about us


Our motto: “The world is our playground!”

Travel is our passion! Although, we don’t get to do it as much as we would like with our full-time jobs at the moment, we travel whenever we get the opportunity. We are neither budget or luxury travellers – we like to consider ourselves as comfortable and modest travellers, just doing what we love.

Our love of travel began in 2005, when we went on our first overseas trip together as 23 year olds. That trip sealed the deal – we would spend the rest of our days exploring the world. This same trip made us realise how much we enjoyed spending time together and we became inseparable.

When we first began travelling, we knew we had contracted the “travel bug” and thought that with time and a few overseas trips, we would be cured. But this was not to be…

Symptoms include: hours of daydreaming of holidays, gravitational pulls to travel agencies to flick through brochures, salivating over Facebook friends’ holiday photos, probing everyone about their last holiday. So one day, we woke up and succumbed to the travel bug and accepted that we would have it chronically! The only treatment we could prescribe was to keep travelling! Until we can give up our day jobs, we will fit in our travels around full-time work!

Planning the next holiday is our way of life!

Our travel style is exploring and getting “lost” in the destination. Having been born and bred in Australia, we accept that travelling will generally mean flying at least 3 hours to go anywhere internationally. So  with every trip overseas, we tend to focus in on the one country and make the most of our time there.

We’ve always recorded our adventures in a diary: one for each continent that we visit – scribbled inside at the end of each day what we had done. The good reliable pen and paper are still items that go on our “to-pack” list before every holiday. Through our travels, we have come to learn a lot about ourselves and the places we have seen and we would like to share our experiences and photos. There may also be occasional pieces of “wise” trivia, reviews or tips.

When COVID hit in 2020, all of our international travels had to come to a screeching halt. We spent most of 2020, 2021 and 2022 doing road trips within our home state of New South Wales. All these mini getaways kept us sated.

Why “Wise Monkeys Abroad”?

Along with our love for travelling, we also enjoy collecting three wise monkeys, particularly if we find them overseas. Hence where our blog name came from!

Thank you so much for swinging by our blog 🙂

We hope you will connect, stay in touch and come back often,

Le and David

(Please note: all our posts including photos are our own and are not sponsored, unless specified. Where the photos are not ours, we identify where they have come from)


318 thoughts on “about us

    ourgloballove said:
    November 1, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    “The world is our playground!” What a fantastic motto! I think once you catch the travel bug it is impossible to get rid of. Here’s to your continued journeys throughout the world and a unique monkey collection =)

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      November 2, 2015 at 5:42 pm

      Thank you so much for your lovely message 🙂
      Yes, that darn travel bug is impossible to get rid of… not that we really mind though 😉
      Thanks also for stopping by our blog!!

    Reshma said:
    September 4, 2015 at 5:48 am

    Hello! 🙂 Got curious about what wise monkeys mean and then, got it! What a wonderful name for the blog.Just loved it! Have you traveled to India? I’m a travel blogger from India, just starting out to step out of my country..My gosh! You’ve got a great list of countries here 🙂 Amazing! Keep up the good work..Following you for more!
    Give me a shout out if you come to India! Would be happy to help. Happy travels!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      September 4, 2015 at 8:14 pm

      Thank you so much for stopping by our blog! We have actually never been to India but would LOVE to one day. It looks so amazing with so much to see and experience – and plus we also LOVE Indian food 🙂 Glad to be connected!

    Lynz Real Cooking said:
    August 16, 2015 at 1:07 am

    Sounds exciting! I lived in Saudi Arabia for 16 years where I raised my 9 kids. Many of my kids love to travel!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      August 16, 2015 at 4:34 pm

      Travelling is addictive! Thanks for stopping by our blog! We’ve need been to Saudi Arabia but like all the other places in the world, it is on our list 🙂

    sabretoothedchickenstour said:
    July 16, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    Hi Le and David;
    Nice to meet fellow travel bloggers and people like us who are passionate about travel. Hope you swing by our blog and realise that you don’t have to stop travelling if two wise monkeys ever become more than two. 😉

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      July 17, 2015 at 7:47 am

      Hello there 🙂 Thanks for dropping by! We will certainly have to check out your blog… a very intriguing name you have there!

        sabretoothedchickenstour said:
        July 18, 2015 at 12:05 am

        Yes. A combination of a joke about a Sabretoothed Tiger and a rubber chicken rating of a computer game review show called “Good Game”. 🙂 A joke turned into our blog name and we love it.

    Emily said:
    May 22, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    Hey! I have just been looking through your blog and it is wonderful! It is very useful for helping me to prepare for my trip to Italy next week. Happy adventuring!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      May 23, 2015 at 9:26 pm

      Thanks Emily for such a kind and beautiful comment 🙂 We hope you enjoy Italy.

    Samjoth said:
    February 27, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    Hello Le and David
    Add one more person to your fan list !! 😀
    And I am sincere here !!
    Beautiful bio, and I am really thrilled by the way of your life !! 🙂
    Glad meeting you, and
    lets be in touch !!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      February 28, 2015 at 7:24 am

      Hello Samjoth. Thank you so very much for stopping by our blog and leaving such a lovely comment for us to see first thing this morning. We really appreciate you taking the time to following us. Lovely to connect with you as well 🙂 Hope we see you often!

        Samjoth said:
        February 28, 2015 at 5:22 pm

        My pleasure !!
        And I am more that happy to be at your space !! 🙂
        See you around,
        and do stay in touch !!
        Cheers !!

    Sreejith Nair said:
    January 11, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    Hello, Le and David.

    Thank you so much for stopping by and following my blog 🙂

    Great to find two wise monkeys on continent hop and I am sure it’s going to be great fun following their adventures 🙂

    Let me explore you stories and images from around the worlds…

    Have a great time 🙂

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      January 11, 2015 at 10:27 pm

      Thank you so much for your warm comment 🙂 We hope you enjoy what we have to share on our blog. Blogging is a wonderful way to meet people from all over the world and to inspire one another.
      Glad to have found your blog and appreciate you visiting ours 🙂

    Kat said:
    January 11, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    Hey there Wise Monkeys! I have nominated you both for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award 🙂 Am not sure of your no-award policy or you probably had been nominated for this before but should you wish to accept it, please click on the link https://katpegimana.wordpress.com/2015/01/11/very-inspiring-blogger-award/

    I love your blog and you guys are awesome!

    Cheers – Kat

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      January 11, 2015 at 8:56 pm

      Hi Kat! Totally honoured and very flattered that you have nominated us. We will duck on over and have a look 🙂 We will definitely share your post and blog on our social media.
      Thanks again for thinking of us. And congratulations to you for being nominated!

        Kat said:
        January 12, 2015 at 12:09 am

        You’re welcome…congrats again, you guys deserve the award 🙂

    MaitoMike said:
    January 3, 2015 at 6:38 am

    Hello, Le and David!

    Happy New Year! You two monkeys have been an inspiration to myself and my blog. To thank you, I have personally nominated you for an award! (Link below). Keep traveling and doing what you two do best (as monkeys).


    Best regards,

    Michael @ The Chronicles of Wanderlust

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      January 3, 2015 at 7:30 am

      Hi Michael,
      Wow, thank you so much for your the nomination. We are extremely honoured and flattered to be considered inspiring. We definitely will check out your link to find out more.
      Happy travels and 2015 🙂

    Ruchi said:
    December 28, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    Wow! Your blog is amazing. You both are definitely bitten by the travel bug. It would be great to know about your adventures. Looking forward to view the world around you.

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      January 3, 2015 at 7:26 am

      Hello there 🙂 Thank you so much for your kind words. We appreciate that you have chosen to join us on our blogging adventure! Thanks for connecting.

    OFW in DUBAI said:
    December 22, 2014 at 8:17 am

    your blog is inspiring. congratulations and more power!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      December 22, 2014 at 9:57 pm

      Really appreciate the follow and your kind words 🙂 It is comments like these that makes us really enjoy blogging!

    Joel Campbell said:
    December 18, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Hey wise monkeys!

    Thanks for the kind words! We love your site, it really makes you standout as people we’d DEFINITELY get along with on some crazy travels! Let’s stay in touch, maybe we can meet up at a cool destination in the future?

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      December 18, 2014 at 1:03 pm

      Hey there 🙂 Thanks for your lovely comment – yes, definitely stay in touch! We love meeting all these new people who have much in common with us!
      Whereabouts are you guys at the moment?

        MarriedExplorers said:
        December 19, 2014 at 11:55 am

        We are in Colorado at the moment, a.k.a. home base. We just got back from a trip to Greece and Turkey. What about you?

          wisemonkeysabroad responded:
          December 19, 2014 at 2:04 pm

          We are back home in Sydney… This year was a mammoth year of travel for us with 4 months away in Europe (& 2 weeks in Brazil).

          Time to plan the next one 🙂

          Oooh Greece and Turkey! Two extremely fascinating places – we really loved Turkey! What did you think of it?

            MarriedExplorers said:
            December 20, 2014 at 9:38 am

            We absolutely loved Turkey! Such a friendly and amazing place. Wow, 4 months traveling in a year is fantastic! How did you like Brazil? Were you there during the World Cup?

            wisemonkeysabroad responded:
            December 20, 2014 at 7:52 pm

            Yes, Turkey is so friendly 🙂 We enjoyed Brazil but we were there mainly for the World Cup and so saw very little of Brazil itself. Just a few of the “smaller” host cities where Australia played and then a full hectic day in Rio. We SO have to go back. Have you been to Brazil? What did you think?

            MarriedExplorers said:
            December 21, 2014 at 3:06 am

            Sounds awesome! I love visiting countries hosting the World Cup. I was in Germany when they hosted the World Cup in 2006 and I remember being amazed by how well they took a loss. No rioting, no violence, just happy people. It’s not like that in the U.S. Too many stupid drunken people I suppose, lol.

            We have not had a chance to see Brazil yet, but we will! It’s on “the list” for sure 🙂

    lydiawarren said:
    December 17, 2014 at 3:15 am

    I’ve just discovered your blog, and it’s so great! And I love what you guys said about the Statue of Liberty, haha – I live in NYC and I hate it when people just put tourist traps like that at the top of their lists! Happy travelling and I can’t wait to see where you go next 🙂

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      December 17, 2014 at 7:33 am

      Thanks Lydia! So glad you found our blog – thank you for following and for leaving us this comment!
      You live in NYC? You probably hear it all the time but we LOVE NYC 🙂

    Sherry Chen said:
    December 5, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Hi Le and David! Love your travelling stories, and your site’s got beautiful design and such interesting pieces, so I’m following! 🙂
    Feel free to check out my writing about publishing: publishinginsights.org

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      December 5, 2014 at 7:00 pm

      HI Sherry! Thank you so much for following – we are always thrilled to meet fellow bloggers 🙂

      We will be sure to duck on over and check out your website. Have a wonderful weekend.

    Mani (A New Life Wandering) said:
    December 2, 2014 at 8:40 am

    Hi monkeys! Le and David, I nominated you to share your taste of travel menu, read about it here: http://anewlifewandering.com/2014/12/01/my-ideal-taste-of-travel-menu/

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      December 2, 2014 at 8:43 am

      Oooh wow! Mani – this sounds like fun and also a pretty good competition! Thank you for nominating us! We will have to look into it 🙂

    LuAnn said:
    November 23, 2014 at 4:35 am

    Your blog is just amazing! I look forward to following along on your grand adventures. 🙂

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      November 23, 2014 at 11:07 am

      Hi LuAnn. Thank you so very much for your generous comment 🙂 We are so thrilled to have connected with you and likewise look forward to following your adventures too!! One of our dreams is to RV or drive across the USA. Maybe one day – in the meantime, we will travel there through your posts.

    iamkimyu said:
    October 16, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    Hi WMA! I just want to say, you guys are my idol when it comes to travelling. You’ve been to a lot of places and experience a lot. I really love the way you blog that’s why I’ve nominated you to One Lovely Blog Award, If you are interested click here: http://iamkimyu.wordpress.com/2014/10/16/one-lovely-blog-award-my-first-award/ Hope you will accept it 😀

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      October 17, 2014 at 2:10 am

      Wow – what extremely kind words you have left for us. We will certainly look at the nomination. We are so honoured that you have thought of us for this award! Congratulations for your nomination too.

    Capt Jill said:
    October 11, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Hey there,
    I wanted to thank you for the really nice comment you made on my about page. I appreciate that you decided to follow me.
    I can’t travel nearly as much as I want to either. So maybe we can live through each others blogs vicariously. 🙂
    My old chief mate did the Camino a couple of years ago, said he had a great time, but no blog and since he lives in Spain now, I haven’t seen any pictures. 😦
    Looking forward to more of yours.

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      October 12, 2014 at 5:09 am

      Thanks Jill for your lovely comment! We are thrilled to have found your blog and honoured to have you following us back 🙂 We think it sounds wonderful that we can travel vicariously through one another’s blog.
      The Camino is like nothing we have ever experienced – it is one we will never forget!
      Happy travels to you!

    Anonymous said:
    October 1, 2014 at 1:01 am

    Hey guys! Thanks for dropping by my blog- it led me to yours 🙂 I read you took your first trip together when you were 23- well I took my first trip overseas with my boyfriend when I was 21 – so yeah, high five!!! Stay connected, stay awesome 🙂

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      October 1, 2014 at 5:38 am

      Cheers! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Keep travelling!

    trablog said:
    September 30, 2014 at 12:07 am

    Awesome blog, awesome life, awesome couple. I am following!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      September 30, 2014 at 12:10 am

      Thanks Jithin 🙂 – Excited to be connected with like-minded people. We have connected with you on Twitter and Facebook too.
      Have a great day!

        trablog said:
        September 30, 2014 at 12:19 am

        Thank you very much. I will check soon 🙂

    Tinus70 said:
    September 29, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    Who said you were not good at photography? I see only great photos (and great stories) here 🙂 Thanks again for your visit, ciao!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      September 29, 2014 at 11:56 pm

      Awww – thanks Gabriele 🙂 You are so sweet for saying so! We are definitely just point’n’shoot kinda people. Need to learn more about settings on the camera!

    goannasnake said:
    September 27, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Hi. I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blog award. Details are here: http://flyinggoannas.wordpress.com/2014/09/27/a-lovely-award/

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      September 27, 2014 at 2:27 pm

      Why thank you!! We will duck on over and have a read when we get a chance. Very appreciative that you thought of us 🙂

    A Lovely Award | flying goannas said:
    September 27, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    […] Wise Monkeys Abroad […]

    Anita said:
    September 27, 2014 at 3:19 am

    Thank you for sharing your travel stories and wonderful travel pictures! Wish you good luck and great fun wherever you go. 🙂

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      September 27, 2014 at 3:25 am

      Thank you Anita for visiting our blog and leaving such a pleasant comment 🙂
      We hope we will see you here often and we can connect!

    colibrist said:
    September 16, 2014 at 7:03 am

    Hi! Just discovered your blog… nice blog! You have travelled a lot! I really liked the way you describe the symptoms of the travel bug… felt totally identified 🙂 Good luck with your Camino de Santiago!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      September 16, 2014 at 2:08 pm

      Thanks for stopping by and having a read 🙂 Sounds like you must have the bug too!
      We are only 11 days into the Camino and still have another month or so to go! But we are enjoying it 🙂

    Ruth said:
    September 15, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    Hello, I’ve nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award – please see my post here:-
    If you don’t want to participate in this award, that’s absolutely no problem at all, but please do consider your blog very much appreciated – hopefully it’s the thought that counts! Thanks 🙂

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      September 15, 2014 at 7:11 pm

      Hi Ruth, Thank you so very much for your nomination and for thinking of us 🙂 We have been awarded before and feel very grateful each time! We will duck on over and certainly have a read 🙂

    Cammal aka Brown Boy said:
    September 12, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Hi there, i have nominated you for the Liebster Award. Check out the details here: http://brownboyspeaks.wordpress.com/2014/09/03/the-liebster-award/

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      September 12, 2014 at 11:20 pm

      Wow – thanking you kindly for thinking for us! Will duck on over and have a read. Cheers 🙂

    Lesley Unsworth said:
    September 3, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Hi, we love Bloggers on Taste Tours..email me if you do want to go on one

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      September 3, 2014 at 3:33 pm

      Hi Lesley! We will definitely be in touch. Thank you!

    funfamilyfeats said:
    September 2, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Just wanted to say that your blogs are really good. I nominated you for the “One Lovely Blog Award!” http://wp.me/p4kBRo-24D

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      September 2, 2014 at 1:51 pm

      Wow – thank you 🙂 Will be sure to check it out!

    mamta chakravorty said:
    September 1, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    For you 🙂 http://booksearchjourney.wordpress.com/2014/09/01/friends-forever/ picture of Junior’s books 🙂 I clicked it yesterday while he was arranging his shelf. It reminded me of one of your comments.
    Have fun !!! Are you back from your trip ? I’ve been away from wordpress for quite sometime now.

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      September 1, 2014 at 3:27 pm

      Those are a LOT of books 🙂 Thanks for sharing! We are still in Europe until the end of October. Our Camino walk (800km) starts on Friday….

        mamta chakravorty said:
        September 1, 2014 at 4:01 pm

        🙂 Didn’t know about Camino walk,just googled and read a few articles, sounds interesting..one says life changing, walk of lifetime, great experience..hope you have great fun too !! Best of luck !!

          wisemonkeysabroad responded:
          September 2, 2014 at 1:15 am

          Thank you!! We welcome as much luck as we can summon 🙂

    adorecatsbengals said:
    August 23, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    I love to travel but do not get to do it often enough. Reading your posts is like taking a mini vacation without leaving home. Thank you for sharing 🙂

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      August 24, 2014 at 12:59 am

      Thank you for visiting our blog 🙂 and for leaving us such a pleasant comment! We hope that we will see you here often taking “mini-breaks” 🙂

    When in New Places said:
    August 20, 2014 at 11:27 am

    I’m so happy to have E-met you two, and I’m excited to read about your past and pending adventures!
    ~ Andrea ❤

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      August 20, 2014 at 4:03 pm

      Thanks Andrea for connecting with us 🙂 Heres to Happy travels!! 🙂

    Jaspa said:
    August 18, 2014 at 8:37 am

    Sorry I haven’t visited your blog for a while, Monkeys, but I’ve been travelling too.
    That said, as one of my favourite blogs, I hope you won’t mind me nominating you for a Liebster Award. If you’d like to participate, here’s how: https://jaspasjourney.wordpress.com/2014/08/17/liebster-award/

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      August 18, 2014 at 3:09 pm

      Ohhh – that is so very flattering and we are so honoured to be nominated by you! Thank you for thinking of us. We will duck on over and have a peek when we get a chance later. Cheers!

    Deepika said:
    August 17, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    When in India next, let’s meet 🙂 Till then enjoy Switzerland you guys!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      August 17, 2014 at 6:07 pm

      How we would love to visit India!! So when we do get there – will be in touch 🙂

    ourworldheritagebe said:
    August 16, 2014 at 6:48 am

    Hi! Just wanted to let you know that we have received a blogger award and decided to nominate you guys as well… More on http://ourworldheritagebe.wordpress.com/2014/08/15/our-very-first-blog-award/ 😉

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      August 16, 2014 at 6:49 am

      Thank you so much 🙂 We feel so honoured that you thought of us! We will definitely check out your post! And congratulations – you totally deserve it!

    aquacompass7 said:
    August 12, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    Thank you for visiting my blog.

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      August 13, 2014 at 1:30 am

      Thank you for visiting and following our blog 🙂

    Dennis Wagoner said:
    August 11, 2014 at 6:10 am

    Great thing you have going – we have traveled some and would like to do more – seeing the world is fascinating.

    Thanks for visiting my site and for the follow – I greatly appreciate the support. I am following yours too so I can keep up on your adventures!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      August 11, 2014 at 6:13 am

      Hi Dennis, Thanks for the follow! Your “About Me” page intrigued us to follow you 🙂 Cheers to more travels as the world is there for us to see and appreciate! Have a great week ahead.

    jacksonjc9 said:
    August 10, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    wow! thats a lot of travelling you guys did! ‘Amazing captures’ and they are wonderful and I look forward seeing more of your adventures. Happy Travels. 🙂

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      August 10, 2014 at 8:11 pm

      Thanks Jackson 🙂 You completely understand the joys of travelling as well so here’s to both us and you travelling lots more! Happy travels to you too 🙂 Thanks for following our blog!

        jacksonjc9 said:
        August 10, 2014 at 8:15 pm

        Cheers to Travelling 🙂

    funfamilyfeats said:
    August 9, 2014 at 4:54 am

    Wow! You’ve been to a lot of places and I really love your photos. Thanks for following funfamilyfeats. All the best and have a great weekend you two. Cheers! 🙂

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      August 9, 2014 at 4:58 am

      Thank you for stopping by! So pleased to hear you enjoy our photos 🙂 You have a great weekend too 🙂

    Gypsy Couple said:
    August 7, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    We have a special corner for couple bloggers. First of all, you’ve got an awesome blog here. We’re definitely going to be following you for more.

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      August 8, 2014 at 4:56 am

      Hi guys! Thanks so much for following and your super lovely message 🙂 We are always so excited to connect with bloggers from all around the world!

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