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101 Of The Best Couple Travel Quotes

Travel is very inspirational, it forces you to grow individually and as a couple. It's fun, an adventure with learning experiences at every turn. Sometimes it can be hard to put these adventures into words, but a quick search of the Internet provides quotes which resonate personally with your journey. Here are 101 of the best couple travel quotes we found that resonated up us and made use want to get out on the road. I hope they bring back great memories of travel like they did for us.

  1. I don't want to be 'Tied Down' with someone, I want to be Set Free with someone.
  2. I wish you to know that you have been the last dream of my soul - Charles Dickens
  3. When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people – Clifton Fadiman
  4. And if travel is like love, it is, in the end, mostly because it's a heightened state of awareness, in which we are mindful, receptive, undimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed. That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end. - Pico Lyer
  1. Surround yourself with people who make you hungry for life, touch your heart, and nourish your soul.
5. Travel Couple Quotes
  1. When you come to a fork in the road...Take It - Yogi Berra
  2. Date someone who is a home and an adventure all at once.
  3. Road trips are the equivalent of human wings. Ask me to go on one, anywhere. We'll stop in every small town and learn the history and stories, feel the ground and capture the spirit. Then we'll turn in it into our own story that will live inside our history to carry with us, always. Because stories are more important than things.
  1. When traveling with someone, take large doses of patience and tolerance with your morning coffee. – Helen Hayes
  1. I would like to travel the world with you twice. Once, to see the world. Twice to see the way you see the world.
10. Travel Couple Quotes
  1. As with any journey, who you travel with can be more important than your destination.
  2. I want to travel the world with you, go to every country, every city, take pictures and be happy.
  3. The goal is to laugh forever with someone you take serious.
  4. Be with someone who feels like freedom and loves you without chains. Because love isn't about holding someone back or using guilt to make them stay. Love is freedom, and they freely choose you. - JmStorm
  5. I've fallen in love with adventures, so I begin to wonder, if that's why I've fallen for you. - E. Grin
15. Travel Couple Quotes
  1. I don't ask you to love me always like this, but I ask you to remember. Somewhere inside of me there will always be the person I am tonight. - F. Scott Fitzgerald.
  2. Everyday is a journey, and the journey itself is HOME - Matsuo Basho
  3. Some souls just understand each other upon meeting - n.r hart.
  4. You must love in such a way that the person you love feels free - Thich Nhat Hahn
  5. In life, it's not where you go, It's who you travel with - Charles Schulz
20. Travel Couple Quotes
  1. Let's run away together
  2. What we all want in life, to travel, fall in love, and be happy.
  3. Let's find some beautiful place to get lost together.
  4. I want to travel the world with you.
  5. You’d be surprised who the love of your life turns out to be. After all, adventure fell in love with lost – Mary Oliver
25. Travel Couple Quotes
  1. I would not wish any companion in the world but you - William Shakespeare.
  2. Here's to all the places we went. And here's to all the places we'll go. And here's to me, whispering again and again and again and again: I love you - John Green.
  3. You're the kind of person I want to be with when I want to be alone - Eleanor & Park
  4. Happiness is planning a trip to somewhere new, with someone you love.
  5. Travel doesn't become adventure until you leave yourself behind - Marty Rubin.
30. Couple Travel Quotes
  1. Be careful who you make memories with. Those things can last a lifetime - Ugo Eze
  2. Our journey isn't perfect but it's ours...and I'll stick with you till the end.
  3. Actually, the best gift you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures - Lewis Carroll
  4. Life is about doing things that don't suck with people who don't suck.
  5. Travel brings power and love back to your life - Rumi
35. Travel Couple Quotes
  1. Escape and breathe the air of new places together.
  2. I saw them standing there pretending to be just friends, when all the time in the world could not pry them apart.
  3. I got lost in him, and it was the kind of lost that's exactly like being found.
  4. As soon as I saw you I knew a grand adventure was about to happen - A. A. Milne
  5. Maybe it won't work out. But maybe seeing if it does will be the best adventure ever.
40. Travel Couple Quotes
  1. I want to see the world with you.
  2. I need an adventure away from all of this bullshit.
  3. Let's travel together and get lost in beautiful places.
  4. Our goal is to run out of pages in our passports.
  5. I just want to hold your hand and wander the streets with you.
45. Travel Couple Quotes
  1. I just want to travel, get paid for doing something I love, be around genuine people , and find new ways to love the same man over and over.
  2. Let's go on an adventure. I'll make some sandwiches and a flask of tea, we'll get out walking boots on and get lost somewhere.
  3. No matter where you go, there you are - Buckaroo Banza
  4. I want to laugh often feel love, have a lot of insanely dirty sex and travel the world. With you.
  5. Love is being with you anywhere.
50. Travel Couple Quotes
  1. I would gladly live out of a suitcase if it meant I could see the world with you.
  2. Let's go somewhere where nobody knows our names.
  3. How do we travel? With passports in our pockets and tricks up our sleeves.
  4. I don't know where I'm going, but I'm going. Are you coming with me?
  5. Never go on trips with anyone you do not love. - Earnest Hemingway
55. Travel Couple Quotes
  1. The best things in life are the people we love, the places we've been and the memories we've made along the way.
  2. To travel & to love is to be happy
  3. Oh darling, let's be adventurers
  4. Don't worry, about a thing. Cause every little thing is gonna be alright - Bob Marley
  5. We have nothing to lose and a world to see.
60. Travel Couple Quotes
  1. We'd rather have a passport full of stamps than a house full of stuff.
  2. Travelers are dreamers who make their desires for adventure a reality.
  3. I have found out that there ain't no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them - Mark Twain.
  4. Home is where the heart is, and my heart is wherever I am at the moment - Lily Leung
  5. It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves – in finding themselves – Andre Gide.
65. Travel Couple Quotes
  1. It's not down in any map. True places never are - Herman Melville
  2. A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it. – John Steinbeck
  3. A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles. – Tim Cahill
  4. Travel only with thy equals or thy betters; if there are none, travel alone. – The Dhammapada
  5. People don’t take trips – trips take people. – John Steinbeck
70. Couple Travel Quotes
  1. Travel opens your heart, broadens your mind and fills your life with stories to tell. – Paula Bendfeldt
  2. The more I traveled the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends. – Shirley MacLaine
  3. Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking together in the same direction. – Antoine Desaint-Exupery
  4. One of the great things about travel is that you find out how many good, kind people there are. — Edith Wharton
  5. I always wonder why birds stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on earth. Then I ask myself the same question. - Harun Yahya
75. Travel Couple Quotes
  1. We are all travelers in the wilderness of the world & the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend - Robert Louis Stevenson
  2. Stuff your eyes with wonder. Live as if you'd drop dead in 10 seconds. See the world. It's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories - Ray Bradbury
  3. Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else - Lawrence Block
  4. Travelers never think that they are foreigners.
  5. Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life - Jack Kerouac.
80. Travel Couple Quotes
  1. Go where you feel the most alive
  2. Travel is the most intense mode of learning - Kevin Kelly
  3. Because in the end, you won't remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain - Jack Kerouac
  4. Live the lives that people write novels about.
  5. You keep me safe, I'll keep you wild.
85. Couple Travel Quotes
  1. Blessed are the curious for they shall have adventures.
  2. Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore. – Andre Gide
  3. Travel while you're young and able. Don't worry about the money, just make it work. Experience is far more valuable than money will ever be.
  4. There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living - Nelson Mandela.
  5. Respond to every call that excites your spirit - Rumi.
90. Travel Couple Quotes
  1. We love places that make you realize how tiny you and your problems are.
  2. Make today so awesome that yesterday gets jealous.
  3. Live your life and forget your age - Norman Vincent Peale
  4. Because when you stop and look around, this life is pretty amazing.
  5. Live for the moments you can't put into words.
95. Travel Couple Quotes
  1. There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars.
  2. The best journeys answer questions that in the beginning you didn't even think to ask - 180 Degrees South.
  3. We must take adventures in order to know where we truly belong.
  4. I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees - Henry Thoreau.
  5. Everything I was I carry with me, everything I will be lies waiting on the road ahead - Ma Jian.
100. Couple Travel Quotes
  1. Go the extra mile, it's never crowded.

Credit is due to each of the authors for the above couple travel quotes and Pixabay for the awesome photos, none of which are our own work.

Best Waterproof Backpacks

The Best Waterproof Backpacks of 2018

What To Look For When Purchasing A Waterproof Backpack?


Like many travelers I have been caught in the rain, not just a light drizzle, but the downpour which makes you look like you fell into a swimming pool rain! The right gear can make these experiences, which are part of travel, a happy memory, rather than, an expensive sad one. I'm here to help you choose the Best Waterproof Backpacks of 2018.

Whilst traveling I opted for a Tortuga backpack with a rain cover, and a dry bag for important items such as my passport, phone and camera. This ensured that my important gear was kept dry when I was caught in a downpour or when traveling from island to island in a small boat. Although this combination was fine for me, you will need to decide whether you require a fully waterproof backpack or if a water resistant backpack will do the trick. 

What's The Difference Between Waterproof & Water-Resistant?


Depending on your activity you need to decide on whether to invest in a waterproof backpack, a water resistant backpack or some combination of both.

A waterproof backup is as described, it offers a watertight area for you to keep your gear safe. They offer the ability to be submerged and are perfect for trips where you are on the water for extended periods of time. Think Kayaking trip or dive exhibition (where accidents happen) and can withstand extended periods in the rain. They are constructed with waterproof material and taped seems, making them completely waterproof.

Water resistant backpacks offer you some protection from rain and splashes of water, but are not waterproof and should not be left in the rain for extended periods of time. They do however offer better storage options and are great for everyday use and travel.

Do I need a waterproof backpack?

  • Are you spending extended periods of time on the water? Think Kayak, dive or surf trip?
  • Are you exposing your inner Indiana Jones and trekking through waist high water?

Do I need a water resistant backpack?

  • Are you traveling through an area during the wet season?
  • Are you commuting to work?
  • Are you planning an extended backpacking trip?

Storage Volume

Both water resistant and waterproof backpacks come in a variety of storage options depending on your needs. In my situation I had a 5L waterproof day pack and a 40L water resistant backpack which suited my travel style. You will find bags ranging from 20L up to 100L based on your requirements.

We are happy to endorse packing light and have traveled extensively using only carry-on baggage. I carry a 44L Tortuga backpack and my wife has a 40L Osprey Fairpoint backpack. To see exactly what we carried on our trip be sure to check out our article here.

Materials & Construction

The materials used and the construction of your backpack are very important, especially so if you are investing your money in a waterproof backpack. You want to ensure that you are getting what you pay for, so be wary of knock offs.

With waterproof backpacks the materials and construction in use are very specialized and come with an added cost, so it should be easy to distinguish the real thing. One of the main processes used for manufacturing waterproof backpacks is ultrasonic welding. This process is used to bond together material used in construction of a waterproof backpack, doing away with the need for sewing seams and at the same time creating the waterproof seal.

The construction also includes waterproof zippers which again are constructed with a specialized process by highly skilled manufacturers. Finally you may notice that a lot of waterproof backpacks contain a roll down opening which allows for the backpack to be sealed at the top to ensure an air tight fit which allows no water into the bag.

With water resistant backpacks the construction is usually with either nylon or polyester and you will find a myriad of manufacturers. The material used will usually be coated with some form of waterproofing prior to the bag being formed. Water resistant backpacks will usually keep your items dry, though they cannot be submerged and shouldn't be left in the rain for extended periods.

Best Waterproof Backpacks


If you think of yourself as an extreme traveler, this is where you'll want to explore. From fly fishing through to extreme treks passing through waterfalls, these waterproof backpacks have you covered. 

Comparison Table

Feature /Brand

Sealine Boundary Pack

Scrambler Outdry Pack

Baksak Waterproof Pack

Ultra-Sil Dry Pack

Patagonia Stormfront

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Best Waterproof Backpacks

Material

PVC-free PU-coated polyester

Nylon Plain Weave

Vinyl-coated woven polyester

Siliconized CORDURA® fabric

Polyurethane-coated nylon

Size (L)

35, 75 & 115

30

35

22

30

Color

Black, Green, Blue, Yellow

Grey, Green, Blue, Black

Black, Grey, Blue, Pink, White, Yellow

Black, Lime, Blue

Black, Orange, Grey

Star Rating

Product Breakdown


Sealine Boundary Pack

This fully waterproof backpack has you covered for all of your full weathered adventures. It offers a Dry Seal roll-top closure which is perfect to keep your gear dry.  The backpack is made of long-lasting, PVC-free PU-coated polyester and scrim-reinforced urethane. The bag is designed in bright colors and has features such as waterproof shoulder straps and a waist belt.

Sizes: 35L, 75L & 115L

Material: PVC-free PU-coated polyester 

Colors: Black, Green, Blue & Yellow


Pros

Cons

Purchase Now

  • Durable rugged construction
  • Fully waterproof roll-top closure


  • There are no pockets so organization can be hard

Mountain Hardwear Scrambler Outdry Backpack

This backpack is very popular amongst hikers, climbers and skiers. It has an easily accessible hydration sleeve to keep you hydrated during day hikes. The backpack is designed to be supportive and comfortable and users report it lives up to this standard.

The backpack is constructed to be fully waterproof and has a guaranteed watertight compartment made using Outdry technology, which is sure to keep your electronics safe! Outdry uses a one-piece patented construction process that creates a waterproof, breathable barrier. Heat-bonded directly to the outer fabric, this layer leaves no seams, gaps and no way for water to get in.

Side compression straps add to the stability of the pack, and allows you to secure your load tightly. Lastly, two deep side pockets allow easy storage of smaller essentials you may need on route such as water bottles or energy bars, allowing easy access without having to stop on your trip.

Size: 30L

Material: Nylon Plain Weave 

Colors: Grey, Green, Blue & Black


Pros

Cons

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  • Good accessory straps on the outside
  • Questions around the top drawstring quality

BakSak Waterproof Backpack

This rugged 35-liter backpack is designed with vinyl-coated woven polyester with watertight welded seams. It is constructed to keep you dry from the Asian wet season or getting caught in a downpour during a trek. It has both an option of roll top close or the ability to use the straps on the side, both of which offer a watertight fit. The bag is designed to be comfortable and offers padded back support and cushioned adjustable straps.

From a safety point of view the bag also has reflective material on the outside which is great for commuting and it even floats if it were to be knocked overboard.

Size: 35L

Material: Vinyl-coated woven polyester

Colors: Black, Grey, Blue, Pink, White & Yellow


Pros

Cons

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  • Rugged design with reflective material
  • Splash proof pocket on the front is not waterproof

Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Dry Day Pack

Made from siliconized CORDURA® fabric, this ultra-lightweight and compact day pack resists water and packs into its own tiny stuff sack complete with a Hypalon® key ring attachment. The seams are double stitched and sealed with high density PU seam tape. The unique double Hypalon® roll top is non-wicking and helps create a good seal. The compression lacing system provides secure storage.

Size: 22L

Material: Siliconized CORDURA® fabric

Colors: Black, Lime & Blue


Pros

Cons

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  • Compact stuff sack to pack itself into
  • Not intended for situations where the pack will be submerged

Patagonia Stormfront Backpack

Downpours and wet river crossings are no match for the Patagonia Stormfront Backpack. Built with a double polyurethane-coated nylon shell, fully welded seams, and waterproof zips, this water-shedding schlepper keeps water at bay so you can carry your gear with confidence. Whether you're fishing for roosterfish at Crocodile Bay in Costa Rica or wading along the Henry's Fork in Idaho, your lunch and fly boxes are guaranteed a dry ride in this lightweight, breathable pack.

Removable shoulder straps stay separated by the 3D spacer mesh lining the back of the pack. Fresh air can flow across your back and shoulders, even as you cast mid-stream. If you need a waterproof fishing bag to sit happily on the deck while you wrassle with your latest catch, simply remove the shoulder straps. The TiZip zipper on the main compartment won't let water in, and the water-resistant stash pocket is perfect for a plastic baggie with your ID and cash.

The harness system comes with tool attachments and a bit of storage. A rod tube holder on the back of the pack gives you the option of bringing an extra, or your one and only, a safe ride to and from the river. The Patagonia Convertible Vest attaches to this pack when you want more upfront storage and immediate access to nippers, flies, and lip balm. Even if you've forgotten a poncho and a tropical deluge ensues, you'll finish the day knowing your gear will be dry, even if you aren't.

Size: 30L

Material: Polyurethane-coated nylon

Colors: Black, Grey & Orange


Pros

Cons

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  • Removable Shoulder Straps
  • Expensive product

Best Water Resistant Backpacks


As a traveler I would expect to have a backpack with some form of water resistance, I wouldn't purchase the backpack otherwise. There are so many times when I was traveling that I needed to ensure my rain cover was fitted correctly, in the end the combination of rain cover and smaller dry bag worked best for me. Below are five backpacks which offer flexibility in capacity and all offer water resistance which may be just what you need. 

Comparison Table

Feature /Brand

Timbuk2 Spire Backpack

Hikpro Packable Backpack

Patagonia Black Hole Backpack

The Outbreaker by Tortuga

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Best Waterproof Backpacks

Material

TPU and canvas fabric

Nylon Material

Lightweight & strong polyester

X-pac Waterproof Sailcloth

Size (L)

32

20

25

45

Color

Army, Merlot, Grey & Black

Black, Orange, Purple, Green, Blue & Red

Black, Blue, Red & White

Black

Star Rating

Product Breakdown

Timbuk2 Spire Backpack

Designed exclusively for apple with the 15" MacBook Pro and/or iPad in mind this backpack offers a stylish design with water resistance thanks to the TPU and canvas fabric construction. The company Timbuk2 was originally founded by a bike messenger so if you're a commuter looking for a quality product, you can rest easy.

The backpack has a quality buckle and offers either a roll top or flap close depending on preference. There is plenty of internal storage and multiple pockets for organization and easy access. The back support is developed with great ventilation and there is a water bottle holder as an added bonus.

The backpack also comes with a lifetime guarantee which is fantastic.

Size: 32L

Material: TPU and canvas fabric

Colors: Army, Merlot, Grey & Black


Pros

Cons

Purchase Now

  • Lifetime guarantee
  • Quick access laptop sleeve
  • The bag is tall and slim so wider objects may struggle to fit
  • Stitching on the bottom of the bag can be off

Hikpro Ultra Lightweight Packable Backpack

This backpack is the perfect daypack for travelers or hikers alike, coming in at only 6.5Oz in weight and a sizable 20L capacity. It is made from light durable water resistant nylon material and has been designed with practicality in mind.

The material and construction allows this bag to be easily folded into a small pocket, this is great for when you need to stuff it into underseat storage on a scooter or into your pocket when bags aren't allowed. We actually had to do this when visiting Forbidden city in Beijing, China. Sure my pockets were super packed, but it worked.

Size: 20L

Material: Light durable water resistant nylon

Colors: Black, Orange, Purple, Green, Blue & Red


Pros

Cons

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  • Two side mesh pockets for water bottles or umbrellas
  • Folds down into small pocket
  • Thin design means the backpack is not padded

Patagonia Black Hole

Patagonia are known for quality products and this backpack is no different. The backpack is made with lightweight and strong ripstop polyester material with a weather resistant laminate finish. It has a main compartment and a padded sleeve which is said to house most 15" laptops. The top section of the bag offers a smaller zippered section for organization.

The backpack has a molded back panel for comfort and durability. The padded straps offer comfort for day hikes with the sternum strap as an added bonus for those who like.

Size: 25L

Material: Ripstop polyester

Colors: Red, White, Black & Blue


Pros

Cons

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  • Zippered front pocket for quick access items
  • Water resistant laminate finish
  • No water bottle holder
  • Questionable zipper quality

The Outbreaker by Tortuga

Tortuga were founded in 2009 with a mission to help you live, work and travel on your own terms. I actually purchased and used the predecessor to this backpack for my recent 12 month Asian trip and have no problem recommending this backpack which offers the added benefit of water resistance.

The main backpack compartment offers 35L storage with multiple pockets for organization. The backpack is constructed with sailcloth material which offers almost complete waterproofing, or pretty bloody good water resistance!

It has soft padding for comfort with an adjustable and removable hip belt. There is a protected laptop sleeve which can house up to a 17" laptop.

Size: 45L

Material: X-pac waterproof sailcloth

Colors: Black


Pros

Cons

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  • Large enough but still within carry-on limits
  • Excellent organization through multiple pockets
  • Front 'flat' pockets aren't very practical
Best Waterproof Backpacks

Finding the right backpack is a huge part of traveling, you need to make sure that the pack meets your needs. These packs have you covered for those water adventures or the daily grind of commuting to work. Which one do you think is the best waterproof backpack?

If you would like to check out what we carried in our backpacks for 12 months through Asia check out our carry-on packing list.

Give me some love by either sharing this article or letting me know what your favorite waterproof backpacks are in the comments below.

Asheville Beer Tour

Asheville Beer Tour Weekend Away

Asheville is known for its art and eclectic nature, nestled in the blue ridge mountains of North Carolina. This town is the perfect weekend getaway destination for couples and families alike. Follow us as we head out on an unofficial Asheville Beer Tour!

Downtown Asheville still has a small town feel, and the highlights we visited were all easy walking distance to each other. As you walk the streets you take in the history on offer, the architecture and old brick buildings add to the town's charm. There are small eateries and gift art shops on every corner and you can see that the people visiting are having just as much fun as you are.

Asheville Beer Tour

Stunning architecture

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better

Albert Einstein

Although relatively small Asheville still has lots to see, and downtown Asheville is perfect for foodies and craft beer lovers! There are the beautiful blue ridge mountains which offer many hiking trips for all levels. And then there is the Biltmore.

We have actually visited Asheville three times in the last 6 months once to visit Biltmore Estate and two times to explore downtown Asheville. We’ll no doubt head back and I’d love to spend more time exploring the hiking trails on offer.

Biltmore Estate is the largest privately owned home in America, built between 1889 and 1895. It has 35 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms and is set on roughly 8,000 acres of land. It is set in well-manicured gardens and has a fantastic outlook. Although we didn't undertake the audio tour, I'd highly recommend it, as you are walking around for roughly two hours, winding through different rooms and wings. There is so much history and information to take in, it's amazing to think that people lived this way. Let alone in the 18th century, I mean, they had a heated pool, a bowling lane, and an intercom.

Asheville Beer Tour

Biltmore Estate is beautiful

If you are a fan of wine you should definitely stop by the Biltmore Estate winery. It is located on the Biltmore Estate property and offers complimentary tastings from among 20 varieties. A winery tour and gift items can be purchased separately. We found the help-staff to be professional, friendly and generous with the pours!

There is even onsite accommodation available if you want to really take your time experiencing everything the Biltmore estate has to offer.

To say that this place is impressive is an understatement, and I'd definitely suggest visiting if you have the chance. You can find all the information you need on their site.

If you are a lover of craft beer, you will find yourself in luck whilst visiting Asheville. We visited multiple breweries during our most recent visit (on our unofficial Asheville Beer Tour), and there were many we didn't get to see. If you are fortunate to visit during good weather you can enjoy the sunshine whilst sampling some delicious beer.

On this visit, we discovered the New Belgium Brewing Company which has a great large outdoor area and a number of fine craft beers on tap. This brewery is both pet and family friendly, there were many dogs sitting around with owners during our visit.

Asheville Beer Tour

Fun in the sun at New Belgium Brewery

Sierra Nevada is such an experience, this place is huge, the restaurant has fantastic food (Vegetarian-friendly) and it has heaps of beer on tap. They offer multiple brewery tours including a free one, but you need to book in advance as they fill up fast. If you miss out on the official tour you can take a self-guided tour and still see this place in all its glory. 

Asheville Beer Tour

Sierra Nevada is awesome

Greenman offers great beer with a friendly relaxed atmosphere. It has both a ground floor and a third floor with seating and taps. You can oversee the brewing and production equipment in the large open area. This place is the perfect hang out on a cold fall day, fitted with an outdoor bar and heaters to keep you warm 

Burial is best described as a strange unit, it has random pictures of Magnum Pi and sloth dotted around the establishment, but it has delicious beer (try the coffee saison). This place gets busy, so if you are set for an afternoon of drinking be prepared to line up for both beer and a seat alike, but you won't be disappointed if you do.

Asheville Beer Tour

Dad was pretty excited about this one

Hi-Wire Brewing is a cool place, there concept and marketing are fun and their beer is tasty. Their brewery is well sized with plenty of cover and an outdoor beer garden. It’s a great place to sit back, relax whilst playing your favorite board game, check out the huge Jenga!

Asheville Beer Tour

Spending time with friends

STAY: There are many options available for all budgets. The Lofts are located in downtown Asheville, and allow you to walk to everything on offer.

EAT: Salsas: Mexican & Caribbean staples with tequila & rum cocktails in a simple storefront setting. Caters for all spice levels, our food was delicious and spicy! 


Tupelo Honey: An all-day menu of Southern comfort food with a creative twist, plus craft beers & cocktails. The biscuits and jam are amazing! Expect to wait for a table, especially during peak times. Our wait was 30 minutes for breakfast on a Sunday morning.

PLAY: Visit the Biltmore Estate - Visit the Blue Ridge Mountains. Take an official or unofficial Asheville Beer Tour

TIPS: Visit the drum circle located in downtown Pritchard Park. This cool gathering of free-spirited souls occurs every Friday night (April-October). Lose yourself to the beat of the drum and dance like nobody's watching or bring along your own drum and play into the night.

Borobudur Feature

Yogyakarta – Should You Purchase A Borobudur Tour?

When planning my trip to Yogyakarta, one of my first questions was whether to do a Borobudur tour, a Prambanan tour or try and see these temples independently. I knew I definitely wanted to visit them, but I wasn't sure how hard it would be to see them on my own.

If you're anything like me, when you fly into Jakarta, Indonesia you're already counting the hours before you can leave again. Luckily this visit was only a stopover, before continuing east on the island of Java. My first stop Yogyakarta was arguably the cultural heart of this island with many temples to explore.

After some research and speaking with the hostel staff at Ostic House, I decided that I didn't need to purchase a Borobudur tour package, rather, I could save some money and experience these temples on my own terms. I like the idea of having as long or as little time available to view significant sites and not have to be rushed by a busy tour group.

By opting to not join a Borobudur tour it allowed me to save some money, travel slower and experience the beauty of these sites. If however you like schedules and meeting other travelers, a tour may be right for you.

I have outlined below the details I needed to complete an independent tour of both Borobudur and Prambanan.

OUR HAPPIEST MOMENTS AS TOURISTS ALWAYS SEEM TO COME WHEN WE STUMBLE UPON ONE THING WHILE IN PURSUIT OF SOMETHING ELSE. — LAWRENCE BLOCK

Borobudur

Borobudur is the single largest Buddhist structure anywhere on earth, a magnificent temple complex with great attention to detail. I was taken back by the sheer size of this temple, which was much larger than expected, and the story etched into the stone of the temple is fascinating.

Borobudur Tour

Borobudur Temple

Costs

Entry
  • 280,000RP ($21 USD) for foreigners
  • 30,000 ($2.25 USD) for locals

The combined ticket for both Borobudur and Prambanan is 432,000RP ($32 USD) which saves roughly $9USD compared to purchasing the entry tickets separately.

Scooter Hire
  • Prices vary, 60,000Rp ($5 USD) for the day
  • Petrol will cost you anywhere up to 15,000Rp ($1.25 USD) per litre
Parking
  • Available onsite for cars 10,000RP ($0.80 USD)
  • Available across the road for motorbikes 5,000RP ($0.40 USD).
Optional
  • A Borobudur tour guide will cost you 100,000Rp ($8 USD) per hour.
Total Cost
  • Around $25 if purchasing the combined ticket, accounting for additional petrol. Excluding food and souvenirs

Opening Hours

6:00AM - 5:00PM. Although there is a special sunrise package available for 400,000RP ($30 USD) which lets you explore the complex from 4:30AM.

Getting There

If you are staying around the Yogyakarta city then Borobudur temple complex or Barede Hill are located about 1.5 hours ride or about 50KM away. There are guest houses closer to Borobudur if you prefer to stay closer and have more of a sleep in.

I set off from my hostel at 3:30AM to make it in time to view sunrise over Borobudur. Initially I was riding through city roads, but eventually there was some significant highway riding. I was able to reach the Barede Hill overlooking Borobudur 95% of the way using Google maps and once I was within a 5 minute ride to parking I was approached by a local offering to guide me the last part of the trip. I initially declined the offer, though after being rerouted a couple of times and the sun rising quickly, I took up the second offer for assistance, and at 10,000RP ($.075 USD) including parking it was well worth it.

Barede Hill overlooking Borobudur Tour

Barede Hill overlooking Borobudur

I arrived to the top of the hill as the last darkness escaped the rising sun. The valley below me was blanketed with a thick fog, so it was hard to see the Borobudur temple. Though the view was still fantastic and I stayed there to take it all in while the sun was rising. There were about a dozen other people viewing the sunrise, but there was plenty of room for good photos.

Exploring Borobudur

It took about 10 minutes to get from Barede Hill to Borobudur temple complex. I entered just after 6:00AM and found that it was nice and quiet. I made my way down to the temple and started ascending the stairs. 

I was blown away by the detail etched into the side of the temple! I continued to make my way around the temple and up the stairs to each level and finally to the top.

Borobudur Tour - So much detail

Borobudur - There is so much detail

In hindsight, I should have made my way directly to the top as it was busier by the time I reached it. There are great photo opportunities at the top of Borobudur of the stupas.

Borobudur Tour -  Stupas

Borobudur Stupas are fascinating

It is a large site and you can easily spend a couple of hours exploring it, though keep in mind that there are often school groups arriving at around 8:30 am. It's best to be finished prior to this time if you like a bit more space whilst exploring. I saw a number of tourists arriving just after 8:00AM when I was leaving, by this time it was definitely busier, so I'd highly recommend getting up early.

Borobudur Temple - This place is crazy

Borobudur Temple - This place is crazy

I made my way from Borobudur back towards Prambanan with a stop at a Mendut Buddhist Monastery. This was a great addition to the day. It was free, very serene, had some nice sculptures and was just a really cool place to visit. In my opinion, you won't miss much if you skip the Candi Pawon Temple next to the monastery, especially if you have just visited Borobudur.

Mendut Buddhist Monastery

Find your Zen at Mendut Buddhist Monastery

Prambanan

A collection of massive Hindu temples rise into the sky. Many different structures to see with great detail etched into stone.

Costs

Entry
  • 252,000RP ($19 USD) for foreigners
  • 54,000 ($4 USD) for locals

The combined ticket for both Borobudur and Prambanan is 432,000RP ($32 USD) which saves roughly $9USD compared to purchasing the entry tickets separately.

Scooter Hire
  • Prices vary, 60,000Rp ($5 USD) for the day
  • Petrol will cost you anywhere up to 15,000Rp ($1.25 USD) per litre
Parking
  • Available onsite for cars 15,000RP ($1.25 USD)
  • Available onsite for motorbikes 3,000RP ($0.22 USD).
Optional
  • A Prambanan tour guide will cost you 100,000Rp ($8 USD) per hour.
Total Cost
  • Around $25 if purchasing the combined ticket, accounting for additional petrol. Excluding food and souvenirs

Opening Hours

6:00AM - 6:00PM. The ticket counter closes at 5:15PM

Getting There

The ride from Borobudur towards Prambanan will take about 1 hour, but you do get to experience some beautiful countryside on your way.

Enjoy the Countryside

Enjoy the Countryside

If you are coming from Yogyakarta city area the distance is about 30 minutes or 20KM.

Exploring Prambanan

I arrived at Prambanan in the late afternoon, it was busier than Borobudur and a large tour bus had just arrived, if you are splitting this over two days, I would suggest visiting Prambanan first thing in the morning.

I appreciated the temples for how amazing they were, though after visiting Angkor Wat and Borobudur, I felt a little uninspired. The temples were very busy and it was hard to take a photo without capturing a person taking a selfie which I think took away from the historical beauty of the site.

Prambanan Temple Complex

Prambanan Temple Complex

Make sure to visit the Sewu Temple which I found to be empty of tourists and just as good as the main temple. It is a decent walk from the main complex, though you might be able to hitch a ride with a worker on a forklift like I did.

Don't forget Sewu Temple

Don't forget Sewu Temple

If you have visited a number of other temples in South East Asia, I would probably suggest just visiting Borobudur (including Mendut Buddhist Monastery). However, if you are starting your journey in Yogyakarta or you are especially fond of temples visit both. For me Borobudur was by far the more amazing temple experience!

STAY: Ostic House Hostel - This hostel is in a good location, close to restaurants and within a medium walk to most tourist attractions around Yogyakarta city centre. If a hostel is not your thing, be sure to check out the other Yogyakarta accommodation options available.

EAT: Breakfast - before you go or take snacks with you to enjoy while you're taking in the sunrise.

PLAY: Hire a bicycle - Ride around the city and take in a number of free tourist attractions

TIPS: Allow yourself a minimum of 2 hours for Borobudur and another 2 hours for Prambanan.

rocket city Huntsville, AL

Best Things To Do In Rocket City – Huntsville, AL

If you've never been to Huntsville, you may have preconceived notions of what Alabama is all about. I'll be honest, being from the south, I grew up thinking Alabama was just full of backwater rednecks. However, during my recent trip, I was pleasantly surprised to find there was MUCH more to 'Bama!

ONCE IN A WHILE IT REALLY HITS PEOPLE THAT THEY DON’T HAVE TO EXPERIENCE THE WORLD IN THE WAY THEY HAVE BEEN TOLD TO. – ALAN KEIGHTLEY

Huntsville, the third largest city in Alabama, is full of culture. The food, music and sites make it the perfect introduction to the state and a great place to explore! Follow our tips below on how to make the most out of your experience.

Hello Huntsville

Hello Huntsville

Stay

Holiday Inn Research Park - Situated in a central area, the Holiday Inn makes you feel right at home. With a selection of reasonably priced rooms available, an in/outdoor pool and a fitness center, you're sure to enjoy your time here. They offer a complimentary shuttle which makes seeing the sites a breeze! Also home to the infamous Hopper's Bar and Grill, you can eat breakfast, lunch or dinner here and take in the action happening at the bar every weekend. Everyone is welcome!

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Best Underwear For Backpacking

The Best Underwear For Backpacking in 2018

Before traveling for 12 months I was determined to find the best underwear for backpacking. I was used to wearing standard cotton briefs, though I knew these would not cut it for the day-to-day activities of a somewhat adventurous backpacker.

I wanted to find something I could rely on, day in, day out. I wanted something which would be comfortable, dry fast, pack light and be resistant to odors. All which are a natural part of touring new sites, hiking or going on a morning run.

Below are the top choices for the Best Underwear For Backpacking. This list also includes the pair I chose for my 12-month backpacking trip and still love to this day.

I have also included a section covering the best long underwear for backpacking and the best thermal underwear for backpacking as I felt this category of underwear deserved their own reviews.

What To Look For When Purchasing Travel Underwear?


When looking for any travel underwear I believe you need to satisfy these 4 requirements. Comfort, durability, drying ability and resistance to odors. These requirements are satisfied with well-constructed underwear using quality materials and innovative technology.

Underwear Requirements - Best Underwear For Backpacking

Comfort

Often the comfort of your travel underwear will come down to personal preference; some people like a snug fit, whilst others like something a little more loose fitting. It also depends on the activity you are performing. For example a snug pair of underwear will offer you the support you need if you are completing a physical activity like running.

The material used to construct the underwear is also important and our top choices are made from a range of quality materials including wool, polyester, and nylon.

Finally, each brand has their own recipe for the most comfortable pair of underwear with their own special features. This is great for us as a consumer as they're innovating their products to get into your underwear drawer.

Durability

Whether you are traveling long term, taking a short trip or just looking for everyday use, you'll appreciate a pair of underwear that is built to last. They need to be able to be easily washed, be it in a washing machine, sink, river or whatever body of water you have available. They may also get squished and stuffed into small pockets or any free space in your backpack.

Dried in a dryer, under the sun or next to an open fire, as travelers we put our clothes to the test. The last thing you want is to have to buy more underwear whilst on the road or even worse go commando.

Luckily each of the underwear we reviewed below has stood the test of time and get a tick for the durability requirement.

Drying Ability

There is nothing worse than getting stuck wearing wet underwear. If you've ever woken up early and had to put on cold, wet underwear for a long day ahead, you know what I am talking about.

Fortunately, each of the products under review contains moisture wicking technology to help pull moisture away from the body and also help reduce the drying time.

When on the road you don't always have access to the Western comforts like a dryer, so it comes in handy when your underwear is super quick to dry.

Odor Resistance

Each of our recommended underwear choices offers the all-important odor resistance feature. This is definitely a must have when you are traveling. Whether you find yourself traveling in a humid Asian country or somewhere a little more brisk like Nepal, you can be sure that you will still appreciate the odor resistance, especially if you enjoy being active.

Some materials like wool are naturally odor resistant, whilst other materials like polyester and nylon are specially treated in the fabrication process.

What's The Best Underwear Material?


There are numerous materials that can be used in the construction of underwear. I have decided to list only those materials used in the underwear under review. Often with underwear construction, you will find the manufacturers combine multiple materials to offer a superior end product for the consumer. Taking the best 'benefits' of different materials and combining them into one blend means we are the winners at the end of the day. Like most choices with underwear, the 'best' material depends on your personal preference.

Cotton

A natural fiber approximately 3/8 to 2 inches long, cotton is perhaps the most popular fiber for fabric in the world. It is soft, comfortable and breathes well.

Merino Wool

It's as natural as they come, obviously the sheep think so! It is known to keep you warm when needed, allow moisture to wick away from the body. It's naturally odor free and comfortable to wear.

Nylon

A synthetic fabric made from petroleum product, nylon was first developed as an alternative to silk. It’s lightweight, durable, resistant to damage, and has low moisture absorbency.

Polyester

An extremely durable synthetic fiber, polyester has superb strength, resilience and generally does not wrinkle. It is quick drying, maintains shape and is known for its ability to hold color well.

Polypropylene

A synthetic material with durability benefits, colorfast properties with a wool like feel.

Spandex / Lycra

Spandex, also known as elastane, is a synthetic fiber made from polyurethane. An alternative to latex, it is lightweight, elastic, durable, and resistant to moisture.

I have sourced the above material information from The Underwear Expert which is a great resource for those people who want to delve deeper into their underwear buying choices.

Best Underwear For Backpacking


Comparison Table

Feature /Brand

​Exofficio

​Ice Breakers

Helly Hansen

​Under Armor

MyPakage

Comfort/Style

Boxer Brief

Boxer Brief

Boxer Brief

Boxer Brief

Boxer Brief

Durability

Drying Ability

Odor Resistance

Material

Nylon/Lycra

Merino Wool/Blend

Merino Wool/Blend

Nylon/Elastane

Polyester/Spandex

Price

$$$

$$$$

$$$$$

$$$

$$$$

Star Rating

Product Breakdown


Exofficio GIVE-N-GO SPORT MESH 6"

The Exofficio Give-N-Go perform as a great all-rounder underwear, the ultralight mesh is great for being active and offer comfort & support when needed, whether hitting the gym or tackling a day of sightseeing. They use moisture wicking technology to keep you dry when needed and also have quick dry characteristics. Perfect when you're on the road. They offer a stretchy, snug fit, when worn.

Material: 92% Nylon / 8% Lycra


Pros

Cons

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  • Ultralight mesh is breathable & quick drying
  • Ergonomic flyless panel
  • Antimicrobial treatment reduces odor in fabric
  • Snug, active fit
  • Prone to pilling after multiple uses

Icebreaker Anatomica Boxers with Fly

Built for comfort these underwear are made from top quality Merino wool and a nylon blend which guarantees a comfortable fit. Designed for everyday wear and weekend adventures, they promote a super-soft, stretchy and highly durable underwear. The Merino wool is naturally comfortable, odor neutral and promotes moisture distribution. Recommended for those seeking an active lifestyle and underwear which can keep up with you.

Material: 83% Merino Wool / 12% Nylon / 5% Lycra


Pros

Cons

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  • Odor resistant
  • Updated with improved fit
  • Contoured pouch with functioning fly
  • Flatlock seams to prevent chafing
  • Some users report that these underwear ride up a bit during normal wear

Helly Hansen Warm Boxer

These feature packed underwear are most suited to cooler climates, built with the HH Warm technology which provides a dry, warm, lightweight garment that prove great as a base layer. Naturally allergy neutral and odor reducing due to the premium Merino wool used in this product. Great for those hikes where it will be a little cooler.

Material: 57% Merino Wool / 43% Polypropylene


Pros

Cons

Purchase Now

  • HH®Warm technology
  • Dry next to skin
  • Merino wool warmth
  • Allergy neutral
  • Some users report that they can be a bit small for the size

Under Armour Iso-Chill Mesh 6" Boxerjock

There's a passion behind this brand which shines through on its products. The Iso-Chill underwear are great for active people. With technology allowing you to remain flexible and keep you cool whilst you're working out. These are also quick drying which is a huge benefit when traveling. Recommended for everyday use as well as those more active travelers.


Pros

Cons

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  • Iso-Chill mesh fabric helps disperse body heat
  • 4-way stretch fabrication allows greater mobility in any direction
  • Moisture Transport System wicks sweat & dries quickly
  • Performance waistband
  • Some users report that they don't in fact feel cool to the touch as advertised

MyPakage Action Boxer Brief

Promising to keep you dry and comfortable during any activity is no small feat. Though the guys at MyPakage have the innovative technology to back this statement up. The action series is specifically designed for sport in mind which make these a great pair of underwear for the active backpacker. Again like the other products reviewed the action boxer brief have wicking and quick dry technology build in. Suitable for highly active enthusiasts looking for extra support.

Material: 100% Polyester 


Pros

Cons

Purchase Now

  • 100% hydrophobic wicking polyester
  • Ultra-light and breathable
  • Sublimated prints that won’t crack or fade
  • 1 1/2-inch logo-detailed no-roll waistband
  • Keyhole technology (to hold 'things' in place) may not be everyone's cup of tea

Best Long Underwear For Backpacking


Whilst all of the underwear under review above are the standard 6" variety, there are times when a longer underwear is preferable. I admit it took me some time to get used to the longer 9" variety after always wearing 6", but I did enjoy the longer cut when starting early on day hikes. The extra length provided me with more coverage and warmth. Although I'm not prone to chafing, some users report that the longer underwear offer better protection against the uncomfortable rubbing.

Comparison Table

Feature /Brand

​Exofficio

Saxx

New Balance

Comfort/Style

Boxer Brief 9"

Boxer Brief 9"

Boxer Brief 9"

Durability

Drying Ability

Odor Resistance

Material

Nylon/Lycra

Nylon/Spandex

Polyester/Spandex

Price

$$$

$$$

$$

Star Rating

Product Breakdown

Exofficio GIVE-N-GO SPORT MESH 9"

The Exofficio Give-N-Go perform as a great all-rounder underwear, the ultralight mesh is great for being active and offer comfort & support when needed, whether hitting the gym or tackling a day of sightseeing. They use moisture wicking technology to keep you dry when needed and also have quick dry characteristics. Perfect when you're on the road. They offer a stretchy, snug fit, when worn. The 9" variety offer the extra protection for those who are prone to chafing.

Material: 92% Nylon / 8% Lycra 


Pros

Cons

Purchase Now

  • Ultralight mesh is breathable & quick drying
  • Ergonomic flyless panel
  • Antimicrobial treatment reduces odor in fabric
  • Snug, active fit
  • Prone to pilling after multiple uses

Saxx Kinetic Long Leg Boxers 9"

A very popular option in long underwear Saxx Kinetic Long Leg Boxers are great for active pursuits such as marathon training sessions or weekend jogs. They offer are supportive and comfortable fit with moisture-wicking and quick-drying performance. Users report that they also good at reducing chaffing.

Material: 90% Nylon / 10% Spandex


Pros

Cons

Purchase Now

  • Patented BallPark Pouch™ for friction-free support
  • Three-D Fit™ with 9-panel construction
  • Non-chafing Flat Out Seams™
  • Anti-microbial technology keeps odors at bay
  • No Fly

New Balance Men's DRY Fresh Boxer Briefs 9"

These 9 inch boxer briefs are engineered with comfort and performance in mind. The unique 4-way stretch fabric blend allows for total freedom of movement while taking moisture away from the skin quickly for fast drying. Ideal for a wide range of activities, the advanced construction utilizes minimal seams, and fly opening to make you comfortable all the way around, day in and day out.

Material: 87% Polyester / 13% Spandex​


Pros

Cons

Purchase Now

  • Boxer brief with 9 inch "no-ride" inseam and tag less labels
  • Lightweight 4-way stretch
  • Quick wicking
  • Odor Resistant
  • Some users report that they don't wick moisture very well

Best Thermal Underwear For Backpacking


If you've ever been exploring a new destination and wished you'd packed some thermal underwear I know how you feel. I recently completed the climb up Mount Kinabalu in Borneo and was very uncomfortable when I reached the peak. I arrived sooner than expected and had to wait over an hour to see the sunrise. Now when traveling I make sure to carry a pair of thermal underwear, just in case.

Comparison Table

Feature /Brand

​Duofold

Tesla Gear

Carhartt

Comfort/Style

Thermal Pant

Thermal Pant

Thermal Legging

Durability

Drying Ability

Odor Resistance

Material

Cotton/Polyester

Polyester / Spandex

Cotton

Price

$$

$$

$$$

Star Rating

Product Breakdown

Duofold Mid-Weight Wicking Thermal Pant

These thermal pants offer a classic 2-ply cotton-rich built with a close to body fit. They are best suited for everyday warmth during low activity levels. If you are planning high level activities like a hike, they may not be the best choice, though they do offer a wicking feature. The soft texture-rich knit traps air between two thermal layers which allows a chill-blocking barrier that keeps you comfortably warm. Ankle length with chill-blocking rib-knit cuffs and non-chafe flat-locked seams.

Material: 60% Cotton / 40% Polyester​


Pros

Cons

Purchase Now

  • Double layer fabric
  • Chafe-resistant seams
  • Wicking properties
  • Machine washable
  • Some users report that they fit tight and can be a bit small for the size

Tesla Thermal Baselayer Pants

These thermal underwear are designed for warmth with a fleece lining. The multiple layers ensure that moisture is drawn away from the body whilst maintaining the body's heat. They offer a snug fit with a stretchy feel. They also come in a variety of offerings depending on your needs, such as performance, thermal and multi-layering.

Material: 87% Polyester / 13% Spandex​


Pros

Cons

Purchase Now

  • Moisture sensing
  • Quick drying
  • Lightweight and comfortable
  • Added warmth via fleece lining
  • Some users report that they fit tight and can be a bit small for the size

Carhartt Base Force Wicking Cotton Super Cold Weather Legging

These thermal underwear are made of 9.5-ounce, 100-percent cotton ring-spun knit. They have moisture wicking technology which helps keep you dry when needed. With an elastic waistband they offer a comfortable snug fit. They are machine washable and promote wear for cold weather.

Material: 100% Cotton


Pros

Cons

Purchase Now

  • Moisture wicking
  • Stain breaker technology helps release stains in the wash
  • Reinforced stitching
  • Rib-knit cuffs to keep in warmth
  • Some users report that they can be tight around the ankle

As you can see, there are so many good choices out there for travel underwear. In the end, I decided on Exofficio Men's Give-N-Go Sport 6" Boxer Briefs for my travels. I found that these boxers exceeded my expectations and were great whether I was traveling through the Philippines or trekking the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal.

Underwear is such a personal choice, though I feel that if you choose one of the pairs above for your trip or for everyday use you will not be disappointed. If you would like to see what else I packed on my trip be sure to check out our carry-on packing list.

Give me some love by either sharing this article or letting me know what your favorite travel underwear are in the comments below.

Fun Things to do in North Alabama

Fun Things to do in North Alabama in 72 Hours!

With so much to see and so little time, follow our guide on how to maximize your long weekend finding fun things to do in North Alabama!

Experience the artistic side of Alabama and see where art and culture meet!

Alabama, you had me at hello! - Fun Things to do in North Alabama

Alabama, you had me at hello!

THE WHOLE OBJECT OF TRAVEL IS NOT TO SET FOOT ON FOREIGN LAND, IT IS AT LAST TO SET FOOT ON ONE'S OWN COUNTRY AS A FOREIGN LAND - G. K. CHESTERTON

Get outdoors and enjoy the natural beauty Northern Alabama has to offer. Soak in the greenest of the greens, the bluest of the blues, and the best nature has. And then, with so much to see, you’re bound to work up an appetite. So make sure you treat yourself along the way!

SEE

Kamama Gallery

If you like art, history and the cutest couple going around, this is the place for you. Meet Sandra and Ray, gallery owners and operators. Locals of Mentone and married for over 50 years, they have a wealth of stories and experiences to share. Kamama is the Cherokee word for "butterfly" so come spread your wings and enjoy your time at one of Metone's classics! Grab a cup of coffee from the café and take your time exploring the gallery. Reservations are appreciated, but not required.

Contact Details

Hours of Operation (CST)

Gallery

  • Friday - Sunday 11am - 4pm & by appt

Cafe

  • Monday 8am - 8pm
  • Thursday - Sunday 11am - 4pm & 5pm - 8pm

Spa

  • Thursday - Monday 11am - 4pm
Aunt Sandra & Uncle Ray ;) - Fun Things to do in North Alabama

Aunt Sandra & Uncle Ray 😉

Miracle Pottery

Meet Belinda Miracle, potter extraordinaire. When life threw her lemons, she decided to throw pots. Explore the magic of Miracle Pottery and hear about Belinda’s story. Be sure to ask about “Breaking Free.” A true inspiration, it is absolutely worth your time to stop by and check it out! And while you’re there, why not pick something up as a gift for someone back home.

Contact Details

Hours of Operation (CST)

  • 7 days a week!
  • 10am - 6pm
Welcome to Miracle Pottery! - Fun Things to do in North Alabama

Welcome to Miracle Pottery!

PLAY

DeSoto State Park

Depending on the amount of time you have on your hands to explore this 3,500-acre State Park, prepare yourself for an adventure. Stop by the visitors center to get an overview of the Park, pick up a map and watch a video showing the highlights the Park has to offer. The rest is up to you! Explore the waterfall, take it all in by the canyon, or see what kind of plant and wildlife you discover in the area. Camp, hike, fish, golf, eat and stay – they have it all! We loved our time exploring!

Contact Details

Hours of Operation (CST)

  • 7 Days a Week!
Check out the incredible, carnivorous, pitcher plant! - Fun Things to do in North Alabama

Check out the incredible, carnivorous, pitcher plant!

Little River Canyon

Park at the top and enjoy a short stroll down to the falls. Soak up the serenity of the falls. Listen to the crashing waters and witness the beauty of the area. Restrooms and picnic areas available, so plan some time to really experience it. If you’re feeling more adventurous, check out the trail that’s leads you to Martha’s Falls.

Contact Details

Hours of Operation (CST)

  • 7 Days a Week!

Winter

  • October - April
  • 8am - 5pm

Summer

  • May - September
  • 8am - 7pm
Little River Canyon is calling! - Fun Things to do in North Alabama

Little River Canyon is calling!

EAT

Wildflower Café

With a sign out front saying, “All you need is love,” you know you’re in for a treat! Voted the best restaurant in Alabama and one of the 100 places you have to eat before you die, Wildflower Café is not to be missed. The food is fresh and made with lots of love. Something to suit everyone at a price you can not beat. After you’ve finished eating, browse throughout the store. Find a mixture of handmade jewelry to soy candles to original souvenirs from the area. Reservations are appreciated, but not required, though be prepared to wait if you are not booked in.

Contact Details

Hours of Operation (CST)

  • 7 Days a Week!

Cafe

  • Monday - Wednesday 11am - 2pm
  • Thursday - Saturday 11am - 3pm & 4-8pm
  • Sunday 11am - 3pm

General Store

  • Monday - Wednesday 10am - 3pm
  • Thursday - Saturday 10am - 9pm
  • Sunday 10am - 4pm
  • On holiday weekends, open an extra hour on Sunday
Love is all you need! - Fun Things to do in North Alabama

Love is all you need!

DeSoto State Park Mountain Inn Restaurant

Stop in for some good Southern home style cooking! Take advantage of the Friday night seafood buffet April-November. Saturday & Sunday, load up on the breakfast buffet or stick around for the lunch buffet offered each Sunday.

Contact Details

Hours of Operation (CST)

Restaurant

  • 7 Days a Week!
  • Breakfast 7am - 10am
  • Lunch 11am - 2pm
  • Dinner 5pm - 8pm
  • January & February – restaurant is closed on Tuesday & Wednesday
You won't leave hungry! - Fun Things to do in North Alabama

You won't leave hungry!

SHOP

Unclaimed Baggage Center

Have you ever lost your baggage? Wondering what happens to it if it goes unclaimed? Well, come explore the only place of its kind – the Unclaimed Baggage Center. Welcoming over a million visitors a year from all 50 states and over 40 countries, this is truly a once in a lifetime experience. Be prepared to hunt to find the best deals. However, unlike thrift stores, remember, these are things people wanted but lost, not things they freely gave away! They make giving back and important part of their culture, so come experience it for yourself. Plan to be around at 2pm daily when they do the Baggage Experience. Get involved for your chance to win a gift card for your shopping pleasure. Stop by Cups Café and grab a coffee to sip on while you shop, or take a break from the deals and enjoy a delicious bite to eat. This was THE most fun thing to do in North Alabama! Get ready to shop til you drop!

Contact Details

  • 509 West Willow St.
    Scottsboro, AL 35768
  • (256) 259-1525
  • https://www.unclaimedbaggage.com/

Hours of Operation (CST)

  • Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm
  • Saturday 8am - 7pm
  • Closed Sundays, Thanksgiving and Christmas
You never know what's inside! - Fun Things to do in North Alabama

You never know what's inside!

STAY

Goosepond Colony Resort

Take in the sounds of Mother Nature as you wake up on the Tennessee River. Stay in either a 4-bedroom private cottage, or set yourself up in a room in the lodge. Come play golf at one of their two 18-hole courses, go fishing, or just enjoy some quality time away from it all, soaking up nature. Enjoy a restful nights sleep before you prepare for the next leg of your journey!

Contact Details

Hours of Operation (CST)

  • 7 Days a Week!
Wake up to this! - Fun Things to do in North Alabama

Wake up to this!

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Usa Travel Tips

USA Travel Tips: Maximising Your Short Vacation

Looking to maximise your short vacation? Busy Americans need to make the most of every second of their vacation time – which is already much less time than the rest of the world. On average, Americans only have two weeks of holiday time, and let’s face it; most of us spend that amount of time just on Christmas. This means we are forced to have shorter vacations than we would like. However, in a few short days, you can still have an incredible vacation.

Here are our top USA travel tips for making the absolute most of a short trip away!

Don’t Go Too Far!

Of course, traveling to far off places is fantastic, and experiencing different cultures and places is recommended. However, for a long weekend away, you don’t want to spend more time on a plane than off it, plus jet-lag can take a day or so to shake and if you spend your weekend in a sleep deprived daze you are unlikely to have the time of your life.

Don't Go Too Far - USA Travel Tips

Don’t Go Too Far

Plan in Advance!

Scientific studies have actually found that holidaymakers are the happiest when planning and anticipating their upcoming holiday! Take pleasure in planning your trip in advance and take advantage of companies such as Musement, which allows you to find every type of activity you can imagine in the area you are visiting, even if you are after something off the beaten track! It is also helpful to get tickets in advance!

Take it Easy!

It is very easy to overbook your trip with loads of fun activities. However, if you want to make the most of your time, you don’t want to be burnt out from going from one exhausting event to another. Make sure to schedule time to relax and enjoy your vacation, and don’t sweat too much if you don’t see every minuscule detail of your destination.

Take it easy - USA Travel Tips

Take it easy

Get a Tour Guide!

If you want to see the most in the short amount of time that you have on your trip, it can be wise to hire a tour guide. That way, you will have expert wisdom at the palm of your hands, and won’t have to waste any time on insignificant details. That is their job.

Take the Road Less Traveled

People often struggle to get the most from their holidays simply because there are just too many people who’ve had the same idea. This is why it is advised to try and plan your vacation around low seasons or even going to less well known destinations less well-known destinations. This way you won’t be miserable in lines around the block.

Take the road less traveled - USA Travel Tips

Take the road less traveled

Don’t Bring Home With You!

The most common way to make sure that your vacation isn’t all that it should be is if you are constantly working or worrying about things at home that you can’t control. Make sure you know when to turn your phone off and let someone in charge on the other end deal with that stuff.

End Big!

Make sure you save the best for last. Plan the best food, the most exciting excursions, and the most entertaining shows on your last day. This way you have something to look forward to for the end of the trip, and the last memory of your trip is the best and the strongest.

It is a good idea to factor in a relaxing evening or two after long days exploring where you can enjoy a dinner and relax a little. That way you can get the absolute most from your vacation, and enjoy a wide range of different activities.

What are your favorite USA Travel Tips? Share them in the comments below.

 

Emily Jones is a creative writing graduate originally from the North of England but now living and working as a freelance writer in Rome. She is passionate about traveling and sharing her experiences through her writing.

Explore the best of Myanmar

Explore the Best Myanmar has to Offer in 3-Weeks

With so much to see and so little time, here’s how to make the most of your 3-weeks taking in the best Myanmar has to offer! Everything from obtaining your visa to the best time to visit based on weather patterns. Find out where to go, what to see and eat and where to stay. Work out your budget and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime!

 

STOP WORRYING ABOUT THE POTHOLES IN THE ROAD AND CELEBRATE THE JOURNEY. – FITZHUGH MULLAN

 

Enjoy the beauty and serenity of Myanmar! The Best Myanmar

Enjoy the beauty and serenity of Myanmar!

 

MYANMAR VISA

As Myanmar has only been open to the public since late-2011, a pre-arranged visa is required for all visitors. Apply online at http://evisa.moip.gov.mm/.

MYANMAR WEATHER: What’s The Best Myanmar Season?

Myanmar has a tropical monsoon climate with 3 distinct seasons, so plan your trip accordingly.

  • Cool: November – February
    • Warm to hot (but bearable) & relatively dry
    • Least humid, most comfortable temperatures
    • Peak season
  • Hot: March – May
    • Extremely hot & dry
    • Often dusty & hazy
  • Rainy: June – October
    • Monsoon season
      • June – August
        • Heavy, constant rainfall
        • Especially in Yangon
      • September – October
        • Intermittent rainfall with a bit more sun
        • Especially in Mandalay & Bagan

 

SEE MYANMAR – OUR BEST STAY, PLAY, EAT TIPS BY CITY

Here’s an overview of the places we visited and would recommend:

MANDALAY

Buddhism is a major part of Myanmar's culture! - The Best Myanmar

Buddhism is a major part of Myanmar’s culture!

STAY

  • Four Rivers B & B – Choose from either a private room or a pod style bunk bed. The pods are great! They offer a curtain, power plugs and your own personal life, so even though you’re living the dorm life, you’ll enjoy a bit of privacy.

PLAY

  • Mandalay Hill – Take a trip to Mandalay Hill to soak up a beautiful sunset.
  • Visit the Ancient Cities
    • Amarapurna
      • Maha Gandhayon Monastery – Witness the beautiful procession of the monks receiving alms. Public is welcome, but please respect their culture.
      • U Bain Bridge – A popular place to watch the sunset, so get there early. Secure your viewing spot on the bridge, or head out with one of the local boats to get a different perspective.
    • Inwa
      • Boat Ride – Set on an island, enjoy a short boat ride as you enjoy a 15-20 minute cruise across the water.
      • Horse & Cart Tours – Once you get to the other side, hop on one of the horse and cart tours. It’s often muddy, so trust us, you don’t want to try and walk it. Plus, it’s the best way to see the island, so the small fee (5,000 kyat – $4) you pay is definitely worth it.
      • Bagaya Monastery – Check out this beautiful wooden monastery. This is also where they collect the historical site fee (10,000 kyat – $7.50).
      • Yadana Hsimi Pagodas – Visit ancient pagodas in ruins and see a 200-year old Banyon tree. It is absolutely stunning!
    • Sagaing
      • Sagaing Hill – Climb to the top to see the numerous pagodas lining the hills. It’s definitely a site to be seen.
      • U Min Thonze Pagoda – Explore this sprawling pagoda and experience the beauty that surrounds this pagoda inside and out.
Don't be a stick in the mud, haha! The Best Myanmar

Don’t be a stick in the mud, haha!

EAT

  • Mr. Bar B Q – Don’t let the name fool you! While they do offer a bar b q buffet, there is an assortment of things on the menu to suit every taste.
  • If you decide to stay at Four Rivers B&B, make sure to check out the restaurant next door to it. It has a great assortment of rice and noodle dishes that are to die for!

TIPS

  • If arriving by air, get a shared bus from the airport direct to your hotel for 4,000 kyat/person ($3). A direct taxi costs 12,000 kyat ($9).
  • To visit certain sites, you will need to pay a Mandalay Historical Site Fee which costs 10,000 kyat ($7.50).

 

MONYWA

Enjoy the magic of the Pho Win Taung Caves! The Best Myanmar

Enjoy the magic of the Pho Win Taung Caves!

 

STAY

  • Hotel Chidwin – Expensive for what it is, but Chidwin still offers the most affordable option in town. It’s clean and in a central location, so don’t hesitate to check it out and call it home for the night.

PLAY

  • Pho Win Taung Caves – If you haven’t heard of these caves, you should! With thousands of Buddha figures spread throughout the caves, it is definitely worth the trip and the 2,500 kyat/person ($2). P.S. you will need a motorbike to get there.
They may look sweet, but beware of the monkey's! The Best Myanmar

They may look sweet, but beware of the monkey’s!

 

EAT

  • Zwe Mann Myanmar Food – Just a short stroll from the Chidwin Hotel, enjoy a traditional Myanmar buffet lunch for only 3,000 kyat ($2.50). You will not leave hungry and will get the opportunity to try a wide range of local cuisine.

TIPS

  • Sites are relatively spread out, so you can’t do it all in one day; even though distances make things seem close, the road conditions makes it take longer.
  • If visiting Pho Win Taung Caves, make sure to get a guide once on site. It costs 3-4,000 kyat ($2.50-3) and is well worth the price.

 

BAGAN

Beautiful Bagan sunrise! The Bet Myanmar

Beautiful Bagan sunrise!

STAY

  • Shwe Na Di Guesthouse – Located in Nyaung U, this central location puts you in walking distance to everything you need including great restaurants & local temples. With great on site amenities, including dorm & private room options, free breakfast, and bicycles and e-bikes available for hire, you don’t need to look anywhere else!

PLAY

  • Explore Pagodas & Temples – Let’s face it, you wouldn’t be in Bagan if this wasn’t on your agenda! Certain temples are popular for sunrise and sunset – just ask once you arrive and take your pick. To be honest, some of our best glimpses of sunrises and sunsets were away from the crowds; impromptu stops wherever we were. Grab a map and just go with the flow. Stop at any temples that strike your fancy, stay as long as you want, and just take in the beauty of it all along the way!
  • eBike/Bicycle Rental – There are multiple companies (and most hotels) renting bikes. We paid 6,000 kyat ($5) for an e-bike & 1,500 kyat ($1) for a regular bicycle. Be sure to check the headlight as you may be heading out early in the morning!
  • Sunset Boat Tours – Contact either Bagan Boat Trips (our top pick!) 4,000 kyat/person ($3) for a 1-hour sunset cruise or Cruise de Bagan to secure your spot on a boat. Otherwise, just show up to the jetty and arrange with the boatmen on site.
  • Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Tours – There are currently 3 companies offering tours – Oriental Ballooning,  Balloons Over BaganGolden Eagle. Whilst we didn’t make the investment in the trip, we’ve heard multiple accounts of how brilliant it is. If you’d go, we’d love to hear your story!
So many temples & pagodas to explore! The Best Myanmar

So many temples & pagodas to explore!

 

EAT

  • Moe Pyae Son – Some of the best and cheapest vegetarian food in town…nom, nom, nom! Not to be missed!
  • San Kabar – Specializing in Italian food, the restaurant also offers Chinese and Myanmar food menus – be sure to check it out for yourself!
  • A Little Bit of Bagan – Choose from a selection of Indian, Thai, Chinese and traditional Burmese food – you can’t go wrong!
  • The Moon – With a Tagline of “Be Kind to Animals,” don’t expect to find any meat at this vegetarian restaurant. Fall in love with the setting and the food in one of its two convenient locations!

TIPS

  •  Make the effort to get up for sunrise. Yes, it’s an early morning, but it’s worth it. Plus, how often do you get a chance to see sunrise in Bagan?
  • Get yourself settled for sunrise/set early, to avoid the rush and set yourself up to get that perfect picture.
  • Be respectful of Burmese traditions; do not climb pagodas with signs advising you not to. (We experienced this with some obnoxious tourists)

 

INLE LAKE

Explore Inle! The best Myanmar

Explore Inle!

STAY

  • Friday Inn – Situated in Nyaung Shwe, Friday Inn was undergoing renovations when we visited late 2016. But it was nice when we stayed and can only get better, so go pay the guys a visit!

PLAY

  • Inle Lake Boat Tour – Visit the highlights around the lake including Nga Hpe Chaung (formerly the Jumping Cat Monastery), Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, Ywama Floating Market, In Paw Khone Floating Villages, and an array of local handicrafts, including woodcarving, hand weaving, silversmith and cigar making. Negotiate your price, but expect to pay around 15,000 kyat ($11) depending how hard you negotiate.
  • Red Hill Winery – Don’t miss one of only two wineries in Myanmar. Try a selection of locally grown wines while taking in a beautiful sunset. Wine tasting 5,000 kyat ($4).
Cheers! The Best Myanmar

Cheers!

 

EAT

  • Pub Asiatico – Great place to drop in for a drink or two. We didn’t get a chance to try the food, but the menu had a wide variety. Note, it opens at 4pm, so don’t plan on  enjoying lunch here.
  • Sunflower Restaurant – A simple, yet delicious venue. Our top pick in the area! Go try for yourself and let us know what you think!
  • Red Hill Winery – Whilst enjoying a glass of wine, go ahead and check out the food menu too. Some tasty dishes on offer!

TIPS

  •  Arrange your boat trip ahead of time (a day ahead) for the best likelihood of being able to share a boat.
  • The winery is a bit out of town, and taxi options there and back are a bit pricey. Hire a bike and take a ride to and from instead…you’ll probably want to burn off the calories from the wine anyways.
  • Inle Lake is facing some environmental threats. Check out our tips on how to have a sustainable trip to the area.

 

YANGON

Enjoy interacting with the locals! The Best Myanmar

Enjoy interacting with the locals!

STAY

  •  Nice Day Hotel – This is a comfortable hotel located close to the Hlaing Thar Yar Bus Terminal, perfect for early morning bus trips to Chaung Tha
  •  Agga Guest House – This small hostel is located in downtown Yangon and is within walking distance to bars, restaurants and other attractions in the area. The street surrounding the property has a great local feel

PLAY

  • Shwedagon Pagoda – Unfortunately we ran out of time and were only able to see this Pagoda from a distance. If you have time it should definitely be one of the stops on your itinerary.

EAT:

  • Le Planteur – If you are looking for a fantastic place to eat when in Yangon, then look no further. The food and atmosphere are wonderful and it offers an experience to remember. The prices are expensive so if you are used to eating street food, be prepared to blow the budget.

TIPS

  •  If you’re planning to visit either Chaung Tha or Ngwe Saung beach, you’re best off to go early in the morning. Think about staying on the outskirts of Yangon (Nice Day Hotel) the night before to make the trip a bite easier.

 

CHAUNG THA BEACH

Make sure to wear your sunscreen - The Best Myanmar

Make sure to wear your sunscreen

STAY

  • Hill Garden Hotel – If you want to escape completely, this is the place for you. Set back a short 5-minute walk to the beach, this is your perfect retreat to kick back and completely relax! The team will pick you up from the bus station and take you back when your holiday has come to an end. They have motorbikes for hire on site, offer beautiful buffet and a la carte selections, along with a full service bar.
  • Shwe Hin Tha – If you want to be a bit closer to the action, look no further than Shwe Hin Tha. Situated directly on the beach and at the bus drop off and pick up point, it couldn’t be more convenient.

PLAY

  • Relax on the White Sand Beach – A short ride from Chaung Tha beach, this stunning stretch of beach is perfect to set up in a chair, grab a coconut and relax.
  • Enjoy Sunset – I always love a good sunset and Chaung Tha does not disappoint. Grab a seat, a drink, and settle in to watch the sun do its thing.
  • Check out the Twin Pagodas – While these are highlighted as a top attraction in the area, you won’t be missing much if you don’t get a chance to check them out. Old and rundown, they leave a lot to desire, but as they have a long history and are prominently featured in various paintings in the area, it won’t hurt to take a stroll down the beach to check them out.
  • Rent a Scooter – Since you will be quite remote, if you do want to get out and explore, you will need to hire a scooter. Luckily, most of the hotels have them available on site to rent at affordable rates.
  • Visit Ngwe Saung Beach – Getting from Chaung Tha to Ngwe Saung can be a bit tricky, so ensure you follow our guidelines for a smooth trip.
Always take the time to make friends with puppies! The Best Myanmar

Always take the time to make friends with puppies!

EAT

  • Hill Garden Hotel – With an extensive breakfast buffet and a la carte lunch and dinner options, you’re sure to be satisfied with the selection and value.
  • Shwe Hin Tha – Dine in the restaurant or in the bar area overlooking the beach. If you need wifi, the restaurant is your best bet. If you can get away from your devices, head to the beachfront and soak up the atmosphere, which yes, does include some hawkers.
  • Head to Town – Take a walk (30 minutes one way from Hill Garden Hotel) or ride a scooter (7 minutes each way) to town to explore the variety of restaurants and shops lining the beach.
  • Fisherman’s Bar – Located at Bay of Bengal Resort in Ngwe Saung, this is a great place to drop by and watch the world go by. Sit in the shaded verandas and stay cool with the ceiling fans while enjoying a beautiful meal with some refreshing beverages.

TIPS

  • Bring along some playing cards. It’s a great way to spend some quality time together.
  • Mosquito repellent is crucial!
  • This is the perfect place to get stuck into your favorite book.

 

EATING & DRINKING IN MYANMAR

  • Traditional Dishes: Enjoy a Traditional Burmese Lunch, BBQ, and a number of the Chinese, Indian and Malaysian inspired dishes.
  • Beers: Ranging from Mandalay, Myanmar and Dagon , let us know which is your favorite!
Check out the cheroot cigarettes, errr…cigars…puff, puff, give! The Best Myanmar

Check out the cheroot cigarettes, errr…cigars…puff, puff, give!

 

MYANMAR BUDGET

We budgeted for $71.63 USD/day (for 2 people). Actual was $57.66/day x 18 days = $1,038 total.

Breakdown below:

  • Accommodation – $394
  • Beverages – $38
  • Food – $195
  • Transport – $151 *
  • Entertainment – $224
  • Miscellaneous – $36 **

 

*excludes flight from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Mandalay, Myanmar & flights from Yangon, Myanmar to Bangkok, Thailand

**includes bank fees, bug spray, laundry & ATM fees

Experience sunset from U Bain Bridge! The Best Myanmar

Experience sunset from U Bain Bridge!

 

OUR MYANMAR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visiting the ancient cities around Mandalay
  • Witnessing over 1,000 monks receiving alms
  • Meeting a group making the trip from London to Sydney overland
  • Touring the Pho Win Taung Caves in Monywa
  • Exploring Bagan’s numerous pagodas
  • Watching the hot air balloons rise over Bagan
  • Visiting the floating villages on Inle Lake
  • Smoking a cheroot hand rolled cigarette
  • Wine tasting at Red Hill Winery
  • Making the journey from Chaung Tha to Ngwe Saung beach
  • Enjoying the sunsets across Myanmar

 

MYANMAR TIPS

Enjoy everything Myanmar has to offer! The Best Myanmar

Enjoy everything Myanmar has to offer!

 

  • If arriving by air to Mandalay, get a shared bus from the airport direct to your hotel for 4,000 kyat/person ($3). A direct taxi costs 12,000 kyat ($9).
  • To visit specific sites in certain cities (ie. Mandalay, Bagan, Inle Lake), you will need to pay a Historical Site Fee which costs 10,000 kyat ($7.50).
  • Sites throughout Myanmar are relatively spread out, so you can’t do it all in one day; even though distances make things seem close, the road conditions makes it take longer.
  • If visiting Pho Win Taung Caves, make sure to get a guide once on site. It costs 3-4,000 kyat ($2.50-3) and is well worth the price.
  • Make the effort to get up for sunrise in Bagan. Yes, it’s an early morning, but it’s worth it.
  • In Bagan, be sure to get yourself settled for sunrise/set early, to avoid the rush and set yourself up to get that perfect picture.
  • Be respectful of Burmese traditions; do not climb pagodas with signs advising you not to.
  • Don’t miss Inle Lake – it was our personal favorite!
  • While at Inle Lake, make sure you arrange your boat trip ahead of time (a day ahead) for the best likelihood of being able to share a boat.
  • The Red Hill Winery in the Inle Lake region is a bit out of town, and taxi options there and back are a bit pricey. Hire a bike and take a ride to and from instead…you’ll probably want to burn off the calories from the wine anyway.
  • Inle Lake is facing some environmental threats. Check out our tips on how to have a sustainable trip to the area.
  • When visiting the the Myanmar beaches, make sure to bring along some playing cards, mosquito repellent, and your favorite book!
Ngwe Saung Beach

The adventure of getting from Chaungtha to Ngwe Saung beach

Yes, Myanmar has beaches! Sure, they may not receive all the hype that Thailand does, but if you have the time you should definitely visit Ngwe Saung beach.

Myanmar beaches, here we come! - ngwe saung beach

Myanmar beaches, here we come!

THE GREATEST REWARD AND LUXURY OF TRAVEL IS TO BE ABLE TO EXPERIENCE EVERYDAY THINGS AS IF FOR THE FIRST TIME, TO BE IN A POSITION IN WHICH ALMOST NOTHING IS SO FAMILIAR IT IS TAKEN FOR GRANTED. — BILL BRYSON

There are several beaches to choose from depending what you are looking for. Here’s a quick overview:

  1. Ngapali beach – Catch a short flight to reach the pristine, white beaches of Myanmar, and take in the beautiful views of the Bengal Bay.
  2. Chaung Tha beach – The most laid back of Myanmar’s beaches, Chaung Tha can be earned in 5-hours from Yangon
  3. Ngwe Saung beach – Also known as Silver Beach, Ngwe Saung is a 6-hour bus ride from Yangon
Myanmar's spectacular beaches! - ngwe saung beach

Myanmar’s spectacular beaches!

If visiting either Chaung Tha or Ngwe Saung beach, definitely consider taking the adventurous journey to travel across land and water to visit the alternate beach as well.

Enjoy the ride! - ngwe saung beach

Enjoy the ride!

It is important to take your sense of adventure with you on this journey! You will likely be waiting in the hot sun, have little guidance about where to go next, and get a bit wet on your trip. Be prepared to wade in water up to knee deep, sit on a crowded boat full of people, chickens and motorbikes, and laugh at the situation.

Live like the locals! - ngwe saung beach

Live like the locals!

If you take your own motorbike, expect to push it up a wooden ramp to load it onto the boat. Burmese people are super helpful, so you’ll likely have a helping hand if you get stuck. Chances are you’ll be one of few foreigners on the trip, so it’s a good opportunity to be exposed to the life of the locals. In fact, try to identify some of the locals going the whole distance and then follow them from point A to point B to make your trip go a lot smoother.

Safety first - yep, the ramp is secure! - ngwe saung beach

Safety first – yep, the ramp is secure!

Don’t take yourself too seriously, and just sit back and enjoy the ride. Getting from Chaung Tha to Ngwe Saung can be a bit tricky, so ensure you follow these guidelines for a smooth trip:

  1. Motorbike ride from Chaung Tha Beach to boat “ramp” –  15 min
  2. Boat ride – 10 min & 800 kyat/$0.60
  3. Motorbike ride – 10 min
  4. Boat ride – 5 min & 700 kyat/$0.50
  5. Motorbike ride – 10 min
  6. Boat ride – 5 min & 700 kyat/$0.50
  7. Motorbike ride from boat “ramp” to Ngwe Saung Beach –  15 min
Don't worry, the balloons will keep you afloat! - ngwe saung beach

Don’t worry, the balloons will keep you afloat!

  • Travel time: 2-3 hours (depending on timing & demand, you may wait between up to 15 minutes for a boat)
  • Motorbike: 10,000 kyat/$7.50 per day
  • Petrol: 1,000 kyat/$0.75
  • Boat trips: 4,400 kyat/$3.50 round trip
  • Total cost: 15,400 kyat/$11.75
  • Adventure: Priceless!

Where else in the world could you cruise down a beautiful barren beach?

Island Life - Palm Trees ngwe saung beach

Island Life – Palm Trees

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