Best Hikes of our Journey: Looking down on the rooftops in Kotor, Montenegro

Best Hikes of Our Journey

Naturally, we are often asked what our ‘favorites’ were during our travels around the globe. Those are always tough questions, but to share some of our best memories, we are starting a new series of posts called Best Of Our Journey. In each post, we will discuss the Best Of a specific category. If you’ve been wondering what our Best or Favorite {fill in the blank} was, leave a comment and we’ll compose a post for it!

As much as we love exploring new cities and sights, we equally love escaping the city for nature hikes. We’re not ready to tackle Mount Everest, so we stick to the nature trails enveloped in forests, gravel switchbacks that lead to summits or strolls through city parks. As we traveled around the world, we found ample opportunities to stretch our legs with Mother Nature. Below is a list of our Best Hikes of Our RTW Journey:

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Best Craft Brews of our Journey: Little Creatures Pale Ale, Fremantle, Australia

Best Craft Brews of our RTW Journey

Naturally, we are often asked what our ‘favorites’ were during our travels around the globe. Those are always tough questions, but to share some of our best memories, we are starting a new series of posts called Best Of Our Journey. In each post, we will discuss the Best Of a specific category. If you’ve been wondering what our Best or Favorite {fill in the blank} was, leave a comment and we’ll compose a post for it!

We have a knack for finding local craft beer. We swear, we aren’t seeking them out; we’ve merely had the pleasure of stumbling upon them all around the world. In some cities, like Wellington, New Zealand, the craft beer scene was already established, while in others, like Zagreb, Croatia, it was just at the beginning. Regardless, wherever we were in the world, if local craft brew was available, we gave it a try.

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What I packed to travel the world

One year, One backpack: What I packed to travel the world

On the day that we left for our ‘Round the World trip, I was less than confident about what was packed to travel the world. I had researched, made a concise list and had been collecting items for almost six months, but I waited until three days before leaving to actually put it all together inside my bag. It wasn’t easy, but I somehow made almost everything fit. I anticipated ditching items as we traveled, but my backpack left little room for anything additional. At the airport, I realized I was still wearing my terry cloth zip up hoodie that was not on the list and I vowed I would ditch it when we arrived in Uruguay.

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Post-RTW: Back to the (un)familiar

Our arrival back into the United States after our year-long journey around the world was a bit of a bumpy ride. Once we got out of the Philadelphia airport, we anticipated things getting a little easier. Although we relish in the foreignness of each place we have visited over the past year, in our post-RTW (‘Round the World) travel, we were actually looking forward to the simplicity of the familiar.

Not so fast, my friends.

Same language or not, there are some things post-RTW that just haven’t been easy. We’ve endured bureaucratic speed bumps while applying for insurance and dealing with bank issues. Even trips to the grocery store have been painful. Literally painful. We walk through the grocery store doors and suddenly can’t function. Even armed with a list, we wander aimlessly and can’t seem to comprehend the high prices or the abundant choices. Making a decision on which crackers to buy takes more mental capacity than we seem capable of. (Admittedly, however, the checkout process is a breeze!)

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Cost of traveling the world: What we spent on a year of travel

Cost of traveling the world: What we spent on a year of travel

We consider ourselves to be Budget Travelers, but ‘budget’ is an ambiguous word. We know of other travelers who spend less than us and many who track their dollars, but spend a lot more. We set our budget at $100 per day for basic living expenses: accommodations, food, drinks, local transportation, entertainment and miscellaneous fees.

Click here for the breakdown of daily expenditures for a year of travel!

However, there is more included in the total cost of traveling the world. We kept a secondary spreadsheet of major expenses and broke them down into the following categories: flights, administration, technology, and banking. We didn’t set a per day dollar amount to cover these expenses, because these weren’t daily costs. Instead, we set an overall trip budget of $10,000 to cover all major expenses we anticipated for the year.

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Fizzle, Sizzle, Bust: A lackluster welcome back from our RTW trip

Fizzle, Sizzle, Bust: A lackluster welcome back from our RTW trip

Instead of the momentous celebration we had anticipated when we got back to the United States, it was more like fizzle, sizzle, bust. After journeying around the world for 386 days, we got a lackluster welcome back from our RTW trip.

It started out great. The flight from London to Philadelphia was smooth. We had a row of four seats to ourselves and a choice of about 250 movies to watch on the in-flight entertainment. Once in Philly, our plan was to only be on the ground for two short hours before hopping the next flight to Columbus, Ohio where my mom and nephews would greet us.

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Best cities of our RTW journey

Best cities of our RTW journey

Naturally, we are often asked what our ‘favorites’ were during our travels around the globe. Those are always tough questions, but to share some of our best memories we are starting a new series of posts called Best Of Our Journey. In each post, we will discuss the Best Of a specific category. If you’ve been wondering what our Best or Favorite {fill in the blank} was, leave a comment and we’ll compose a post for it!

As our yearlong journey came to a close, the number one question we’ve been asked is, “What is your favorite place?” Let’s be clear: This is an impossible question to answer! We stayed in 46 places over the course of 388 days and we fell in love with all of them. We understand that this is not normal. We had anticipated – and left our schedule open for – the inevitable city we didn’t jive with or place we simply felt too uncomfortable to stay. It never happened.

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Year-long, Round the World Budget: In Mostar, we ate out more often, as our accommodations and food were so inexpensive!

Round the World Budget: Daily cost for a year of travel

After 386 days of traveling around the world, we’re closing the books on this adventure. During our one year and three week journey, we budgeted $100 (on average) per day and kept track of every cent spent. We’ve tallied the cost of every bed we slept in, every meal we ate, every glass of wine we consumed, every bus we took and every admission fee we paid – and {dramatic pause} we came in well under budget, averaging just $89 a day! Below is a breakdown of our year-long, round the world budget, by category, with a brief recap of the last 110 days.

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Round the World Video JetSetting Fools

Round the World Video: a recap of our journey

What we have seen in the past year has been nothing short of remarkable. We’ve done our best to share our story by putting our experiences into words and capturing what we could with photographs. At the six month mark of our travels, we were inspired to create a video of photos highlighting our journey. Now that we have come full circle and completed our adventures, we felt inclined to compile a Round the World video featuring the rest of our trip, which included Thailand, Mauritius, South Africa and six months of traveling through Europe.

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JETSETTING FOOLS COMPLETEING OUR RTW JOURNEY MAP

Completing our RTW journey: Back to the USA

In a couple of days we will board a plane back to the USA, but we hesitate to say that we are going home. We are going to our home country, but not to our home. We are going back, but not back to our old life. We aren’t picking up where we left off and we have no intention of ‘settling down.’ We are going back to the United States and completing our RTW journey, but even after 386 days of being vagabonds, we aren’t quite done traveling yet.

There is a part of us that wants to just keep going. As we look west towards the United States, we can’t help but glance over our shoulders and wonder if we shouldn’t be heading the other direction. But, our original ambition was to circumnavigate the earth and that hasn’t changed.

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