Orientation: Tucson

We greatly enjoyed our time in Tucson – trying as much Mexican food as we could, beating the heat in the mountains, and getting to know the city. We flew Southwest from Atlanta to Phoenix and used Arizona Shuttle to get to Tucson, just an hour or so away (maybe an hour and a half). We were fortunate enough…

2 years ago

Four Nights in Tucson

Many moons ago, John and I worked together at the Athens YMCA with Martha. She joined the Peace Corps and ended up in southern Morocco for a couple years, and I was lucky enough to join her for a few weeks down there. Upon her return to the US, she began grad school at the University of Arizona in Tucson, and from day one, every phone call included an invitation to come out and visit. She told us time and time again…

2 years ago

Ten Starting Places: Choosing a RTW Pack

One of the most important considerations before a big trip is your bag. Whether you choose a hiking-style backpack, an all-in-one rolling/backpack, or a glorified duffel bag, it’s going to be with you every step of the way (hopefully!). Your back, your gear, and your sanity will benefit from a well-chosen bag. Take a look at some of these articles before getting too overwhelmed by the virtually endless …

2 years ago

Orientation: Niagara-on-the-Lake

I feel like we saw a whole lot of Niagara-on-the-Lake during our week-long family vacation; it’s not an especially large town. We flew into Buffalo (because it’s cheaper), rented a van, and drove across the border to Ontario. We stopped for lunch in Saint Catherine’s, which is also where the Costco was for supplying our rental…

2 years ago

One Week in Niagara-on-the-Lake

John has family in Toronto, and so his family has made the trip to Toronto every summer for the last twenty years or so. John and his siblings have seen all the sights in Toronto repeatedly, and so this year, a change is in order. We opted for a week in Niagara-on-the-Lake, a tiny little Canadian town right where the Niagara River meets Lake Ontario. The whole family, all ten of us, rented a house within walking distance of the quaint…

2 years ago

Ten Starting Places: Packing Lists

Once you’ve sifted through a number of these lists, you’ll find that not a single (sane) person would write that their list is the end-all, be-all, ultimate list that’s perfect for every single reader. Every blogger discusses individualism in their packing list blog post. I’ve not even seen any of those free printable checklists that bloggers love to offer – everyone travels differently, and so everyone packs differently.

2 years ago

Ten Starting Places: Estimating Expenses

In case the last post about packing didn’t emphasize it enough, travel is quite the individualized affair. Just like no two people pack the same items, no two people have the exact same budget. Most people I met on the road called themselves a budget traveler, but we all had different priorities, different moods, different needs. Every other traveler you meet on the road will consider one of your necessities a splurge, while you’ll be thinking the next guy’s necessity is a splurge.

3 years ago