Ronda: We’re Home

Though I still have a post or two to catch up about our earlier Spain travels, I want to go ahead and record my early impressions of our long stay location, Ronda. Ronda is one of the white villages of Andalusia, the southern region of Spain that was controlled by the Moors until the 15th…

A Day in Alcala de Henares

A day trip is a great way to see more places without the hassle of checking into a new place. We took several of them during our last stint in Europe. And Madrid offers many great day trip options: Toledo, Avila, Segovia. But since we wanted a place as easy to reach as possible, in…

Mad About Madrid

We’re back in Europe again! This time we’re spending three months in Spain and Portugal, beginning with a week in Madrid. We really loved the city and plan to go back someday for a full month. But our week there was enough to see how wonderfully liveable the city is – though maybe not so…

Arkansas Interlude

I’m writing this post from Madrid, which we love, and posting it from Granada, which is a very impressive place. So I have to admit, we like traveling to Europe so much better than anywhere we travel in the U.S. But we take one little American vacation to celebrate Chad’s birthday and our four-year travel-versary…

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…