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…”
Amsterdam is one of the great cities of Europe, but I hadn’t been there to visit until very briefly. I had a few days there last month on a layover coming back to the States and this is my quickie overview of it. Really enjoyed it a lot.
The 2011 TBEX travel blogger conference was held in Vancouver this June. This is part two of my review, which focuses on the content of the event and gives some suggestions for possible improvements down the road.
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.
In my opinion, the TBEX 2011 Travel Bloggers Conference suffered from a severe lack of organization. It was great getting a chance to meet a lot of fantastic travel bloggers, but this conference could be dramatically improved in the future with some more time, effort, and people dedicated to the task. This is my review of that part of the conference.
We’re heading out of the Palm Springs area and making our way to Joshua Tree National Park. I look out the car window and see a clear blue sky and the blazing sun beating down on the gently swaying palm trees. Ah, Southern California. We’re relaxed.
Guest Post on everything you need to know about Tequila from its historical roots, the birth of the famed margarita and what to do if you find your self in Guadalajara looking for a taste of culture. It’s more than just a drink, it’s an adventure.
Tips and resources for preparing for your RTW or long term travel. Letting Google help you stay better organized and keep track of all your important travel itineraries and documents.
Check out my newest video comprised of over 500 photos from my drive through West Virginia, Virginia, and southern Ohio on my return home from my road trip.
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…
The Middle East has been getting a bit of an unfair, bad rap lately. Sure, there are countries that you shouldn’t be visiting right now, like Syria and Libya, but the rest of the region is safe and wonderful… and you can get great deals. I have been spending the last month in Dahab, Egypt on the Red Sea and loving it. Here’s why.
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.
I was quite surprised that Lebanon does some really good wines, mostly in the Beqaa Valley area. I toured a number of wineries while I was there and here are my notes and photos from one of them, the Domaine des Tourelles. Hope you enjoy and think about your love of good wine everywhere.
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.
The Damascus souk is one of the world’s largest and most interesting. I thought that one way you could get a slightly better appreciation of it would be to take a few 30 second or so video clips. Bummer was that I forgot to do this in the height of the business of the day, but did get there to take a couple at night.
I got really lucky before I went to Lebanon a couple months ago and got introduced to some locals that were going to give me some tips about Beirut and Lebanon in general. Turns out they were the PR people for the Phoenicia Hotel — a 5 star property, which is so unlike what I am used to. Here is a bit of that story and the multi-day tour they took me on of that great hotel.
Help Support a great cause and become a whistleblower for peace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo where children too small to carry guns are armed with whistles where, “with falling whistles, their only choice is to feign death or face it.”