Stories & Tips2022-08-05T16:56:35-04:00

Travel Stories, Tips, Photography, Bucket Lists, and Other Fun

August 8th, 2022|

Take a ride on Amtrak’s legendary Zephyr—two days on the train from Chicago to California: gorgeous scenery, great food, new friends, onboard romance..and one engineer who brought his pet mouse.

July 3rd, 2022|

Ramping up to the launch of our monthly feature for those who'd like to become digital nomads and semi-retired travelers, I'm sharing this interview I did as a longtime nomad myself, with some thoughts in particular about being less-than-social along the way.

June 23rd, 2022|

In this article, we’ll look at Anthony Bourdain’s 10 best episodes of Parts Unknown. Take time to watch them, and you’ll be hungry for more than just food.

June 17th, 2022|

On an archaeology volunteer trip, you can unearth landmarks and excavate treasures that end up in museums. Here are some of our top picks for the best trips worldwide!

June 15th, 2022|

Around 1.1 million expats live in Mexico, with about 700,000 from the United States. Here are a dozen reasons why Mexico is attractive to those with plenty of money—and also to those who don’t have that much.

June 1st, 2022|

Dark tourism often is associated unfairly with other types of travel that can be dangerous or even unethical—let’s take a look at what dark tourism is, and what it isn’t.

May 26th, 2022|

Savvy travelers know there's no need for huge maps, heavy guidebooks, or language dictionaries. Here are 10 mobile apps to do that for you!

May 21st, 2022|

Ever since I retired, I have had more time to practice my art. This is a dream come true for me. Many times, it has occurred to me that the challenges I face in expressing myself artistically are really Lessons of Life. Below, I share some of these lessons, and hope you find them both fun and useful.

May 20th, 2022|

If you can swim—ok, if you can float—then you can snorkel! And the best snorkeling in North America is at Dry Tortugas National Park right near Key West.

May 15th, 2022|

From Midsummer at Stonehenge, to the Festa de São João do Porto in Portugal, and beyond, here are five amazing Summer Solstice celebrations you can join if you find yourself in Europe!

May 1st, 2022|

I signed on to be a sea turtle research volunteer in Costa Rica one summer. Here's what I expected from the trip versus what I actually experienced!

April 20th, 2022|

A great family vacation should be enjoyable for all ages. Here are our recommendations for a "knights and maidens" tour of beautiful Bavarian castles!

April 10th, 2022|

I’m not sure when my obsession with China began, but if you're anything like me, this amazing country is on your bucket list. Here are 5 places to visit!

April 1st, 2022|

In this interview, our friends at Retire Early Lifestyle discuss with Jim McLeod a Canadian perspective of living abroad and relying on international healthcare, rather than using the health coverage provided in his home country.

March 1st, 2022|

Bringing your dog or cat with you on a trip, or even moving with them overseas, can be daunting. Here are some basic tips for how to travel with a pet!

February 20th, 2022|

Gunpowder Tea is an earthy, soothing tea that’s not afraid to show its pizzazz. Fiery yet delicate, robust yet smooth, this tea reminds one of relaxing beside a cozy fire-pit.

January 1st, 2022|

Ready to see the world and make a difference? Read our guide to volunteering abroad so you have the tools to choose the right program and travel SMART.

December 21st, 2021|

As I write this, I’m sipping coffee in a comfy Airbnb in Greater London, in a town called Earlsfield, which is near Wimbledon. We (my wife Robin and I) arrived here a little over a week ago.

December 10th, 2021|

All over the world, you'll find comfort foods. They're diverse and delicious, and filled with love. Let's have a look at a few you can try on your travels!

December 1st, 2021|

What should you get that friend or family member that loves to travel? While you’d love to give them a vacation to one of their favorite travel destinations, that may be a bit too pricey. We have a great alternative: travel subscription boxes designed to fuel wanderlust. 

November 28th, 2021|

It’s no secret that we live on $30,000 per year, and in our 31st year of financial independence we see no need to lower our spending. Here's how we do it, and how you can too.

August 8th, 2022|

Take a ride on Amtrak’s legendary Zephyr—two days on the train from Chicago to California: gorgeous scenery, great food, new friends, onboard romance..and one engineer who brought his pet mouse.

July 3rd, 2022|

Ramping up to the launch of our monthly feature for those who'd like to become digital nomads and semi-retired travelers, I'm sharing this interview I did as a longtime nomad myself, with some thoughts in particular about being less-than-social along the way.

June 23rd, 2022|

In this article, we’ll look at Anthony Bourdain’s 10 best episodes of Parts Unknown. Take time to watch them, and you’ll be hungry for more than just food.

June 17th, 2022|

On an archaeology volunteer trip, you can unearth landmarks and excavate treasures that end up in museums. Here are some of our top picks for the best trips worldwide!

June 15th, 2022|

Around 1.1 million expats live in Mexico, with about 700,000 from the United States. Here are a dozen reasons why Mexico is attractive to those with plenty of money—and also to those who don’t have that much.

June 1st, 2022|

Dark tourism often is associated unfairly with other types of travel that can be dangerous or even unethical—let’s take a look at what dark tourism is, and what it isn’t.

May 26th, 2022|

Savvy travelers know there's no need for huge maps, heavy guidebooks, or language dictionaries. Here are 10 mobile apps to do that for you!

May 21st, 2022|

Ever since I retired, I have had more time to practice my art. This is a dream come true for me. Many times, it has occurred to me that the challenges I face in expressing myself artistically are really Lessons of Life. Below, I share some of these lessons, and hope you find them both fun and useful.

May 20th, 2022|

If you can swim—ok, if you can float—then you can snorkel! And the best snorkeling in North America is at Dry Tortugas National Park right near Key West.

May 15th, 2022|

From Midsummer at Stonehenge, to the Festa de São João do Porto in Portugal, and beyond, here are five amazing Summer Solstice celebrations you can join if you find yourself in Europe!

May 1st, 2022|

I signed on to be a sea turtle research volunteer in Costa Rica one summer. Here's what I expected from the trip versus what I actually experienced!

April 20th, 2022|

A great family vacation should be enjoyable for all ages. Here are our recommendations for a "knights and maidens" tour of beautiful Bavarian castles!

April 10th, 2022|

I’m not sure when my obsession with China began, but if you're anything like me, this amazing country is on your bucket list. Here are 5 places to visit!

April 1st, 2022|

In this interview, our friends at Retire Early Lifestyle discuss with Jim McLeod a Canadian perspective of living abroad and relying on international healthcare, rather than using the health coverage provided in his home country.

March 1st, 2022|

Bringing your dog or cat with you on a trip, or even moving with them overseas, can be daunting. Here are some basic tips for how to travel with a pet!

February 20th, 2022|

Gunpowder Tea is an earthy, soothing tea that’s not afraid to show its pizzazz. Fiery yet delicate, robust yet smooth, this tea reminds one of relaxing beside a cozy fire-pit.

January 1st, 2022|

Ready to see the world and make a difference? Read our guide to volunteering abroad so you have the tools to choose the right program and travel SMART.

December 21st, 2021|

As I write this, I’m sipping coffee in a comfy Airbnb in Greater London, in a town called Earlsfield, which is near Wimbledon. We (my wife Robin and I) arrived here a little over a week ago.

December 10th, 2021|

All over the world, you'll find comfort foods. They're diverse and delicious, and filled with love. Let's have a look at a few you can try on your travels!

December 1st, 2021|

What should you get that friend or family member that loves to travel? While you’d love to give them a vacation to one of their favorite travel destinations, that may be a bit too pricey. We have a great alternative: travel subscription boxes designed to fuel wanderlust. 

November 28th, 2021|

It’s no secret that we live on $30,000 per year, and in our 31st year of financial independence we see no need to lower our spending. Here's how we do it, and how you can too.