Travel Stories2022-08-05T16:58:26-04:00

Travel Stories

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.

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 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 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.

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.

October 20th, 2021|

This is the second in a series of articles on my semi-retired travels with my wife, Robin, who is not retired, but works remotely. Read about our visit to the new St. Pete pier, the Salvador Dalí Museum, a Rays game at Tropicana Field, and more.

September 14th, 2021|

What's it like to travel on the Amtrak Auto Train? Read this story from a semi-retiree and frequent traveler who knows all about it!

September 16th, 2020|

Two years ago, I traveled to Peru for work, and returned home with a tiger-striped street dog named Mimi. Here's my international pet adoption story!

April 13th, 2020|

If nothing else, travel trains you to become flexible - to deal with the unexpected. If you're dealing with a shake-up, remember lessons from your travels.

December 12th, 2019|

Twice in the last year, two friends have confided in me that they no longer have an interest in making new friendships. What's causing that?

July 31st, 2019|

The antimalarial drug Lariam is known for side effects such as "feeling of dread" and psychosis. At 19 I was given Lariam before trekking into the jungle.

February 20th, 2019|

How do you stay in touch with family & friends when you're on the road? If you're an expat or digital nomad, how can you keep reminders of family & friends?

May 14th, 2018|

Leaving a country you've fallen in love with means that you leave a piece of your heart behind. Read this beautiful excerpt from a Germany travelogue.

March 5th, 2018|

Becoming a digital nomad was something I always wanted to do - and a breakup led me to make the jump. Here are some lessons I've learned so far.

January 12th, 2018|

So many people think traveling is a hobby, or a calling. Is travel writing important to you? Does it encourage you to break away and pursue your dreams?

December 11th, 2017|

Being an expat living in New Zealand presents fun challenges! From pavlova, to birdwatching, to bucket hats and more, here are some Kiwi eccentricities.

November 12th, 2017|

Here in Panajachel, Guatemala there is a man who buys a dozen roses from a vendor who has the best roses ever, and gives them away one at a time.

November 12th, 2017|

Are you hooked on adventure? Akaisha Kaderli of Retire Early Lifestyle shares her story of how she caught the travel bug on a motorcycle trip across the US.

October 20th, 2017|

Have you wondered what it's like to move to a new country by yourself? Read Megan's story about moving to Ireland from the USA for some honest insights.

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.

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 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 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.

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.

October 20th, 2021|

This is the second in a series of articles on my semi-retired travels with my wife, Robin, who is not retired, but works remotely. Read about our visit to the new St. Pete pier, the Salvador Dalí Museum, a Rays game at Tropicana Field, and more.

September 14th, 2021|

What's it like to travel on the Amtrak Auto Train? Read this story from a semi-retiree and frequent traveler who knows all about it!

September 16th, 2020|

Two years ago, I traveled to Peru for work, and returned home with a tiger-striped street dog named Mimi. Here's my international pet adoption story!

April 13th, 2020|

If nothing else, travel trains you to become flexible - to deal with the unexpected. If you're dealing with a shake-up, remember lessons from your travels.

December 12th, 2019|

Twice in the last year, two friends have confided in me that they no longer have an interest in making new friendships. What's causing that?

July 31st, 2019|

The antimalarial drug Lariam is known for side effects such as "feeling of dread" and psychosis. At 19 I was given Lariam before trekking into the jungle.

February 20th, 2019|

How do you stay in touch with family & friends when you're on the road? If you're an expat or digital nomad, how can you keep reminders of family & friends?

May 14th, 2018|

Leaving a country you've fallen in love with means that you leave a piece of your heart behind. Read this beautiful excerpt from a Germany travelogue.

March 5th, 2018|

Becoming a digital nomad was something I always wanted to do - and a breakup led me to make the jump. Here are some lessons I've learned so far.

January 12th, 2018|

So many people think traveling is a hobby, or a calling. Is travel writing important to you? Does it encourage you to break away and pursue your dreams?

December 11th, 2017|

Being an expat living in New Zealand presents fun challenges! From pavlova, to birdwatching, to bucket hats and more, here are some Kiwi eccentricities.

November 12th, 2017|

Here in Panajachel, Guatemala there is a man who buys a dozen roses from a vendor who has the best roses ever, and gives them away one at a time.

November 12th, 2017|

Are you hooked on adventure? Akaisha Kaderli of Retire Early Lifestyle shares her story of how she caught the travel bug on a motorcycle trip across the US.

October 20th, 2017|

Have you wondered what it's like to move to a new country by yourself? Read Megan's story about moving to Ireland from the USA for some honest insights.