The Physical Toll of Long-Term Travel

Seven Lakes, Tajikistan

I’ve written a lot about the emotional ups and downs I experienced while traveling through the former Soviet Union for thirteen months. Beyond those highs and lows, long-term travel also took a physical toll on […]

13 Months in the Former Soviet Union: The Final Budget Breakdown

  How much does it cost to travel around the world for 13 months?   Obviously, this answer will differ for everyone. Costs vary based on where you go, what you do and the level […]

My Soviet Sojourn Bucket List: How Did I Do?

St. Basil's Cathedral, Moscow, Russia

Early on in my career break, I came up with a list of “must-do” activities or experiences for my travels through the former Soviet Union. These were some of the things that had been floating […]

5 Reasons Why You Should Take a Career Break to Travel

Lake Issyk Kul, Kyrgyzstan

I recently wrote a post for about why a “gap year” should come to America.  I explained how, as I traveled around the world during my recent career break, I often encountered travelers from […]

17 Things I Miss About the USA & 2 Things I Don’t

gluten free pizza

While I wouldn’t necessarily call it homesickness, there have definitely been things I have been missing while traveling. I started a list several months ago of things I was missing while on the road and […]

Thoughts on Another Birthday and 1 Year of Travel

Aksu Zhabagly, Kazakhstan

Sally: “And, I’m gonna be forty.” Harry: “When?” Sally: “Someday.” This scene from When Harry Met Sally has been playing on repeat in my head the last few days. As I turn 36 today, I […]

11 Months on the Road and 2 Big Announcements

In my past ten monthly update posts, I have covered a variety of things – things I have done a lot of, my favorite photos, a state of this blog and, most recently, my best […]

Stretching My Travel Budget: Making the Most of $20K

  I am way over budget and I’m okay with that.   My budget for 10 months of travel was only $18,000. I just surpassed $20,000 and I have about two months to go. But […]