You’re Not From Round Here: The Pathway to Connections

It takes me a moment to register every time. There’s this look that passes over their face when I first speak. You can literally see some kind of switch flip in their brain. Their eyes show it. It’s a small movement. A widening perhaps, or a gentle flick back and forth. The brain…

Beautiful Detail in Jaipur’s City Palace

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Castlemaine – the gold-rush era city in the goldfields region of Victoria

Visitors to Melbourne marvel at the remains of “Marvellous Melbourne” – the Victorian-era architecture that is a legacy of the great Victorian gold rush. The gold was is in the regions surrounding Melbourne, and Ballarat and Bendigo became the two biggest regional cities as a result of the gold rush. Before Ballarat and Bendigo became boom towns there was Castlemaine. Gold was first…

1 Year ‘Loopiversary’ – Why So Slow? And What Has it Cost?

Last month we toasted a year of owning our motor yacht Y-Not (a Bayliner 4788). And this week, we nod our heads to remember shoving off from Punta Gorda, FL to start our American Great Loop Adventure after spending several weeks learning our boat systems, getting training and deciding we were ready for our first short transit. How far have we come? To date, we have cruised 477 nm (nautical mile = 1.15 statute/land miles). If we consider the Great Loop to be a 6,000 mile adventure – we’ve completed roughly 8% of …

Finding the perfect location or coffee shop to Work with a laptop

Whether you are a digital nomad, freelancer or remote worker, it is critical to find good spots to stay for a few hours and get some work done with our laptops. WiFi is readily available today, but there are still many other factors to consider when trying to find the perfect work space, and it’s surprisingly not easy to locate …

The wondrous hell of a three day drive to your vacation (with kids)

We’ve arrived in Bloomington Minnesota after a three day drive to get here. Road trips with kids can be a grand adventure when the road trip becomes the journey. Sometimes when the road trip is just a looooong drive to your destination, it’s a mixture of wonder and hell! Here’s a snapshot of the musings, experiences, and discoveries on our Minnesota road trip. 1.  Americans love multi tasking. And by that I mean diving 70mph on a busy interstate surrounded by trucks and texting. Or even reading a book or newspaper. And…

Inside the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore

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United Business Class Review: Maybe Mile Worthy

? Flying business class is costly (unless your business is paying) so whether its miles or money, if you’re spending either it’s worth shopping around. United, which pretty much has the worst public relations of any airline at the moment, has locked down some key North America to Europe routes – meaning though you may not particularly want to – you might find yourself leaning toward flying …

Our Exciting US road trip plans for the next six weeks

We’re off on a six week road trip adventure. We haven’t been on a trip this long for some time. It’s the most excited I’ve felt about road tripping and travel for a long time as well. So much of the past year has been spent getting ourselves settled into life in the US, …

The Amazing Dinosaur Center In Thermopolis, Wyoming

The Dinosaur Center located in Thermopolis, Wyoming is one of the few museums in the world, to have excavation sites within a short driving distance. Established in 1995, this world class facility displays, one of the largest and unequaled fossil collections in the world. It is the 22nd stop in the travel series Off The Beaten Path. The Dinosaur Center can be found a short distance from Thermopolis, Greek for Hot City, …

Stunning Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi

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Notes on Melbourne: Things I noticed on my annual visit – 2018 Edition

Every year I return to my home city of Melbourne to see my family and attend to general business and personal duties. I still by default call Melbourne home, even if I haven’t lived here since 2010. I returned last year after an unintended two year absence, and like last year the city continues to change at a rapid pace. The building boom is still on, and there are more new places to eat …

Leaving Miami and Resuming our Great Loop Cruising Season for 2018!

Now that our winter RVing season has come to a close and our bus is safely in storage in Texas – it’s time to get back to cruising! Our MINI Roadtrip took us back to Miami where we had left Y-Not after 5 weeks living on the hard to attend to damages from the submerged channel marker and some boat projects & upgrades. Leaving Miami First, the video version of this chapter (at about 15m long) with some cool time lapse video going down the Miami River taken with our new Garmin VIRB camera: Delayed in …

Granada Smashes Lisbon, Dubrovnik Awaits: Vote Now In The Best City 2018 Final!

Granada is one round away from doing two things no city ever has in 9 years of The Best City To Visit Travel Tournament: win more than once, and win back-to-back years. But doing well in one round doesn’t help you in the next and Dubrovnik’s supporters are looking to pull off a major upset. Voting begins now and is open through 12pm US EST on Sunday, April 8th. Readers, it’s time to vote! You will need to enter your email address, then click to verify your vote from…