FAQ – Does our Puerto Rico Trip Count as a Leg?

On my spreadsheets, I’ve been calling our trip to Florida and Puerto Rico to Leg 9, but at barely over six weeks long, I debated whether it really counts or is an extension of our period off from travel, or something else entirely. I’ve decided that I believe it counts as a (short) leg. We…

Celebrating My Birthday in San Juan

Birthdays are a great excuse to take a break from work (or in my case, to force your spouse to take a break from work) and have some fun. So I like to try to make a big deal out of my own birthday, at least with Chad. In fairness, I also try to make…

San Juan: We’re Home

I’ve been so busy since arriving in San Juan almost three weeks ago that this post is a couple weeks overdue. Still, better late than never and we had no trouble settling into our San Juan casita that is our home for the month of March. The casita is in Ocean Park near Calle Loiza…

Relaxation and Adventure in Puerto Rico

It’s been a while since my last post because we came back from Italy in November with no idea what 2022 would look like for us. We wanted to get back to international travel but with so much up in the air about Chad’s work (the film) and COVID, it was hard to figure out…

FAQ – What Did We Learn in Italy?

We were thrilled to be traveling internationally again for our eighth leg of full-time traveling. In some ways, it was a return to our old normal, bringing up fond memories of our first month-long stay in Budapest back in 2018 and other great times in Europe. But of course, the COVID pandemic made things very…

FAQ – Were We Able to Stay on Budget in Italy?

Because we spent quite an extended time in Missouri between Leg 7 (our south/southwest leg featuring New Orleans, Palm Springs, and Sedona) and departing for Italy in late August (4 full months!) I was able to give us a pretty significant weekly budget for this leg. We also used the flight credit we received when…

Roman Times

When planning this leg, a must-do for Chad was to spend a month in Rome. We thought it would be rather pricey and budgeted accordingly, but we lucked into a really affordable Airbnb apartment for about half of what we budgeted. That allowed us to up our food and entertainment budget for the whole trip,…

The Wonders of Naples

In the days leading up to our arrival in Naples, what I most hoped for was for warmer weather and sunshine. We loved Matera, but it was chilly and rainy most days. It was a low bar for success that Naples vaulted over. We arrived in Naples and returned the rental car at the airport…

Magical Matera

Matera is a place that not many casual tourists to Italy visit. It isn’t on the train line and even a bus takes a while to get there from any major city. But when I was researching this leg, Matera shot to the top of my list of places I wanted to stop with its…

Out of the Rain in Sorrento and Pompeii

I’m skipping over writing about our 6-day trip to the UK. To be honest, I still don’t know what to say about it. It became slightly marred by the UK’s unclear COVID laws, but we definitely had some good times there and a couple of great follow-up interviews with two of the subjects of the…