Rome is Burning

Rome wasn’t built in a day, but for us, it didn’t take much longer than a few days to start feeling like we were ready to move on.  While in Rome we walked a TON.  The temperatures were over 100F every day we were there, peaking at 105F (40-41C…still working on mastering these conversions).  We…

It’s Go Time

Somehow over a year has flown by since we made the decision to leave everything to travel.  Somehow we are 2 sleeps away from taking off to Rome, and beyond.  The realness of this has increased a notch with each passing day.  After saying goodbye to work 2 weeks ago, Nick and I tried to…

An Unexpected Treasure

As the ferry pulls up along the shore of Koh Phangan, our thoughts were centered on the upcoming main event of our trip to Thailand, the Full Moon Party.   After months of planning, research and anticipation, it was only a couple of days away.  We dropped off our packs at the guesthouse and began…

Down the Final Stretch

After over a year in the making, I gave my two weeks notice to my job today.   It felt like a load was taken off of my shoulders. This is a company that I used to work for during summers in between college and I have been involved with for almost a third of…

Full Speed Ahead

Today was my first day of work in Midtown Manhattan at my summer office job.   Three days ago I was dancing until the sun came up at a music festival.   One week ago I was at the tail end of a 900 mile drive from New York to Tennessee.   Two weeks ago…

The Long Road to World Traveller

Would you believe that up until my 18th birthday, I had only been on a plane one time in my life?  That first time in the sky was when my parents brought my sister and I to Disney World in Orlando, Florida.  It was April of 1990 and I was three and a half years…

Why Travel is For Me

  What would you do if you had all the time and money in the world? Would you buy a fancy car?  A mega mansion?  Expensive clothing and accessories? When I ask myself this question, I know my answer immediately.  I would get on a plane to somewhere I haven’t been and I would travel…

The Plan…or Lack Thereof

So where are we going? In our past travels this was a simple, straightforward question with an equally simple, straightforward answer.  However, this journey will see us taking on a different approach, not only due to the length of time that we will be travelling, but also the way we want to travel.  When we…

The Trip of a Lifetime

  “You are so lucky!”  “It’s going to be the trip of a lifetime.”  “I’m so jealous of you.”  “I wish I could do that.”   These are a few of the most common responses I get when telling someone our plans of leaving our jobs and everyday lives to travel the world.  What’s ironic…

Bidding Farewell to a Dream to Set Sail on Another

  I’m giving up a lot for this lifestyle, including what I thought was my dream job… Today I will resign from store manager at the largest on mountain snowboard shop in the world, a position that has been so rewarding and has helped me build life long friendships through snowboarding.  Having your office at…

Traveling the World While Life Back at Home Goes On

One of the fears or concerns that I’ve dealt with since making the decision to travel the world is all of the “what if’s” pertaining to life back at home.  From the “what if one of my plethora of cousins is getting married?”  That would be something I would hate to miss.  To the more…