STORIES FROM OUR TRAVEL

Searching for shamans in the Amazon Rainforest
One of the things we wanted to experience in South America was to visit shamans in the Amazon Rainforest and to attend Ayahuasca ceremony. The word Ayahuasca can be translated as “liana of the dead”. It is a plant which grows only in Amazon Rainforest and the shamans are using it for treating different types of diseases and also to cause hallucinations which answer their questions about life. t is said that if it’s in your destiny to participate in Ayahuasca ceremony Read more...

The ascent of Huayana Potosí
Right from the center of La Paz in Bolivia you can admire beautiful mountain. It is called Huayana Potosí and it has 6 088 m. One afternoon David came with a great idea: “Let’s climb up!” “But we don’t have any equipment or training,” said Karel. Soon we were already looking for travel offices offering expeditions. We got an interesting offer from one local climber who explained us everything and offered us very nice price for 3-day expedition including gear rental, guide Read more...

Bolivia - Life in the heights
This country is unique because you spend a lot of time in high altitude. Some cities like Potosí or La Paz are situated in about 4000 meters above sea level. It can cause you breathing problems because we are not used to live in these heights. We got used to it a little bit after we crossed Bolivian Altiplano. We spent 3 days and 2 nights in the height over 4000 m. We also went to see a geyser in 4800 m! It's crazy when you imagine you are almost as high as Mount Blanc. Read more...

Hitchhiking across Chile to Atacama Desert
After travelling in huge Argentina we looked forward to enter CHILE that seemed to be smaller. The truth is that the shape of Chile is not very wide because of natural mountain border but it’s long as hell!! It’s more than 4000 km long! In comparison it’s like crossing all Europe from Lisbon to Moscow! We crossed the border from Argentina and our trip started in Osorno. We had to get use to new currency of Chilean pesos. We also tried our first Chilean food Read more...

Autumn Patagonia - our next accomplished dream
One of our dreams was to visit South America and especially beautiful mountains of Patagonia! Read about how our trip started. We took a plane from Sydney and crossed all Pacific Ocean to Santiago de Chile from where we continued to Buenos Aires. We spent a week there in our friend’s house and so we had some time to plan our next moves. At the end we have decided to fly all the way down to Ushuaia and start our trip from there. It was getting quite cold Read more...

Travel to Australia: Always missing time or money?
One of the reasons why we left our comfortable office chairs and started travelling around the world was AUSTRALIA! This mysterious red continent attracts travellers from all countries! However, there are always 2 difficulties whenever you only think of going there. These problems are called TIME and MONEY! If you are a student you usually have a time to go but you don’t have money even for a plane ticket. If you start to work, you have money but Read more...

Samoan Islands: How to travel cheap in a tropical paradise
The main item in your budget when you are travelling to paradise islands of Polynesia (Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, and Easter Island) or Melanesia (Fiji, New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands) is going to be your flight ticket! If you travel from Europe these beautiful islands are surely between the furthest places you can get. We decided to travel to Samoa from New Zealand which is relatively close (about 3000 km) but we still paid Read more...

The 5 funniest hitchhiking experiences in East Timor
It's not easy to travel in East Timor because it's a new country that became independent from Indonesia only 14 years ago. There is a lack of public transport, the roads are still in bad conditions and everything is very expensive paid in USD! Thus we decided to hitchhike across the country.
Route: Kupang (West Timor, Indonesia) - Jaco Beach (East Timor)
Total distance: 1500 km (return)

Sea Gypsies of Mabul Island
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People of Bajau Laut tribe known as Sea Gypsies spend their entire lives on the sea and they rarely set foot on land. Even today, they live in wooden houseboats near Semporna's islands in Borneo, Malaysia. These guys are the masters of the sea and free diving! New-born baby is ritualistically thrown into the sea.

Places to visit in New Zealand - South Island
In the first part of the article about New Zealand we introduced you the North Island. Now we will have a look on the South Island where we spent more time because we were working there. If you take a ferry from the North Island you will arrive to a small town called Picton. From there you can easily continue to Blenheim – the town of wine. This region is well known for its wine and we stopped there to visit our friend that worked in one of the wineries. Read more...

Fear Factory - the best job ever
Getting paid for scaring people...
A part of our plan was to make some money on the way to be able to travel around the world. We decided to apply for working holiday visa in New Zealand and it worked well for us because we found jobs right after our arrival to Queenstown. I got a job in hospitality but I was still looking for something else, something more exciting such as bungee jumping or boat cruising.
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Places to visit in New Zealand - North Island
Not many countries we travelled as closely as New Zealand, and therefore we have decided to describe our favourite places and help other travellers when planning a trip to this wonderful land of the Lord of the Rings. In this first part of the article we will focus on the North Island. The journey usually starts on the North Island since the most of people have their flights to the largest city of New Zealand - Auckland. We don't enjoy visiting big cities too much and so the only place Read more...

Hippie Byron Bay
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If you're going to Byron Bay, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair.
You're gonna meet some gentle people there!

New South Wales, Australia


Meeting the Great Mao
In Tiananmen Square there is a mausoleum of one of the cruelest dictators of the last century and the most important person of new People’s Republic of China - Mao Zedong. Even after his death he is admired by his people and pictured on Chinese notes. Every day an incredible line forms in front of his tomb. “I must see that!” said Karel and started to plan how to be at 6 a.m. in the queue to see the Great Mao. “To stand in the longest line of my life will be Read more...

The Clouds of New Zealand

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North and South Island, New Zealand

Edita and her farm experience
After 2 months of travelling in New Zealand and Samoa we came back to Queenstown for winter season. It’s an amazing place but I didn’t want to return to my previous work in a hotel because there was nothing new for me to learn and so I decided to try something more adventurous and for me completely new – work on a farm with animals! I chose a position of farm assistant on a diary farm. This position was not easy to get due to my lack of experience in this area. Read more...

Funny Ways of Transportation in China

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Safety first :-)

Welcome to Hobbiton

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Movie set of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit

New Zealand Great Walks
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Routeburn Track - 30 km
Kepler Track - 60 km
Abel Tasman Coast Track - 60 km
Tongariro Northern Circuit - 43 km

How to Outsmart the Great Wall of China
Our last stop in People’s Republic of China was Beijing, the capital city. If you are in Beijing you don’t want to miss main Chinese symbol which is the Great Wall of China and so we also have to find a cheap way how to visit it. After our previous experience from other parts of China we suspected that the Great Wall will be also big scam on tourists. Almost everyone goes for one day trip to the Wall while being in Beijing because it’s not too far from the city. We were thinking Read more...

Arrival to Beijing, the Capital of People’s Republic of China
We were often quite lost in Henan province. We had to change many kinds of transportation and almost nobody understood us. After all difficulties we were able to visit beautiful Ten-Thousand Buddha Cave of the Longmen Grottos and famous Shaolin Temple with Kung-Fu fighters. The weather in Shaolin was pretty bad so we were not regretting that we had to move on. Our next destination was Beijing! After our fast escape from rainy Shaolin we caught the last bus Read more...

Looking for Masters of Kung-Fu in Shaolin
The trip for the masters of Kung-Fu started with adventurous night when we were getting to the area of Shaolin Temple. The bus going from Luoyangu dropped us somewhere in the middle of road and left. It was already dark when we were looking around trying to find someone who would help us to find a way to Shaolin Hostel. Fortunately the taxi drivers were always present so we went to ask them. We found out that that there were no more buses at that late hour. Read more...

Thousand Buddhas in Longmen
At the end we enjoyed the surroundings of the little town of Yangshuo so much that we didn’t want to leave. Unfortunately we couldn’t stay any longer because we have already bought our train tickets for the next day. We were told to buy the tickets in advance because they are usually sold out. The high-speed train was 3 times more expensive than “hard-sleeper“ train but we had many kilometers ahead to get to Beijing. That’s why we decided to divide that long journey Read more...

The Cheapest & Scariest Hostel in Hong Kong
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Chungking Mansions is an old building with the cheapest hostels in the center of Hong Kong. However this place is a bit scary...

Bamboo Ride on the Lí River
The first evening in Yángshuò we met the owner of our hostel and we were asking him where to go next days to escape the crowds of tourists. The man was very kind and he also spoke English very well. „Finally someone will help us!“ We were trying to get as much information as possible. He showed us where to rent a bike and that we shouldn’t miss bamboo rafting on the Lí River. The nature in this area around the river should be amazing. He recommended us to take a boat Read more...

Endangered Green Hill Paradise
Even though we enjoyed Guilin a lot, especially because of the cheap food which could be found on every corner, we had to continue further. One of the most beautiful sceneries of China was waiting for us. It was the area of round top hills surrounding the town of Yángshuò which is situated by the river Lí. For a while we were thinking of going from Guilin to Yángshuò by boat or bamboo raft but with regard to high prices we rather chose local bus. Due to dense Read more...

Hike Up to Dragon’s Backbone Rice Terraces
One of the symbols of China are incredible Dragon’s Backbone Rice Terraces which are over centuries cultivated by local villagers in hard mountain terrain in South China province called Guanxi. We were curious how they are doing there and so we decided to make a trip to Longji. On our map it looked that the terraces are very close to Guilin. However when we asked how to get there in our hostel we found out it wouldn’t be that easy. Only one way by local transport Read more...

How We Discovered the Real Face of China
After our bike trip in Guilin and its surroundings the other day we decided to explore the town by foot. At first we found local market with many street vendors. We bought salty pancake and we also wanted to buy sweet rice milk. The pancake was strange and little bit spicy but it was eatable. However we apparently didn’t choose the right rice flavor because we got overcooked salty rice in some chicken broth. We ate that delicious breakfast breakfast and continued Read more...

Guilin, the Gate to South China Karst
„Wake up! Get ready to get off“ said a steward in the train poking us already at 5 a.m. to wake us up.  We thought it was too early because the arrival to Guilin was still in one hour and so we fell asleep again. „Come on guys! Get up!” The steward was back in half an hour poking us a little bit stronger. :-) She looked a bit nervous as if it was her who was getting off. We didn’t want to provoke her anymore and we started to pack our stuff. The train arrived before 6 a.m. to train Read more...

Biking through Chinese Villages
Right after our arrival to Guilin we rented bikes and we went to explore surrounding Chinese villages. It started to be interesting already in the bike rental because nobody spoke English there. We only had to use body language. We arranged everything well after all and our first bike trip in China could start. The town was a little bit bigger than we expected. It was rather typical Chinese village with almost one million inhabitants. On big crossroads there were Read more...

China by Train
In the afternoon we packed our stuff and we took a metro to Shenzhen railway station which is the gate to People’s Republic of China. Hong Kong is a special administrative zone with its own system and currency - Hong Kong dollar. At the railway station we had to pass through many security procedures. After security procedure in Hong Kong we also had to pass Chinese visa and passport control.  We have already had our Chinese visa from Prague. The last procedure Read more...

Hiking in Hong Kong
After our arrival to Hong Kong we were impressed by surrounding green hills that were rising above the city. There is a hill called Victoria Peak which is situated in Hong Kong Island. This peak is very touristic because it is situated in the heart of the city. If you go a bit further from the crowds you will be rewarded by nice path around another close hill. We were quite surprised that after a few minutes of walking there were no people and we could admire beautiful view Read more...

Hong Kong, the City of Skyscrapers
After extremely short night that we spent in the plane from Dubai they woke us up at 3 a.m. with the breakfast because the landing time in Hong Kong was already at 4:45 a.m. We didn’t sleep too much at the airport in Dubai neither and after all those transfers we didn’t arrive to Hong Kong very fresh. We picked up our baggage and it again surprised us how big and heavy it was. All the stuff for 2 years of traveling including light laptop, camera and some water is already Read more...

Umbrella Revolution in Hong Kong
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The centre of Hong Kong / October 2014

Bikini or ski? Welcome to Dubai!
Instead of everyday rush at work we prepared our backpacks and got on a plane. This is how our trip „Break Free from the Office and Travel the Word“ started. Our first destination before one month trip to China and Taiwan was a short stop in Dubai. We arrived to Dubai at midnight and we slightly postponed the next flight to have one day to visit this modern city of business. This stopover was a great opportunity to visit another place which wasn’t originally in our plan. Read more...


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