The Taj Mahal

Like most people, the Taj Mahal has been an item on my bucket list for practically my whole life.  The tricky thing with bucket lists in the current travel climate (basically, selfies and Instagram are ruining travel, but that’s for another time and another post) is they can actually be more disappointing rather than exhilarating.  For example, almost a decade …

Railroading Across Sri Lanka

Ella Train

One of the themes of our travels has been the desire to visit countries never visited before.  In the most shallow of senses, we are chasing new stamps on the passport or tallies in our growing list of countries visited.  The truth for me is that I have a strong desire to experience new cultures and see different natural wonders.  …

Our Russian Ballet Experience

When I was a kid, (almost) every Christmas season, my mom and I would get dressed up and head to the Atlanta Civic Center for the Atlanta Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker.  It was a tradition that I loved so much that when I moved to New York, once I could afford it, I would treat myself to a similar …

One Year In – What I Have Learned

A few days ago, on April 24th, Jesse and I celebrated one year since the start of our adventure.  Taking time off work and traveling long term was something I have considered numerous times. I did a brief, month-long stint around Australia after grad school; thought about doing a year when I turned 30, but never quite had the guts …

One Year In – How We Got Here

Packed up

Exactly one year ago today, on April 24, 2018, Cecilia and I left our life in New York City behind and set off on our travels.  We had the first few months of travel fairly well planned out, but beyond that, we decided to leave both destination and duration open-ended.  If you had asked me then if we would make …

Returning to Singapore

Garden by the Bay

While I don’t really believe in the idea of life being determined by fate, I do strongly believe there are a handful of decisions one makes that can greatly influence the outcome of their lives.  For me, perhaps the biggest such decision came back in early 2010, when I decided to stay at my job at bank and turn down …

Russia’s World Cup

Spartak Stadium World Cup

The pact was made late one evening, back in 2013, fueled by plenty of alcohol after a long day of lectures — when tickets became available to the 2018 World Cup in Russia, we were getting tickets and meeting up in Moscow, no matter where in the world we might be living at that point.  Fast forward nearly four years, …

Christmas in Chiang Mai

Christmas, for me, has always been about family.  In my 37 years on this earth, there has not been a single Christmas spent without at least one of my parents and a gaggle of aunts and uncles.  Knowing that this Christmas, with my family on the other side of the world, would be difficult, I set out to make it …

Birthday on a Boat

Unlike Jesse, I LOOOOVE celebrating my birthday.  I have even been known, from time to time, to celebrate a birthday month.  I blame this on having to share the glory with Thanksgiving. Because of the national holiday (one of my favorites, let it be known) friends are often not around to help me celebrate and it ends up being a …

A Birthday & A Wedding, Laotian Style

View From Treehouse

Unlike Cecilia, I don’t really care to celebrate my birthday.  As far as I’m concerned, the less fanfare, the better.  That said, I do like to do something memorable on my actual birthday.  For the past three years, we’ve been at our favorite beach in Tobago, sipping Caribs and enjoying the tranquility of a beach devoid of tourists.  This year, …