Since we wanted to do something outdoorsy, and the weather was finally cooperating, we decided to do a hike in central Montenegro. Phil originally found this hike for Mrtvica Canyon from two other blogger's websites: here and here. Their descriptions helped us immensely, but we still went through a bit of confusion along the trail.
We drove from the coast inland, past Podgorica, and along the beautiful E65, a mountainous highway that followed the Moraça River with some spectacular views of the gorge. Instead of camping in the area, we stayed overnight at a huge pullout a few miles before the turnoff to the canyon. The next day, we turned off the main highway into the small town of Medjurecje, which was more a gathering of houses dispersed amongst fields. Since the Moraça river ran with the E65, we could see exactly where it branched off towards the canyon, becoming the Mrtvica River. Following some painted signs, tight turns and a patch of narrow, unstable dirt road, we turned i…
As always, purchasing a vehicle in a place that you are not from is always an adventure. Here, I'll try to hit on the big points of how we made our purchase across the pond.
To begin, we did do our fair share of research before deciding we should purchase our camper in the UK. (We had seriously considered shipping our beloved Element over, but the import taxes and shipping made this idea prohibitive as an option). At the end of the day, it seemed that the process of purchasing, registering and insuring the vehicle would be easiest done for us in the UK. Generally this was because a) we would be purchasing and dealing with all paperwork in English, b) we have an excellent friend who is letting us use their local address for our car registration, c) we found via another website, an insurance company who cover americans or australians campervan touring around europe.
Step 1: Finding your campervan
We used gumtree primarily to find our campervan. Phil had be religiously searching for …
Just a few weeks ago, I took my first paid vacation since 2012. Call me spoiled, but even though I was heading to Japan it was only for a short 7 days. Traveling for two years without any time restrictions really spoiled me. Nevertheless, Vanessa and I got to meet and travel for the week with one of our favorite traveling buddy Keith, who is currently cycling around Japan.
I thought I would go nuts on spending money for this vacation now that I am getting a paycheck every two weeks, but I still miss the backpacking lifestyle. Vanessa and I still travel the cheapest way as possible. We feel that it is more exciting and definitely make any trips more memorable.
To break down our cost for the week a bit...
Car rental for 7 days including insurance - $470 USD
Food and Gas- $300 USD
Flight from Tokyo to Sapporo for 2- $189 USD RT
Total= $959 for two people for the week.
Not too bad considering it is Japan. Of course, if time wasn't a factor, $1000 USD would probably last us a whole mon…