• Sardinia: Look No Further for Your Next Destination

    I had never spent much time thinking about that “other” Italian island until last year when I was looking for a destination in Italy that would have pretty beaches but other activities to keep my husband (a hiker, a climber, but not a beach bum), my mom (a beach bum and culture enthusiast), and myself…

  • Diving the World’s Second Largest Barrier Reef

    When sequestration hit this federal employee with a self-diagnosed travel bug, there was really no other logical thing to do than plan a furlough-cation on a budget. I’d been itching to dive, since it had been about a year since my last SCUBA adventure, and since Nick isn’t a diver, it made perfect sense to…

  • Palm Springs: Don Draper, Date Shakes, and Desert

    Palm Springs, California. The place might make you think of Bob Hope surrounded by palm trees in a desert. Or you might think of white sand beaches– isn’t there a Palm Springs in Florida? (Yes, but I avoid Florida at all costs). It may seem like a curious destination for a group of 30 y.o.-ish…

  • From Floreana, With Love

    The world is a small place, and there’s one tradition in the Galapagos Islands that seeks to show visitors exactly that. In Post Office Bay on Floreana Island, one of the 18 islands that make up the Galapagos archipelago off the coast of mainland Ecuador, there is a barrel just inland from a beach where visitors…

  • Around the World in Seven Songs

    We love music. It’s a big part of our lives here at home, and while away we kept our ears open, always ready to find something new and different. Music is something universal; in every city, town, and village in every country we visited we heard rhythms spilling out of restaurants, cafes, and bars; being…

  • On Traveling as an American

    Traveling as an American comes with a lot of baggage (pun 100% intended!); I often felt as though we were starting in the hole whenever we interacted with others just because of what’s printed on our birth certificates, and that we needed to dig ourselves out by being the most polite, friendly, and humble travelers…

  • Thanksgiving Then and Now

    A year ago, around Thanksgiving, we found ourselves in Zomba, Malawi, after a bit of a rough patch of travel through Mozambique and Malawi. It was one of the few times on the trip I found myself homesick; we were really, really far from home, in a country–hell, a continent–where we had no friends or family.…

  • On Returning

    Round the world! There is much in that sound to inspire proud feelings; but whereto does all that circumnavigation conduct? Only through numberless perils to the very point whence we started, where those that we left behind secure, were all the time before us. –Herman Melville, Moby Dick We’ve now been home for almost five…

  • Vienna and Amsterdam: The Final Days of Our Trip

    We finished up our trip with a few days in Vienna and a 15-hour layover in Amsterdam (why not? also, it was the cheapest connection). My mother’s side of the family is Austrian, and while the family is large and there are branches all over the country, we tend to spend most of our time…

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    Just watched @louisck finale. Spot on depiction of travel: u end up finding exactly what u needed even if it wasn't what u were looking for. # Wonderful wknd in NYC celebrating grandpa's 90th, seeing old friends, walking the High Line & eating delic food. Can't wait til next time! #

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