April 28th marks two years of traveling full-time.
Holy Shit! Two years. That’s 730 days of planes, buses, foreign cities, unfamiliar beds and living out of backpacks…and about 365 more days than Kris thought we would make it. In two years’ time, we have visited 27 countries (a few more than once) and circled the globe twice.… Read the rest
Our full-time travels for the past six months have taken us to Australia, the Balkans (with a detour to Rome) and the Netherlands – and we are drastically under budget from a year ago, with an average spending of just $53 per day .… Read the rest
In the past 20 months, we’ve experienced the world simultaneously getting bigger and smaller. The more we see of the world, the more we realize there is more that we want to see. Countries that we never considered visiting and cities we hadn’t heard of before keep making their way onto our growing – not dwindling – list of places we want to go.… Read the rest
Housesitting for the holidays is a new concept for us. From the moment we agreed to housesit near Nijmegen, Netherlands from mid-November to the end of January, we began pondering how we would celebrate (American) Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. What are the local traditions? Will we get a tree and decorations?… Read the rest
Nijmegen, Netherlands. We wouldn’t be surprised if you had never heard of this city; we certainly hadn’t before agreeing to housesit in the nearby village of Beek for two months. Since then, however, our knowledge of the city has increased exponentially. Most importantly, we can now locate it on a map – which was a necessary first step!… Read the rest
You don’t know what you don’t know, until you know it.
Such is the case regarding the technology behind our struggling blog. There are basic things I don’t understand, simply because I didn’t know they existed. These things – that I don’t know – are hindering our progress and reach.… Read the rest
Racing out the door to catch the 8:45 a.m. bus from Rovinj to Zadar – our next destination – Kris quickly rattled off a checklist before we left. We got everything from the bathroom? Check. Cables and cords? Check.… Read the rest
We pass by the obvious cafes in the open squares that have menus in English and head up the twisted cobblestone lanes that lead into the interior of the old town. We smile at the elderly lady we’ve seen dozens of times, mumbling something we probably couldn’t understand even if we did speak the language.… Read the rest
When we first starting planning our trip to Hobart, Tasmania, everything and everyone told us we would need a car. Our research made us wonder if we might feel trapped without our own wheels. Our quirk of not driving while sticking to a budget (meaning no expensive tours) has become an increasingly pesky impediment, but we are determined to make it work.… Read the rest
When we arrived in Melbourne, Australia for our seven-week housesit, we had no clue what would come next. We were all over the map (literally) trying to decide which direction to go. After traveling for the past year, rather than cutting down the list of places we want to see, we’ve only added to it.… Read the rest