Sometimes words are inadequate. So here’s a short video that covers pretty much everything we did in the Azores, Portugal. Hope you enjoy!
Our friend Emma spent her childhood in Wales and returns often to visit family, so she was our resource for things to see and do during our visit, including Celtic castles and coastlines.
After our visit to Iceland last spring, we had often wondered if the experience was a fluke. Would Iceland deliver a second time?
Perhaps it’s my childhood filled with trips to Disney World, Disneyland, and other theme parks, but I like a national park with a well-themed tour. After lots of time hiking across the country in the rugged deserts of Canyonlands, Arches, Guadalupe Mountains, and Bryce Canyon, I was ready for another St. Louis-style touristy tour.
Carlsbad Caverns fit the bill perfectly. After all, there is a bat cave.
We set out on a cross-country journey several years ago with the intention of seeing America. We wanted the boys to experience the splendor of the national parks and spend some time swimming, hiking, and playing the way we did as kids.
Part of the journey was returning to my birthplace, which I hadn’t visited since I was a toddler. My father was stationed in San Diego, California, with the U.S. Navy at that time, and I was born in Balboa Naval Hospital. I grew up hearing stories of beach time in La Jolla, drives across the bridge to Coronado and the Hotel Del, and afternoons at the San Diego Zoo. I wanted to experience all of those things as an adult and share them with Mike and the boys as well.
Our trip to the Grand Canyon was wonderful, but it took an unexpected turn that was solved with … magic?
How to Plan a Trip Around the World: Money Matters, will explain how we are able to afford this extended journey around the world. Additionally, it will include a few financial travel tips that everyone can use no matter their immediate travel goals.
People are understandably curious about the logistics involved in an extended trip around the world. How can you afford this? How do you get so much time off work? What are you going to do with your house? And then there are the questions about the trip itself: How did you decide where to go? How in the world do you pack for something like that? Aren’t you worried about safety?
With our tenth anniversary coming up this year, I’m growing nostalgic.
Yes, I’ve said that Angela and I consciously based our relationship on travel. Yes, you’ve read the story about our incredible fifth anniversary trip to Spain, Gibraltar, and Morocco. And, yes, we intentionally married adventure when we married each other.
But I think our first big road trip was the cement that held all of those nuggets of good intentions together. This was my early days roll of the marital dice.
I have become a devoted believer in one-way tickets. That’s not to say that we won’t still book something roundtrip if there is a single destination or major airport hub in the mix. But, if you’re determined to see the entirety of the world, then it’s impractical to always come back home before launching out again. Additionally, travel circles and one-way loops that involve short segments are better if you want to see more.