Wellington

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Wellington

I’ve said how much I love other cities we’ve traveled through, but I think Wellington tops the list. It’s a great walking city with an active waterfront and so many things to do that the days rush by without notice. We originally just planned to pass through on our way to the south island, and [...]

Legend of the Glow Worm

Buried amongst the bad music and embarrassing leg warmers of the early 80′s was a brand of animated, glow in the dark plastic insect toy, some which included an internal squeeze light for kids scared of the dark. The brand was called Glow Worms, if I’m not mistaken. In my little kid memory they were [...]

Morro de Sao Paulo- it’s everything you’ve heard

No other way to say it- this place is paradise at it’s finest. Touristy? Yes. But not with the chain restaurants and upscale jewelry shops we Americans are used to. It’s island life from a few decades ago- roads made entirely from sand, isolated beaches in walking distance, prices that aren’t inflated beyond imagination. There [...]

This is it!

How many days have we spent dreaming of the moment we could say that?! After a rush of leaving jobs, last minute packing and the final round of travel shots, we are ready to set off on the world trail. I can’t say I have much comprehension of where the last month went– my advice [...]

Losing Portland

Yesterday was my birthday. It was not a significant number and thus didn’t really require a lot of celebration. But I was lucky enough to have a good friend in town. There was an added excuse to wander- walk the waterfront, drink hoppy microbrews, and appreciate this city through the fresh eyes of a person [...]

Pre-Trip

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Now, for the fun stuff

I walked over to our local travel clinic today to expand my knowledge of the medical assistance we’ll need prior to leaving on the big journey. After far too much confusion with online resources I figured an informational drop-in visit to a clinic was smart—collect the correct information right from the source. I previously assumed [...]

“You guys are gonna be weird when you come home”.

That was a comment offered to us from an old friend of Dave’s. I laughed—mainly because it is so true. I am dealing with the fact that my life choices will have a direct effect on who I am and who I become. And while I’m well aware of the choices I am making, I [...]

Pre-Trip

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Savings

A commonly asked question lately has been about savings: How we’ve financially planned for this trip, and whether or not we’ve been able to stick to the plan.  I figured I’d write a little about our thought process here, although I am sure that every traveler has different methods of financially preparing for a big [...]