Page 6 of Theroadiscalling Travel Blog Posts

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen December 17th 2011

So after a stop home for a few weeks to see family for a little bit, run around like chickens with our heads cut off trying to get things done, and swapping out a few things such as a new backpacks, we’re back on the road again. Man is it nice to not be lugging around packs where the straps are literally held together by duct tape and electrical tape! Yeah that's right...we stopped home for a bit. Some might say that's cheating, but believe it or not, it was actually cheaper to fly to the US and then to Mexico than flying straight there. Besides, it was nice to see some family and regroup a little, especially with the new backbacks. We weren’t sure exactly where we were going to fly into other than somewhere ... read more
very fashionable
At the port
Awesome tequila bottles

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island November 22nd 2011

Overall, we have to say that the north island had been pretty awesome. If what people were saying about the south island was true, then we’d really be in for a treat! There really wasn’t a whole lot to see right off the ferry in Picton other than go check out some wineries. The only problem was that we really weren’t here at the right time of year for this as many of them we tried to visit were actually closed. Of course, we were also trying to visit some of the ones with free tastings being the cheapos we are. So with the wineries a no go, we ventured down Queen Charlotte road to check out the sounds. Now these sounds, although very beautiful are just large water filled gorges. The road was extremely windy ... read more
Milford Sound
Our favorite DOC campsite

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island November 6th 2011

Flying into Auckland from Manila sounds like a pretty easy feat doesn’t it? I mean, after all, it’s just a normal international flight. Well, that may be true, but when you buy a $250 flight and have to change flights in a couple of cities and you have 2 days of flying and being stuck in airports, it can definitely make for a MUCH more exhausting trip than normal. That’s exactly what we had ahead of us. Ah yes, the things we do to save money. We first flew from PP over to Manila where we NEARLY missed our next flight because of some “last minute technical difficulties”, OR it was because the flight crew was running late. Same same right? Oh well, we DID make our flight, which meant we were on our way NOW ... read more
End to another great day
Us with our campervan
GPS AKA Jessie

Asia » Philippines » Palawan » Sabang October 27th 2011

It was still raining on us a bit when we arrived in Sabang, so it was a little tough to tell what this little fishing village was all about. We checked out a couple of the bungalows and decided to take the one fitting for the 3 of us to stay together. The owner wasn’t actually there and since her worker managed to accidentally break the cord for the generator, we would be without electricity that night. Poor Rachel probably wasn’t loving the whole situation, especially after being sick and stuck in the rain for a while. For us on the other hand, after being stranded on a piece of cardboard for 2 nights, we didn’t really care. Besides, we were having instant soup by candlelight for dinner. How much more romantic can it get right? ... read more
Jeepney back to Puerto
Beach on the other end
Last night in the Philippines

Asia » Philippines » Palawan » El Nido October 21st 2011

It really had been one hell of a ride to get to Palawan. Poor Rachel was supposed to have met up with us 3 days before we actually saw her, but at least we finally made it. After a little bit of a walk into town from the airport, we were united at last! Although we had just gotten to Puerto Princesa, we were heading north right away to El Nido so we could do some island hopping. The only experience we would have in PP before leaving was eating at a place that seemed to think it was OK to serve food where the portion size rivaled that of a Happy Meal at McD’s. No joke. We all pretty much had the same look on our faces when our food came at dinner that night… ... read more
From a viewpoint
We were there

Asia » Philippines » Negros October 15th 2011

There were plenty of options for buses to take when we got back to Caticlan, all heading to Manila via the same route. Originally when we had spoken with a man at the tourism office in Boracay, we got the impression that there was one company operating this trip with a few different departure times throughout the day. In reality, there were at least 5 different companies all with their own touts trying to recruit you as soon as you took a couple of steps in the direction of the buses. They were probably a bit irritated with us that we wouldn’t commit to anything without seeing the actual bus we would be taking, but we were glad we waited. Obviously not all of the buses turned out to be as nice as they had been ... read more
Terminal in Calapan aka our home for a few days
SOOOO over it!
Stop looking so damn cute, Nate might kidnap you!

Asia » Philippines » Boracay October 10th 2011

It was one of the quickest ferry rides we’ve ever been on to reach Boracay Island, the heart of tourism in the Philippines. We had talked to many people who had been here recently. Some people hated it, and others absolutely loved it. Surprise, surprise. As usual, there were plenty of people there to greet everyone coming off the boat to promote different places to stay. One of the ladies convinced us to try out her place, which happened be in the same general area as where we were going to look anyways. After looking a couple different places, we decided to check out a few other options before making a decision, and we were glad we did. Somehow we got lucky and had a different lady guide us to a little place kind of hidden ... read more
banana shakes how we love you
J in the amazing water
Nate's warrior face

Asia » Philippines » Negros September 28th 2011

There was no way to hide the fact that we were feeling a little down about having to leave the place we had fallen in love with. When it was time to go, the owner even waited out by the road with us and flagged down a tricycle, making sure that they would only charge us the correct amount to get back to the town we were leaving from. After letting a couple of guys go away because they wanted to hammer us on the price, we eventually found one who was fair. We tossed our bags up on top and squeezed into the tiny little seats that seemed to be made only for toddlers. On the way to the pier, we ended up talking to a couple of local women as the man picked up ... read more
looking back after crossing the rocks
flooding everywhere

Asia » Philippines September 21st 2011

The next stop on the itinerary is a small island somewhere in the Philippines. It took hours of travel both on land and by sea but eventually we made our way there. What you read in the coming blog may or may not be the whole truth about the place we have come to love so much. When you’re on a trip like this and you find a place you really fall in love with, you can be really hesitant to tell everyone about it for fear of your new found love getting ruined with tourism. We know there may be some things that give away the location but those things need to be said more for documentation than anything. Our blog is our only journal and our memories need to be recorded. One last thought ... read more
so nice!
that's one FULL load
nice scarecrow!

Asia » Philippines » Bohol September 16th 2011

Well, after a drama filled day in Singapore, we were finally heading to the Philippines…just not to Manila right away like we had planned. As you can imagine, we were only half awake when we got to Cebu and went through immigration. Good thing they were so friendly there. This was actually the first time we’ve seen someone from immigration SMILE since we’ve been on our trip. Usually it’s all business with a serious no nonsense, strict, hard ass look on their faces. Even the taxi driver was genuinely NICE to us, which was so shocking to us that we nearly passed out in the back seat. Ok, so that was because we were beat… We had him drop us off at a place we had found in the LP and online that looked pretty decent ... read more
views from the bike
us at Chocolate Hills
postcard picture

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