazy, but the idea of taking a day time bus WITHOUT any signs practically stating “All your shit is probably gone if you end up staying on this bus”, seemed to be slightly comforting compared to our last attempt at leaving Siem Reap. Having said that, we couldn’t help but think to ourselves how surreal it was that we were heading back to Phnom Penh. Had it really been 3 years already since we’d been there? How could that be? Part of us wondered if we would remember where we were, but another part of us wanted to slap ourselves in the face thinking such a tragedy. Don’t even bother ... read more
We spent our days at Otres
What a sunset
We need happy hour like this back at home

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai October 16th 2014

Entering Chiang Mai was like a small slice of heaven, having returned to the place we can truly call our home away from home by this point. It was so great to know exactly where we were going, how much to pay to get there, and have a friendly man running the same place (our favorite to stay at) who recognized us immediately and was so excited to see us. We know there are plenty of people who find this city to be too touristy, but we’ve really come to love it here, especially in low season when there are hardly any travelers to be seen and even more so after the coo in Bangkok. Of course the media blows everything out of proportion, but it was interesting to find out that even the past few ... read more
such a beautiful trip
Gimme five
A day at the Wats

Asia » Cambodia » North » Siem Reap October 15th 2014

Normally we do everything on our own, including booking any bus or minivan tickets to our next destination. But, with the price being exactly the same and the guy running our guesthouse being so trustworthy, we decided to make life easy on ourselves instead and book all the way through to Don Det from Pakse. It was a pretty painless ride. The hardest part was the 15 minute walk to the water with our packs on, but that was NOTHING compared to getting dropped off on the wrong side of the island and having to walk half way around in the heat of the day with all our shit on. Good God! We felt like contestants on “The Biggest Loser” for shit’s sake, sweating like a drug mule carrying goods in his rectum and about to ... read more
This is Don Det
That's our future in the dirt
Pretty dragonfly

Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok September 26th 2014

Is this real? Can it be so? Are we really back to our beloved Asia, and even more so, one of our favorite countries in the world? Yes…yes it is! After enduring a nice long plane ride with a quick layover in Hong Kong, the time had finally come. We were making our way to Bangkok and all that still feels so familiar. Granted, it had been a while since we’d been here, but honestly, it felt like we were finally back home. People often ask us, “Why do you like Asia so much?” Well, it’s a little hard to explain I guess…but really, it’s just the energy and the overall happiness you feel all around you. That feeling was immediately making us fall in love with this part of the world all over again. If ... read more
Oh Buddha how we've missed you
Can you tell Nate is happy?
The famous lying Buddha in Bangkok

Asia September 3rd 2014

Photo at top (living in LA, first day traveling, last day on the road) Life after a trip around the world… Even writing this now, we still can’t believe how fast our time went while we were away. We’ve been back in the states now for about a year and a half, and what a ride it’s been! It was super hard to know how to feel when we got back honestly. Were we supposed to be excited? Were we supposed to act like we couldn’t wait to get back to “normal”? Not a whole lot had really changed in the 2 years we were away. Sure, there were exceptions…but for the most part, people were doing the same thing at the same place, and with the same people that they were doing when we left. ... read more

Asia » Philippines » Visayas February 12th 2013

Thailand and Philippines ***Yes, we know it’s been FOREVER since we’ve posted any blogs. Truth is, we’ve actually been back in the states for a year and a half already, which is absolutely mind blowing to us! The first few months back was a tough enough adjustment as we tried to re-integrate ourselves into the “normal” life of the western world (that now seems so foreign to us). To make matters more difficult, Jessie’s mom passed away not long after we returned back to the states. With so much going on in both of our families by this time, the blog really got put on the back-burner. To top it all off, Nate was struggling being back so much that he couldn’t even look at the blog, the pictures of all of our free, happy memories, ... read more
Yes, we know...we're a little crazy
Local band
Last hair shot of a 2 year trip

Asia » India December 14th 2012

India Survival Guide! There are so many things that make India, well India, and so incredibly different from other countries in the world. From the shouting and chaos in the streets and the extreme poverty all around, to the intensity of the staring eyes and the touts constant harassment for one service or another. We heard one-liners from guys trying to pull us into their shops like we’ve never heard before. Luckily, we've been around the block a few times and were able to laugh off a lot of the pitches. Let us tell you, upon first arrival, we thought we were going to be just fine. We saved India for the end and felt like we've, "been there, done that" to many tough situations in the backpacking world. But, how wrong we were, it didn’t ... read more
Sleeper class
Typical train station chaos
Cows in the street

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu December 13th 2012

Madurai, Pondicherry and Mamallapuram Arriving in Madurai as the sun was coming up was a recipe for disaster right off the bat. Even at this early hour, we were immediately followed and hassled by random men in the street trying to earn a commission for showing us to a hotel. It got so bad that we had to start walking in opposite directions of where we wanted to go just to throw them off our trail so we could walk in and check prices without having to pay for the “assistance” of the relentless leaches outside. The hotels in Madurai are a bit different than other places. Many of them literally won’t allow you to check in until at least noon, which really sucked ass for us at that point. There was no way in HELL ... read more
even the floor was beautiful
Up close view
Touch the powder to your forehead for a bindi

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