rtw rookies: the recap, the revelation & the full itinerary

Our full itinerary from five months on the road. We started in NYC, moved west, and learned… we’re not very good at being traditional long-term travelers. At all.

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one night in paradise: @yasawaresort

There’s no question: part of the allure of Fiji is the feeling of being completely and totally remote. If ever there was a place to encapsulate that feeling, it’s the Yasawa Island Resort & Spa.  Some of the best advice we got when planning our Fijian takeover was to go as far out on the Yasawas as possible—which is one of the main reasons we chose to visit both Nacula and Yasawa Island. Map of the Yasawa Islands thanks to SSC. Yasawa Island is just past Nacula Island at the tippy, tippy top… Yasawa Island is so far out that SSC doesn’t even offer transfers to the island. The only way to get to and from the…

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bula, bula nacula island!

Of the 332+ islands that make up the country of Fiji, there is one little set of twenty that most travelers will tell you is an absolute must-see: the Yasawa Islands. After our first few days exploring the main island of Viti Levu, we woke up bright and early to (sadly) depart First Landing and head to the port at Denarau. Though there are a variety of plane and boat charter options, the best bet for the budget-conscious is to book your Yasawa Transfers through South Sea Cruises. SSC is the company that also oversees Awesome Adventures—a super backpacker-friendly option that allows you to island hop using one of their “Bula Pass” itineraries. As we were…

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hotel highlight: first landing beach resort

Because we wanted to spend the majority of our time in Fiji in the Yasawas, we sadly said goodbye to Taupo and John after our short visit at Danny’s Village Homestay, and made our way back toward Nadi. Stop #2 in Fiji: First Landing Beach Resort in Lautoka. Another friendly TTF driver, Rishi, came and picked us up in the afternoon. As we had again booked a shuttle, he made a second stop at a nearby resort to pick up a group of Australians heading to the airport—one of whom was a little boy about eight years old. The roads in Fiji can be pretty bumpy, so it wasn’t surprising when the little boy said…

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danny’s village homestay: part two

On our first morning in Fiji, I started my day feeling a little disoriented. Waking up inside a mosquito net is a little bit like waking up in a dream. At no fault of the cabin itself, I had had a restless night of sleep—sounds of the jungle just didn’t put me at ease the way blaring ambulances flying down 2nd Avenue used to. So, when I woke up to this, I was a little confused for a moment: When I told Taupo that this was the first time we had slept with a mosquito net–and that I kind of liked it–she laughed. “The little girls who come with their families to visit us always…

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