Sedona: We’re Home

We have been in Sedona for about a week and a half and they’ve been a long 10 days in the best possible way. We’d been to Sedona twice before and always loved it, and had wondered what it would be like to live here (even before we embarked on the full-time travel life). It…

I Turned 40! Or, How to Do Vegas Safely During a Pandemic

This blog has developed a recurring theme about where we are supposed to be at a given time versus where we’re able to be due to the pandemic. We had big plans to spend my 40th birthday in France, but of course, that proved impossible. So we thought a lot about where in the United…

California Love

California knows how to party. And although Chad and I aren’t really partiers, we had the best time during our month-plus in California.  During our three weeks since my prior Palm Springs post, we enjoyed at least seven Cali cities and more social time than we’ve experienced in months (outdoors and physically distanced, of course,…

Palm Springs: We’re Home

Palm Springs was a bit of a wild card for us on this leg (Leg 7 if you’re counting) of our travels. When we booked our (nonrefundable) Airbnb for Palm Springs, all of California was still in COVID lockdown and we weren’t sure it would be better by February. We took the attitude that we…

Across Texas to Tucson

New Orleans and Palm Springs are directly connected by 1,780 miles of Interstate 10. That’s 25 hours of driving so we spent two nights in Texas on our way to Palm Springs. Our first stop was San Antonio, a city I’ve previously visited for a conference but that Chad had never been to before. We…

The Good Times Rolled in New Orleans

In case you don’t already know this, the city motto of New Orleans is “Laissez les bons temps rouler,” which is French for “Let the good times roll.” And roll they did during our month-long stay! I provided a pretty clear picture of what our life was like in New Orleans in my prior post,…

New Orleans: We’re Home

If you look at the Leg 7 schedule I created in early 2020, Chad and I are supposed to be in Marrakech right now. We were very excited to include Morocco on our Leg 7 itinerary because it was my first choice honeymoon destination when we got married 18 years ago. Sadly, there was no…

FAQ – What Did We Learn about Leg 6?

At the risk of repeating myself, I’ll start this post by stating again that we had a VERY different Leg 6 than we had originally planned. We had planned to visit Bulgaria, Serbia, Turkey, Kenya, and Dubai on Leg 6. We were going to hike a ton in Bansko, live a cosmopolitan city life in…

FAQ – How Did Our Numbers Work for Our First U.S. Leg?

We’ve always intended to at some point do a U.S. leg (or two), because there are so many awesome things to see here in our very own country. But we always thought we’d need to wait for our income to be a little higher to be able to really do it. COVID-19 accelerated our plans…

MO Via Moab

We planned a bit of a detour for our route home to Missouri from Oregon so we could fit in a couple of other national parks that were high on our list: Arches and Canyonlands. It added several hours to an already long drive (I think making the trip 32 hours rather than 28), but…