The Charm of Small Town America

Posted by on Aug 17, 2017 in Travel Tips, United States | 6 Comments

Sometimes you find yourself in the middle of nowhere; and sometimes in the middle of nowhere, you find yourself. Unknown During our Journey Across America we visited major cities including Miami, Boston, New Orleans, and Chicago. Metropolitan areas have a lot to offer. But small towns have their own charm. One was Las Vegas. You’re […]

Homes for Vagabonds: The Airbnb Life

Home is where the heart is. Pliny the Elder When we let our apartment lease expire a year ago and committed to a lifestyle of traveling, we knew we’d want places to call “home” for extended periods of time. We have friends who do the RV lifestyle and enjoy it, but that’s not for us. […]

Our Classroom on the Road

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” Mahatma Gandhi On our journey across America we spend many hours in the car—and have cooked up some ways to use that time wisely. One thing we like to do is keep learning. Fortunately for us, our library system has an […]

Dare to Downsize

Posted by on Feb 21, 2017 in Goal Setting, Preparation, Travel Tips | 8 Comments

As I walked toward the train station to meet my wife on her way home from work I enjoyed the unseasonably warm March day until a depressing thought hit me: we probably needed to spend the evening doing yard work. Then I remembered—I no longer had a house—I no longer had a yard requiring my […]

Packing for a Walk Across Spain

This list is focused on hiking the Camino de Santiago. But other travelers might get good tips on how to travel light. When we walked the Camino de Santiago we knew that packing light was going to be key to our success. Every extra pound meant more stress on feet, and knees, and energy required. […]

In Search of the Mythical Red Squirrel

September 29, 2016 Ventnor, Isle of Wight, England Among the many things the Isle of Wight is noted for are extensive hiking trails and a cute little redhead—the native red squirrel. Laurie and I decided that we would explore our home for the month of September by hiking the 67-mile-long coastal path that circumnavigates the isle, […]

You Had me at Food

One of our favorite ways of getting acquainted with a new “home” during our travels is a walking tour. It may not cover as much territory as a motorized tour but we get to see a location up close, get some exercise, and learn more about local culture and history. On walking tours, we also […]

The Flying Bus

Posted by on Jun 20, 2016 in Europe, Ireland, Travel Tips, Travel Update | No Comments
The Flying Bus

In the US we complain about the lack of amenities on low cost airlines like Southwest and Jet Blue—and yet, line up to buy tickets. But you haven’t seen lack of amenities until you’ve flown Ryanair. On Wednesday, we boarded a Ryanair 737-800 in Porto, Portugal bound for our new home near Dublin, Ireland. But before that […]

If This is Tuesday, it Must be Navarrete

Posted by on Apr 21, 2016 in The Camino, Travel Tips, Travel Update | No Comments

Tuesday we arrived in Naverrete after 22+ km of hiking. We started with Maria, Beth & Jerry and crossed very pretty countryside under overcast skies. During the morning part of our trek we left Basque Country and arrived in the Rioja region of Spain, noted for great wine. So far, we haven’t been disappointed. Mid-morning […]

So it Begins

Posted by on Apr 9, 2016 in The Camino, Travel Tips, Travel Update | No Comments

Saturday, April 9. Valcarlos Spain Laurie has recovered enough from her cold to put in a half day of hiking. We started our trek this morning out of the medieval village of St Jean Pied de Port. It was cool and overcast, and soon enough we were putting our rain gear to the test. If […]

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