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Jump Off That Bandwagon And Explore A Place By Foot

One of my favourite things to do when I first arrive in a new place, is drop my bags somewhere safe and go on a no time restraint, no specific direction, no plans, kind of walk.  I let my senses guide me in the direction of excitement and adventure.  I stop and chat to people I meet along the way, take in my surroundings, and test my willingness to try new things.

5 Years of Our NVR Lifestyle

Break out the champagne. 2012 marks the 5 year anniversary of our No Vacation Required Life.

 

What Will You Do for $20

We’ve been talking about the importance of setting limits as you build a reputation and earn the ability to decline work. We want to share our experience grappling with (um, stumbling through?) setting limits in the hope that it will help you more effectively carve out your own path from the get go.

You Know What’s Scary? Exhaustion

I just heard on the radio that being exhausted is as dangerous as being drunk. After our “mindful milage run,” I believe it.

When We Fall, We Fall Hard

We’ve temporarily fallen off of the vegetarian wagon. And, when we fall, we like to fall hard.  We’ll give you the details of that top-notch monster of a reuben. Because we’ve had a couple margaritas, we’re also going to spill the beans on our other favorite, over-the-top sandwiches. Reserved, of course, for when we fall… hard.

The Truth About Occupy Wall Street (in Seattle)

“I have mixed feelings about it. I mean, wouldn’t their time be better spent looking for jobs?”

That’s what a friend said the other day when we told him that we were going to check out what was going on with Seattle’s version of Occupy Wall Street. In touching base with other family members and friends, we were shocked to learn that many people think the movement is comprised of mostly homeless and jobless people.

So, You’ve Returned Home After Traveling The World, Now What?

Deciding to quit your job, pack your bags and say goodbye to a world that is so familiar may seem like the hard part about traveling.  At least, that’s what I thought.  Little did I know, returning home would be one of the most difficult experiences of my life.

Jump Off That Bandwagon And Explore A Place By Foot

One of my favourite things to do when I first arrive in a new place, is drop my bags somewhere safe and go on a no time restraint, no specific direction, no plans, kind of walk.  I let my senses guide me in the direction of excitement and adventure.  I stop and chat to people I meet along the way, take in my surroundings, and test my willingness to try new things.

WIN A Pair Of Travel Jeans By Helping Street Children In India

Who wants to WIN a pair of awesome ‘travel jeans’ by helping street children in Delhi, India? It doesn’t really get better than that!

Back To The Beginning Of My Travel Addiction – My Paraguay Experience

I want to travel back in time to the experience that gave birth to my travel bug.  It all happened during the year of 2005.   It was my last semester of high school, and spending four months in Paraguay, South America was an opportunity offered by my school as an co-op program in exchange for six credits.  I was 17 years old, and boarding my first plane without my parents to a foreign land called Paraguay.

The Value of Reliability (Expedia and Enterprise, We’re Talking To You)

We Hate Expedia and Enterprise right now.

Even so, the working title of this post – Expedia and Enterprise Are Dead To Us – just didn’t feel right.  It’s true, in this moment, but harsh nonetheless.

Those Summer Days

2011 will go down in the books as housing the summer of camping and hiking madness. In honor of that, we want to take a walk down memory lane – and we’re dragging you with us.

Innsbruck Impressions

I recently attended a travel blogger conference in Innsbruck in the Austrian Alps. A full and interesting program, lots of inspiration and great fun to meet up with fellow bloggers and writers. Hats off to Oliver and Travel Bloggers Unite (TBU) for a well-organised event.

Overcome Your Fear of Cruising

Let me break it down for you. We shouldn’t like cruise ships. At all.

In addition to the fact that we don’t fit the mold, we’ve been on a ship that was in a major accident (it hit a barge) and on another that refused medical attention when one of us got seriously ill. It’s as though cruises are actively working against us – encouraging us to hate them.

Flinging Photos: Paraty, Brazil

A photo post from my 2008 trip to Paraty, Brazil. Paraty is a small colonial town located in the southern region of the state of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. I’m no photographer but I am proud of some of these shots and hope you like them too.

I Want to Ride My Bicycle

A bike ride gone awry as 50 miles turn into 70+ with two dog chase scenes and friendly stranger who gave me a ride home.

Books and Ghosts in Norway’s Fjordland

On the Fjærland Fjord, Mundal Hotel is celebrating its 120th anniversary this year. This family-owned hotel has creaking stairs, a great turret bed room, a library, a billiards room, a music room, deep leather chairs by the fireplace – and books; not just in the library but everywhere. Wherever you go in Fjærland, you’ll find books; indoors and outdoors, along the streets, in barns and in boat sheds. Four kilometres of second-hand and antiquarian books are for sale, mostly on a trust system: take the book you fancy and put money in the tin.

Pyramiden – an Arctic ghost town

I’m in Pyramiden, once a showcase of the Soviet Union, a perfect mining community, set between mountains, glaciers and fjords in the Svalbard archipelago. Today, it’s an Arctic ghost town! The decision to abandon the settlement was sudden, its implementation even more so. The inhabitants were given just hours to pack their bags and leave. Remnants of that hasty departure are visible everywhere.

Pizza night in the Italian countryside

Every Thursday, Ashley and Jason Bartner organizes pizza night at their agriturismo. And it doesn’t hurt to have a chef in charge, a chef with years of experience working at top notch restaurants in New York and San Francisco.

Jason believes in the slow food movement, in cooking with the seasons and keeping it simple. You won’t find pizzas with everything here. Instead, each pizza has just a few ingredients, all fresh from the local meat and cheese market and from the garden.

The world’s largest ancient religious site

Situated right outside Luxor, Karnak Temple is the largest ancient religious site in the world. An impressive avenue of ram-headed sphinxes connects it with Luxor Temple. Karnak is a place of records: everything here seems to be the biggest and tallest. Its scale defies description. The first pylon (gate) alone is 42 metres high (like a 14-storey building) and 118 metres wide. Ancient Egypt must have been in awe of its builders.

Highlights of Arctic Barentsburg

Barentsburg, you say? Where on earth… ? The Svalbard archipelago has four settlements of significant size, one of them is Russian. Norway has sovereignty over the archipelago, but the Treaty of Svalbard ensures all parties equal access to scientific and economic activities in the islands. Barentsburg is Russia’s last remaining settlement in the Arctic.

Mount McKinley, Denali National Park

Before getting all fancy schmancy on a cruise ship, we had one more camping adventure in Alaska – in Denali National Park.

Entitlement Sucks

Reveling in both a gigantic cup of coffee and a blazing fast Internet connection, I am perfectly content. I am overwhelmed with gratitude as I scan the photos we’ve snapped so far.  To be able to see and experience all of this – we’re lucky guys.

The only problem is… I’m irritated that others don’t see it that way.

Scams to Know: Nicaragua

Two sets of couples we know have been robbed in and around Managua over the past 2-3 weeks. Normally I give a location the benefit of the doubt but this is just getting absurd. I want to make sure that you know what to look out for when you are traveling through Nicaragua.

Postcard from Alaska – Hitting the Rails

We’ve left the isolated forest service cabin and are no longer living in fear of an unwelcome bear encounter. Also, we’ve had the last of our astronaut food, so we’re happy guys (although the three berry cobbler was surprisingly good).

Before we get to the more splashed out part of this journey, we have a couple more hardcore(ish) adventures planned.

Where? Denali.

Best Photography Book You Can Buy for Under $10

Beth of Beers and Beans is one of my favorite travel photographers and she has taken the time to put her years of wisdom behind the camera and in front of the computer editing screen to doing an eBook with some of her best tips. This post is my review of this amazing eBook and from my title… you can tell that I love it.

Dear Grizzly: Next Time, Just Send Flowers

Our Alaska blog-novella continues… When we last wrote, we were heading up the stairs to our remote forest service cabin. We were not so excited to find out whether or not a grizzly was hanging out behind our cabin’s outhouse.

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