Travel Blog 2018-03-16T17:43:28+00:00

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The Turtle Hospital – Marathon, FL

I’ve always had a special affinity for sea turtles and judging by the prevalence of turtles on everything from jewelry to bumper stickers to Pinterest tattoo design boards, I am not alone. Before our recent trip to South Florida, I was reading up on things to do and came upon The Turtle Hospital in Marathon. About halfway down the Keys, midway between Miami and Key West, Marathon fit perfectly into our travel plans. The Turtle [...]

By | May 17th, 2018|Animals & Nature, Our Travel Stories|

Learning to Travel’s Book Launch

Have you ever wanted to quit your job, pack a bag and head off to see the world? That’s what Daryle and I did five years ago and now we’d like to share our story with you. Whether you only fantasize about turning in notice at your job or you seriously want to sell everything and embark on the trip of a lifetime, this story is for you. The Exotic and the Mundane is of [...]

By | April 26th, 2018|Inspiration, Our Travel Stories|

Everglades Airboat Tour

An Everglades airboat tour is definitely a cliché tourist thing to do, but that didn’t stop me from putting it at the top of my list for our recent trip to South Florida. As I started to research our options, I encountered a plethora of companies offering basically the same brief thrill ride through the mangroves to see alligators. I began to get discouraged as a brief perusal of websites left me with the feel [...]

By | March 4th, 2018|Animals & Nature, Destinations, Our Travel Stories|

Top Things To Do in Rome

Rome is one of the most popular tourist cities in the world for a reason. There are things to do in Rome for everyone from the Colosseum to a cat sanctuary located in the ruins where Julius Caesar met his demise. Rome is widely considered the birthplace of Western civilization (although it does have to compete with ancient Greece for that title) and today is one of the most visited cities in the world. With [...]

By | February 15th, 2018|Destinations|

African Safaris – Private Game Reserve vs. National Park

For as long as I can remember, “take a safari” has been on my bucket list, so when an opportunity finally presented itself, Daryle & I jumped on it. Only after the trip, did I realize just how much there was to know when choosing an African adventure. In an effort to help you make your once-in-a-lifetime trip just the one you imagine, I want to share some things we learned during our time in [...]

By | December 17th, 2017|Animals & Nature, Safari, Travel Tips|

Long Distance U.S. Train Travel

Have you ever driven over a set of train tracks and wondered what it would be like to use Amtrak train travel to travel by rail? Or maybe you’ve taken plenty of commuter trains, but never realized that you could use the same mode of transportation to see the country. Daryle & I had taken trains in Europe, Zimbabwe and Morocco as well as the commuter trains running up and down the coast of the [...]

By | November 24th, 2017|Travel Tips|

The Big 5

If you are thinking of going on an African safari for your vacation then you’ve probably heard the term, “The Big 5.” The term comes from a time when African safari meant hunting animals on foot through the wilds of the African bush with just a rifle and your wits. The Big 5 were the toughest to take down and the most likely to fight back when you hunted them. Take a shot at a [...]

By | November 16th, 2017|Safari|

13 Free Things To Do In London

13 Free Things To Do In London London, England, is a wonderful and historical city that makes a great vacation destination, there is a lot to see and do! Here is a shortlist of 13 free things to do in London that will give you a good starting point for planning your vacation.    British Museum (britishmuseum.org) Located in London’s Bloomsbury section, the British Museum was first established in 1753 and is committed [...]

By | August 18th, 2017|Managing Money|

Horsetooth Reservoir

Horsetooth Reservoir Always Be Traveling A life of travel does not have to mean airplanes and passport stamps. It is more of an attitude I believe. Of being curious, passionately curious, about what the world contains. I took this picture at Horsetooth Reservoir in Fort Collins, Colorado, in February of 2016. Fort Collins is where I live and the reservoir is a major fixture in our community. So much so that I dare admit I [...]

By | June 7th, 2016|Travel Photos|

Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Joyce and I have had the privilege of riding on more than a few historic railroad lines but I'd have to say that the Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad must be our favorite. Over The Hills And Through The Woods As you can tell from the name it starts in Durango, Colorado, and makes it way up to the old mining town of Silverton. The trip is slow and the train [...]

By | June 6th, 2016|Travel Photos|

Paul Revere Statue Outside Of The Old North Church

Paul Revere Statue outside of the Old North Church in Boston, Massachusetts That is the well known Paul Revere Statue in Boston, Massachusetts and behind it is the Old North Church, the church where the famous "one if by land, and two if by sea" signal came from during the American Revolution. Joyce and I visited Boston a few years back but could only stay a few hours because we had a train to catch. [...]

By | June 5th, 2016|Travel Photos|

Temple Of Hephaestus | A Closer Look

Temple of Hephaestus I posted a photo of this temple a few days ago but it was in the distance so I wanted to post a closer shot of this well preserved piece of history. This view is from the opposite side of the temple seen in my last post. Off Season Travel This is a great example of how nice it can be to travel in the off season. We were in Athens in [...]

By | June 4th, 2016|Travel Photos|

Birds Of Eden | South Africa

Birds Of Eden On our epic vacation we did a small road trip through South Africa. Though at times it was a bit frightening the beauty of seeing a country that way is that you get to stop at places most tourists do not get to, as was the case when we spent a morning at the Birds of Eden in Plattenberg Bay. This place claims to be the largest free flight aviary in the [...]

By | June 3rd, 2016|Travel Photos|

Is It Safe To Eat Street Food?

Is It Safe To Eat Street Food? This is the first episode in a new video series I am experimenting with that currently has the working title of "The Learning To Travel Show." Our goal here at Learning To Travel is to help you get closer to you dream vacation by constantly offering travel knowledge and inspiration. It is clear that video is fast becoming one of the best ways to share [...]

By | May 25th, 2016|Food and Drink, Travel Tips|

Temple of Hephaestus

The Temple of Hephaestus at the Ancient Agora of Athens Athens is a city full of ancient wonder, most famous being The Acropolis, but this Temple of Hephaestus seems to be in the best condition of all the ancient ruins we saw saw during our visit. As a tourist you can access the temple with a visit to The Athenian Agora, which is well worth a visit because it is full of amazing history. The Agora of Athens was [...]

By | May 20th, 2016|Travel Photos|

Marie Curie Museum In Warsaw Poland

Marie Curie Museum Though we had no plans to go to Poland during our Epic Vacation we ended up spending one rainy day in the town of Warsaw. I was pretty sick with some sort of flu/cold so was pretty low on energy but we spent most of the day just wandering around to see what we could see and eat what we could eat. During that wandering we came across this museum and its [...]

By | May 14th, 2016|Travel Photos|

Sayulita Beach Umbrella Seller

Sayulita Beach Umbrella Seller I really like this shot I as able to get of this Sayulita beach umbrella seller mostly because I was somehow able to make the beach look empty. The beach in Sayulita is rarely empty. Even in the evening and into the night you can find people enjoying this little piece of beach in this quaint Mexican village. Plus the color of the umbrella really pops against the blue of the Pacific [...]

By | May 13th, 2016|Travel Photos|

Our Epic Vacation

Our Epic Vacation 14 months. 23 countries. 23 states in the U.S. That was our epic vacation. The idea for the trip came about sometime near the end of 2011 while Joyce and I were planning our 10th Anniversary trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. As we researched that trip we discovered that there was just so much to see and do in that area of Mexico there is no way two weeks would be enough. [...]

By | May 12th, 2016|Our Travel Stories|

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II In Milan Italy

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II I had no idea of what to expect in Milan. It was a city I'd heard of but not one I really knew much about. For tourists it is more of a pass through city than a destination city and that was case for us. It was where we flew into from Fez, Morocco, on our way to Venice. But I wish we had more time there. This photo is of the Galleria [...]

By | May 12th, 2016|Travel Photos|

How To Afford Travel

How To Afford Travel Do you dream of travel but believe you do not have enough money to even take a vacation across town? Stop being frustrated and start learning how to afford travel to anywhere in the world your little heart desires. Stop Believing Travel Is Expensive "But it is so expensive" is usually the first excuse I hear when discussing dream vacations with anyone. Most people say this before doing any real research [...]

By | May 11th, 2016|Managing Money|

How To Avoid Jet Lag

How To Avoid Jet Lag Our destination: Richards Bay, South Africa. Our departure city: Cancun, Mexico. Our route: Cancun > Washington D.C > New York City > Johannesburg > Richards Bay. This was in June of 2013 and it would mark the beginning of the second stage of our epic vacation. It also involved a lot of fatigue and jet lag. I remember getting to our hotel in Richards Bay in the late afternoon, probably [...]

By | May 10th, 2016|Travel Tips|

Queen’s Guard Tower Of London

Queen's Guard Tower Of London The Tower of London had much more to see and do than I expected. We stopped by one afternoon and pretty much stayed there until it closed and they kicked us out. When I go back to London this might very well be one of the first places I stop. Queen's Guard Tower Of London I spent time in the military and I am thankful that it was not as [...]

By | April 28th, 2016|Travel Photos|

Riga Latvia Cat

Riga Latvia Cat This cat is a well known landmark in Riga's Old Town. Just look for the big yellow cat house and you'll find it perched high atop the roof. The statue is actually a form of protest or revenge on a German guild that was once in Riga, or so the story goes. A businessman was denied entry into the guild so he put the cat on his roof with it's butt facing [...]

By | April 26th, 2016|Travel Photos|

Puerto Vallarta Whale Watching

Puerto Vallarta Whale Watching Going whale watching in Peurto Vallarta was one of the more memorable things I have done in life. We booked our trip through Ocean Friendly based on their TripAdvisor ratings and going through them was worth every penny we paid. The boat they used was much smaller than the other companies and the knowledge of the Captain, Oscar, was truly amazing. He always knew where the whales would be and what [...]

By | April 25th, 2016|Travel Photos|

Our Africa Trip

Our Africa Trip Our Africa Trip While we were planning our year of travel Joyce always had her heart set on going to Africa so we sort of built the trip around that. We were lucky enough to get a hold of a 5-night safari lodge stay in South Africa via a charity auction in our hometown and that became the jumping off point of our time in Africa. We ended up spending a whole month [...]

By | April 24th, 2016|Travel Photos|

Lilac Breasted Roller

Lilac Breasted Roller During our epic vacation we spent about three months in Africa and during that time we were fortunate enough to go on a number of safaris or game drives as they are often called. While the "Big 5" get most of the attention there are always a ton of amazing animals to spot. The Lilac Breasted Roller was one of the more impressive birds we saw in both Kenya and Botswana. This photo [...]

By | April 23rd, 2016|Travel Photos|

Biking In Amsterdam

Biking in Amsterdam Most Bike Friendly City In The World? Many people believe that Amsterdam is the most bike friendly city in the world and after visiting there I am inclined to agree. This photo was taken at one of the main bike parking garages and it has 2500 spaces for bikes but upwards of 4000 are parked there everyday. And as you navigate the city street cyclists get the same respect and follow the [...]

By | April 18th, 2016|Travel Photos|

Roundabouts Around The World

Roundabout Roundabouts – We’ve seen them sprouting up all over our town recently to the joy of some and the chagrin of others. Although they do finally seem to be catching on, roundabouts are still primarily a novelty or infrequent annoyance in the US. However, leave the county and they become unavoidable. Overall, I feel they have great utility and have actually grown quite fond of a well-placed, well-constructed roundabout. In fact, we now regularly [...]

By | April 15th, 2016|Our Travel Stories|

Safari Adventure In Kenya

Safari Adventure in Kenya We went to Kenya so that we could volunteer with the Arocha organization in Watamu and did not expect to be going on any safaris but a fellow traveler was planning on renting a truck and driving to the Lumo Community Wildlife Sanctuary, so we joined in. We spent three nights there camping in the African bush and having quite the safari adventure. This area was pretty close to Tsavo which [...]

By | April 15th, 2016|Travel Photos|

Tower Hill Sugar Factory – Belize

Tower Hill Sugar Factory This photo was taken in May of 2013 from a boat on the New River near Orange Walk Town, Belize. We were headed up the river to the ruins of the Mayan city, Lamania. Our tour was arranged through our hotel, the Hotel de la Fuente.  (A top notch hotel BTW.) The tour started in the morning near the hotel and we headed up the river with our guide, Nacho. All [...]

By | April 14th, 2016|Travel Photos|

Vigeland Park Statue

Vigeland Park Statue - Oslo, Norway It was a very cold day in February of 2014 when we visited the famous Vigeland Park in Oslo, Norway. The park is the largest sculptor garden in the world of a single artist's work - Gustav Vigeland. Vigeland Park Statue s The most famous statue of the park is of a crying baby, said to be the artist as a child. Though I can see why that one gets [...]

By | April 13th, 2016|Travel Photos|

Swetsville Zoo In Fort Collins Colorado

Swetsville Zoo in Fort Collins, Colorado, is one of those unique places found "just off the highway" all across the United States. Swetsville Zoo In this zoo you will not find any animals - you will just find a collection of sculptors crafted by Bill Swets. Creatures of all types, shapes and sizes, built from old machinery and random car parts. At sometime around 1985 he began making this junkyard art as a way to [...]

By | April 3rd, 2016|Destinations, Our Travel Stories|

Wisdom And Knowledge Shall Be The Stability Of Thy Times

wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times Wisdom And Knowledge Shall Be The Stability Of Thy Times If you've visited New York City and had a chance to stop by 30 Rockefeller Plaza you might have noticed the saying "wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times" over one of the main entrances. Ever wonder where that quote comes from? The bible, Isaiah 33:6 to be exact. Most likely the King [...]

By | March 14th, 2016|Travel Photos|

How To Take Your Dream Vacation In A Year

 Do you need a vacation? Have you been dreaming of travel? Is there a place you’ve always wanted to visit? Paris maybe? Or how about Rome? Considering China? Let’s not forget Australia. There are so many amazing places to visit but it seems so hard to ever get around to taking those incredible trips. Which is why you need to learn how to take your dream vacation in a year. Sure there are many [...]

By | March 8th, 2016|Travel Tips|

Get A Passport

Maybe you don't need to get a passport maybe you already posses a current and valid passport. Please feel free to skip this article. I am writing it because I have talked to too many people who have said to me, "I'd love to travel but I don't even have a passport." Get A Passport This is why I believe for anyone who has a desire to travel soon or in the future the first [...]

By | February 26th, 2016|Travel Tips|

Victoria Falls Zimbabwe Train Station

We took a train from Bulawayo to Victoria Falls and it was obvious that everything about the train was a ghost of its former self. There was a time when the train and the trip was all about luxury but decades of neglect left it with much to be desired. But I will say the staff of the train was top notch and did their best to take care of us.

By | February 26th, 2016|Travel Photos|

Flying Over Victoria Falls

While we were visiting Victoria Falls we decided to splurge on a helicopter tour of that falls and even though it was outside our trip's budget it was well worth it. From the air we were able to really see how the falls fit into the landscape and just how unique they are.

By | February 23rd, 2016|Travel Photos|

Masterpiece Of Intangible Heritage Of Humanity

Being able to see the Whirling Dervish in person was an amazing experience even though I am still not sure what I saw. This is what Wikipedia shares about the dance: In the symbolism of the Sema ritual, the semazen's camel's hair hat (sikke) represents the tombstone of the ego; his wide, white skirt (tennure) represents the ego's shroud. By removing his black cloak (hırka), he is spiritually reborn to the truth. At the beginning [...]

By | February 19th, 2016|Travel Photos|

Camel Ride In The Sahara Desert

Camel ride in the Sahara Desert. Sounded like a good idea at the time we booked the tour and to be honest I am glad I experienced it but a shorter ride would have been better. We rode for over an hour in the evening, had dinner and camped in a very cold tent, and then rode back to the buses in the morning. This was part of a budget tour and you pretty much [...]

By | January 29th, 2016|Travel Photos|

Santorini Greece

We visited Santorini, Greece, in January of 2014 and that was very much the off season. We were there about two weeks and the whole time it felt like we had the island to ourselves. It was quite enjoyable actually though it was a bit chilly to really take in the beaches Santorini is known for.

By | January 21st, 2016|Travel Photos|

From Vacationer To Traveler

From vacationer to traveler is an introduction to our story as evolving to world travelers. Zimbabwe Train To Victoria Falls From Vacationer To Traveler "No train today" the sign taped to the ticket window of the Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, train station stated. We'd just traveled 1402 miles (2257 km) from Cape Town, South Africa, via two overnight buses. A trip that involved over four hours at the South Africa/Zimbabwe border and we were [...]

By | January 19th, 2016|Inspiration, Our Travel Stories|

Viking Ship Museum In Oslo Norway

Viking Ship Museum The Viking Ship Museum on Oslo, Norway, was one of the final activities for our epic vacation. Since we had no plans to visit Norway when we set out everything we did in Oslo was a bonus. We were there because Norwegian Air offered such great fares for flying back to New York. The museum was very nicely done and we quickly learned a lot about actual Vikings as opposed to the [...]

By | January 19th, 2016|Travel Photos|

Memorial To The Murdered Jews Of Europe

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin, Germany, is one of those places I didn't even know existed until I was there. And that is the beauty of travel. This photo was taken below the memorial in a very moving museum that further tells the story of what happened during the holocaust. Places such as these can be tough [...]

By | November 2nd, 2015|Travel Photos|

Parthenon In Athens Greece

Parthenon In Athens Greece Parthenon In Athens Greece Today's travel photo is of the Parthenon in Athens. Athens was an interesting city and it was obvious that they are going through a tough time with the economy. We kept hearing about "the crisis" when we talked to locals. That was over two years ago and Greece is still struggling. But they do seem to find money for cigarettes as it seemed like everyone in Greece [...]

By | November 1st, 2015|Travel Photos|

The Catacombs Of Paris France

The Catacombs Of Paris France Since it is Halloween I thought it would be the perfect day to make today's photo of the day the Catacombs Of Paris France. The catacombs from what I understand is where the bones of the dead ended up when they needed land from local cemeteries as Paris grew. Basically it is tunnels and tunnels under the city of Paris piled high with human bones. We took a guided tour of [...]

By | October 31st, 2015|Travel Photos|

Caye Caulker Belize Airport

Caye Caulker Airport Small things are always cute which is why we always get a snicker when sharing this photo of the Caye Caulker Airport in Belize. Granted Caye Caulker is pretty small itself so it makes sense that it would have a small airport. There is a path that goes very close to the runway with warnings about low flying planes and sure enough we saw one come in while we were there. We have [...]

By | October 30th, 2015|Travel Photos|

Fitz’s Pub Doolin Ireland

Fitz's Pub Doolin Ireland Have you been to Ireland? No? You should go. Really you should drop everything you are doing with your life and visit Ireland. The place is darn near magical, even though leprechauns are not real. Spotted this great Guinness sign at Fitz's Pub in Doolin, Ireland. It was just one of many Guinness things we saw on our visit. I was never sure how big of a deal Guinness is to the [...]

By | October 29th, 2015|Travel Photos|

Drinking Is Fun Sign In Caye Caulker Belize

Drinking Is Fun Sign In Caye Caulker Belize I got to admit I love the Drinking Is Fun Sign in Caye Caulker Belize, mostly because I would have to agree. Drinking is indeed fun. Even better if you are in Caye Caulker, Belize. Go slow! Have you been to that little island in Belize? There are no cars on the island, just golf carts, which lets you know how laid back the place it. But even [...]

By | October 28th, 2015|Travel Photos|

Checkpoint Charlie Berlin Germany

Checkpoint Charlie Berlin Germany Checkpoint Charlie Berlin Germany was on of the things I was very curious about visiting while we were in Berlin and it was part of the free walking tour we took. (That is our tour guide in the center there.) This historic piece of real estate has become very commercialized and covered with tourist crap. But it was still something to stand there and imagine what it was like not too [...]

By | October 27th, 2015|Travel Photos|

Chobe River Cruise Boat

Chobe River Cruise Boat While we were in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, we took a day trip to Botswana so that we could take a Chobe River Cruise Boat on a water safari. The whole day was an amazing experience thanks to Wild Horizons Tour Company out of Victoria Falls. On the cruise we saw a number of wild animals including crocodiles, elephants, cape buffalo, and countless birds. It was a great way to safari since most [...]

By | October 26th, 2015|Travel Photos|

Platform 9¾ At King’s Cross Station London

Platform 9¾ At King's Cross Station London Joyce enjoyed visiting Platform 9¾ At King's Cross Station London where visitors can have a photo op with a trolley stuck to the wall. There is also a Harry Potter located there as well so you can stock up on wands and such. Be prepared to wait in a line if you'd like to take a photo with the cart. On the day we went the wait was about [...]

By | October 25th, 2015|Travel Photos|

Livingston Guatemala Cat

Livingston Guatemala Cat This Livingston Guatemala cat is just one of the many cats you'll find anywhere you go on this planet. In fact we sort of got a kick out of just how often we came across cats on our travels. Istanbul probably takes the top prize though for just the amount of cats and how people supported these wild felines. Most doorways had food and water dishes available for the cats all over town. [...]

By | October 24th, 2015|Travel Photos|

Windskater At Berlin Tempelhof Airport

Windskater at Berlin Tempelhof Airport Tempelhof was designated as an airport by Germany's Ministry of Transport in 1923 and the terminal was finished in 1927. After decades being in the center of historical events the airport closed in 2008 and became a unique city park for the citizens of Berlin. We spotted this Windskater at Berlin Tempelhof Airport during our visit in the fall of 2013. It is pretty amazing to be able to walk around an old [...]

By | October 23rd, 2015|Travel Photos|

Rainy North Rim Of The Grand Canyon

Scenic Photo of the Grand Canyon Yesterday I posted a photo the trail going down into the canyon so today I thought I'd post a scenic photo of the Grand Canyon itself. This was taken near the lodge on a rainy afternoon in early September. The Grand Canyon When you visit the Grand Canyon you have two basic options, the North Rim and the South Rim. Typically the South Rim will be more crowded and [...]

By | October 22nd, 2015|Travel Photos|

North Rim Grand Canyon Mule Riders

On a recent trip to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon we hiked the Kaibab Trail down into the canyon. We were told by park rangers that less than 2% of the people who visit the Grand Canyon go below the rim so this trail is a great way to see what few take the time to do. The biggest downside of the trail for a hiker are the mules. Sure they are historic and [...]

By | October 21st, 2015|Travel Photos|

Crowd At Buckingham Palace

While in London we felt obligated to witness of the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace. Our visit was during October and the crowd was still pretty big. Having been our first time we were not sure where to find a place to stand but still managed to see a fair bit of the ritual. Keep in mind if you go that there is no ideal spot as so much happens it is impossible [...]

By | October 20th, 2015|Travel Photos|

Monument Valley Sunset

Monument Valley Sunset This beautiful Monument Valley sunset was captured right from our campsite on a recent road trip through Colorado and southern Utah. The campground was at a place called The View and we highly recommend it. It is very basic but well managed and the views are priceless. Click here to check out The View's website. This is one of those places on earth that is truly special and a great place to [...]

By | October 19th, 2015|Travel Photos|

Coca Cola With Vegetable Extracts

While enjoying a Coca-Cola in Ireland I noticed an odd statement on the back of the can. "Sparkling Soft Drink with Vegetable Extracts" Wait. What? Not sure exactly what that means but the Coke tasted pretty much like any other Coke I've had around the world.

By | October 18th, 2015|Travel Photos|

Evzones Guarding Greeces Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier

Athens, Greece, is a city full of history and that history is alive at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. There you can watch the Evzones, Greece's elite soldiers, guard the tomb wearing historical uniforms reminiscent of the klephts who fought the Ottoman occupation of Greece.

By | October 17th, 2015|Travel Photos|

Japanese Battle Helmet At The British Museum

Japanese battle helmet This is a 17th Century Japanese helmet that is part of the British Museum's collection. For me it was fascinating to see this ancient armor (or armour) close up. Does it look familiar to you? This style of helmet was where George Lucas drew inspiration from for Darth Vader. This was just one tiny example of the amazing things to be discovered at The British Museum. We spent two full days there [...]

By | October 15th, 2015|Travel Photos|

Rabbits Hanging At London’s Borough Market

Borough Market was a frequent stop for us when we spent the month of October 2013 in London. It was right across the street from a major underground train station and had plenty of different kinds of food to share. We did not buy any rabbits though as we are used to our meat coming already to cook.

By | October 13th, 2015|Travel Photos|

Paragliding Over Glenwood Springs Colorado

In today's travel snapshot we see Joyce getting ready to paraglide in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. I write a bit more about it here but the experience was not as expected. More zen than thrill as the glider gently lifts you off the mountain as opposed to a sudden drop most people think of with the sport. If you get the chance I highly recommend giving it a try.

By | October 12th, 2015|Travel Photos|

An Average Street In Tours France

Travel has taught me that everything is ordinary and everything is a a wonder. What do I mean by that? The buildings in this photo of Tours, France, are hundreds of years old. Older than the United States. The fact that they have stood the test of time and today they are just ordinary everyday buildings used but the demands of the day is fascinating to me. In the US if a building is over [...]

By | October 11th, 2015|Travel Photos|

Pont des Arts Bridge Paris France

This is a section of the famed Pont des Arts bridge of the Seine river in Paris, France. Sadly the tradition of attaching a lock to the bridge as a symbol of love ended in the summer of 2015 when Paris officials redesigned the bridge so locks could no longer be attached to it. Over the years the locks became too heavy for the bridge to support and it was a matter of safety to force [...]

By | October 10th, 2015|Travel Photos|

Statue Of A Retired Townsman

This statue of a retired townsman is a portrait done in lacquered wood that we came across at the British Museum. Traveler's tip: When taking photographs of museum objects also take a photograph of the name plate of the object for easy reference later. Here is what the museum's website has to say about the statue that is from the Edo period, late 17th - early 18th century AD: In Japan it was quite common for prosperous [...]

By | October 9th, 2015|Travel Photos|

What To Do If You Lose Your Passport While Traveling

What would you do if your passport is lost or stolen while traveling? Keep calm and read on! What To Do If Your Passport Is Lost Or Stolen While Traveling If you ask me in this day and age a passport is a silly thing. A little book you must carry with you around the world just so countries will let you in and out. There should be a better way. But until there is [...]

By | October 8th, 2015|Travel Tips|

Belize Coffee House Espresso Machine

We arrived in Punta Gorda, Belize after surviving a near death experience on a water taxi from Livingston, Guatemala (not kidding) and needed a place to relax and catch our breath before taking the bus to the Hokey Pokey water taxi (also not kidding.) Very close to where the boat dropped off us we found the Driftwood Cafe which advertised espresso drinks such as lattes and cappuccinos, a welcome bit of familiar comfort. What you [...]

By | October 8th, 2015|Travel Photos|

Eat Cheap In Italy With The Tradition Of Aperitivo

Eat cheap in Italy by learning about this great Italian tradition. Eat Cheap In Italy Oddly enough it was while we were in Scotland that we discovered Prosecco, a sparkling wine similar to Champagne, but it was while we were in Rome that we discovered it is sometimes served with free food. You order a glass of Prosecco and it shows up with a few plates of food as well at no extra cost. We found this curious but [...]

By | October 7th, 2015|Food and Drink, Travel Tips|

Gorilla At The London Zoo

Wherever we find ourselves in the world Joyce and I like to check out the local zoo. While in London we were able to visit the zoo as part of the London Pass. The zoo itself was okay but not the best we've been to. We expected more from such a world class city. [ninja-popup ID=2651] [/ninja-popup]

By | October 7th, 2015|Travel Photos|

French Street Food

As Americans something Joyce and I learned to appreciate on our travels was the availability of street food just about anywhere we went. Usually street food is mentioned in regards to less developed countries but we also found plenty of vendors and stalls in the Western European countries we visited. Here Joyce is enjoying a crepe in Tours, France, a city we spent a few nights in via AirBnB before hopping on a flight to [...]

By | October 6th, 2015|Travel Photos|

Schleißheim Palace Complex Minerva Statue

Munich was on our must visit list because Oktoberfest was on our must experience list. We stayed 13 km north of Munich via CouchSurfing in the town of Oberschleißheim. A very short walk from the flat we were staying at was the Schleißheim palace complex which is basically an old mansion that begin life when Duke Wilhelm V of Bavaria (1548-1626), who in 1597 purchased the isolated moorland farm of Schleißheim with its St Margaret's Chapel for a large [...]

By | October 5th, 2015|Travel Photos|

British Museum Great Court

The British Museum Great Court The British Museum in London, England was one of the highlights of our travels. So much history under one roof. A bit of controversy too in regards to what the Brits have the right to keep but we'll leave that to others to sort out. Speaking of roofs... this is the often photographed glass ceiling of the Great Court. London is expensive but many of the museum, including this one, [...]

By | October 4th, 2015|Travel Photos|

Jeremiah’s Inn Caye Caulker Belize Wins Worst Hotel Of Our Travels

Our big vacation was 14 months of travel to over 20 countries so we experienced a lot of of different hotel rooms so it took a lot to win our "Worst Hotel" award. Jeremiah's Inn in Caye Caulker, Belize was bad for so many reasons but this photo illustrates the level of hotel we are talking about. The shower was a pipe sticking out of the wall. How could a property really rent such a [...]

By | October 3rd, 2015|Travel Photos|

How Long Should Your Next Vacation Be?

How long should your vacation be? How long should your vacation be? Long-term Travel vs. Short-term Travel How long is long enough? How long is too long? We took the “year off” trip many people talk and dream about. Our’s was actually a 14 month trip where we sold our house, our cars and most of our possessions. This is by no means required to have a life-changing trip – it was just what was [...]

By | October 2nd, 2015|Travel Tips|

So Many Cats

Cats. Everywhere you go in the world you can find cats. This one we came across on the streets of Athens, Greece. But Istanbul was by far the capitol city of cats of all the places we went to.

By | October 2nd, 2015|Travel Photos|

Will That Buff Out?

While on a free walking tour of Berlin, Germany, we came across this Mercedes-Benz that seems to have been tagged by a gang of first graders. Now I am sure there is a story to this unique paint job but I never had the time to find out.

By | October 1st, 2015|Travel Photos|

Zebra In South Africa

While in South Africa we learned that the animal pictured is not a zebra. As in zee-bra. No it is a zeb-bra. If you need a lesson watch this YouTube promo for the new host of the Daily Show Trevor Noah: https://youtu.be/f4XJrBBRrQc

By | September 24th, 2015|Travel Photos|

A Twizy In Paris France

Yesterday I posted a small car in Amsterdam, today I am posting a small car in Paris. During our time in Paris I discovered that many auto manufactures have showrooms you can visit and that is where we cam across this cute little car. It is so small that the two seats are arranged single file, the passenger sits behind the driver. In Paris we did not see many of the these on the road [...]

By | September 23rd, 2015|Travel Photos|

Small Red Car In Amsterdam

Is it me or does it look like someone cut that car in half? I spotted this cute little red car while we were on a canal cruise in Amsterdam and couldn't resist taking its picture. Can you imagine driving that thing on the highways of the United States?

By | September 22nd, 2015|Travel Photos|

A Peek Into The Louvre

One regret of our big trip was not spending enough time in Paris, France. In fact I am ashamed to admit that we almost skipped it all together. We only spent two nights in that amazing city. Because of the short time we had to be very selective about what we did and that meant not doing a full on visit to the Louvre. However we did swing by to see what we could see [...]

By | September 20th, 2015|Travel Photos|

How To Have A More Authentic Travel Experience

Authentic Travel Experience I've come to believe there are two basic types of travel. Travel for leisure and travel for curiosity. Sometimes you want to just get away and relax by a pool in the sun and sometimes you want to know what life is like for people in another country. I'd say we are about 80% curious travelers and 20% leisure travelers. Sitting by the pool is nice but it does not take long [...]

By | September 19th, 2015|Our Travel Stories, Travel Tips|

Mayan Ruins In Lamanai Belize

When we visited Lamanai we opted for the river trip and it was a great experience even though we did not have the best of tour guides. You could tell he had done the tour every day for years and was very bored with it. We mostly ignored him and made the best of our experience on our own.  

By | September 19th, 2015|Travel Photos|

Paragliding In Glenwood Springs Colorado

Paragliding Glenwood Springs Colorado Joyce and I just returned from a two week vacation of road tripping from national park to national park in Southern Utah. On our way back we decided to spend some time in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Paragliding Glenwood Springs Colorado As I was researching things to do in Glenwood Springs I came across paragliding and suggested it to Joyce, at first she was not so sure but the more she thought [...]

By | September 18th, 2015|Our Travel Stories|

Laduree Macarons From Paris France

The history of Ladurée goes all the way back to 1862 when Louis Ernest Ladurée founded a bakery in Paris at 16 rue Royale. But due to a fire in 1871, the bakery was changed into a pastry shop which would soon become world famous for high-quality treats of all kinds. Today it is a well-known tourist stop in Paris but trust me they are not resting on their laurels like many such "famous" businesses. Even though [...]

By | September 18th, 2015|Travel Photos|

Downtown Cancun, Mexico

There is a side of Cancun that I am guessing most American tourist who have been to the city have not seen. Joyce and I had a short two night stop there because we were flying out of the airport on our way to South Africa. We opted to stay downtown via an AirBnB and that allowed us to get a glimpse of the Cancun the locals call home. We discovered a large plaza with [...]

By | September 6th, 2015|Travel Photos|

Mosquito Sprayer In Caye Caulker Belize

Ah paradise! Sandy beaches, palm trees waving in the breeze, and a loud truck slowly driving down the road spray poison into the air twice a day. That was our experience during our last stay in Caye Caulker, Belize. Not sure how effective it is either due to the amount of mosquitoes that we still had to fight off every day.

By | September 5th, 2015|Travel Photos|

The Bulawayo Club

A visit to the Bulawayo Club in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe is a visit to another era. Though the club is still used today for events I would guess many of the decor has been in place since the 1930's. If you find yourself in Bulawayo do yourself a favor and stop in for a look around.

By | September 4th, 2015|Travel Photos|

An Irish Knight

In Ireland we learned the difference between a revolution and a rebellion. Ireland's only had rebellions, I let you decide what the difference is.

By | August 18th, 2015|Travel Photos|

Granite Statue Of Amun In The Form Of A Ram Protecting King Taharqa

Granite Statue Of Amun Granite Statue Of Amun This statue is another fine example of priceless ancient relics "The Empire" plundered from around the world. That is basically what the British Museum is a shrine to. Which of course makes it amazing place to visit. And it's free! FREE people! Bring a sack lunch and enjoy a stroll through history. Give yourself at least a full afternoon if not a whole day as there is [...]

By | August 17th, 2015|Travel Photos|

Bavaria Statue In Munich, Germany

According to Wikipedia "Bavaria is the name given to a monumental, bronze sand-cast 19th-century statue in Munich, southern Germany. It is a female personification of the Bavarian homeland, and by extension its strength and glory. The statue is part of an ensemble which also includes a hall of fame (Ruhmeshalle) and a stairway. It was commissioned by Ludwig I of Bavaria, with the specific design being chosen by competition. It was cast at the Munich [...]

By | August 16th, 2015|Travel Photos|

Lensvelt In Amsterdam

This is the Lensvelt storefront in Amsterdam. From their website I gather they are a furniture store/art gallery. Not sure if the member always hangs in front like that or if they were just happy to see us!?

By | August 15th, 2015|Travel Photos|

Secret Intelligence Service Building In London England

A View To A Kill was the first James Bond movie I saw and ever since then I've been hooked on the series. London is full of Bond movie locations and the SIS Building, also known as the MI6 Building is one of them. This building is the real home of the British Secret Intelligence Service and also appeared in Skyfall.

By | August 14th, 2015|Travel Photos|

A Nun With A Gun

How often does a nun get a chance at some target practice? Came across these gals taking their shots at Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. A festival I highly recommend you add to your bucket list.

By | August 13th, 2015|Travel Photos|

Glenmorangie Distillery In Tain, Scotland

We spent a fair bit of time in the Highlands of Scotland so we thought we should visit at least one distillery even though we are not whisky drinkers. The Glenmorangie Distillery was close to where we were staying and recommended by a good friend who is a whisky drinker so we spent an afternoon there on a private tour. The tour was private because we were there in November so there were no other [...]

By | August 12th, 2015|Travel Photos|

Vintage Car In Stockholm Sweden

We only spent two nights in Stockholm, Sweden, but we walked all over the city and saw what there was to see. I don't even remember taking this photo of this quirky little white car but I am glad I did, though I wish I knew what kind it was.

By | July 31st, 2015|Travel Photos|

Africa’s Most Dangerous Animal

This photo was taken while doing a river game drive on a boat in Botswana's Chobe National Park. Before going on safari in Africa I had not realized just how dangerous a hippopotamus can be. Hippos kill more people in Africa every year than any other large animals. Some say they are one of the most dangerous animals on the planet. Here is a full list of Africa's most dangerous animals.

By | July 28th, 2015|Animals & Nature, Travel Photos|

Ten Tools And Tips For Dealing With Money While Traveling

Money While Traveling Money While Traveling Whether you are going on a two week vacation or traveling Europe for five months how you handle money is important for both safety and staying on budget. The more my wife Joyce and I traveled, the more we developed a system that makes sure we always have money on hand but our savings are safe from would be thieves or scam artists. I’ll break down a few things [...]

By | July 27th, 2015|Managing Money, Travel Tips|

ComicX Restaurant Bar And Store In Cancun Mexico

During a three day lay over in Cancun we explored areas away from the hotel zone and ended up at a unique place call the ComicX Restaurant Bar & Store. It was a sci-fi and comic book lover's paradise because it was filled with characters from books and movies. Can't report on the food as we didn't eat there, I just snooped around and took photos.

By | July 23rd, 2015|Travel Photos|

Is The New Baubax Really The World’s Best Travel Jacket?

Baubax is getting a ton of attention in the media now that their travel jacket has crossed the one million dollar mark on Kickstarter. See the campaign here. But is it really the world's best as they claim? Too early to say but I do have my doubts. It seems more like an item you'd see in the SkyMall magazine and laugh at but since it is on Kickstarter and is being developed in Silicon [...]

By | July 21st, 2015|Travel Tools|

Elephant At Zulu Nyala Game Lodge In South Africa

Today's travel photo was taken during a game drive at the Zulu Nyala Game Lodge in South Africa. African safari was at the top of Joyce's bucket list and during our three months in Africa we were able to go on many safaris in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Kenya.

By | July 21st, 2015|Travel Photos|

Ladybug Sculptures In Ventspils Latvia

In the summer of 2013 we were able to spend a few weeks in the country of Latvia because we had friends living there. During that time we able to take a small road-trip and see some of the country outside of Riga. I came across these ladybugs in the seaside town of Ventspils which is an important port on the Baltic because it remains ice free year round.

By | June 25th, 2015|Travel Photos|

There Are No Foreign Lands

“There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.” ~Robert Louis Stevenson The more you travel the more you learn that this statement is true. Indeed, there are no foreign lands! But for us that is part of what makes travel so great and why we want to do it as much as possible. We learn so much about the world we share and even more about ourselves when we find ourselves [...]

By | June 21st, 2015|Travel Quotes|

A Ship In Harbor Is Safe

“A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” – John G. Shedd   Curious about the man who said that? Check out this article. This photo is a derivative of "French Fishing Vessel 'Alf' in the Irish Sea" by UK Ministry of Defence, used under CC 2.0.  

By | April 19th, 2015|Travel Quotes|

The Peleides Blue Morpho Butterfly | Green Hills Butterfly Ranch Belize

Peleides Blue Morpho Butterfly Also known as the Common Morpho or "The Emperor."   We took this photo in February of 2010 at the Green Hills Butterfly Ranch and Botanical Collections in the Cayo District of Belize. Visiting this little butterfly ranch was a nice stop on our drive around that area of Belize and we would recommend it to anyone. You really learn a lot about butterflies in a short amount of time and [...]

By | April 18th, 2015|Animals & Nature, Travel Photos|

Booking The Perfect Hotel Online

Booking the perfect hotel online. Hotels are a big part of travel. And booking a hotel online gives you plenty of options to choose from. Booking The Perfect Hotel Online Sometimes the hotel is the destination and sometimes you just need a safe, clean, and quiet place to sleep before catching an early morning flight. For some travelers, a hotel is the place to kick back poolside and read a few romance novels and for [...]

By | January 27th, 2015|Managing Money, Travel Tips|

How To Travel More By Giving Your Curiosity A Workout

How To Travel More “Someday I want to travel more.” Have you ever said some version of that statement? I know I have. And I’ve had a lot of people say that to me after hearing about my travels. It is a very dangerous sentiment. It is something we do with a lot of the big goals we have for our lives. We put them off to some indefinite point in the future. The biggest [...]

By | December 10th, 2014|Travel Tips|

Cycladic Church

Cycladic Church - Santorini, Greece - January 2014 These types of buildings are found all over Santorini and are quite photogenic. A lot of our two weeks there were spent just walking around exploring and seeing what we could see. Since we were there in the off season many of the restaurants and shops were closed so we were forced to get creative. But it was sort of fun because even when a cafe was [...]

By | March 15th, 2014|Travel Photos|

Santorini Sunset

Santorini Sunset Santorini, Greece - January 2014 We visited Santorini during the off season and most of the time it felt like we had the island to ourselves. The weather was in the warm, sometimes cool range, not the hot beach weather many come to the island for. It was a nice time to relax and just enjoy each other's company as we were there for our wedding anniversary. The people of Santorini were very [...]

By | March 14th, 2014|Travel Photos|

Santorini Door

Santorini door Santorini, Greece - January 2014 This door was found during our time on the beautiful Greek island. In fact it was one of many very unique doors we came across while exploring there. Much of the island is so soft that they would carve out rooms on the cliff side and attach a door to it. I can see why there are whole photography website dedicated to doors. Santorini Door The tiny island [...]

By | March 13th, 2014|Travel Photos|

Santorini, Greece

From the port in Athens at Pireaus, we took an 8 hour ferry ride to the island of Santorini. Santorini is a place I’ve been seeing in photos for quite some time and every time, I thought “I have to go there.” You’ve probably seen those photos, they look something like this. It was early January and we knew it would be low-season, but we weren’t quite prepared for the magnitude of the low season. [...]

By | March 12th, 2014|Destinations, Our Travel Stories|

Statue at Olympic Stadium (Photo Post)

Olympic stadium in Athens Panathenaic Stadium - Athens, Greece - January 2014 This was one of the many statues found at the Olympic stadium. Then again Greece is full of such statues isn't it? Olympic Stadium in Athens As we've mentioned in other posts this attraction is a nice place to stop while you are visiting the city of Athens, especially if you are a fan of the Olympics, past or present. It is easy [...]

By | March 7th, 2014|Travel Photos|

Site of the First Modern Olympics (Photo Post)

Site of the first modern Olympics Panathenaic Stadium - Athens, Greece - January 2014 Site of the first modern Olympics We found this to be a nice little attraction to spend about an hour at while we were in Athens. It was not very busy and you are able to explore pretty much the whole stadium. In fact you can even run on the track if you so desire. There is also a small museum [...]

By | March 6th, 2014|Travel Photos|

Athens and Ancient Greece

While we were sitting in France, planning this section of our trip, we had decided after Istanbul, we'd move on to Santorini, a place I've been wanting to visit since I saw that first photo. Since all flights passed though Athens and most had an obscenely long layover, we thought it would be worth staying in town for a few days to see some things. We didn’t find the city itself impressive, but the Acropolis [...]

By | March 4th, 2014|Destinations, Managing Money, Our Travel Stories|

Istanbul Highlights

Some of the amazing things we saw in Istanbul. The Basilica Cistern - the largest of the ancient cisterns under Istanbul built by the Byzantine Emporer Justinian I in the 6th century.   The Hagia Sophia was built in 537AD as a Greek Orthodox Basilica and held the title of the world's largest cathedral for 1000 years. In 1453, under the rule of the Ottoman Empire, it was converted to a mosque and in 1935 [...]

By | February 21st, 2014|Destinations, Managing Money, Our Travel Stories|

Impressions of Istanbul

We weren’t really sure what to expect from Turkey. We had friends and fellow travelers who raved about Istanbul, but after Morocco we were a little leary. What we found in Istanbul was, in some ways what we originally expected in Morocco. The people were incredibly friendly and welcoming. The city is modern and cosmopolitan for the most part, especially the Asia side, in Kadikoy where we stayed. The area on the northern peninsula around [...]

By | February 19th, 2014|Destinations, Managing Money, Our Travel Stories|

Venice – Italy’s Most Romantic City?

Next we were off to Venice by train. This 5-day trip to Italy was really just a case of making use of layovers. To get from Morocco to Istanbul we had to fly through Europe somewhere. Milan happened to be one of the cheapest options (thank you RyanAir) and Venice is just a hort train ride away. Since I’ve always wanted to see Venice, it seemed a good opportunity – so we took it. Venice [...]

By | February 14th, 2014|Destinations, Managing Money, Our Travel Stories|

Milano – An Intro to Italy

Couchsurfing In Milan Italy After our less than ideal experiences in Morocco, our welcome to Italy could not have been better. We arrived in Milan, met up with our Couchsurf hosts, Mattia and Claudia and were welcomed to their home with a pasta lunch and a glass of wine. On our first day, we headed downtown and saw the Duomo Cathedral, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, and Sforzesco Castle. In the evening, we met up with Mattia [...]

By | February 9th, 2014|Destinations, Our Travel Stories|

Sahara Camel Ride

One of the challenges of travelling only by public transport is that we tend to see far more of cities than countryside. Since I’d consider myself a bit more of a country girl, this is a serious drawback. One decent way to experience more of the rural side of a country without renting a car is to sign up for a good tour. It can be cheaper than renting a car and more importantly, there [...]

By | January 29th, 2014|Destinations, Our Travel Stories|

Morocco – The Good and the Bad

The medinas of Morocco are a vibrant and hectic places, where streets are narrow alleys between two and three-story buildings crowded with people and donkey carts. There are scooters noisily weaving in and out of this traffic and even the occasional car that barely fits. This was a huge change from our recent European wandering and we definitely felt like we were back in Africa again. The colors and the crafts of the souks were [...]

By | January 19th, 2014|Our Travel Stories|

Impressions of France

Impressions of France... First, I love France! The French appreciate beauty, quality and enjoying life. When we arrived in Paris after being in cities in 15 other countries, we immediately felt that Paris and France in general, were different. Where many cities are an amalgamation of cultures, which actually makes them quite similar - Paris is French. The culture is French. The brands are French. The fashion is French. They even dub all the English [...]

By | January 14th, 2014|Destinations, Our Travel Stories|

Small Town France

After our 2 very busy days in Paris, we took the train to Blois, a relatively small town about 2 hours SW of Paris. We have friends from Fort Collins who are currently living in Blois and we'd been invited to relax at their home, even though they would actually be in the US during our visit. We spent a wonderful and relaxing 10 days in Blois wandering around town, planning the next phase of [...]

By | January 12th, 2014|Our Travel Stories|

Love Locks

Wishing you happiness, love and all things good in 2014! Love Locks - Pont des Arts - Paris, France - November 2013

By | December 31st, 2013|Travel Photos|

Paris Catacombs

In Paris, what was originally a quarry for mining building materials has become something much more fascinating. I honestly knew noting about the catacombs before we went on the tour, Daryle got us signed up. It turned out to be a really interesting experience. In the 1700’s, the ground under Paris looked like Swiss cheese and they started having issues with buildings collapsing. They have shored up some of the tunnels by building walls and filled [...]

By | December 30th, 2013|Our Travel Stories|

Welcome to Paris

Being in Paris even for just a few days was amazing. Unlike some places we’ve been, most people are familiar with Paris to some degree. Whether you’ve been there or not you have some image of Paris, even it is only the Eiffel Tower. It was fun to be in a place we felt familiar with, yet was completely new. It is everything I imagined and expected it would be. It is a larger than [...]

By | December 28th, 2013|Our Travel Stories|

Impressions of Scotland

We found Scotland and Ireland to have a number of similarities, and of course a number of differences as well. Both are primarily rural countries with a lot of livestock. Both have their own Gaelic language and are known for their hardworking, down-to-earth friendly people who are proud of their heritage. And both love their whisky (Scotland) or whiskey (Ireland), depending on which country you are in. While, the Scottish are quite friendly, its in [...]

By | December 22nd, 2013|Our Travel Stories|

Greyfriars Bobby

We first heard the story of Greyfriars Bobby on a visit to the Edinburgh Museum on our first pass through the city. When we passed through again, our host pointed out the statue and related the story again. I suspect it’s hard to visit Edinburgh without being introduced to this little dog. It’s one of those stories partly true, partly uncertain that has grown into a sort of legend that transcends nationality and connects with [...]

By | December 17th, 2013|Our Travel Stories|

A “Scottish” Day in Edinburgh

After returning to Edinburgh from the Highlands, there were still a few key “Scottish” thing we hadn’t experienced and I was determined to find some haggis and some bagpipes. As far as tourist attractions, the one thing everyone old us (Americans and Scots alike) was that Edinburgh Castle. We did and we agree. The structure itself, the view of the city and the chance to see the Honours (crown jewels) of Scotland (which right now [...]

By | December 14th, 2013|Our Travel Stories|

Highland Highlights

I’ve always wanted to visit the Highlands of Scotland. Already being so close and having family in the region, we figured the time was right, even if the weather most likely wouldn’t be. My aunt is from Wales and while she moved to the US years ago, her sister has migrated north to Helmsdale, a tiny town on the east coast in the far north of Scotland. It is way up there. On November 9th, [...]

By | December 11th, 2013|Our Travel Stories|

Impressions of England

And by England I really mean London, since that is where we spent our time. The first thing we noticed when we got to London was that it was a lot like the US. England, particularly London, is easy for an American traveler to navigate. That’s probably why it’s the #1 international travel destination for American’s. As far as daily life goes, it seems very similar to a large city in the US. The streets [...]

By | December 10th, 2013|Our Travel Stories|

Horse from Halikarnassus (Photo Post)

Horse from Halikarnassus Greece - British Museum, London - October 2013 Horse from Halikarnassus This is just one small example of the amazing artifacts that can be viewed at the British Museum in London. The museum is free and you can easily spend a few days wondering around and gazing at their large collection. We found that in such a place it is a good idea to split up so that each of us can see [...]

By | December 5th, 2013|Travel Photos|

Save Money By Eating Like A Local

A wonderful part of traveling is food. It’s certainly one of my favorite parts! And you can save money by eating like a local. So what do you do if you’re budget doesn’t allow for lots of fancy restaurant eating? Save Money By Eating Like A Local Actually, you’re in luck because we’ve found that some of the best and most authentic food doesn’t come from restaurants. The street stalls and the grocery store can be [...]

By | December 4th, 2013|Our Travel Stories, Travel Tips|

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

My only significant disappointment during our month in London is that we didn’t get to see a show at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. By the time we arrived, there were just 2 shows left in the season and both were sold out.  From the outside it was pretty and round, which was unique, but the exterior really didn't indicate the artistry of the interior. Honestly, we almost didn't stop in to see the inside, but luckily we had [...]

By | December 3rd, 2013|Destinations|

Tower of London

If you are in central London, it is hard to miss the Tower of London, located along the Thames River in central London, right next to the Tower Bridge. This former royal residence and fortress is a UNESCO World Heritage Site visited by 2.5 million people a year. Inside the walls, there is a lot more to see than you might imagine looking from the outside and its worth a visit. Make sure to give [...]

By | November 30th, 2013|Our Travel Stories|

V & A Museum

While in London, we made a visit to the V & A Museum. We'd heard its amazing and a must-see. They call themselves the world's greatest museum of art and design, but we still weren't sure exactly what to expect. What we found were items from every art form imaginable created all over the world over the past 2000 years. Not just sculptures and paintings, but ironwork, jewelry, theatre costumes and furniture. Needless to say [...]

By | November 26th, 2013|Our Travel Stories|

Westminster Abbey

Over the month we spent in London we visited a lot of the typical tourist sites, but Westminster Abbey was our favorite. Coming in, I knew it was a big church where a lot of famous people were buried, but that’s about it. Until we walked in, I could never have imagined the massive scale of the building, just how many famous people are buried there or that they are buried in virtually every nook [...]

By | November 24th, 2013|Our Travel Stories|

Irish Drinks

Guinness and Jameson The Irish love their drink. Two in particular – Guinness and Jameson. Knowing we were going to be in Ireland, we had been looking forward to visiting the home of Guinness and having the opportunity to pour our very own "perfect pint" for a while. It was exciting to finally have our chance. We even got to enjoy that pint with a nighttime view of the Dublin skyline from the top floor [...]

By | November 21st, 2013|Food and Drink, Our Travel Stories|

Cliffs of Moher

It was a sunny October day in Southwest Ireland when we arrived at the Cliffs of Moher. I was already impressed with the Irish scenery, but this was the pinnacle. Walking along the grassy topped 750-foot cliffs with the sun shining down and the breeze blowing off the sea, it was difficult not to feel quite small. These cliffs give pause to contemplate the scale and timeline of the natural world. In both directions you [...]

By | November 16th, 2013|Our Travel Stories|

Finding Your Way

Finding your way in a new city is exciting, confusing and potentially a bit anxiety-producing. However, a small bit of pre-arrival research and organization can go a long way in getting past the anxious part and on to the exciting part. Finding Your Way In A New City We’ve arrived in more than enough cities mapless with only a reservation for the night, an address for said acommodations and vague idea of what part of the city [...]

By | November 14th, 2013|Travel Tips|

The Millions Who Left Ireland Behind

Back in 1845, the Irish got not so lucky. You've probably heard of the Great Potato Famine. Ireland lost 2 million people to starvation, disease and emigration. About a million emigrated to places like the US, often on some pretty rough ships. The ships gained the nickname "coffin ships" so that tells you something about your chances of arriving. SS Dunbrody - Famine Ship On our visit we kept hearing about the masses [...]

By | November 12th, 2013|Our Travel Stories|

Mary and the Beehive Huts

Beehive Huts Ireland This is Mary. You might remember her from my post last week. There was so much more to say than could fit in a photo caption, that I thought, “she deserves her own post”. So here it is. Mary didn’t only meet Tom Cruise during the filming of Far & Away, he apparently really liked her company. Instead of eating the catered lunch on set, he used to come over to Mary’s [...]

By | November 8th, 2013|Our Travel Stories|

How to Stay Fit While Traveling

How to stay fit while traveling is simpler than you might expect. Sure you won't always have a gym available but follow these simple steps and you'll keep your fitness goals on track. How To Stay Fit While Traveling Running I’ve always liked running for its lack of equipment and freedom of location. You put the shoes on and step out the door. But since I’ve been traveling, I’ve thought of a few more reasons [...]

By | November 7th, 2013|Travel Tips|

Favorites – Lyrath Estate Hotel & Spa

It was the first day of our tour of southeast Ireland and I didn't know much about our accommodations for the night. After a full day of tours, both the bus and walking variety, we pulled up to the Lyrath Estate Hotel exhausted. I think my jaw might actually have dropped. The place was beautiful! We rolled into the lobby where we were graciously greeted and quickly checked in. Our bags were whisked off to our [...]

By | November 4th, 2013|Our Travel Stories|

City Discount Cards – Deal or Rip-off?

City discount cards, are they too good to be true? City Discount Cards As we’ve traveled in Europe, we’ve found that most of the major cities will have some type of City Discount Card. The London Pass, I Amsterdam City Card, the Berlin Pass, etc. A lot of passes include public transport and more than once, we’ve found ourselves, tired from a long journey, standing at a ticket machine trying to decide whether we want [...]

By | October 31st, 2013|Managing Money, Travel Tips|

Impressions of Ireland

Cead mile failte. I have trouble spelling it and certainly never mastered saying it, but it means "a hundred thousand welcomes" in Irish and it really connected with me. This greeting embodies the feeling of being a visitor to Ireland which goes beyond just feeling welcome, to feeling they are really genuinely happy to have you. They don't expect anything from you, they're just glad you've come. Ireland is a beautiful country in so many [...]

By | October 29th, 2013|Our Travel Stories|

A Visit to the National Portrait Gallery

It is a wonderful thing that London has chosen to make the majority of its museums free to the public. It means you can stop by on a whim, try something you don't expect to like or leave after 10 minutes if its too crowded or just not grabbing you. Today we were near the National Portrait Gallery when it started to rain...hard. We'd been planning to go anyway, so it seemed as good a [...]

By | October 17th, 2013|Our Travel Stories|

British Museum

Today we took on the British Museum, a formidable task. However, the free admission takes the pressure off. If you have the time in town, you can spend a few hours and come back another day instead of turning it into a museum marathon. Too many of those is probably why I was not incredibly excited for our trip today. But once I got inside, I was amazed. Often. There is just so much there. [...]

By | October 14th, 2013|Our Travel Stories|

Greenwich, London

Greenwich London We woke up to sun today and sunny days in London especially in October must be taken advantage of! We decided to head for Greenwich and its UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was a great choice and a really enjoyable day! Here's a view of the city from One Tree Hill in Greenwich Park. We also paid a visit to the Painted Hall on the Old Royal Navy College campus. The building was [...]

By | October 13th, 2013|Our Travel Stories|

How Fast Is Too Fast?

We were pretty tired coming into our time in Ireland last week, but we kept our eyes on the dangling carrot of an upcoming month in London. While we absolutely loved Ireland, after a busy 4-day tour, 2-day conference and 3-day tour in the Emerald Isle, we were spent - emotionally, physically and mentally. It isn’t just that we had a busy week in Ireland. I was looking back at my travel notes and realized [...]

By | October 11th, 2013|Managing Money, Travel Tips|

Conch Shells (Photo Post)

Caye Caulker, Belize - June 2013 In Belize, conch is a popular food. The result is an abundance of conch shells. Garden borders, whole shells as souvenirs, jewelry made of carved shells and just plain piles of conch shells like this.

By | October 6th, 2013|Animals & Nature, Travel Photos|

First Elephant Of Our Trip

First elephant of our epic vacation! Sayulita, Mexico - April 2013 This is the very first elephant of our trip, spotted unexpectedly on a walk in our neighborhood in Sayulita. Apparently, the circus was in town. Safety and security is a little different in Mexico. It is perfectly fine to take the elephant for a walk or stake it out to graze in a neighborhood, as long as his keeper is nearby. This guy would [...]

By | September 30th, 2013|Our Travel Stories|

Trees of Life

When we moved from the western coast of Mexico to the eastern side, there was a theme with the trees that continued as we moved south - a lot of things were growing up there. Sure, I know trees are ecosystems within themselves, but usually for a few nesting birds and some insects. In this region, the plentiful moisture and variety of plant life takes the concept of a tree as an entire ecosystem in [...]

By | September 28th, 2013|Animals & Nature, Travel Photos|

Pineapple Anyone? (Photo Post)

Bananas and pineapples have been plentiful, cheap and delicious for a good part of our trip so far. Not so much now that we're in Europe. I suppose the loss of such a variety of very fresh fruit is one of the things to miss about moving away from the equator. Fresh fruit for sale - Belize, May 2013

By | September 26th, 2013|Food and Drink, Travel Photos|

From Africa to Europe

Enjoying another amazing day in Africa I was sad to leave Africa – the land of cheetahs and elephants. It felt like new experiences and sights were on the agenda nearly every day. And I do miss the breathtaking wilderness, amazing animals and friendly people. But as much as leaving was sad, heading to Europe was exciting. Although the new experiences are of a slightly less dramatic nature than say riding an elephant, [...]

By | September 24th, 2013|Our Travel Stories|

Visiting the Berlin Wall

Berlin Wall Today we visited a remaining piece of the Berlin Wall that's been turned into an art gallery of sorts. It got me thinking again about "the fall of communism" and what that meant to so many people. I remember when the wall fell, seeing it on TV. I was too young to really know what it meant. I knew it was important and I do remember it, but I was probably more concerned [...]

By | September 19th, 2013|Our Travel Stories|

Cashew Tree (Photo Post)

Guatemala - May 2013 Never knew how cashews grew. This is the cashew fruit on the tree. Notice the familiar shape. Once they fall on the ground, you'd think that's a stem, but no, that's the bottom of the fruit and there's the nut in there.

By | September 13th, 2013|Animals & Nature, Travel Photos|

Chobe National Park, Botswana

July 22, 2013 - Chobe National Park, Botswana While we were in Victoria Falls we were able to take a one-day trip into Botswana. What we saw and experienced, along with what we've heard from other travellers and Africans makes us want to go back to see more. Botswana is known for its density of wildlife. We saw elephants, buffalo, crocodiles and antelope all simultaneously and pretty much immediately. Our boat and truck safaris were [...]

By | September 10th, 2013|Our Travel Stories, Safari|

Safari Camping

Safari Camping in Tsavo, Kenya - August 2013 Lions Bluff Lodge. located above the 125,000-acre Lumo  Community Wildlife Sanctuary (where we saw the lions) has an award-winning lodge. In fact it's the only property I've ever seen with a 99% thumbs up on Tripadvisor. Its not unreasonable for a safari lodge, but a little pricey for our budget. However, as an unusual addition, they also offer the Cheetah Campsite, perfect for those who want a safari experience [...]

By | August 28th, 2013|Animals & Nature, Destinations, Managing Money, Our Travel Stories, Safari|

The Lions of Tsavo

Lions of Tsavo! The one major missing sighting on our African adventure was the lion, until last week. Last week, on a final mission to see a lion, we braved the Mombasa-Nairobi Road and headed to the Lumo Conservancy, just outside Tsavo West. I was holding my breathe, so hoping to see some lions. Halfway through our 6am game drive we hadn't seen much of anything and although my hope were still high, I was [...]

By | August 26th, 2013|Our Travel Stories, Safari|

Sentiments from Sayulita (Photo Post)

Sayulita, Mexico - April 2013 Sayulita is an artsy, progressive, half Mexican, half expat/tourist town on the western coast of Mexico with lots of good sentiments about how we should save take care of the earth and live peacefully. I love these kinds of things and find them inspirational so I thought I'd share a few of my favorites.  

By | August 26th, 2013|Travel Photos|

Photo Post Info and Crafts in Sayulita, Mexico

Along the way, we've taken plenty of photos that won't ever show up in a full-on blog post, but that I think are worth a view or a mention. SO, I'm going to try to add some of those photos in to keep the blog updated regularly and interesting. I am telling you this because that also means that photos are going to appear quite out of order from where we actually are at the [...]

By | August 24th, 2013|Travel Photos|

Taking a Ride on an Elephant

In Victoria Falls, Daryle and I unexpectedly encountered the opportunity to ride an elephant, so we took it. As a popular tourist destination, Victoria Falls has all manner of animal-centered opportunities, as well as an array of adrenaline-junkie activities – and there are no shortage of people who’d like guide you to a place to buy a ticket. We passed on anything requiring a harness and rope, no bungie jumping off the bridge or throwing ourselves [...]

By | August 15th, 2013|Animals & Nature, Our Travel Stories, Safari|

Our Impressions of Zimbabwe

In Zimbabwe I had the chance to take care of a few bucket list items. Ride an Elephant and See Victoria Falls. Daryle and I also had the chance to experience a country with amazing natural beauty and wonderful people. A number of our friends and family have asked about our impressions of the country, so The people in Zimbabwe are unfailingly friendly and optimistic. They love their country. And they should, it's beautiful! There [...]

By | August 14th, 2013|Our Travel Stories|

Visiting Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls has been on my must-see list for quite a long time. A few weeks ago, after two nights on buses and one on a train (read more about that interesting ride on Daryle's blog - DaryleDickens.com) we finally made it. From the time the train started to pull into the station, you could see the mist in the distance, but it wasn't until we lifted off in a helicopter that we really got a hint [...]

By | August 14th, 2013|Destinations, Managing Money, Our Travel Stories|

Useful Beach Finds

Natural sponges - yep these really do come straight from ocean critters. Sort of pricey at a craft or bath & body stores. Free on the beach at Struisbaai. They were washed up all over. This was the first time I'd seen them "in the wild". Not really sure if that's the correct terminology since this is just their skeleton, but you get the idea. Beach at Struisbaai near Cape Agulhas (the southernmost town [...]

By | August 6th, 2013|Animals & Nature, Travel Photos|

Where do the Indian and Atlantic Oceans Really Meet?

Even though we are sure we’ve seen the point where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans come together, we’re still not really sure exactly where that happens. Is it here at the Southernmost tip of Africa? The monument builders obviously thought so. Or is it here? At Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope, the tip of the Cape Peninsula south of Cape Town. The tour guides, curio shop and most Cape Town residents would [...]

By | August 4th, 2013|Destinations, Our Travel Stories|

Monkeys and Birds in South Africa

On our drive around South Africa, we were told by several people, local people, that (despite their touristy, tacky names) we should visit two places called Monkeyland and Birds of Eden. We took the advice and were not sorry. Both are large free-range enclosures, located just about side-by-side. Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary is the world's first free-roaming multi-species primate sanctuary and home to over 450 primates (in this case monkeys and lemurs). Even though the monkeys and [...]

By | August 3rd, 2013|Our Travel Stories|

Our African Safari – The Rest

We've been pretty busy and had not so much in the way of internet for the past few weeks, so I've been slacking on updating the blog. I thought it was about time I finished up with our safari and moved along to our more recent African experiences. So, here are are a few last critter photos: And here are some important highlights of the safari itself, aside from the animals. This is [...]

By | August 2nd, 2013|Our Travel Stories, Safari|

Our African Safari – Antelopes, Cape Buffalo and Hippos

Cape buffalo, antelopes, and hippos on today's game drive! With each game drive we continue to see amazing animal after amazing animal. It truly is something special to see these creatures in the wild as opposed to the zoo. The Big Five Cape buffalo are one of the "big five" animals that are talked about so much on safari. It goes back to the days when safari was more about hunting than just [...]

By | July 4th, 2013|Animals & Nature, Destinations, Our Travel Stories, Safari|

Our African Safari – Giraffes and Zebras

African Safari Giraffes Since we've been in South Africa, I've heard elephants referred to as Tuskers and Big Foots, but I've not heard any additional names for the other critters. Perhaps  Long Necks would work for the giraffes... What names would you suggest for these amazing wild creatures? We'd love to hear from you in the comment section below. African Safari Giraffes After all the safaris we went on throughout Africa it seems [...]

By | June 30th, 2013|Animals & Nature, Destinations, Our Travel Stories, Safari|

Hiking at Robberg Nature Reserve and Marine Protected Area

Robberg Nature Reserve and Marine Protected Area Yesterday and today, we've enjoyed the first real hikes of our trip. Luckily the weather has been gorgeous and winter in South Africa has turned out to be quite nice. Its a lot like spring in Colorado, in the 60s and 70s during the day and around 40 at night. Interestingly, we've found that very few places here have heat. We've been lucky that our last guest house [...]

By | June 30th, 2013|Our Travel Stories|

Our African Safari – Kitty Cats

African safari big cats... First, here's the leopard, the hardest to spot in the game reserve. We got photos once, but had two chances to see her. Once was just a daybreak and she was on the move, so no photos, but an absolutely amazing experience. Such a magnificent animal! And now the cheetahs. We saw them a few more times. The very first day, we got to see the this. 2 And on one [...]

By | June 29th, 2013|Animals & Nature, Destinations, Our Travel Stories, Safari|

Our African Safari – Elephants

African Safari Elephants We were able to get quite a good look at some elephants on our safari. For the first few days, most of our photos looked like this. Elephants in retreat. But as we got on in the week, we got better and better views. We even got some ripping down trees action shots. And then there's this one, which got me a good photo, but was a bit too close for comfort. [...]

By | June 28th, 2013|Animals & Nature, Destinations, Our Travel Stories, Safari|

Back in Traveling Mode

Traveling Mode On top of all the incredible animal experiences we had during our week on safari, we haven’t had to plan a thing. With meals and two game drives a day included, the extent of decisions made was which excursions to go on and what time to schedule my pedicure. After some of our budget hotels in Central America, our room here was heaven. Now, we’re back on the road and in [...]

By | June 26th, 2013|Our Travel Stories|

Our African Safari (and rhino photos)

Our African Safari We have had an amazing week “on safari”. We saw elephants rip trees down from 30 feet away, rhinos peacefully munching grass so close you could almost touch them and cheetahs half-heartedly chasing a few blesboks along of the reserve boundary fence. I’ve decided that there are far too many photos I really want to share to do it at once, so I’m going to go one animal at a time, starting [...]

By | June 25th, 2013|Animals & Nature, Destinations, Our Travel Stories, Safari|

Our Day in St Lucia

Our Day in St Lucia Yesterday we took a quick trip to St. Lucia, the  iSimangaliso Wetland Park and Cape Vidal. It was a great day! We got to see the Indian Ocean, some hippos, and even a few whales. Also, these guys stole our lunch...twice. (That part wasn't so great, but it was a new experience. And now I know I need to keep a much closer eye on my food than I ever imagined.) These [...]

By | June 23rd, 2013|Animals & Nature, Safari, Travel Photos|

Sharks, Rays and Turtles

Sharks rays and turtles! While Couchsurfing in Placencia, Belize last week, I received the opportunity to get out on a snorkeling trip to Laughingbird Caye. My past snorkeling has been from a boat and the opportunity to snorkel from a gorgeous white sand beach on an island in the barrier reef was quite a treat. As an added bonus, we chose to continue on in the afternoon to another spot where we got to snorkel with [...]

By | June 9th, 2013|Our Travel Stories|

Rotary Club Collaboration

Rotary Club collaboration Daryle and I with members of the Chiquimula Rotary Club at the dedication of a newly completed water project. Worldwide there is an amazing collection of worthwhile projects pursued by the 1.2 million members of Rotary Clubs. Projects focus specifically on supporting education and job training, providing clean water, combating hunger, improving health and sanitation, and eradicating polio. Knowing that there are groups of people around the world individually and collectively committed [...]

By | June 8th, 2013|Our Travel Stories|

Choosing a Budget Hotel

After a particularly poor night’s sleep, here are my brief reflections on important things to notice when choosing a budget hotel in Central America. While there are a handful of things you won’t be able to know in advance, (like, are there cockroaches? for instance), there are a lot of problems you can avoid with a little diligence and attention to detail. Always ask to see the room first. Look carefully and test things out. [...]

By | June 7th, 2013|Managing Money, Travel Tips|

Slice of Life in Belize

Life in Belize One of the great benefits of Couchsurfing or staying with locals in some other fashion, is the chance to do things tourists just don't have anyway to know about or get to. For instance, yesterday, we spent the day at a waterfall/swimming hole in the mountains, about 45 minutes outside Placencia. We are totally reliant on public transportation, so even if we knew about the waterfall, there's no way we'd have gotten [...]

By | May 30th, 2013|Our Travel Stories|

Rio Dulce, Guatemala

Rio Dulce Guatemala Today we  caught a little boat up the river to The Roundhouse, a highly rated hostel located about 20 minutes up the Rio Dulce. We chose to sleep in Livingston on this trip, so didn't actually stay at The Roundhouse, but we were looking for a base upriver to kayak a bit and I'd heard about the Rio Dulce canyon and wanted to see what that was about before we head back [...]

By | May 27th, 2013|Our Travel Stories|


Mangoes are quite possibly the best food on the planet. Just an opinion of course, but based on the few really good ones Daryle and I had managed to sample prior to our trip, we knew they had the potential to be quite amazing. And we were betting they’d be even better fresh. Not only would they be better fresh, but there would be more of them. There are hundreds of varieties. Each tastes a [...]

By | May 27th, 2013|Our Travel Stories|

Enjoying the Journey

Enjoying The Journey Life is a journey, not a destination. I know I am not the first nor will I be the last person to tell you that. Even more obviously perhaps, traveling is about the actual traveling as much as it is about the places you are headed. However, there are days in life and in travel where enjoying the journey is harder than others. This has been one of those. Instead of sleeping [...]

By | May 26th, 2013|Our Travel Stories|

Avocados – a local crop

Avocados This is a photo of a salad I was served at a restaurant in Guatemala. I just want to share it with everyone, because it came with 4 ENTIRE AVOCADOS! Even at my best, I have only ever been able to consume one whole avocado in a single sitting. (Note in the interest of accurate reporting that before this photo was taken I traded one full avocado with my dining companions in exchange for the chicken, [...]

By | May 25th, 2013|Food and Drink, Travel Photos|

How to Eat Cheap On the Road

Eat Cheap On The Road Since this blog is after all titled Learning to Travel, I thought I should start sharing things we're learning along the way, such as how to eat cheap on the road. Dinner and fresh mango in Flores, Guatemala Lesson 1: Look for where the locals eat. If the menu is in English and you are not in an English-speaking country you are probably paying too much. Eat street [...]

By | May 18th, 2013|Food and Drink, Managing Money, Travel Tips|

Tikal National Park – Guatemala

Tikal National Park, which was once home to over 150,000 Mayans, is a UNESCO world Heritage Site located in NE Guatemala, in the department of Peten. If you make it to Tikal at some point, I would recommend staying a night in the park so you can do a sunrise tour. Not only is watching the sunrise from the top of a Mayan temple worth getting up at 4am and climbing 198 steps, but the [...]

By | May 17th, 2013|Our Travel Stories|

Lamanai Mayan Archaeological Site

When we first visited Belize in 2010, one of the things we chose to skip was a tour of the Lamanai Mayan Archaeological Site. This time it was high on my list of must sees. Lamanai is unique among Mayan sites for two main reasons: 1) Lamanai was continuously inhabited from 1500BC through 1800AD - that is a seriously long time and means that it continued to be inhabited several hundred years after many other [...]

By | May 13th, 2013|Our Travel Stories|

Sarteneja Belize

Sarteneja Belize - I love it here! From the moment we started walking around town there was just an air of peacefulness - possibly the most peaceful, tranquil and beautiful place I’ve even been. If you need  to relax and just appreciate being alive, this is the place. We’ve watched the sun set over the ocean and sat on a pier dangling our feet in the turquoise water while looking out at the seemingly infinite expanse of [...]

By | May 12th, 2013|Destinations, Managing Money, Our Travel Stories|

Sayulita Farmer’s Market

Sayulita farmers market! We made a weekly visit to the Friday Farmer's Market while we were in Sayulita. We bought tiny little squashes, fresh cheese and locally made French pastry. But our favorite purchases were the strawberries and the homemade salsa. Sayulita Farmers Market Stopping by and shopping at the Sayulita farmers market is well worth a visitors time as you'll get a chance to sample some great locally made food as well as meet people [...]

By | May 10th, 2013|Travel Photos|

Manatee and Primate Rehabilitation in Belize

Manatee and Primate Rehabilitation in Belize... One of my many goals on this trip was to see a manatee, so when I noticed during the planning phase of our trip that the village of Sarteneja, Belize was home to a manatee rehabilitation center, I briefly got excited. Then I noticed that is was not open to the public, only by special appointment, so I sort of wrote it off to be honest, figuring there’d be [...]

By | May 8th, 2013|Our Travel Stories|

Sarteneja Sunset

Sarteneja Sunset On our first night in Sarteneja we walked down to the beach to see the sun set over the water, not a common sight in east-facing Belize. But because Sarteneja is located on the west side of a point of land poking out into the Chetumal Bay, there is water to the west and gorgeous sunsets like this over the bay. While it Sarteneja we stayed at the Backpacker's Paradise, a very rustic [...]

By | May 7th, 2013|Animals & Nature, Travel Photos|

On the Road

Hello from Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico! The switch to being on the move happened today (April 30). On April 1, we started off with an easy month in a place we’d visited before, a spot we love and we knew would let us relax. We’ve fallen into a slower pace and gotten pretty comfortable in Sayulita. While we absolutely love it there and certainly plan to return in the future (I still have a lot of [...]

By | May 5th, 2013|Our Travel Stories|

Sailing to Las Islas Marietas

Sailing to Las Islas Marietas Besides learning to surf, the other thing I really wanted to experience while we were in Sayulita was a trip to las Islas Marietas. There's a really interesting little beach that you have to reach by snorkeling through what is basically a tunnel, but the thing that really got me to sign up and fork over the money for a sailing trip was the blue-footed boobies. These birds are only [...]

By | May 4th, 2013|Our Travel Stories|

Catching a Wave – Learning to Surf in Sayulita

Why We Chose Sayulita I've been wanting to learn to surf since I knew surfing existed, well, atleast since I was a freshman in high school, so when Daryle and I started planning our year long adventure, we worked in a month in a beginner-friendly surfing location. Sayulita, Mexico. Since surfing isn't on Daryle's agenda, it helps that Sayulita is also just a great little beach town with a relaxed vibe. Its a great mix [...]

By | April 25th, 2013|Our Travel Stories|

Escaramuza…Learning a New Word and Sport

Escaramuza in Sayulita Late last week we saw this banner appear in town. And we thought, "That looks fun. We should go." So, we set about trying to figure out exactly what this event was and where it would be held. Turns out like most things here, the internet might help, but there will be an element of word of mouth required and it will probably test my Spanish comprehension. But we did get there [...]

By | April 23rd, 2013|Our Travel Stories|

My Packing List for Long Term Travel

packing list for long term travel... Me and my pack in a test-run at home in Fort Collins Some of the most common questions people have had when they hear about our trip relate to how big my suitcase is and what I am planning to carry around the world. People get even more curious when I share that we are not planning to check any bags on our trip. So what is [...]

By | April 20th, 2013|Our Travel Stories, Travel Tips, Travel Tools|

You Know You’re In Mexico…

You know you're in Mexico when... Whether you love it or hate it, there are a few things that take a little getting used to. The roosters crowing at all hours, a cacophony of bird songs, chickens running everywhere, music played loud enough for the entire neighborhood to enjoy all day long, trucks with loudspeakers driving through the neighborhood selling tomatoes, tamales or propane, and the dogs. There are dogs everywhere...the most uber-relaxed creatures you [...]

By | April 17th, 2013|Our Travel Stories|

Real Italian Pizza in Mexico

Where to eat in Sayulita Mexico? We've been eating plenty of local "real" Mexican food - tacos, fresh mangos, Corona and the like - but tonight we decided to go out for something different. We chose Pizza Venezia and I'm glad we did. We had a real brick oven pizza made by a real Italian and it was delicious! We are learning that people from all backgrounds, countries, and walks of life find Sayulita enchanting [...]

By | April 10th, 2013|Food and Drink, Our Travel Stories|

Simple Gifts

This post is an archive of the email newsletter I sent on April 09, 2013. If you’d like to receive my letters as they are sent please enter your email in the form below this post. I send out about one letter a week with thoughts and photos from our year of global travel. I am writing this on day #9 of our travels and we are thankful that we decided to spend the first [...]

By | April 9th, 2013|Inspiration|

My Heart Overflows With Gratitude

My Heart Overflows I am writing this while lounging in a hammock that is strung up next to the open air kitchen that is at our cabin in Sayulita Mexico. It is sunny, it is warm, there is a slight breeze, and a variety of tropical birds sing in the trees. In respect to how I am accustomed to spending my days this is quite surreal especially when I stop and think that this is just [...]

By | April 2nd, 2013|Our Travel Stories|

Ready or Not

Leaving for year of travel. "Do you have return tickets?" came the question from the woman at the Frontier check-in counter. "No" I answered, 'in fact we do not' I thought. I thought back 4 months to when I bought these tickets, the very first stake in the ground for our trip. I could hardly contain my excitement, wanting to tell anyone and everyone. It was all I could do not to announce on Facebook, [...]

By | April 1st, 2013|Our Travel Stories|

Turn Your Dreams Into Decisions

Turn Your Dreams Into Decisions Since we announced the plans for our trip the reactions and comments from people have been interesting. The most common comment I’ve gotten is “I am so jealous, I’ve always dreamed of doing that.” or some version of that sentiment. This is often followed up by questions that relate to the mechanics, how-to, and logistics of doing such long term travel. There are a lot of steps and a lot [...]

By | March 25th, 2013|Inspiration|

The Critters

  Noir when she first appeared at the Dickens' residence After hearing about our trip plans for the first time, the question uttered by many of our friends has been "What about the kitty?" (They would ask about the lizard as well I assume, but apparently I don't talk as much about Gus.) Very valid question...and perhaps the hardest of the planning process to be quite honest. Four and a half year's ago, [...]

By | March 6th, 2013|Our Travel Stories|

Why I Want To Travel

Why I Want To Travel I want to travel because I wish to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I do not wish to live what is not life, living is so dear; nor do I wish to practice regret, unless it is quite necessary.  I [...]

By | February 10th, 2013|Inspiration|

Getting Rid of Stuff and Selling the House

Two weeks ago, Daryle and I went out to breakfast and then spent every bit of our Saturday, which also happened to be our 11th anniversary, pulling out, sorting and giving away what I estimate were about half our remaining earthly possessions. We arranged it all in our living room and invited friends over to have a beer and take some stuff. Since we'd only given 24-hour notice on our " Almost Everything Must Go" [...]

By | February 4th, 2013|Our Travel Stories|

Where Are We Going On Our Year Long Trip

Our Year Long Vacation Plan Since we started sharing the news of our year long vacation plan the number one questions we’ve been getting is “where all are you going?” So I thought that was a good topic for the first issue of The Dickens Dispatch. As I write this we have 59 days left until we leave. Joyce is on the recovery end of pneumonia and our house has been on the market for [...]

By | February 4th, 2013|Our Travel Stories|

Captive and Comfortable

My very favorite Brian Andreas quote. “Somewhere in the archives of crudest instinct is recorded the truth that it is better to be endangered and free than captive and comfortable.” This quote struck a cord with me when I first read it in 2000 in Tom Robbins book, Another Roadside Attraction. It was the kind of struck cord where you are relaxing on the couch, pleasantly reading along and suddenly you find [...]

By | January 8th, 2013|Inspiration|

What this blog is becoming

Enjoying one of the most common Belizean modes of transport This blog is about to make a bit of a shift, much as its authors are about to make a shift. Previous posts focused on things to do and experience nearby, mostly in our home state of Colorado. Going forward, I intend to broaden the scope and the range in an attempt to really embody the Learning to Travel name. While there will [...]

By | January 6th, 2013|Our Travel Stories|

Royal Gorge Route Railroad | Canon City

The Royal Gorge Route Railroad ranks at the top of the list in terms of romantic activities in the Royal Gorge Region. The 3-hour leisurely train ride along the beautiful and scenic Arkansas River can be combined with first class dining for a trip you won’t soon forget. Originally, this section of track was laid during the silver boom of the 1870’s to get supplies and people to the silver fields of the Southern Colorado [...]

By | July 14th, 2010|Destinations|

Jewel of the Canyons Bed & Breakfast | Canon City

Sitting in the backyard garden at the Jewel of the Canyons Bed & Breakfast I feel the cares of “everyday life” slipping away as I sip some fresh sun tea and hear graceful hummingbirds dart around. And we’ve only been here for 10 minutes. From the moment we walked up to the house to find owner Lyn Burnett scooping a few leaves out of the small front yard pond, we felt immediately at home. We [...]

By | June 21st, 2010|Destinations|

Castle Mountain Lodge | A True Estes Park Experience

Castle Mountain Lodge is classic Estes Park Colorado with brown painted cabins next to Fall River Road near the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. Staying at this charming property will give you a true Estes experience. Tourists have been finding rest and relaxation at this lodge for many decades but it does not show its age thanks to being well maintained and remodeling to keep it up to date. Though we like to focus [...]

By | June 1st, 2010|Destinations|


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