Life On The Road: The Trip Has Ended

As I mentioned in the previous post this trip recently changed radically. I’ve come to the conclusion that trip traveling the world has ended. It is not the end of my adventures and I am not going home. But neither am I traveling. What I am doing next is perhaps a logical progression based on . . . → Read More: Life On The Road: The Trip Has Ended

Life On The Road: Sustainable Travel

I’ve spent a lot of time lately thinking about how I make travel sustainable over the long term. How have I managed to travel for 14 months so far when few people are willing to travel more than a year? How do I maintain interest in travel for several more years? But these are the . . . → Read More: Life On The Road: Sustainable Travel

Life On The Road: Hostels

After a recent comment about a bad experience at a Bed & Breakfast, I started thinking about what makes a good place to sleep, and how I find such places. Throughout this post I use the word “hostel” because that is the name travelers look for most often, but really I am talking about any . . . → Read More: Life On The Road: Hostels

Life On The Road: The (Almost) Universal Constant

Not so many years ago I would not drink beer at all. I eventually started drinking Guinness and other similar dark beers. I came to enjoy them greatly, but would drink nothing else. Now that I am on the road traveling I will drink almost any beer. The reason? Beer seems to be a nearly . . . → Read More: Life On The Road: The (Almost) Universal Constant

Life On The Road: Thoughts On Adventure

A lot of people I talk to do not believe there is adventure left in this world. The world has been explored, one cannot leave the edge of the map. With the internet the world has become known. Google images allows us to see any place in the world. Wikipedia allows us to learn about . . . → Read More: Life On The Road: Thoughts On Adventure

Life On The Road: The Small Things

Sometimes it is the small things that are the most memorable.

On cold night high in the mountains of Colombia the blankets on the bed are heavy and piled high. This reminds me of a cold and snowy winter night in Colorado, though I am in a city that may never have seen snow.

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Life On The Road: Free Again!

After a month of ever increasing pressure to reach the Stahlratte on 30 January 2012, I finally get to travel again as I prefer: No deadlines, no schedules. A continent to explore and weather is my only limitation. It is amazing how relaxing and invigorating it is to be free again!

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Life On The Road: Happily Homeless

Homeless. A bad word back home. It brings up visions of scruffy people living on the street, begging for coins, and best avoided when possible. Yet I am now accurately described as being homeless myself, a condition I worked hard to achieve. It is even a matter of pride, for me and for others who . . . → Read More: Life On The Road: Happily Homeless

Life On The Road: Luxuries

When I left on this trip I decided to allow myself exactly one luxury item: my fiddle. Everything else has a practical justification related to the trip which far outweighs any purely personal momentary enjoyment. Now that I’ve been on the road more than half a year, I am no longer certain the fiddle quite . . . → Read More: Life On The Road: Luxuries

Life On The Road: Learning Spanish

Learning Spanish has been an interesting process. I have made rapid progress, but it has really highlighted just how strange the brain can be at times. Take, for example, a very common situation where I am trying to understand a conversation between two people. What happens internally in my brain goes something like this….

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