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Washington DC – Travelogue

Whenever we travel to Washington D.C., we remember the first time we visited as a couple. It was 2008. Early summer. Hotter than hell. Flash forward to this week, which finds us visiting D.C. again. We’re here to celebrate International Women’s Day, advocate for the eradication of poverty and fight for the dignity of all people.

First Impressions of Brazil

Carnival is an experience that I think everyone should have. There are many people that were telling me to be careful and I would have been but it seemed that the entire world was converging for Carnival in Salvador. When there are hoards of people outside at even 5 and 6 in the morning you are much less likely to get jacked.

My Favorite Travel Books

Travel for me is a way of life — as is reading and writing. These are some of my favorite travel books that have helped inspire me to pursue a lifetime of travel. Hope you enjoy the list.

Behind the Scenes Look at the Austin Bat Bridge

Seeing 1.5 million bats take flight is an amazing sight. While in Austin, Texas for SXSW (South by Southwest), Midlife Road Trip visited the famed Congress Bridge – home of the largest urban bat colony in the world!

What We Learned From Being (Legally) Married For A Few Months

This week we’re taking off for a long string of travel. It all starts in Washington D.C. where we’ll advocate for the world’s poor. Doing things like this helps to keep us in-check and focused on taking a stand for what we believe in.

Last Minute Trip to The Oprah Oscar “Party”

Last Thursday morning, the upcoming week was looking very ordinary. That quickly changed when – on that afternoon – we got an irresistible offer and decided to bolt down to Los Angeles for a long weekend.  It was time to, once again, put on our last-minute-travel-expert hats.

Behind the Scenes with Andrew Zimmern

While at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, the cast and crew of Midlife Road Trip ran into Travel Channel celebrity, Andrew Zimmern, host of Bizarre Foods, eating of all things… a cupcake. We learned what’s on this famous world traveler’s bucket list.  Click here to watch the interview!

Interview with Sherry Ott of Ottsworld: Lucky 13 Questions

Sherry is a wonderful world traveler and advocate in getting others to swap their briefcases for backpacks. I caught up to her while she was in the Middle East, during the Egypt revolution, and her answers to the Lucky 13 are thoughtful and insightful. Hope you enjoy.

Traveling and Dying: the Real Risks, not the Hype

As an avid scuba diver, I wanted to take a quick (and hopefully humorous) look at the real risks of getting attacked by sharks verses real risks that you face in your everyday life. Here is the analysis. Let’s just say that it might be riskier to sleep naked than to scuba dive in shark infested waters…

Making Friends With Locals

My definition of a traveler is someone who seeks out and finds themselves engaging in real cultural experiences. It’s someone who isn’t afraid to get off of the beaten trail and go where the tourists tend NOT to go. If getting off a train or bus in the middle of nowhere in a small town you don’t know anything about isn’t quite for you, then perhaps staying with a random local in the town of your choice is more up your alley.  Click here to read more.

Budget Breakdown – Malaysia

After spending 2.5 weeks in Malaysia, I present to you my budget breakdown.  Click here to check it out.

I’m Addicted to Silvery Jewelery Making!

The first time I came across a silver jewelery making course was on my last day in India only one hour before I needed to make my way to the airport. Of course I was disapointed that I couldn’t sign up to make some jewelery, but I knew that the opportunity would cross my path again.  Click here to read more.

Speaking in Penguin Tongue

Neko Harbour is home to a large penguin colony and also one of the oldest British bases.  Once you depart the southern most city in the world, Ushuaia, your cheap Antarctica cruise will take you to this popular Antarctica attraction.  This is also the location where you can send your Antarctica postcards which will take over 2 mos to arrive.

Monkeying Around In Japan

Planning a trip to Japan or just want to revisit some great memories from your recent trip? Then swing on over and check out my newest video of great photos and clips from Japan. See all sorts of landmarks and sites available on both Youtube and Vimeo.

Worst Water I Have Ever Drank

Have you ever drunk water that is warmer than your body temperature?  Not just a little water, but about a gallon and a half a day, which is about what you needed to drink in this heat, even in the shade…. and that is your only choice of liquid.  Straight out of a Sudanese well?  Wow, a true life experience.

Interview with Marcello Arrambide, the Wandering Trader

Marcello Arrambide is a really interesting guy that I recently started reading and don’t know that well.  What I do know is that he’s incredibly smart, well traveled, a good writer with a good eye, and his photos are excellent.  In my book, that makes him a travel blogger that a lot more people should start following and reading.

Snap Travelogue – San Francisco

A collection of thoughts on last week’s long weekend in San Francisco. Here’s a teaser: Bourbon and Cornflakes, Next to Normal, GLBT history, Fights at Starbucks and the best damn grilled cheese. Ever.

The Flaming Virgin Mary

Taken on Mt. Cristobal, this great shot is at the peak of the mountain where you can get the best views of Chile.  You can get to the top of Mt. Cristobal very easily through the popular neighborhood of Bella Vista in Santiago.

NVR Toolkit – Give Back

Nothing, absolutely nothing, keeps us more firmly entrenched in our awesome NVR life than giving back. For us, it’s a natural extension of being grateful. Our personal experiences, such as traveling around the globe, have opened our eyes to a world that’s much vaster than our own self interest.

The Ultimate Train Challenge Announcement

The travel challenge of 2011 has been announced — the Ultimate Train Challenge.  What is the longest train journey possible?  Portugal to Vietnam — all by rail.  Come and follow the seven travel bloggers that are going to choose different routes and see who can rake up the most miles in 30 days and set the record for the longest continuous train journey…. and have a ton of fun along the way.

Interview with Wes Nations of Johnny Vagabond: Lucky 13 Questions

Wes is one of the best writers and photographers out on the road today.  His stories are fascinating and his pictures capture the essence of a location.  His answers to the Lucky 13 were one of the funniest yet, starting right out of the gate with his first one.  Hope you come enjoy his interview and get to know this great travel blogger a bit better.

5 Things You Must Do in Austin, Texas

The wonderful Erica, from Over Yonderlust, did up this post of must-do’s when you go visit her hometown, Austin, Texas.  Austin is clearly my favorite city in Texas and is one of the most livable and entertaining cities in the entire country.  Go for the food, the music and the friendliest Texans you will find anywhere.

Here We Go – Our Mindful Mileage Run

We have a big travel plan. We’re in the final stages of preparing for the mileage run that will renew our airlines “status” for another year AND take us to some incredible places. We are ready to roll in less than a month!

Interview with Kirsten Alana of Kirsten Alana Travels: Lucky 13 Questions

One of the emerging and excellent travel photographers on the web today, Kirsten Alana brings an interesting background to travel blogging.  Her Lucky 13 interview is an excellent mix of introspection and good story telling.  Enjoy.

Interview with Amar Hussain of Lucky 13 Questions

Amar and GapYearEscape came a bit late to my attention.  It was only within the last couple months that I started following him in Twitter and reading his stuff, and I have really enjoyed catching up.  His website, Gap Year Escape, is a very comprehensive resource for those of us that want to backpack all around the world — well worth browsing around for hours.

Hiking Through The Malaysian Jungle

I’ve been to the jungle before, and I’ve done some pretty great hikes with very knowledgeable guides however, this time around, I wanted to do an intense jungle hike solo…oh and Siya tagged along as well.  Click here to read more and see my video.

Free Lonely Planet iPhone City Guides – Before Feb 4

Travelling to the US or Canada soon? You can score 13 great city guides for free from Lonely Planet if you download them on iTunes before February 4th 2011. Up for grabs are the following cities: Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Montreal, New Orleans, New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver and Washington.

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