Hostel Life

After being in Southeast Asia for three months, we’re back to hostels now that we’re in Europe.

In South America, we stayed mostly in hostels because that was about the only way we could afford continuous travel. For example, in Rio, the cost per night was $60 for the two of us- two beds […]


Today marks exactly 6 months of travel AND our three year wedding anniversary!

Here’s to following our dreams and looking forward to the future.


Welcome to the Jungle

We landed Tuesday in a city called Manaus. It’s a fairly large city (almost 2 million people) that grew so big in such a remote region of the world because of their rubber export boom in the late 19th century. Remote is an understatement. There is unimpeded tropical rainforest for over 1,000 miles in every […]

Bags Are Packed, Ready To Go

Holy long 4 days of packing.

Check out this page to see our full packing list.

Or enjoy a look at Z in the midst of an intense packing session:


Counting Down

Oh. My. GOSH!!!!

I Love This Quote

“Often I feel I go to some distant region of the world to be reminded of who I really am. There is no mystery about why this should be so. Stripped of your ordinary surroundings, your friends, your daily routines, your refrigerator full of your food, your closet full of your clothes — with all […]

Reality Check Hill

24:51. That was the time it took me to run the 3 mile course that years ago I would have blown through in an easy 19 minutes. It must have been the hills; I swear they’ve gotten bigger since high school.

I had to be back in my hometown today for a baby shower and […]

Four Goals

I was thinking the other day about what I want to get out of this trip. What about this trip excites me, why have I always wanted to do something like this, and what are my goals for 6 months abroad? Well, here you go:

1) Step away.

I think every American should step away […]

Re-Updated To-Do’s

Sell car (I’m trying…. anyone want to buy a 2007 VW Jetta?) Book first flight (Salvador, Brazil, here we come!) Get visa for Brazil Register trip with the Department of State Forward mail Uupdate homeowner’s insurance policy to reflect the condo being rented Get all prescriptions, etc. ahead of time Get travel vaccines Line […]


Acronyms. If you’re flying in South America you can’t avoid them. Just look: TAM, GOL, TRIP, TACA, LAN. All names of airlines that operate in South America. I can’t even keep track of them anymore. All I know is that I just booked two Brazilian airpasses on GOL airlines through BROL, the online travel agency […]