Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan

Jenn

The flight from Koh Samui to Osaka included a short layover in Singapore and was a relatively easy eight hours of travel thanks to the in-flight entertainment. We landed in the evening to true fall weather and having been in absolute warmth since Greece, it was a bit of a temperature shock but a welcome one. Konnichiwa, Japan! We bundled …

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Bangkok, Thailand

Jenn

Even though Bangkok was our first stop in SE Asia, we visited twice and had very different experiences each time. We wanted to capture both visits in one post, our first go-around being more touristy. Round One: 9.24.16 – 9.30.16 We arrived in Bangkok at 7:00AM after two long flights from Athens a quick layover in Abu Dhabi and no sleep. …

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Luang Prabang, Laos

Jenn

Laos is abundantly green and picturesque and also really, really hot and humid. We spent six days in northern Luang Prabang along the Mekong River and enjoyed our time exploring the town and surrounding areas. We felt like we were thrown back in time – no corporations, Starbucks, Micky D’s, or a 7-11 to be seen. Luang Prabang is a …

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Chiang Mai, Thailand

Jenn

The week we spent in Chiang Mai was remarkable, and right at the top of our list of the places we’ve visited. Thailand welcomed us with open arms from the moment we stepped off the plane and although we spent a week in Bangkok prior to Chiang Mai, we will be heading back to the big city for round two …

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Santorini, Greece

Jenn

With breathtaking sunsets and views that are out of this world, Santorini is truly a romantic haven and we totally understand why there are countless proposals, weddings, and honeymoons on this island we visited for 10 days. We chose to stay on the Caldera side of the island in the town of Fira at Sweet Pop, a small and newly …

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Paros, Greece

Jenn

Oh Paros, how we love you and miss you. You are officially deemed our “happy place” and we will definitely be back to see you again! Paros is the third largest island in the Cyclades (behind Crete and Naxos), has a ton of beaches to frequent during the day, and cute towns that aren’t overly packed with tourists compared to Athens …

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Athens, Greece

Jesse

After a two hour evening flight from Budapest, we arrived in Athens and jumped into a cab to head to the place we were staying for our short stint in Greece’s capital. Our driver wasn’t familiar with our hotel and had to make a couple of phone calls and holler at a fellow cab driver out his window to make sure he was …

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Budapest, Hungary

Jenn

The votes are in and we think Budapest is awesome! Between its historic charm and great views, walkability through various neighborhoods, and excellent yet affordable restaurants, we were very happy during our two weeks on the Danube. Buda, on the east side of the river, is more rural and home to the Buda Castle, Matthias Church, and Fisherman’s Bastion along with other landmarks. Pest (pronounced …

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Prague, Czech Republic

Jesse

Prague is absolutely gorgeous, relatively cheap, and very walkable, which made for a great week of exploring and eating. We stayed in a newly renovated Airbnb in Prague 2 (or Vinohrady) a bit outside the city center, a district we definitely recommend if visiting for more then a couple of days. Prague 2 has great restaurants, nice parks, and more of …

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Mainz, Germany

Jenn

Our week in Mainz was truly special as we were able to spend quality time with family and experience the town and gorgeous surrounding areas. The scenery on the two hour train ride from Cologne kept us from doing anything but admire the endless vineyards nestled between charming old towns and castles along the Rhine. When we arrived, Jenn’s cousin Andi picked …

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Welcome to Jesse & Jenn’s travel blog!

Our One Way Ticket

We are a thirtysomething couple who have lived and worked in the Washington, DC area for over 10 years. We recently got married and decided to take this opportunity to go on a once in a lifetime adventure together. We packed up our apartment, put our stuff in storage, and booked a one way ticket abroad! We look forward to sharing our adventure and hopefully providing some helpful info along the way. Follow along!

-J&J

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Ironically, we tried this traditional Spanish dish in Lisbon a few weeks ago and I finally gave it a whirl here in Barcelona after a visit to the gigantic La Boqueria.  As …

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Madrid, Spain

With over 3 million people in Spain’s capital, Madrid is big, busy, and diverse. We stayed in a tiny basement Airbnb near Sol, the city center where you can find …

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We’ve been on the road for almost 3 weeks now, so I thought I’d review some of the most useful gear we brought along with us. In this post I’ll …

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Vila Nova de Milfontes, Portugal

We’re back after a relaxing week without internet! Our previous post didn’t include our last night in Lisbon, which was one for the books. It was the culmination of the Festival of Santo …

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Lisbon, Portugal

We won’t bore you with the details, but after 2 missed connections and 5 airports, we finally made it from NY to Lisbon! We stayed in a cozy little Airbnb …

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Washington, DC, USA

The day has finally arrived and we couldn’t be more excited! We’re a little nervous but encouraged by the fact that we get to experience this journey together.  We are officially jobless, homeless …

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