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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…

Pisa’s leaning tower

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After our week in Florence, we hopped on the train and headed to Pisa. We had two goals for Pisa: pick up a cheap rental car at the airport and drive north, to our rented house in a tiny Tuscan village; and to go see some tower they have in Pisa, which apparently leans.  One of these goals was accomplished much more easily than the other.*   Our train from Florence took about an hour and cost only 15 Euro for us both. Once we made it to Pisa’s central…

10 Tips for Cooking on the Road

Summer farmer's market finds in Prague.

Preparing meals while you are on long term travel can significantly cut back on your daily costs. It also allows you to experiment with and experience local ingredients, treat homesickness with familiar flavors, and (if you are like me) continue to develop a passion of yours. Here’s a few tips for fellow cooks* on round the world trips. *please note, that when I say cook, I mean something more involved than adding hot water to ramen or warming up canned ravioli. 1. Pack a small salt and pepper shaker and…

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…