travel lesson: get off the grid

Travel Lessons: What We’ve Learned So Far

Travel has been our life’s focus for over a decade, and we’d like to think we’ve learned some things along the way. Whether we’re traveling as part of our work in…

Hyde Park packing

Packing Tips for Extended Travels

“When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.” –Susan Heller So you’re getting ready to travel…

Scary Flip Flops

Getting Sick: Rural Cambodia vs. Bangkok

Getting Sick on the Road For most of us, getting sick while traveling is pretty high on the list of fears.  It’s no fun to be ill no matter where…

Mount Phousi, Luang Prabang, Laos

Counting Kip in Laos

Although our time there was much shorter than we wanted, Laos left a lasting impression on us both and a thirst to return. When asked about our favorite destinations, Laos…

Save Money to Travel

How to Save Money to Travel the World: Ten Tips

Most travel blogs have an article or two on this topic, because it’s one of the most common questions we hear. “How can you afford to travel for so long?”…

Himba Women's Beauty Rituals

5 Travel Rules That Matter

Travel should be a time to let go of self-imposed rules that may ordinarily hold you back. Step outside yourself and explore who you really want to be (or who’s…

Bryce Canyon Hike

Origins of a Nomadic Lifestyle

How DO They Do That? How is it you’re in a different city every time I check? How do you seem to get so much time off? Are you on…


Recounting Rupees

India was one of our most challenging and most rewarding stops. We saw the heights of art and architecture and the depths of poverty and despair. We were sweet-talked and hustled, greeted graciously and treated with kindness. We were thrilled, frustrated, over-stimulated, exhausted, energized, thankful and sad, often in the same day. India will touch you, one way or another, in ways you can’t imagine until you’ve been there. We spent our five weeks exclusively in the north, taking our time, but still covering a lot of ground. We did the full Rajasthan circuit, substituting a couple of less-traveled spots for those we heard were over-saturated. Outside Rajasthan, we visited Varanasi and Khajuraho, New Delhi, and Agra (Taj Mahal).


From đồng to Dollars

From the Mekong Delta in the south to the mountains in the north, from the urban hubs of Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi to world-famous Halong Bay, Vietnam is a country of diversity. Go prepared to bargain and use your street smarts, especially in the cities. Keep and open mind, and don’t shy away from the chance to sit on a plastic mini stool and eat some amazing food or take a ride on a motorbike! Gorgeous landscapes will surround you, and a new adventure is around every corner.


Crunching Numbers : Cambodia

Cambodia’s recent history gives plenty of cause for sadness, but its people’s smiles are our dearest memory of the beautiful country. This breakdown of our expenses while visiting in November, 2011 is less skewed than some others because we did not redeem any points for flights or hotels during our time here. We traveled by boat, bicycle, tuk tuk, van and bus, and were able to get to a few less-visited spots. There are still many left to explore on a future visit. Posts on Cambodia can be viewed HERE. Our photo gallery from Cambodia is HERE.