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Video Episodes

Backpacking Malaysia

Jenny & Adam

TANAH RATA, Malaysisa // We got off the scuba dive liveaboard in Labuan Bajo, Indonesia and flew into Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where we met up with our friend Bart. It's been a while since we were in a city environment, and spent the first few days exploring the Batu Caves, riding the metro around, and trying all types of foods. We took a bus north to Tanah Rata and went hiking for the next few days in the Cameron Highlands doing several of the jungle treks and visiting the tea houses.

After all of the hiking, we then took another bus to Penang and spent the following days in Georgetown doing random things like go bowling, wander the jettys, get haircuts, go the upside down museum, and eat at food stalls. We then took a super uncomfortable night bus to Kuala Besut arriving at 6am, and taking a small boat at sunrise to the Perhentian Islands to scuba dive.

Coming next // We board the night train to Singapore, then fly to Japan and hike Mount Fuji, before heading back to the USA to see family.

Komodo Scuba Livaboard

Jenny & Adam

LABUAN BAJO, Indonesia // Our final week in Indonesia we flew to Labuan Bajo and boarded a scuba diving livaboard to Komodo National Park. We met a great group of people from around the world and the dive operator, Komodo Dive Center, was top class. We did 13 dives in 4 days, and the final day visited Rinca Island to see the Komodo dragons.

Coming next // We travel to Malaysia to hike the Cameroon Highlands, explore Penang, and backpack through the Perhentian Islands

Bali, Indonesia

Jenny & Adam

KUTA, Indonesia // While Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam represented one phase of our trip, it was time to move on. We flew from Hoi An through Singapore into Bali and arrived on a hectic Saturday night. We spent a week in Kuta where each day was the same of walking to the beach, renting surfboards, and playing ukulele with some locals we made friends with.

We moved north and stayed at a homestay in Ubud with an Indonesian family and then did a week long retreat with Blooming Lotus in Sukawati. Here, we were immersed in yoga and meditation for a week, one thing that we had been wanting and waiting to do on our trip that fell at a perfect time. Indonesia is one country where we realized there is so many fun things to do and it was apparent that we would be using our entire 30 day visa.

Coming next // We fly to Labuan Bajo to do a Scuba liveaboard in Komodo National Park.

Backpacking Vietnam

Jenny & Adam

HOI AN, Vietnem // After Laos, we arrived in Hanoi and bought a bus/boat ticket to Cat Ba Island. We got in on a packed Saturday night and unbeknown to us, all of the hotel rooms were booked. Our only option was to camp out in a tent village outside of town that turned out to be really fun and full of interesting backpackers. Cat Ba was a great place to adventure as we did a kayaking/deep water soloing trip with Asia Outdoors, rented a motorbike and hiked through Cat Ba National Park, and then spent a few days rock climbing in Butterfly Valley.

We left Cat Ba Island, and flew into Danang on our way to Hoi An and found a peaceful bed and breakfast that we ended up staying at for over a week. Hoi An was a sharp contrast from Cat Ba Island and both were fun in there own respects. We did a full day train ride trip up to Hue and then reflected a lot on our first major phase of our Asia backpacking trip so far.

Coming next // It is the first time that we deviate away from our original plan and fly to Bali, Indonesia to continue our surfing and yoga skills and learn how to meditate.

Exploring Laos

Jenny & Adam

LUANG PRABANG, Laos // We visited everyplace that we wanted to in Cambodia, and after a bus north from Phnom Penh, we crossed the border by foot into Laos. Don Det was our first stop just over the border which is essentially an island in the middle of a river. We biked around and went birdwatching, but only spent 2 days here before taking another bus north to Thakhek to rock climb. 

Thakhek was an amazing and newer climbing destination, but due to the isolation, heat, and mosquitos, we found it hard to really enjoy. Adding to this, it rained half the time we were there so we spent a lot of time reading instead of climbing and waiting for the weather to clear. 

We continued by public bus through Laos to the capital of Vientiane where we flew further north to the quaint town of Luang Prabang. This town has a very positive reputation in the traveler grapevine and it didn’t disappoint. We spent a week and a half there enjoying ourselves wandering around the monk filled city, going to cafes, and exploring the Kuang Si Waterfall. We also volunteered at Big Brother Mouse, an English Language Center, and entertained the kids by coming up with idioms. 

It took extra longer than we thought to process our visas into Vietnam so it was a perfect last city in Laos to spend our time. 

Coming next // We fly into Hanoi to start our Vietnam adventure. From the busy capital we make our way to Cat Ba Island to kayak, hike, and deep water solo, before heading to Hoi An. 

Backpacking Cambodia

Jenny & Adam

SIEM REAP, Cambodia // After a full month in Thailand we set off for Cambodia. We met up with some family to explore Angkor Wat and Siem Reap, which to our surprise Ta Prohm was our favorite of all the temples.

We watched the Cambodia circus show Phare, a phenomenal show performed by former street kids turned acrobats. Our final day we rented bikes and took them into the countryside and met a lady and her daughter who ran a ceramics studio, where we spent the day learning pottery and picking mangos. 

The final week included a long bus trip south to the coast where we just relaxed on the beach and completed some long overdue due reading, writing, and playing ukulele. 

Coming next // We walk across the Cambodian border into Laos, go rock climbing in Thakhek, and visit Luang Prabang.

Sailing Phi Phi Islands

Jenny & Adam

PHUKET, Thailand // We woke up at the anchorage in Racha Yai, just south of Phuket, and sailed to the Phi Phi Islands and past the famous and crowded Maya Bay. The winds picked up and we sailed north to Chicken Island off the coast of Krabi and had our first real problem with a broken windlass. 

Upon fixing the anchor windlass we studied the tide tables and motored through Ao Nang National Park looking out for jellyfish and kayaking in a serene lagoon. Our last night we had a fantastic sunset and reflected on the experience sailing through Thailand and all the things we got a chance to see on our own that the freedom of sailing has brought us. 

Coming next // Our Thai visa runs out and we fly to Siem Reap to explore Cambodia.

Sailing Southern Thailand

Jenny & Adam

PHUKET, Thailand // After 3 weeks of rock climbing in Tonsai and Railay we still had about 10 days left on our Thai visa. We made our way to Phuket and rented a 37 foot Bavaria Cruiser and sailed from Phuket all around the Andaman Sea for a week making stops in Ko Rang Yai and Racha Yai.

The anchorages were well spaced out and we ended up having a perfect amount of provisions after trying to be resourceful at a glorified 7/11 store. The biggest problem was the lack of wind in the middle of the day and determining the right depth to anchor in. 

Coming next // We prep to make a long sail to the Phi Phi Islands, the anchor windlass breaks, and we cautiously motor through Ao Phang-Nga National Park while almost running aground.

Arriving in Asia

Jenny & Adam

RAILAY BEACH, Thailand // From Hawaii we traveled over 30 hours by plane, stopping in Tokyo and Nagoya Japan on our way to Thailand. 

We bypassed Bangkok and got right on a plane to Krabi in southern Thailand where we spent 3 weeks sport climbing in Railay and Tonsai. Most days were spent rock climbing with the incredible community here, but others were spent hiking the Railay Lagoon or kayaking along the coast. During our time here we completed 17 climbs including the multi pitch Humanality over Tonsai beach. 

Coming next // We are renting a sailboat in Phuket and spending a week cruising around the Andaman Sea.

Kalalau Trail

Jenny & Adam

KAUAI, Hawaii // After getting permits for the Napali Coast State Park a few months in advance, we flew to Kauai to hike the famous Kalalau Trail. The trail is completely isolated and there is no access by car. It is along the coast and is one of the most beautiful and most difficult hikes we have ever done. It is 11 miles from the trailhead to the beach where you can camp, then 11 miles back, making the total 22 miles. 

Upon arriving on Kauai we had a few basic supplies and spent the first day renting a cooking stove and mattress pads, as well as grocery shopping for our 3 days on the trail. We arrived at the trailhead the next day and started the trek at 8:13am. We stopped very little the whole way, and arrived at the waterfall / beach camping spot at 4:23pm. The isolation and difficulty made this a truly memorable experience, and certainly lived up to the expectations we had.

Coming next // We fly to Asia, starting in southern Thailand to rock climb in Railay and Tonsai.

 

Big Island of Hawaii

Jenny & Adam

WAIKOLOA, Hawaii // After spending time on Maui we traveled to the Big Island of Hawaii for a few weeks. 

Activities we did during our stay here:
- Explored black sand beaches in Waikoloa
- Did a few zumba classes
- Spent time with family in Waimea
- Hiked Pololu Valley to the lookout point
- Visited 5 coffee farms on Kona
- Stayed at a coffee farm for 2 nights in Captain Cook
- Road tripped to Hilo
- Visited Volcanos National Park
- Drove to the southern most tip of the United States
- Lived in a tiny house in Pahoa
- Did the manta ray night dive on the Kona coast 

Coming next // We booked our permits for the Napali Coast, and plan on hiking the Kalalau trail in Kauai. 

Aloha Hawaii

Jenny & Adam

PUKALANI, Hawaii // We finished our road trip across the United States, and spent the month of November and Thanksgiving with Jenny’s family in Georgia. In December we traveled to Cleveland to visit Adams family for Christmas and the holidays. On New Years Eve we flew to Hawaii, where we plan on spending the next few months.

Things we did and tried to accomplish in Hawaii:
- Learn how to surf
- Hike Haleakala from summit to sea level
- Learn how to play beach volleyball
- Spent time with family in upcountry Maui
- Learn how to cook Filipino / Hawaiian food
- go spearfishing and cook a fish
- Visit and hike in Oahu
- Learn how to shoot a bow and arrow
- Go overlanding and camp in Kanaio

Coming next // We visit the Big Island of Hawaii and go to Kauai to hike the Kalalau Trail

Road Trip // Back East

Jenny & Adam

SANTA BARBARA, California // The total driven roundtrip was 5,267 miles. The cheapest gas was $1.83 in Amarillo, Texas. The most expensive gas was $4.59 in Needles, California. While the trip east was filled with seeing family, friends, and getting to the west coast quickly, the trip back east was the opposite. We took our time to stop at National Parks, go hiking, and do some rock climbing at some of the best areas in the US.

Day 7 - 8 // Pacific Beach, San Diego
Day 9 - 13 // Santa Barbara
Day 14 - 16 // Rock Climbing in Holcomb Valley & Big Bear
Day 17 // Mojave Desert Camping
Day 18 & 19 // Grand Canyon National Park
Day 20 // Sante Fe, New Mexico
Day 21 - 24 // Taos, New Mexico, rock climbing and hiking
Day 25 // 8 hours driving Taos, New Mexico to Oklahoma City
Day 26 // 8 hours driving Oklahoma City to Jasper Arkansas
Day 27 - 30 // Arkansas rock climbing Horseshoe Canyon Ranch
Day 31 // Clarksdale, Mississippi
Day 32 // Arrive back in Atlanta to see Jenny's family

Coming next // we fly to Hawaii and spend time on Maui, the Big Island, Kauai, and Oahu

Road Trip // To California

Jenny & Adam

ATLANTA, Georgia // It took us 2,453 miles and 6 days but we made it to our destination: California. Our stops along the way were as follows:

Day 1: Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Bienville National Forest, Jackson Mississippi
Day 2: Vicksburg, Mississippi River, Dallas Texas
Day 3: Plano Texas, friends and family rest day
Day 4: Hermleigh Texas, Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Day 5: Guadalupe Mountains National Park, El Paso Texas, Las Cruces New Mexico, Mesa Arizona
Day 6: Joshua Tree National Park

Coming next // Exploring Santa Barbara, Rockclimbing in Big Bear, and driving back east stopping at a few National Parks. 

Driving out of New York City

Jenny & Adam

NEW YORK, New York // The day finally arrived. All of our stuff was packed in the living room and ready to go. We went to the Bronx at 6 am to rent a truck, loaded up, and drove out of Manhattan. It was emotional and nostalgic as we left our neighborhood on the Upper West Side. We had a lot of thoughts and memories that we will cherish, but it was time to move on. Our dream and goal is to travel, and it's finally coming true.

From New York City we made stops to visit family in Washington DC and Cleveland.

Coming next // We fly to Georgia to visit more family and pick up the car to start our road trip across the United States to California.

Leaving New York City

Jenny & Adam

NEW YORK, New York // Along with the countless photos taken on the way, we are also trying to document our journey with video; the good, the bad, the unexpected, the life lessons, and the times we don't ever want to forget.

On lots of our trips in the past, we have taken so much video footage that we can never sort through the hours upon hours that were taken. To document our travels throughout the next year we are attempting to piece together all the footage into 5-10 minute short films. Months or years from now these will serve as priceless memories, and help us remember the countless moments, feelings, and emotions along the way.

This first video shows us packing our things, talking about resigning from our jobs, and thoughts about leaving New York. 

Coming next // driving out of Manhattan and a road trip across the United States.