Our moms love us, but they don’t totally get us. Take this conversation from late last week as we were preparing to head into the wilderness…
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Nestled between Playa del Carmen and Tulum, this little jewel (whose name means “place of the turtles” in Mayan) is just a short colectivo ride from either city. Overpower a small child, take their snorkel gear, and head to Akumal- one of the best day trips we’ve taken thus far.
Last week, we started enjoying other bloggers’ contributions to the My 7 Links project and saying things like: “Those seven posts would be tough to choose! Glad we don’t have to.” Well, our satisfaction as observers was cut short when we found that our friends, the other K and C, over at Technosyncratic had nominated us to participate (and then so did our pal Breakaway Backpacker, Mr. Escandalo).
If you have been reading this blog for a while, you know that I, Erica, am a huge wuss with a giant list of fears. Jaime from Breakaway Backpacker got annoyed at me a few times as I refused to dive into a lake in Flores, Guatemala (fear of drowning and I can’t hold my breath without holding my nose and a huge fear of water where I cannot see the bottom).
We’ve felt a little behind over the last several months and have vowed to not have anything lingering when we set up camp in the wilderness. After all, we can’t get our Zen on if the “Ommm” is disrupted by thoughts of “I forgot to…”
There isn’t really a better way to describe our initial experiences in Playa del Carmen other than saying we got off to a rocky start on the wrong foot after getting up on the wrong side of the bed. We wandered from the colectivo stop to the crowded hostel we were going to spend the night at. We got there only to find that the last two beds were in separate dorms.
The Mohican area in Ohio is a great place that provides not only a great camping experience but other activities to make sure you’re happy campers. Your options range from state parks to small family owned camp sites or even upscale cabins. Looking for activities to keep you and your family busy, Mohican country is one of Ohio’s best canoe/kayak areas not to mention horse back riding, hiking, zip lines, bike trails, water parks, and much much more. Plenty to see and do that will give you a new outlook on camping.
From 1964 to 1973, the U.S. flew 500,000 secret missions and dropped two million tons of bombs on Laos, two tons for every man woman and child in the country, making it the most heavily bombed country in history. Many did not explode on impact and today continue to kill and maim those who find them.
I don’t know what gets more of a reaction – telling people we are car free or telling people we aren’t on Facebook (well, actually, weren’t on Facebook).
Check out our newest guest post, as Author Louis Jobin tries to explore the other side of Dublin, Ireland and tries to prove it has more to offer than pubs. Read through to see if he succeeds.
Lara Dunston is one of the most accomplished travel writers out there, with multiple guidebook credits, magazine credits and more. She’s been everyone, written everywhere, and done it all well. Come check out her interesting answers to the Lucky 13.
It’s time for a little update on what we’ve got on the books for the months ahead as we aim to keep leading this No Vacation Required life – a life where every day is pretty awesome and where we don’t need a vacation.
Here’s what’s up…
Ant Stone is one of my favorite travel bloggers and a completely unique voice in the travel blogging community. Come check out his interesting answers to my Lucky 13 questions and then go check out his wonderful blog.
Midlife Road Trip returned from Tuscaloosa, Alabama with photos of the clean-up efforts in the aftermath of the devastating tornado. Click here to view the photo album.
It’s been a difficult month. However, through this last block of time, what we know for sure is that our No Vacation Required life allowed us to easily be right where we needed to be. For us, it’s not just about travel or giving back or working virtually, it’s about freedom. The freedom to be right where we need to be right when we want to be there
Life has thrown us a couple of curve balls lately, so we’re a bit behind on stuff here in NVR land. So, it’s taking us a bit longer to settle into post mileage run life, but we wanted to carve out some time to at least put up a quick post this week.
Jodi Ettenberg is one of the most established and best travel bloggers out there. A former lawyer turned traveler and food junkie, she is one of the people that I make sure I read every single post of. Lest I forget her photography skills also. Go check out her Lucky 13 answers and enjoy her blog.
We can work from anywhere. And do. We’re gearing up for our annual camping extravaganza, so working virtually gets very tricky. We wouldn’t trade it for anything.
Discovering new and foreign places and cultures can be exhausting. Not only can it be tiring for your mind to take in all the new surroundings, but it can be a lot on your body as well. So, at the end of the day, having a nice, clean, comfortable place to come back to is necessary, and it doesn’t have to break your bank account either. Click here to read more.
While visiting Gettysburg, The Feral Scribe discovers one unlucky civilian.
Two of my favorite and most interesting travel bloggers — Kirsty and Poi of No Place to Be. Come check out their fun and funny answers to the Lucky 13 and then follow them on their journey around the world.
I landed in Kathmandu with absolutely no plans except to see Mt. Everest. The flight into Nepal was worth the journey all on its own. The Himalayas pierce through the clouds as if gravity has no effect on them. As you descend, the clouds unveil a mountain range that stretches beyond the horizon in nearly every direction. It felt as if I was flying onto a different planet. Click here to read more.
We’re back in Seattle. Well, sort of. Some unexpected “stuff” has come up, so we’ve been spending a lot of time down in Portland. Although our heads are still spinning – and we’ve been yearning for some downtime back at home-base – we wanted to carve out some time to write a post about some of our most memorable mileage run moments.
Erica and Shaun are a wonderfully fun couple from Austin, Texas that has just embarked on their travel journey. Their answers to the Lucky 13 are some of the most amusing yet. So go learn a bit about them and revel in their zest for life via the Lucky 13.
In this photo essay, The Feral Scribe tours the world’s first modern penitentiary, conceived in 1790 in Ben Franklin’s living room.
The Midlife Road Trip got a fun-filled behind the scenes look at the Tejas Rodeo School in San Antonio, Texas where they learned to rope, ride and corral cattle like the pros… well, kinda:) see the video here…
Well folks, our mileage run is over. Boston was the last stop on our journey, and an eye-opening one at that. Coming off a fun visit to Provincetown, we were excited to attack our last city with gusto. The only problem was…. history got in the way.