But they seemed like such normal children . . .

Larissa picked up her love of travel, and fashion sense, on a family trip to Lake George.

superman costume From a young age, Michael knew he wanted to fly.

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Greetings,

After 25 years of marriage we sold our house, ditched most of our possessions and took off to travel around the world for a year. It’s a trip we wish we had taken when we were younger but somehow life always got in the way. We didn’t think we would be going at this point in our lives but family circumstances did not work out the way we had hoped.

We started the journey in August, 2011 from our hometown of Philadelphia. After visiting six continents we returned to the U. S. in October, 2012. Since we had no home to return to, we decided to keep the adventure going and are now true nomads with no fixed address.

We’re writing about our continuing journey on this travel blog. “Changes In Longitude” reflects the changes that have occurred in our own lives as we crossed each line of longitude in our global odyssey. We’ve adapted to a simpler lifestyle (living out of a 22″ suitcase for three years will do that to you) and when we returned to the U.S. got rid of the few things we had kept in storage. We are also writing a book about our adventure and welcome any interest from agents or publishers.

We took a piece of home with us, a statue of legendary Philadelphia native and movie icon boxer Rocky Balboa, and are taking pictures of him along the way at various sites and with people we meet. You can see Little Rocky’s photos from six continents here: Rocky statue travels around the world.

We hope you’ll follow us on our journey and get tips for YOUR great adventure. It’s never too early to start planning.

Cheers!

Larissa and Michael

PS Okay that’s the short version, for more about our inspiration for this trip please visit our post about the Rocky Steps.

We’d also like to thank The Philadelphia Inquirer for running a nice story about our trip: Couple sells belongings and sets off for a year around the world.

Larissa Michael Milne Petra Changes In Longitude

Visiting Petra, April, 2012 

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MissElaineous August 9, 2011 at 11:18 pm

I hope to see a regular feature column in the Food section called…. “Donuts of the World” Every culture seems to have some sort of filled turnover…be it ravioli, won tons, meat patties, empanadas, piroshki… Those same countries must be out there frying some sort of dough as well and if so, I know you will find them, Michael. BON VOYAGE!!!!

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Michael August 9, 2011 at 11:21 pm

Excellent idea. I’ll get right on it.

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Joe Hussey August 24, 2011 at 5:33 pm

Have a wonderful journey

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Schub September 14, 2011 at 12:22 pm

Hi Guys,
W.O.W. ! What a great idea. So many of us want to travel but put it off until we are too old to do any. Sorry to hear about some aspects of your world, but this part sounds wonderful.
Let us know before you get to Chile (if you get there) as Marcella is from Valparaíso and may be able to point you to a few places.
Have fun, take lots of pictures, keep up on your shots and stay safe and healthy.
All the best, Schub

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Michael September 14, 2011 at 8:31 pm

Thanks for checking in. We’ll keep in touch as we get to South America.

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donna October 4, 2011 at 2:59 pm

Hi there,
I read about your adventure in Sunday’s Philly Inquirer! Really interested and a bit envious of your spirit and togetherness! I’ll anxiously await living vicariously through you! I’m at present by myself and wish I just had a good enough “buddy” to see the great old USA, in a mobile home!
BEST OF LUCK!!! Donna

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Michael October 4, 2011 at 8:27 pm

Road Trips in the USA are some of the best trips you can take. We hope you get that chance.

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Monica October 27, 2011 at 11:50 am

Good for you. Great stories!
Monica from RFBD

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Michael October 27, 2011 at 5:57 pm

Thanks for checking in Monica!

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Mary Agostinelli November 29, 2011 at 11:42 am

Hi guys. I am so happy for you. Love the Rocky touch. I look forward to following your trip.

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Us December 1, 2011 at 1:24 am

Thx Mary. keep on checking in.

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Chris Rudge December 11, 2011 at 7:05 pm

What a Way Cool Couple! It was great to take you all on a trip in my big Red Cat biplane! (Michael, Larissa AND Rocky). Rocky was so happy, he kept punching his fists up at the sky in excitement! I wish you all the best with the rest of your travels. Cheers, Chris.

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Us December 12, 2011 at 2:13 am

Thanks Chris,

The biplane ride in Twizel was awesome.

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David Ecklein December 21, 2011 at 9:36 am

Just great reading so far – hope you will get to Sweden (land of my ancestors), like to see what you might write about it. We were there in May, and it is in many ways as I wish the US could be! Warning: the dollar doesn’t go a long way there, though…

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Us December 21, 2011 at 9:52 am

Michael is part Swedish too, among many other things, so Sweden is definitely on the list.

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Bernie McNamee December 23, 2011 at 9:52 am

Yo from Phila.
Please keep keeping us posted.
Best for 2012.
Bernie.

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Us December 23, 2011 at 9:56 am

Thanks Bernie. Hopefully a parade next year.

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Mary O December 29, 2011 at 7:04 pm

Bali is one of my favorite places.
Enjoy the culture, people, volcanic mountains, and of course the sea.
Mary O

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Us December 29, 2011 at 9:37 pm

Thanks Mary. The people are incredibly friendly here in Bali.

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Ellen January 1, 2012 at 9:04 pm

I miss you! Hope you are having an absolutely wonderful time. I’ve been thinking about you a lot lately….

Thanks for sharing all your travel plans with us.

xoxo
Happy Holidays,Ellen

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Us January 1, 2012 at 10:41 pm

We were just thinking about you and Rob and the fun sushi dinner way back when.

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Carmel and Martin Belsey January 7, 2012 at 9:17 pm

Stayed in the same B&B as you in Perth (The Good Life B & B); after our trip across the Nullabor; a couple of days after you and noted your comments in the visitors book. Intrigued and fascinated by your adventure. Good on you.

Carmel and Martin Belsey Adelaide Hills South Australia

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Us January 7, 2012 at 10:28 pm

Thanks. The Good Life B&B was wonderful as was Perth. Thanks for following us. It’s nice to know someone reads those comment books. Love to hear about your trip across the Nullabor. We had considered doing that.

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Nick Petruzzella January 23, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Hey Michael,
Con and your mom told me about the blog and I have read some of it. Good for you, unfortunately I do not have the guts to do what you are doing.

Good travels and be safe.

Hopefully I will talk to you when you are back home in the land of the brave.

Nick Petruzzella

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Us January 23, 2012 at 9:03 pm

HI Nick,

Great to hear from you. Hope things are well up north. It doesn’t take guts to take this trip, just desire. So just go already!

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Jon and Jenny Stark April 8, 2012 at 3:43 am

Hi guys,
Congratulations on your adventure. We are 3 months into our own 2+ year adventure and loving (almost) every minute of it! Jon and Jenny

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Us April 8, 2012 at 5:42 am

And you’re still talking to each other, that’s a good sign.

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Ellen May 15, 2012 at 10:48 pm

Hey Larissa

So glad to read about your travels! Miss you so much. When are ou coming back? Nina’s just in Germany and Belgium last week. I’ll let you know next time I’m overseas. Maybe we can meet up.

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Fred Allen Barfoot July 19, 2012 at 11:19 am

Your Paris report/pics refreshed my memories of being there in February. If you have time, take the short train ride to Meaux to visit the wonderful museum on World War I — Musee de la Grande Guerre. Architecture is awesome; exhibits are a fascinating mix of war and non-war. If you ever return to Philadelphia, we’ve got to have a verbal celebration! Cheers!

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Michael July 19, 2012 at 12:47 pm

Hi Fred,

We didn’t know about that museum. But Michael did drag Larissa to the World War I battlefield sites in Verdun on our honeymoon. How romantic!

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Paul August 28, 2012 at 10:26 pm

Hi Larissa & Mike,
Congrats on 1-year and counting abroad! Philly awaits your (and Rocky’s) return.
Paul

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Michael October 23, 2012 at 10:44 am

Hi Paul,

Thanks! Rocky finally made his run up the Rocky steps in Philadelphia in October.

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Sue Bown November 12, 2012 at 8:03 am

Hi Larissa,

Lovely to meet you at World Travel Market in London. Just had a quick browse around your website. It’s fantastic. Well done on making such a big decision look easy, I’m sure you’ll inspire many. Keep up the great work.

One of my favourite quotes is ‘What would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?’ I think many are scared of what might happen if failure strikes. They get stuck in a cycle of the ‘what ifs’ and negativity prevails. They procrastinate or get lost in the detail. However ‘what if’ it was the best decision they ever made in their life. I applaud you and your husband for your bravery! Well done.

Sue Bown

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Joyce January 2, 2013 at 5:01 pm

Greetings! I think i recognize that I may have worked with Mike at the GSB building in Bala? could be? Anyhow I came across your blog and applaud you two for taking the journey and making it happen. I love the TV station Halogen because i dream of traveling one day like you and many of the shows on Halogen making a plan and winging it! You are trailblazers! Enjoy!

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Michael January 3, 2013 at 9:44 am

Hi Joyce,

Yes I’m the person from GSB. Great hearing from you and thanks for reading our stories.

Cheers,

Michael

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Frank Peter July 8, 2013 at 12:40 pm

Thank you, both, for sharing your passion…. and for valuing authentic experiences more than material possessions. The most transformational experiences in my life have occurred while exposing myself to the challenging and unfamiliar in far away places. I, too, consider adventure travel an essential part of a well-rounded education and a truly fulfilling life. Cheers, Frank

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Frank Peter July 8, 2013 at 12:42 pm

PS. And, as you can see, you have inspired me to start sharing my travel experiences with the world!!! Peace, Frank.

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Michael August 12, 2013 at 10:21 pm

Thanks for the feedback Frank and good luck on your travels.

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Agnes August 12, 2013 at 12:37 pm

WOW! I salute you two. I am dreaming to have a location independent lifestyle where I can travel wherever I want. How do you manage to get by with no permanent address? I mean, how do you get a stable internet connection to update your blog or to work? I’m actually planning to travel the world too, but I’m still stuck due to some unavoidable circumstances.

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Michael August 12, 2013 at 10:23 pm

HI Agnes,

The Internet is not a problem at all. We rent apartments along the way, most of which come with WiFi.

Good luck with your travels.

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Anna Pennesi August 29, 2013 at 2:02 pm

Larissa & Mike~
It was a pleasure to meet you in Nashville at the Old Time Pickin’ Parlor in Marathon Village. I’m sure your nephew, Nick, will love Belmont and the Nashville Music Scene! It definitely gets my vote over Knoxville and Memphis:-)

Safe travel!
Anna

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Griff September 6, 2013 at 7:50 pm

Beautiful story. I have been a minimalist for most of my life and have lived in various parts of the country. Older now and daughter off at college and my life has been handed back to me. Currently, I’m up on the St. Lawrence River and feeling the fall moving in. Gonna head back to Buffalo and then down south somewhere for a few months. I hope I get a chance to meet you folks along the way to somewhere.

Peace and joy.

Griff

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Michael September 6, 2013 at 11:11 pm

Thanks for the kind words and maybe we will cross paths someday.

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Traveling couple September 16, 2013 at 5:23 pm

Very nice to meet you guys!
We are traveling couple like you, but we decided not to wait
as long as you did.
Good luck for your journeys and let your sails be always full of wind.

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Michael September 16, 2013 at 10:49 pm

Thanks for the encouragement.

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Mark September 16, 2013 at 11:31 pm

Larissa and Michael,

Love the website. Finally catching up after two years! Amazing all the way. Nothing more to say. We took two weeks to drive across country and loved every minute of it. But there is so much more to see. Anyway, if you make it out to L.A., please get in touch.

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Karen P December 12, 2013 at 10:36 pm

Hi, I’m a Philly girl myself that moved to South America almost twenty years ago. And still loving it! I look forward to reading more about your adventures.

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Michael December 13, 2013 at 10:04 am

Thanks so much. We visited Bogota where you live now and really enjoyed it.

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Jeannie M January 27, 2014 at 6:23 am

I am the adventurous one…my husband the practical one. So far he is winning:(

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Michael January 27, 2014 at 10:52 am

Hi Jeannie,

Show hubby our stories so he can see how much fun it is.

Cheers and good luck!

Larissa and Michael

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