14 Months in 14 Pictures

It’s been a month since we’ve been home, and it’s almost as if it never happened. Lucky for us, we have the pictures as proof of our adventures! I literally took thousands upon thousands of pictures along the way, but I thought I would pick just 14, one for each month we were away. These aren’t necessarily my favorite moments (though they’re all great memories!) but the ones I thought really showed what our trip was all about. 

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Lounge Review : NIA Lounge Noi Bai International Airport Hanoi Vietnam

Before we arrived at the airport for our flight to Istanbul, I was unsure which lounge we would end up in. Turkish doesn’t have a lounge of its own in Hanoi, so they use one of the two contract lounges at the airport. Continue reading “Lounge Review : NIA Lounge Noi Bai International Airport Hanoi Vietnam”

Hotel Review: Intercontinental Da Nang Sun Peninsula Resort

When I decided that I wanted to spend my birthday in Hoi An, Vietnam, Anthony told me to pick out a few hotels that I liked, and he would surprise me with one for a few nights of relaxation.  The very first hotel that popped up when I searched “fancy hotels Hoi An” was the stunning Intercontinental Da Nang Sun Peninsula.  Each picture was more beautiful than the last, and I had my heart set on staying there. 

The Intercontinental Da Nang

That is, until I saw the price tag: $400 a night MINIMUM.  I shed a little tear, and then put my dreams of being extra swanky on the back burner.  There was no way we could afford that on this trip.  Fortunately for me, Anthony lives and breathes travel hacking, and just a few months later, we were pulling up to the gates of the Intercontinental Da Nang.  All for the low low price of $0 a night. Continue reading “Hotel Review: Intercontinental Da Nang Sun Peninsula Resort”

Traveling For One Year: Easier or Harder Than Expected?

The first two things Anthony and I ever bonded over was our love of fried cherry peppers in calamari, and our passion for travel.  Over the course of our relationship we’ve been lucky enough to have many experiences with both travel and calamari, but I’d say this trip easily wins out as the best experience we’ve ever had.  I still can’t believe an entire year has passed, and that we actually made this huge dream a reality.  It’s something we’ve been talking about for YEARS, and seeing something we worked so hard to achieve actually come true has been pretty spectacular.  The good food and beautiful scenery hasn’t hurt either.  Continue reading “Traveling For One Year: Easier or Harder Than Expected?”

How We Saved Another $700+ on Hotel Rooms

I have officially died and gone to resort heaven. Last week we checked into the Intercontinental Da Nang Sun Peninsula Resort, considered by many to be one of the best resorts in the world, for two nights. I woke up the first morning feeling more refreshed than I have in months, walked out onto a balcony that’s larger than most of the rooms I’ve slept in in the last year and stared out at one of the most beautiful views in the entire world. One night here costs as much as two months rent at the homestay we were living at in Hoi An.

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