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The scent of home in Hong Kong

by Michael on February 21, 2017

We’d been in Hong Kong for a week and always noticed a particularly strong aroma of something faintly spicy, with vanilla overtones, on a walkway near our apartment.  We thought that whoever lived there must be an excellent cook. It smelled like whatever they were making was also tinged with a subtle amount of coriander or […]


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So you want to chuck it all and travel the world?

by Michael on February 16, 2017

Our friends tell us, “You’re living the dream.” Well . . . yes and no. In 2011, when Larissa was 52 and Michael 51, we walked away from our jobs in, respectively, life sciences and commercial real estate. Heartbreaking personal circumstances made our careers, and even our home, seem irrelevant and we needed a major […]


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How to get the best seat on an airplane

by Michael on February 8, 2017

As demand for flying has increased, seating occupancy on planes (known as the load factor) has increased to more than 80%. Travelers who end up in the middle seat, with elbows on ether side protruding into their space and a child kicking their seatback, can be forgiven if they thought it was even higher. With […]


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Calling Elvis: Is Graceland worth visiting?

by Michael on February 1, 2017

Visiting Elvis Presley’s Graceland home is a required pilgrimage for Elvis fans. But with tickets ranging from $38.75 to $150, is Graceland worth visiting? A lot depends on how much of a fan of the King you are. We’re casual fans. I like his music but I’ve never seen one of his movies in its entirety […]


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Top 10 free things in London

by Michael on January 30, 2017

London is one of the most expensive cities in the world to visit, with some museums costing over $20 for a ticket. But with a little planning the tourist can find plenty of free things in London that are still outstanding. 1)      Westminster Abbey What’s this doing on a list of free things in London? We […]


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Travel Wish List: Visiting the Silk Road

by Michael on January 2, 2017

Although we’ve traveled to more than 50 countries, there is one part of the world that we haven’t visited. The fabled Silk Road through Central Asia is an area that fascinates us. Visiting the Silk Road: Caravans and Ancient Civilizations The Silk Road was actually a series of ancient trade routes. It wound its way […]


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Holiday 2016: 14 Perfect Travel Gifts

by Larissa on December 2, 2016

After five years on the road we’ve developed a list of items that will make perfect travel gift for the voyager in your life (or even yourself!). All of them are products we use ourselves, so we can attest that they do the job. They’re things that are practical, but still fun for travelers. (For […]


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Christmas in New Zealand and Australia

by Michael on December 1, 2016

Christmas in New Zealand and Australia comes in the summertime so it was a bit different for us, northerners raised with visions of a “White Christmas.” In Auckland, we stood on the sidewalk waiting for the Santa Parade and took in the crowd around us; it was the usual mix of families, old-timers and teens traveling […]


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We’re off to see the pinball wizard

by Michael on November 21, 2016

Playing pinball across America Back in 2011, when we sold our home and jettisoned our possessions to start our global odyssey, one item we missed was our Genie vintage pinball machine. Fortunately, there are plenty of places to play pinball across America, one of which is not too far from our former hometown of Philadelphia. […]


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Product review: The best men’s travel shoes

by Michael on November 14, 2016

The Best Men’s Travel Shoes Larissa has written about the best travel shoes for women, but now it’s my turn to talk about the best mens travel shoes. I have only two pairs of shoes with me, both by Ecco. I’ve worn Eccos almost exclusively for about 20 years. They are cut slightly wider in […]