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Dropping Pounds In London

Our latest adventure begins.

Notes from our first few days in London…

An Interview With Nadine Sykora – Video Blogger, World Traveler, and Internet Personality

There are different ways to travel for an extended period of time. You can save up money for a while and then quit your job like I did, travel and work various jobs along the way, or find a more permanent job that involves traveling. For Nadine Sykora, traveling and sharing her experiences through Youtube videos is her job.

Reggae Beats And Great Vibes At Big Milley’s Backyard

When I think back to the summer I spent in Ghana, the first memory that comes to mind is of the night I spent at Big Milly’s Backyard in the small fishing village of Kokrobite.

The Travel Itch By Mandi Courteau

I almost felt as if I had this force field deep inside me, waiting to erupt. It was becoming so nagging that if I didn’t exert this energy somewhere I was about to seriously go crazy. This is how I describe my burning desire to travel the world and the feeling I felt everyday walking into my waitressing job.

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.

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.

 

Globetrooper Reaches 1000 Unique Trips Landmark

The first week in November 2011 sees the number of trips listed on Globetrooper by travelers seeking travel partners top 1000 unique trip proposals and ideas.

Adventurer travelers and vacationers use Globetrooper to meet and network with like minded explorers.

Using the trip creation wizard a user may create a unique trip idea or elect to join an existing trip.

Following on from this users ( or Globetroopers ) utilize the social networking tools within the site such as following trips, private messaging and conventional email to arrange meet ups, plan trips and bring travel ideas to fruition.

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.

Museum of Broken Relationships

In Zagreb, Croatia I randomly walked into the Museum of Broken Relationships thinking that it would make the subject of a funny post lightly making light of the subject matter. An hour later I walked out thinking it was perhaps the best museum I have ever been to. It was breathtaking in its emotional connection to me.

The Damascus Souk in Photos

The Damascus Souk is simply my favorite market in the world. It is huge. Simply huge. And the variety of products you can see and buy there is immense. Here are just a few of my hundreds of photographs I took on my last trip there, before things blew up in  Syria.

Running of the Donkeys?? Why yes, indeed.

After going to the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, I thought my close encounters with animal races were over, but no. The Running of the Donkeys happens at the end of a lovely three day festival in the small down of Sali on an island off the Croatian Coast. As you can tell from the pictures, it is a blast.

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.

On Couplehood, Travel and Transition

Confession. We had about the biggest argument in the history of our relationship on the day that can be best defined as our “breaking free” moment. Tragic, I know.

Table For 9 Billion Please

We love food. Let’s get that out of the way right up front.

We enjoy going out for a killer meal, cooking up a Thai feast at home and diving into an over-the-top dessert. But there’s a shadow side to our ability to indulge.

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.

Qala’at al-Bahrain

It’s early evening in the village surrounding Qala’at al-Bahrain. The creatively decorated houses remind me of pictures in fairy-tales, especially through the filter of the setting sun. Five horsemen appear out of the dusk in front of the silhouette of a large 16th century Portuguese fort. This is home to Iranians, says Aziz, my guide for the evening. This is a shia village.

St Moritz Autumn

Good things to do in St Moritz in autumn:
1) Stroll around gorgeous St Moritz Lake.
2) At Hotel Waldhaus am See, imagine people having a picnic by the lake, chatting, resting, bathing – 100 years ago.
3) Try the yummy local nut cake, Nusstorte.
4) Take the cable car to Corviglia and on to Piz Nair. Walk back down and look out for cute marmots along the mountainside.

Deciphering hieroglyphs with the Rosetta Stone

The British Museum is one of my faves. The question remains, though – should many of its artefacts be returned to its country of origin? The magnificent Rosetta Stone probably belongs, if not in Rosetta, at least in Egypt. I think it would be fantastic in the new library in Alexandria.

Discovered 212 years ago in the present-day town of el-Rashid (near Alexandria) by Napoleon’s soldiers, the black granite stone was surrendered to Britain after his defeat. When French scholar Jean-Francois Champollion translated the text, he solved one of the world’s great mysteries: how to read the hieroglyphs of the ancient Egyptians.

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