Dear Anthony

Dear Anthony, I’m currently sitting in the back of a bus next to a Buddhist monk somewhere in southern Laos. It feels like I’m a million miles away from home, in distance, surroundings and in comfort, but for some reason as I stare out the window at the bright full moon in the sky, I…

Italy Budget Update – How We Spent $57 per Day

Traveling throughout Italy for 6 weeks in the peak season of August must be crazy expensive.  This is something that most people would think, but it all depends on how you travel.  Are you looking to enter every museum?  Do you need to stay in 4 star hotels, and eat at 4 star restaurants for…

My Experience of 42 Days in Italia

Early on in the process of researching and prepping for traveling around the world long term, Nick and I decided that we would make a point to visit Italy first, and would plan to spend at least a month there.  Being that we are both Italian Americans who have never been to Italy, it only…

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…

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…

10 Lessons Learned One Day in Krabi, Thailand

After a few days partying and exploring the Phi Phi Islands, we hopped on the ferry with the rest of the backpackers en route to Krabi.  Krabi town is very small itself, but is a popular spot to slow down for a few days.  It’s also convenient to stay here and visit the nearby world…

Airline Miles, A Key to RTW Travel

I will preface this by saying I am a very responsible person when it comes to money.  I pay all credit card bills in full each month and have not paid a penny in interest due to carrying a credit card balance since 2009.  I paid off about $60,000 in student loans within 5 years…