U.S. Road Trip By The Numbers
Nov03

U.S. Road Trip By The Numbers

Having recently wrapped up the most epic of epic US road trips, I’ve had a hard time trying to get my head around just everything I’ve done, seen, and driven through over the past 7 months. I don’t mean this in some kind of grand “what does it all mean” way of getting my head around it – it’s more like I’m trying to figure out what memories go on shelves of my mental library (and I still don’t understand the Dewey Decimal System) and...

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Lifestyles of the Homeless and Happy
Sep16

Lifestyles of the Homeless and Happy

As will happen when you run blogs and work for a nationally recognizable magazine, Kim I lead a fairly public life. For the past two and a half years, we have basically put our names and faces out to the world in the hopes that sharing our adventures will help you have your own. We’ve been stopped on the streets, noticed while standing in line for tourist attractions, and even called out when we were ordering food from one of our...

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Finding a Roadside Attraction Less Taken
Aug28

Finding a Roadside Attraction Less Taken

Having a job that is basically a 7-month camping road trip definitely has its perks: I get to see all nooks and crannies of the United States, I spend most of my time in the out-of-doors, and I can now navigate the country by breweries alone. Sure, there are long travel days, with hours spent looking out the windshield, but these are made bearable by finding entertainment where you can find it: the spectacles that are truck stops and...

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Top Travel Moment #1: What I’ve Learned (travel tips and advice)
Aug14

Top Travel Moment #1: What I’ve Learned (travel tips and advice)

When I started this series on my Top Travel Moments, it was because I have found that people ask many of the same questions about traveling and it was my attempt to pre-emptively answer those questions. I answered the most common question (“what is your favorite country you visited?”) last month, but realized I have done little to answer other questions we receive. What I have noticed in the past 5 months of giving presentations all...

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Top Travel Moment No. 2: Cultural Faux Pas
Aug10

Top Travel Moment No. 2: Cultural Faux Pas

So, as Kim and I I am wont to do when we travel, we spent a night in an Indonesian airport on our way to Bali. Spending a night in an airport is one of my favorite ways to save a little bit of money by avoiding paying for a room for a night here and there. I’m pretty sure the airport in question was the Jakarta airport, but the specific airport doesn’t really matter. We found out the hard way that this particular airport shuts down at...

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Top Travel Moment No. 3: Temporary Ignorance
Aug06

Top Travel Moment No. 3: Temporary Ignorance

When Kim and I were in Nepal, and before we began hiking in the Annapurna region, we visited Chitwan National Park in Southern Nepal. We visited the park for the same reason that many other tourists visit the park: for the chance to see the wildlife. Chitwan was the first national park in Nepal and is home to a variety of wildlife: Asian elephants, leopards, sloth bears, crocodiles, rhinoceros, and Bengal tigers all call the park...

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Top Travel Moment No. 4: Biggest Regret
Aug03

Top Travel Moment No. 4: Biggest Regret

There aren’t too many things I regret doing or not doing when traveling. Sure, there are places I still want to go, places I didn’t get to spend enough time in, and places I spent too much time, but I can’t say that I’ve regretted any of those decisions. The only thing that I look back on and regret not doing is buying more souvenirs. Now, I know that souvenir buying is a supposed to be a no-no in the travel community: something that...

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Top Travel Moment No. 5: The Doctor’s Visit
Jul20

Top Travel Moment No. 5: The Doctor’s Visit

Note: There are no pictures included in this post. When you get to the end, you’ll understand why – and probably thank me. In following my tradition of not being able to follow my own rules, my Top Travel Moment # 5 isn’t a story from traveling. It’s about a doctor’s office visit. But, in my defense, the only reason I went to this particular doctor’s appointment was because we were losing our good health insurance because we were...

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Top Travel Moments: Numbers 6 & 7
Jul07

Top Travel Moments: Numbers 6 & 7

Because this series of Top Travel Moments is supposed to be about my best and favorite travel experiences, it stands to reason that you would expect me to talk about my, well, best and favorite travel moments. And given that I got distracted from this in just the second post of the series (I get distracted easily by shiny things and loud noises too – SQUIRREL!!!), I am going to do my best to right this train before it gets too far off...

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Top Travel Moment No. 8: A Bridge Jump in Banos, Ecuador
Jun26

Top Travel Moment No. 8: A Bridge Jump in Banos, Ecuador

As I wrote in my last post, I’m not an adventurous eater. To go along with that, I’m also not really what you would call a risk taker. Sure, there are things I like doing that get my adrenaline pumping, but “extreme sports” have never been anything I have had much interest in. That all changed one day during a bike ride Banos, Ecuador. Kim and I and the group of people we were volunteering with at Foundacion Arte del Mundo went...

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