Chiang Mai: We’re Home?

We arrived in Chiang Mai, Thailand, last week with very high expectations for the city. Everything we read online, especially on sites geared toward digital nomads, spoke of it in glowing terms. But we were underwhelmed for our first few days here. Now we’ve found our groove in Chiang Mai, but we don’t have the…

Angkor Wat: Simply Incredible

Angkor Wat was the top thing on my list of places I wanted to visit in Asia (with the possible exception of Japan). I love temples and ruins and archeology and learning about ancient cultures. With over 2 million visitors each year these days, I felt confident that Angkor Wat would live up to the…

One Day in Singapore

Though we’ve technically visited Asia before (a trip to the Middle East in 2015), we’ve never been anywhere like Southeast Asia and Japan. We chose to start this leg in Singapore for the simple reason that we were able to book a reasonable round trip flight there (about $900 each). But once we started researching…

FAQ – What Did We Learn in Leg 1?

Full disclosure – I wrote this post just a few weeks away from the end of Leg 2, and then it has been sitting in wait until now, a few days into Leg 3. I guess one of the lessons I should have mentioned below is that it is harder than I thought to keep…

FAQ – Can You Summarize Leg 1 in Numbers?

In my professional life, I am data-obsessed. I love setting up great tracking systems, setting goals and targets, and analyzing results. So, I thought it would be fun to report out a little data on our travels. Here is a look at Leg 1 by the numbers (with a few favorite lists thrown in): Where…

Closing Out Leg 1 in Style – Kusadasi, Ephesus and Heidelberg

We ended our time in Turkey in the beach resort town of Kusadasi. We really wanted to visit the Ephesus ruins, but we’d planned to stay in the nearest town to them, Selcuk. However, when I started researching more from Istanbul, especially how to work in a beach visit while we were that close to…

My Official Favorite Place in the World Is Cappadocia

Sometimes the things we love most in the world are the hardest to write about. In addition to being busy, I think my fear of being unable to do justice to the magical fairyland that is the Cappadocia region of Turkey is also to blame for my nearly two-month blog hiatus. But I’m going to…

Medellin: We’re Home

This is my third “We’re Home” blog post. I’m defining “home” as any place we’ll stay for at least a month. On our Europe leg, Budapest was our only home (Istanbul at three weeks just barely missed the cut), but for this leg, we’re on the road a few weeks longer with two longer stays,…

The Charming City of Puebla

We wanted a nice little city to settle into on our way to Oaxaca. Puebla de los Ángeles (as it is called) fit the bill perfectly. We chose it someone at random as we were planning out our first week in Mexico and I think foreign tourists often see it as more of a daytrip…

Teotihuacan: Perfect Start to Mexico

Much like our Europe leg (aka Leg 1), we decided to take a scenic route to reach our Mexican home of Puerto Escondido. So we decided to rent a car for our first week and begin with a couple of days near the archeological site of Teotihuacan. Teotihuacan was at one time the largest city…