RTW Travel Tips

Tips for Your Trip to Italy

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A friend of mine recently emailed and asked for any tips about traveling in Italy.  Here are some of our hard-won pearls of knowledge: Bancomat = ATM machine When ordering things sold by the pound, you will often see prices listed in Euros per L’etto/a.  This means ‘per 100 grams.’ In the shower in your apartment or hotel room, there will probably be a long cord coming out of the wall, attached to something that looks like a light switch.  You may be tempted to pull it, just to see…

One Year In: 12 Lessons Learned From 12 Months On The Road

It's always good to heed the signs

One year ago today, we picked up our bags, locked the front door behind us, and headed off to the airport for our first of many flights on this crazy adventure. It’s hard to believe that a year has passed already. And so, in honor of our 12-month travelversary, here are 12 lessons that we’ve learned along the way. 1. We need to do laundry much more frequently than we had expected and have less time to do nothing than we had expected. 2. In times of need, a hat…

RTW Travel Tip: Be Hometown Proud

Me and my Kuhl hat in Australia's Red Center

I’m traveling with a hat from Kuhl that I picked up at REI before the trip started. It’s a nice hat; I like it. But it’s kind of boring. No logo, nothing to identify me as a Washingtonian, nothing that might start a conversation with someone who sees me wearing it. In contrast, we ran into one guy in Sydney who was wearing a Washington Nationals hat, so I went over and chatted with him for a few minutes. And elsewhere on the trip, I saw someone in a Minnesota…

RTW Travel Tip: Clothing

This shirt was around $10 at Marshalls. Seen here in NZ.

Prior to our departure, I spent many hours (and dollars) in my quest to have the perfect clothes for our year on the road. A recap of what we started out with is here. If I was going to wear the same thing over and over again I wanted each item to be the bees knees. In spite of numerous blogs reminding me before I left that you can (and will want to) buy local clothes that fit the climate and culture, I still wanted to have best before I…

RTW Travel Tip: Swim Shirt

Once upon a time (in Fiji), when we still had white shirts.

Prior to departing for this adventure, we sat down with a friend and fellow traveler Rebecca G. She gave us one great piece of advice we are glad we took, to invest in a swim shirt before we left. But, we would do differently if we did it again. For those who aren’t familiar, a swim shirt is a shirt that offers UV protection and is made to be worn in the water. It’s a cousin of the rash guard, which is a tighter, more durable shirt that helps protect…

RTW Travel Tip: Vegetarian Thailand

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As we wander through Thailand, I am loving the food. Whether dining at a cooking school on something new I learned to make or snacking at the night market, I am finding all sorts of awesome food. (That being said, I also get really excited about having my own kitchen and cooking up some of the comforting foods of home.) One of the challenges of being a vegetarian in Thailand and not knowing the language is fish. And shrimp. And oysters. Many Thai dishes involve fish sauce, dried shrimp paste…