How to Make Money to Travel

I would like to start by apologizing for how creepy I look in the feature photo. You may recall that I quit my job to travel the world.  While I did save enough money to keep me going, no one likes to watch a dwindling bank account.  Here are a few ways I make some extra…

wedding

My Big Fat Uzbek Wedding

It has always been a secret dream of mine to get invited to a wedding while traveling, but it always seemed like such an impossible feat.  Who in their right mind would want to invite a stranger to a wedding?  If you share this wedding goal with me, then I wholly recommend visiting Uzbekistan.  I…

Gorilla in the jungle

Gorilla Trekking through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

I describe myself as adventurous, a thrill seeker, if you will.  I am always on the hunt for the next adrenaline rush.  However, my mother may describe this same behavior as reckless.  Anyway, would you believe me if I said jumping out of a plane or throwing myself off a bridge were not the most…

Pack a dog in a backpack

What to Pack on an African Overlanding Trip

On my overland trip, I traveled from Nairobi, Kenya all the way to Johannesburg, South Africa over 46 days.  With the distance covered on that journey, the weather can vary dramatically, especially the temperatures from day to night. I am also here to beat that dead horse and tell you not to overpack!  Now, this…

Lions on first day of overland trip

How to Decide on an Overland Tour through Africa

After months of fantasizing about travel while at work, I decided I finally needed to make some solid travel plans.  My resignation was in the works and I was about to have plenty of free time on my hands.  I had a rough year-long travel itinerary racing through my mind, which would commence on January…

stupas on the way to punakha with the Himalayas in the background

Dogs, Dongs, and Dzongs

Dogs Let me start by saying there are dogs everywhere!  In Punakha, in Thimphu, in the country as a whole.  It is illegal to euthanize dogs in Bhutan so there are just thousands of them running free and barking all night long (bring earplugs!). It really seems like it is also illegal to spay and neuter…

Golden lady statues

My Time in Thimphu

The Flight Bhutan is not the easiest country in the world to get to due to some tourist restrictions.   Flying into Bhutan is a separate challenge. Druk airlines is the only commercial airline to fly into Bhutan and they only offer flights out of about five cities, including Bangkok. Low and behold, I was already planning to…

Himalayas in the distance

How to Visit Bhutan

What is Bhutan? I first heard of Bhutan when I was in college.  I would spend precious study time becoming the Sporcle queen of the countries of the world. Bhutan.  I must  investigate!  So I did.  In a quick Google search, I learned Bhutan is a tiny landlocked country nestled between India and China, it is home to the…

Lunch in Uzbekistan

So You Want to Visit Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan is slightly off the beaten track on the tourism circuit.  When I tell people I visited Uzbekistan, their first question is, “why would you go there?”  To the unsuspecting layman, Uzbekistan is just a country in that part of the world, but there is so much more depth to it.  I vaguely knew about…