Our Site is Moving!

By Alexis

Roses on the Road Text URL

A new adventure deserves a new website, don’t you think? We thought so! After today, you can find us sharing content over at:

rosesontheroad.com

We’ll be sharing our photos/stories/random thoughts from our “monthly country” travels over at the shiny new site. In the next few days, we will be transferring our e-mail subscribers to the new site and will make this site hidden, so update your bookmarks today!

Thanks for following along with us 🙂

P.S. Please bear with us if there are any broken links or technical errors (and let us know if you see a glaring one!)…we’re figuring out all this new fangled website stuff as we go.

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Photo Friday: Hawaiian Sunset

By Alexis

Palm trees at sunset on the Big Island, Hawaii

The first night I met David, I remember thinking he was sooo cool for being from Hawaii. Now I’m married to him and can honestly say that, even after years of being together, I still gush over the fact that he grew up somewhere so magical (I particularly love when he speaks a little pidgin, haha). Makes me feel like I somehow snagged an exotic prince!

The summer after I graduated college, I moved out to Hawaii’s Big Island to be with David while he finished his last semester. If you haven’t been before, I can vouch for the fact that the Big Island has a little something for everybody: hiking through lush jungles, white sand beaches with swaying palm trees, decent surfing spots, stunning mountain views, and sometimes even snow to play in!

The photo above was taken at one of the beautiful sandy beaches on the dry, Kona side of the island. Since we lived in Hilo (on the wet side of the island known for it’s black sand beaches) we’d often make the hour long trip over to the Kona side and spend the day lounging on the soft sand, waiting for sunset views like this.

I really can’t imagine a place more heavenly.

Our 2015 Monthly Country Itinerary

By David

Our Monthly Country itinerary is set! We’ve mentioned this a few times over the past couple months, but now we’ve made the adventure official: We have paid for our monthly homes for the rest of 2015!

Just for fun, here’s a little visual tour of where we’ll be traveling, displayed in weather…

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How Expensive is Japan? A Comparison of 5 Cities

By David

One month from today we’ll be in Japan! I don’t know if you’ve ever planned a family trip where everyone is spread throughout the world before, but let me tell you — it’s not easy. But we finally have the cities and dates set.

It will be a bit of a whirlwind tour as we’ll be stopping in 5 cities over the course of 15 days. Those 5 cities are: Sendai, Hirosaki, Tokyo, Nagasaki, and Kumamoto.

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Photo Friday: Child Monk Crossing

By Alexis

A child monk walks across the street in Luang Prabang, Laos

A child monk crosses the road in Luang Prabang, Laos

I’m back! Sorry for the delay in doing these Photo Friday posts the last couple weeks. I had a family emergency and had to take a last-minute flight back to the States, but luckily David was able to keep the blog going while I was away. For those curious, everything turned out okay back home and now I’m back in Thailand, worry-free 🙂

Since I took a little hiatus, I wanted to make sure my first post back was a good one, so today I’m sharing one of my favorite pictures from our time in Asia so far.

Back in the summer, David and I made a quick trip to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic so that I could get my work visa from the Thai embassy in Vientiane, the capital city on the south. We decided to make a vacation out of it and also visited the pretty little town of Luang Prabang for a couple days. I took this shot on Luang Prabang’s main tourist street, just as I was hopping into the back of a taxi truck.

I don’t know what it is about this picture, but I just love it.

The boy didn’t seem too excited to have me taking his photo, but…I mean, he just looks so cool. In my most flattering fantasies, his expression reminds me of this amazing photo by Roger Stonehouse which depicts two perfectly opposite boys.

I’m usually pretty nervous about doing street photography, but I’m so glad I had the guts to snap this shot before the moment passed.

Why It’s Important To Leave Online Reviews

By David

Back in October, we rented an apartment in Bali for a few days through Airbnb. Like all of our Airbnb experiences, the host was nice, everything went smoothly, and we had a great time. Something interesting happened after we checked out though.

After we checked out, I left this review:

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I thought I was really fair. I didn’t want to be mean, just honest. I made it very clear that despite the downsides of the apartment, I’m glad we stayed there and we had a good time. But a few hours later, this was the response I got from the host: Continue reading

5 Travel Lessons From Our SE Asia Trip

By David

Since we’re getting ready head out on another adventure in a little over a month, I figured it was time to finally finish this post I started back in October (you are correct, I’m the worst).

When we got back to Chiang Mai after our Borneo, Bali, and Ko Lanta trip, we said we would post about the latest travel lessons we learned. Obviously, that never happened. But now, as we’re gearing up to leave Thailand and become even more nomadic, moving from one country to another every month, it’s the perfect time to go back and remember what we learned and apply them to this next adventure.

So here we go, the 5 travel lessons learned from our SE Asia trip and how they can be applied to where we’re heading next:

1. AirAsia, while cheap, has really stupid rules.

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Save Money While Traveling With These Two Credit Cards

By David

I feel validated. One of my favorite bloggers, Lucky from One Mile At A Time, published the post “The 2 Best No Foreign Transaction Fee Credit Cards” yesterday. The two cards he points out:

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Photo Friday: Inside Angkor Wat, Cambodia

By David

inside angkor wat cambodia

My first Southeast Asia experience came in 2010, only a couple months after I met Alexis. I remember this night very clearly — I was hanging out with Alexis in her dorm room when my cousin texted me and said, “Do you want to go to Cambodia?”

“Uhhh… yes?” I responded.

“I’m going with a volunteer group but my mom will only let me go if you come too. She’ll pay for you to come.”

That was all I needed. I was in.

A few weeks later, I had my bag packed and was set to head out on my first real international experience. Up until that point, I had only been to Mexico (Tijuana with my uncle who lives in San Diego) and The Bahamas on a cruise.

So by “my bag” I mean Alexis’ backpack. She was a seasoned traveler, having explored much of Europe during her study abroad year. I had nothing, but I was excited to start my journey as well.

I spent 10 days in Cambodia with the group forPEACE. We built 10 homes in a rural village outside Battambang in western Cambodia. The houses were modest, built on stilts with corrugated metal siding and wood plank floors. We worked side by side with the locals who would live in them. I had never done anything like that before, but the experience was truly enriching.

After the houses were built, we had a few days left in the country to explore the many temples of Siem Reap, Angkor Wat being the most famous. The beauty of the temple was awe-inspiring. The sheer size of it, the intricate details, the endless corridors… it was all incredible.

This particular shot of a female monk surrounded by the golden-clad Buddha and prayer flags is one of my favorites. Her smile was uplifting, if a little deranged as well. She seemed happy to the point of crazy. Perhaps it was enlightenment.

Regardless, it was a smile and experience I will never forget. You can see more pictures of Cambodia here.

P.S. I promise this will be my last Photo Friday guest post 🙂 The star of the show will return next week.