So, Did It Work?

So, Did It Work?

Posted on Jun 3, 2012 in General Travel | 4 Comments

I suppose it’s inevitable that taking a lengthy trip around the world may appear to some to be an attempt to run away. And to some extent, that perception is accurate. It doesn’t necessarily mean the traveler is running away from some crisis at home; it could simply be the overwhelming fatigue that comes with […]

The Ultimate To-Do List Before Leaving on a Round-the-World Trip

The Ultimate To-Do List Before Leaving on a Round-the-World Trip

In keeping with the theme of my last post, in which I broke down exactly what you need to bring on your round-the-world trip, I now bring you our complete list of everything (okay, almost everything) you need to do in order to get ready to go. Lists like these do seem to abound on […]

The Ultimate Packing List for a Round-the-World Trip

When we were getting ready to take off on our Big Adventure, one of the things we agonized about the most was how on earth to pack for a yearlong trip. This task was especially daunting to me, as until that point, my bags had almost invariably gotten the “Heavy” tag added to them every […]

Adjusting, Again

Posted on May 2, 2012 in General Travel, United States | One Comment

We’ve been home, staying put in one place, for over two months now. I can’t believe it. Mostly, I’m surprised that I haven’t gone stir crazy and packed my suitcase on a whim. I haven’t even taken a road trip; in fact, the farthest I’ve gone since I got back home is… San Francisco. When […]

Traveling Bookworms

Traveling Bookworms

Posted on Apr 17, 2012 in General Travel, India, Norway, Rwanda, Turkey | One Comment

I adore books. One of my favorite things in the whole world to do is to spend an afternoon in a bookshop, leafing through the pages and breathing in their smell. (Side note: this is why I find the rise of e-books to be so distressing. When was the last time anyone felt more relaxed […]

Must-Have Travel Accessory: Cocoon Silk Sleeping Bag Liner

Must-Have Travel Accessory: Cocoon Silk Sleeping Bag Liner

Posted on Apr 14, 2012 in Gear/Equipment Review, General Travel | No Comments

If you’re thinking about, or are in the midst of, long-term travel, I’m going to give it to you straight: there will come a time when you will be forced to confront a yucky bed. You don’t even have to stay in flea-infested hostels to be subjected to this inevitability. Pierre and I are solid […]

My Biggest Regret

Posted on Apr 8, 2012 in General Travel, Myanmar (Burma) | 3 Comments

In my book, regret and travel don’t mix. I like to think that things tend to happen for a reason while on the road, and that even if they don’t, good travelers have to be adaptable and learn to go with the flow. But of all of the memories from the past year of traveling, […]

No Meat Please: Random Musings on Vegetarian Travel

No Meat Please: Random Musings on Vegetarian Travel

Posted on Mar 30, 2012 in Argentina, France, General Travel, India, Japan, Turkey | 3 Comments

Being a vegetarian is always a challenge, even at home. It can lead to awkward moments when I go to someone’s house for dinner and they’ve whipped up a nice meaty meal, and I do feel a little left out at barbecues when I’m relegated to eating the side dishes. Declining to eat meat while […]

Re-Entry Blues

Re-Entry Blues

Posted on Mar 24, 2012 in General Travel, United States | One Comment

I wrote the following short piece sometime during our final days in New York City, as we prepared to pack our bags one last time. I was obviously not excited about winding up our Big Adventure, but I was surprised how quickly I bounced back once we got home. I’ve still got the travel bug […]

Back in North America

Back in North America

Posted on Mar 16, 2012 in Canada, General Travel, United States | One Comment

Towards the end of our Incredible Journey, I fulfilled a long-held travel dream. Sort of. You see, from the moment I first discovered their existence, I have always wanted  to spend a night at an ice hotel. These hotels — usually found in way-far-north locales such as Scandinavia and Quebec City, where the temperature never […]