Category Archives: Planning

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A Peek Inside Hostel Living

When we set out on this trip 10 months ago, I had never stayed in a hostel before. I must admit I had some rather serious concerns about hostels, but I really didn’t know what they actually are and how they operate. Erik had stayed in hostels several times while travelling Europe and Asia and […]

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Celebrating Six Months on the Road

Six months ago today on April 20, 2010, we left the US and set off to see the world. This adventure is absolutely incredible and no matter how much we write about it, it will never come close to fully encapsulating our experience. You have to live it. In these past six months, we have […]

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10 Things We Love About Backpacking The World

A while back, I got some heat about our “10 Things We Miss About Home” post. I think some readers misunderstood the angle I was going for and the suggestion was made to write a future post about the positive side – which we thought was obvious! There are numerous pluses, of course, so here […]

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Top 10 Things We Miss About Home

This past Saturday, we entered our third country – Honduras. After two and a half months on the road, we are having a fantastic journey so far – all of our senses, thoughts, and emotions have been expanded and heightened. We are experiencing what can only be described as an amazing, life-changing adventure. However, life on […]

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Welcome Calorie Count Visitors!

Erik’s first weekly Calorie Count blog post was just published, Try Something New Today, discussing some of the interesting foods we’ve sampled so far on our journey. If you’re new to AroundThisWorld.com, you can read more about us, see where we’re traveling, and go through our gear. For the latest updates, follow us on Facebook!

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Updated Gear Page – Explore Our Packs!

Greetings from Playa del Carmen, on the Riviera Maya! As inspired by Dave at GoBackpacking.com, we’ve updated our Gear Page and included interactive Flickr photos of Erik’s pack and Heather’s pack. There’s more to add, and of course, more to blog about here.  Unfortunately, it’s 3AM here and we have an action-packed day planned tomorrow, […]

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Our New York City List

After deciding to take our trip around this world, Heather and I started making a list of things we wanted to do in New York before leaving.  The general idea formed after reading the Best of NYC edition of the Village Voice and realizing there was a long list of restaurants, bars, activities, shows, and […]

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Bon Voyage Party

We were blessed with unseasonably warm weather for our final weekend in New York – perfect for the Bon Voyage party Heather and I held at our apartment. It was a marathon day, with the first guests arriving around 3pm and the final guests leaving around 3am, but we thoroughly enjoyed spending time with friends […]

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Less than 2 weeks to go…

Wow. It’s less than two weeks away. The day we start the adventure of a lifetime… We have been very busy shopping for the necessary gear one needs to travel around the world. There are some really neat things out there. We have been talking about how lucky we are to be going on this […]

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