The Ruin Pubs of Budapest

What is a Ruin Pub? Take an old building in disrepair slated for condemnation, let a few artist loose in it for a few days, add alcohol and you’ve got yourself a uniquely Hungarian establishment called a Ruin Pub. There are 15 to 20 of these such establishments that have...

Bathing With Hungarian Strangers

There are a lot of geothermal springs bubbling up around Hungary. The country has taken advantage of these in the form of elaborate public baths, no doubt a leftover from the days of Turkish occupation. Going to the bath is a highly social activity in Hungarian culture meant to heal...

Taking a Walk to Slovakia

Road Tripping in Hungary We took a few days off to leave the city and explore some of the Hungarian countryside. The countryside btw isn’t much to marvel at being mostly flat. We did pass a significant amount of sunflower farms, that was a first. Our first day trip took...

Foodapest!

Some people seem to be interested in the food we are eating in each city we visit. Food is indeed very important for sustaining life and we thoroughly enjoyed sustaining ourselves with Hungary’s many culinary delights. Thinking back, Lauren and I are having a hard time remembering what we ate...

The Lombok Taxi Mafia

Touts and overzealous taxi drivers are a common staple in many travel destinations worldwide. Some are worse than others and Indonesia is no exception. It’s worse in the more touristy areas for obvious reasons. Throngs of tourists, fat with cash arrive at the airport or ferry port and need transportation....

Vietnam’s New E-Visa System

In February Vietnam released a new e-visa system for 40 countries. This is great news for anyone trying to get a Vietnam travel visa. We used the new system to get our visas for a month we spent in Vietnam after hearing about it from the Flight Deal's blog, and...

The Surfers of Munich

In the middle of the park in Munich is the Eisbach, a small but powerful river that attracts a group of dedicated, crazy surfers. All year these guys are out there riding the continuous wave taking turns after each wipeout. We hung out for a while on the riverbank watching...

The Iceland Video

This one was a long time coming but I finally finished it. Just a bunch of clips of us doing silly things around Iceland choreographed to some intense music. Still has to be one of the most amazing places I've ever been. I shot it on my Fuji X-E2 which...

Jukung Fishing in Bali

After snorkeling at the Japanese wreck on the north side of Bali near Amed, we met some fishermen who took us out for a ride on their jukung and attempted some unsuccessful fishing. Although we didn't catch anything, it was still nice to be on the water and see the...

Corlears Bar Stiffed Us

Are you looking for the bar Corlears NYC? Sadly the bar doesn't exist anymore and neither does their website. I don't know why the bar closed down, I liked their Jam Session cocktails. I can tell you why their website doesn't exist anymore, I took it down. That's because they...

5 Things I Hate About New Zealand

Here's a controversial topic, writing about the negative sides of travel. Everyone always writes and gushes about destinations but I find the frustrations more interesting. All you hear about are the top 10 places for this or the best avocado latte you HAVE to get at this trendy new place...

Best Phone Repair in Koh Samui

While traveling around for long periods of time or simply just going on vacation, your electronics suffer quite a bit. Due to a few issues we needed to find a phone repair place while we were in Koh Samui. Numerous google searches brought up nothing useful. Lauren's charging port went...

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Work from: Te Anau, New Zealand

Another work from shot where we share our most recent office location. Some are glamorous and sometimes you're on a park bench because that's the closest place to be able to use your spark wifi! Location: Random small park on Town Centre Street, Te Anau, New Zealand Wifi Connection: Pretty poor. Attempting...

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Exploring the Safari Bar in Croatia

One of my favorite bars in the Pula area was called Safari Bar. It's not easy to get to - we had to not only drive a good distance out of Pula, but also pay an entrance fee for the park that the bar is located in. Well worth it,...

How to find the Instagram sea cave in Pula, Croatia

On the Hunt for Pula's Sea Cave After seeing some incredible photos on Instagram of a random sea cave in Croatia, we knew we had to find it. By scouring comments, talking to locals, and hunting on google maps, we figured out an approximate location and we went on the...

Freelancing from a Camper Van

One of the best ways to see New Zealand is via campervan. It's really impossible to take in all the sights and see the beautiful countryside by only visiting a few cities. So if we were going to do New Zealand, it had to be in a camper. Working and...

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How to Practice Travel Writing: An Exercise

How to practice travel writing? Write about something else besides travel writing. Lauren and I were joking about the smell of the room the other day. She walked into the room and said it smelled like bathroom. I was frustrated by a lack of description about the smell. A bathroom...

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9 Essential Items for a Campervan Trip in New Zealand

9 Essential Useful Items for a Campervan Trip in New Zealand If you're planning a trip around New Zealand in a camper van, here's a list of essential items you might not have thought to pack. We spent about a month between the North Island and South Island and picked up...

9 Essential Items for a Campervan Trip in New Zealand

9 Extremely Useful Items for a Campervan Trip in New Zealand If you're planning a trip around New Zealand in a camper van, here's a list of items you might not have thought to pack. We spent about a month between the North Island and South Island and picked up...

Hunting for wifi in New Zealand

The wifi sucks in New Zealand and here’s how to deal

The need for wifi Without a connection to the world wide web, we are useless. The internet is not only essential for planning while the road, keeping in contact with family/friends, but most importantly, it's how we make our living. Missing an email even for a few hours can lead to a missed...

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Work from: Stratford Library

Location: Stratford Public Library, Stratford, New Zealand Wifi Connection: Not too bad actually, the libraries in New Zealand have been wifi havens Battery Level: 100% Project: Weekly email update Weather:  22° C Noise Level: Library low Odors: Books Workspace: Library table takeover

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New Zealand: South Island Part I

All the pictures so far from the places we saw on the South Island. So far it's been pretty epic.   [FAG id=1488]

New Zealand Astrophotography

New Zealand was an amazing place to practice astrophotography, shooting the stars. There are many great places with amazing views of the night's sky. The arguably best place for viewing and capturing the night sky is Lake Tekapo. The lake is part of the Aoraki Mackenzie Dark Sky Reserve which limits...

Work From: Franz Josef

Location: Glacier Country Campervan Park, Franz Josef, New Zealand Wifi Connection: Backup Wifi Connection - Slow but Free Battery Level: 34% Project: Meltwater Presentation Design Weather:  25° C Noise Level: Low Odors: Campervan Musk Workspace: Camper Van Office Setting

360 Camper Views

  I tried to set up the 360 timelapse on top of the camper from most of the places we camped. Some were a bit more picturesque than others. I tended to skip the packed parking lots but in hindsight, it might have been interesting to see. Also a whole...

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NZ Roads Are Different

New Zealand has a lot of road signs and rightly so. Not street or navigation signs, for NZ needs none of those. The country is very easy to navigate as there aren't many roads between places and few major highways. Instead, New Zealand has wonderful, winding and meandering, single-lane roads...

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New Zealand: North Island Part I

Here are all the pictures from the first half of the North Island. They include shots of piglets, cathedral cove, the desolate east cape, a sunrise in Gisborne, and a handful of shots of Frank the Campervan. [FAG id=1437]

Hunting for Hobbits

A trip to New Zealand wouldn’t be complete without doing something Lord of the Rings related. Whether it’s climbing Mount Doom or hunting down filming locations, you’re bound to come across some part of the movie that was filmed in the amazing countryside. The easiest place to picture yourself in...

Patting Pigs

An unexpected surprise in Coromandel After taking a wrong turn trying to get to the other side of the Coromandel Peninsula, we ended up on a gravel road through some low mountains. I was a bit worried that our camper van wouldn’t be able to make it. I was still...

The Hissing Rhinoceros Beetle

[video width="1920" height="1080" mp4="http://freelancehoneymoon.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Rhino-Beetle-Hiss-Airlie-Beach-Magnums.mp4" loop="true" poster="http://freelancehoneymoon.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Screen-Shot-2017-02-28-at-5.51.18-PM.png"][/video]   While trying to get some work done in Airlie Beach, we were sitting outside when a giant rhinoceros beetle came drunkenly flying in. It was buzzing around everyone's heads and making people scatter in a hurry. It came to a halt on my...

Work From: Airport Lounge – BNE

Location:Plaza Premium Lounge - Brisbane Airport Wifi Connection: Fastest ever in Australia Battery Level: 100% Project: Eating all the free snacks Weather:  31° C Noise Level: Library Odors: Clean Workspace: Private Cubicle

Whitsundays and a Sailboat

Thanks to the amazing crew on the SV Whitehaven, Lauren and I had an amazing time on an overnight trip around the Whitsunday Islands.

Eating Kangaroo

If you go to Australia and don’t see a kangaroo, have you really gone to Australia? I guess we didn’t really go to Australia then. Lauren was a bit bummed that we didn’t see any kangaroos. From the pictures we drew in our heads, there would be Joeys hopping around...

Work from: Port Douglas, Australia

Location: Port Douglas Wifi Connection: Pitifully slow Battery Level: Dangerously low Project: Blog Updates Weather:  28° C Noise Level: Quiet hum of tropical birds Odors: Fresh Australian air Workspace: Comfortable but a bit sticky

Diving the Great Barrier Reef

  The thing I was most excited for in Australia was diving the Great Barrier Reef. There are lots of tour operators and lots of horror stories. Coral bleaching, 8,000 divers all at once, divers left behind etc. We had heard that going to the "outer reef" was a more...

Cape Tribulation Beach House

The Cape Trib Beach House is literally located at the end of the road. The mountainous paved two land road up to the top of Queensland ends right at the entrance to The Beach House. We ended up here slightly by accident, we had booked an overnight Daintree Forest tour...

Work from: Cape Tribulation, Australia

Location: Cape Trib Beach House, Queensland, Australia Wifi Connection: None Battery Level: 100% Project: Personal website case studies (work in progress) Weather:  31° C and sunny Noise Level: The buzz of jungle is loud! Odors: Bug spray, coffee Workspace: As natural as it gets

Sydney At Night

I decided to pack a real tripod this time around instead of trying to balance my camera on a post or the ground somewhere. I finally have more control over my shots instead of relying on what's around. I really love night photography. I fell in love with shooting in the...

Art Gallery of NSW

After wandering around the Botanic Gardens in Sydney, we came to the Art Gallery of NSW. Its free to enter so there's no reason not to go. There are a few different floors featuring Art ranging from the classical era all the way up to contemporary art. They also have...

Sydney Ferries

My favorite way getting around Sydney was definitely the ferry. They're quick, they're smooth and the views are amazing. The buses from Bondi to Sydney CBD are also good but not as good as the ferry. The ferry system is part of the same public transport system as the buses...

Cave Hunting in Pula, Croatia

  Lauren heard of a few caves around Pula, Croatia that were good for cliff jumping and exploring inside some of the sea caves. It took some hunting to find the caves she was after but it was well worth the search. Lauren wrote up an article on how to get...

Best PAYG SIM Plan in Croatia

Tele2 Tele2 is a pretty large carrier in Croatia and by far had the best PAYG (pay as you go) plan. They offer a pre-paid plan of 50kn or about $7.50 for 3GB of data, 500 minutes for a period of one month. It's easy to find one of their shops...

Hookers and Drugs on La Rambla

No pictures of prostitutes today, this picture of Barcelona at night will have to do for this article. What is Barcelona's biggest tourist trap during the day, turns into a seedier trap of sorts at night. Later in the night around 9pm, certain parts of the city begin to awaken....

Popping out of the Clocktower

Trying to snap a selfie out of the window of the St. Pancras Clocktower in London. It had a great view of the city and Kings Cross station below.

Driving Through A Spaceship – Can you drive through the chunnel?

Sort of. I was really excited to drive through the Chunnel. I had no idea what it would actually be like. Can you drive through the chunnel? How do you change what side of the road you're supposed to drive on? Will there be migrants in Calais? It was actually...

Seeing Windmills

An interpretation of the old windmills in Amsterdam. I had a bit of fun shooting some of the old windmills around Amsterdam. One of my favorites happened to be at really great brewery.  Brouwerij ‘t IJ to be exact. It's a bit far away form the city center but it's...

The Surfers of Munich

While walking around Munich, Lauren asked me if I wanted to go see some surfers. I was a bit confused since Munich is miles away from any ocean and she clarified that there would be real, bonified surfers on surfboards in the water. I couldn't turn it down. We walked over...

The Overnight Ferry Again

Got this shot while cruising by on Peter's boat with Waterworld Croatia. We found ourselves a bit marooned in Croatia with no cheap or easy ways to get on with the next part of our European adventure. The only options were to fly or to take the ferry back to...

The Mačka Whisperer

Despite claiming that he isn't a huge fan of them, cats seem to be magnetized to Derek upon his entrance to an area.

Letters Home: Bosnia and Back

[caption id="attachment_982" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] A panoramic view of the Mostar Bridge from the top of a minaret.[/caption] The first thing we noticed while driving into Bosnia and Herzegovina is that the nice roads suddenly end. It was my first time going through an international border by car. We had to...

Walking the Old City Walls of Dubrovnik

The most touristy and probably the coolest thing to do in Dubrovnik is to walk along the walls that surround the old part of the city. Besides the stunning views, the walls are themselves a fun and meandering 1.2 miles and about 10,000 steps of exploring. We saved it for...

The Overcrowding of Plitvice National Park

When I was planning our trip to Plitvice National Park, one of Croatia's most highly prized tourist destinations, I imagined frolicking around the park's incredible pathways, gaping at the beauty around every turn, and quietly enjoying the park's thousands of waterfalls. Well, there were certainly lots of waterfalls, but that's about the...

Jumping into Croatian Water

I can't quite remember when I first started seeing photos of Croatia's water. Crystal clear waters, tan people showing lots of skin, and gorgeous sunny skies. Photos would pop up in my Instagram feed of people on floaties in turquoise water, or an article would come out about yacht week,...

Klis Fortress by Scooter

A few miles outside the city of Split you'll find the imposing Klis Fortress strategically perched on a high hill in the mountain pass. To get to the fortress you can take public busses, book a tour or do what we did and rent a scooter. It was a bit...

Photos from Split

Here are a few of my favorite shots from around Split, Croatia. For the rest, click the colored parts.    

A Failed Trip to the Blue Cave in Split: The Solution

While it wasn't possible to go to the blue cave, our captain Peter from Waterworld Croatia, offered a different itinerary. He could take us to six other islands/locations that he promised were incredible, claiming he's never had an unhappy customer with this secondary plan, or he gave everyone the option...

A Failed Trip to the Blue Cave in Split

"Sorry but the cave is closed today" No trip to Split is complete without a trip to see the famed "Blue Cave," a small cave off the side of Bisevo Island. This natural phenomenon is one of the biggest draws in the area with many tour boats rushing to ferry passengers...

An International Tale of Grocery

For as long as I can remember, Derek has been obsessed with going to grocery stores in other countries. Just look at the excitement. I shrugged it off at first, I mean, we needed to get provisions so I always tagged along. But as most converts to things will tell...

The Overnight Ferry: Ancona to Split

To get from Italy to Croatia, an easy option is to take a ferry. It's a bit of a long journey but you go overnight and can count part of the fare as accommodations for one evening. The ferry is also a lot easier to get to than a lot...

Photos From Ancona

We're keeping the bulk of our photo on Flickr of each place we visit. Here are a few of our favorites here and the rest on Flickr.

Medieval Charm in Camerano, Italy

Sometimes you get lucky with a great Airbnb host, as was the case with our stay in Ancona, Italy. Our host Gregory was extremely friendly and welcoming, and the highlight of his generosity was when he invited us out to a night on the town with his friends to a...

Ancona’s Sea Caves – Swimming at The Grotte del Passetto

All our host had to do was mention there were "sea caves" in Ancona and already our interested was peaked. When he added in that the caves were inhabited, and coveted by the people of Ancona, and we knew we had to see them. The sea caves (the Grotte del...

Ancona, An Unexpected Surprise

If you've heard of Ancona at all, it's probably because you googled "get to Croatia from Italy." At least that's how we found this charming little city. Derek and I were trying to decide which of the various entry points to Croatia to choose from, the general recommendation being to take the...

The Gondolier’s Perspective

One of the quintessential things to do in Venice is to take a gondola ride. Being on a honeymoon of sorts we had to indulge ourselves a bit with a romantic (I know, Derek being romantic blegh) ride through the canals. The most interesting part was talking to our gondolier...

Nice Knockers

Once of my favorite things around Venice are the unique knockers, doorbells and doorknobs around the city. They are usually placed in the center of the door which looks great symmetrically but gives you less leverage when opening and closing the door. Here is a small collection of my favorites...

Venice At Night

I think our favorite thing to do in Venice was just to wander the streets. Trying to navigate intentionally between two points would be impossible without google maps. But for some reason we were able to find our way around better by wandering. The canals cut through the city dicing...

A 20-hour Layover in Prague

Spending 20 hours on a layover in any city is barely enough to see and do anything, especially if you take into account that during those 20 hours you will be going through customs, finding your way out of an airport and into a downtown you've never been to before,...

Letters Home: Greetings from Prague

If I ever suggest doing a lengthy layover, please hit me over the head and close Priceline. It was awesome to see a new city but we were so exhausted from our red-eye flight that it made for a very tiring day. I think we're on our seventh wind currently....

We Are Live!

It feels like forever since we started planning this project. It seems like we've been telling everyone for years about this crazy plan and told so many people that it's definitely too late to turn back now. Make or break we will be gone for at least a year. While...