May 242010
 
A Post-Travel Drug (Sort Of)

We don’t condone narcotics,  but strangely strong feelings of euphoria are okay if they’re natural and healthy, right?

So here is a secret formula to get your brain feeling amazing: Go away from home for a really long time, and then come back.

YUM!

Nine months is the longest I’ve ever been away from home, and in this whole week since coming back to Boston after circumnavigating the globe, I have felt cerebrally heavenly. [...Read More!]

May 212010
 
Do This Before You Leave on Long-Term Travel!

You do not realize how much you will forget.

I returned from nine months around the world with a giant grin and a million hugs for loved ones… and then proceeded to not be able to find a thing.

When you are getting ready to leave the country, you assume you will be able to find your favorite shoes multiple  months and a head full of Asia, Africa, and Europe later.  Trust [...Read More!]

May 172010
 
Turns Out I WAS Robbed During Those 9 Months Abroad?!

I was just about to bang out a post on ways to make it through nine months of travel without being robbed, when I decided to take a quick unpacking break.

Ten minutes in, it became clear: my secret stash of Travelers Cheques was gone.  After thirty minutes of searching, I called the American Express hotline.

“Hmm,” said the helpful agent, “our computers are showing that all those checks were cashed in early [...Read More!]

May 142010
 
How a Wordpress Warning Relates to Life

What you are about to read is geeky, but don’t run away!  It has direct applications to your non-techie life… just wait.

A WordPress “Plug-in” is defined as an outside program you can search for, upload, and install into your WordPress blog for added functionality.  One Plug-in example is the cute “Share and Enjoy!” bar you see directly below this article.  My WordPress theme didn’t come with this: I had to find [...Read More!]

May 142010
 
Two Reasons to ADORE America

I am drooping like spinach in a frying pan right now due to jet lag… but I haven’t missed a single day of blogging since that night I was ill on Ko Phi Phi in Thailand, seven months ago (and before that, even longer) so the show will go on!  Commitment feels good.

I am OVERJOYED to be back home in Boston with loved ones, after nine great months abroad.  Now, as [...Read More!]

May 132010
 
Back in Boston, Exactly 9 Months Later!!!

HOORAY!  Home!  Home!  After nine months around the world, can I tell you how delicious Boston feels?  City of my heart!  Country of my birth!  And my dearest loved ones!  Oh, I love you!

But I made a big mistake this morning that nearly caused me to miss my flight.  Read on, so you don’t commit this same error!

Twenty-four hours ago, my alarm jolted me awake at five am.  Trying not to [...Read More!]

May 112010
 
Why RTW Travel Must NOT be Seen as Vacation

One of many festivals in Valencia, Spain!

Tomorrow, volcano permitting, I fly home to Boston!  And thus we can begin zillions of reflective posts.  Let’s start with the following realization:

A months-long Around the World voyage is not a vacation. Want to know why?  Because it it were, you would die.  On vacation, by definition, you indulge in anything and everything and you laze around like a jellyfish.  So let’s be real here: [...Read More!]

May 102010
 
Four Awesome Uses for Twitter

If you are a Twitter master, this article will be a tad, “Ho hum yawn yawn.”  Therefore, just look at the pretty pictures from Alicante, Spain and go along your merry way.

If, however, you are like I was a few months ago and really don’t get what all the fuss is about, regarding that strange blue bird-ed site called “Tweetah” or “Twadder” or something, here is a concrete list of four [...Read More!]

May 092010
 
So Proud of Moving from Blogger to Wordpress!

Oh, I am abuzz with pride!  Afire with joy!  Aflutter with excitement!

I have accomplished something I never thought would be possible, given the particular configuration of my brain: I have migrated my blog from Blogger to WordPress!

Now, for those of you outside the supremely geeky world in which I now live, this will necessitate the following two background tidbits.

Q: What is WordPress?

A: It is a heavenly realm where websites go [...Read More!]

May 082010
 
Two Stunning 5-Star Hotels... and Deep Thoughts

I need your help!

Here’s the question: What do we think of the concept of five-star ultra-luxury hotels?

Thanks to the wonderful Valencia Ministry of Tourism, my friend Gary and I were treated to the opportunity of a lifetime: a tour of the highest-rated hotels in all of Benidorm, Spain!

And let me tell you: these are some SERIOUSLY amazing hotels.

I snapped the first three show photos here at gorgeous Asia Gardens five-star hotel [...Read More!]