How Tos

Full Time Travel vs. The Gap Year, Part 1 of 3

Full Time vs Sabbatical and Gap Year Travel
Chuck Mon, 2016-01-11 07:00
Wanderlust is a serious affliction. It can incite otherwise sane, mature people to sell everything they own and hit the road or to tell their employers they’re taking a year off so they can travel the world. If you have an acute case of wanderlust, you might be asking yourself some life-changing questions. Can I just run away and travel the world for rest of my life? What if I just take a year or so off and do a round-the-world trip? We suspect there are quite a few of you out there grappling with questions like these. Some amount of very exciting long-term travel is in your future, but will...

Planning and Tracking Our Travels

Planning and Tracking Travel
Chuck Sat, 2015-12-26 07:00
When we tell people we’ve been traveling since June of 2014, we get lots of questions, like… How do you plan and keep track of your travels? Do you have to count your visa days? Have you ever made a costly scheduling mistake? How do you know where you’re supposed to be and when? Is string theory truly the unifying theory of the universe? In today’s blog we give you a peak into how we plan and track our travels. You might be surprised that we don’t use a fancy app for our iPhones, like TripCase or Tripomatic. We’ve tried them, and many others. They—and their browser-based counterparts—all work...

Touring With Custom Google Maps

Google Maps
Chuck Wed, 2015-12-16 07:00
Recently we saw an article that cited Google Maps as the most valuable travel app on our phones. It’s obvious enough that it's easily overlooked as a travel tool. Even if we don’t have local cellular data service, we study Google Maps online for days (sometimes weeks) before we arrive in a destination, and regularly refer to it while we’re there. But then again, Chuck is a certified cartophile. For those of you who don't know it, Google Maps has the ability to create custom maps where you can drop pins, draw routes, and more. Last year for our 6-month visit to Europe we experimented with...

Road Trip Essentials

The Long and Winding Road
Chuck Thu, 2015-09-24 07:00
In January we took a “quick” thousand-mile road trip down to vacationland in Central Florida. We followed that up with a couple-thousand-mile road trip to New England. And since June we’ve been on a mega-road trip, having logged 6,500 miles so far, and we’ve yet to turn back home to Atlanta. We think it’s safe to say we’re road trip experts. That means we have a few “road trip essentials” that we can recommend as great gear to load into your car before you head out on your own road trip. We’ll skip the basics, like a first aid kit (though it’s worth mentioning that, as we were going to be...

Using Internet On A Cruise Without Going Broke

Chuck Tue, 2015-06-02 00:00
(Photo Above: The Typical Intro Screen Shown When You Connect to Ship Wifi. You're not yet connected to the Internet; to get started and buy your package, tap "NEW User" and create an account.) Should any of our readers be planning to go on a cruise, and should any of them plan to stay in touch with family, friends, or the office while they cruise, we thought we'd provide a little instruction on how to use the Internet on a cruise without breaking the bank. Put another way, you can save a little shipboard credit for umbrella drinks. You might swear off touching the Internet on your cruise,...