Why I Love Saigon

I first discovered the dragon fruit in 2004 on a visit to China. I was in Nanning on a short vacation from lawyering in New York, and it was my first time in Asia. Mystified and overwhelmed at the many different fruits and vegetables (let alone people’s personalities) it was one of the most wholehearted culture shocks I’ve ever experienced. On an afternoon wandering alone, I stopped in my tracks when I saw the dragonfruit.It wasn’t enough that there were piles …

The Ring

“Take me to the beach” she said. I knew going in that I was going to propose. We’d been lovers, traveled the length of India, lived together, fought together, broken up a couple of times but somehow remained friends over the course of fifteen years. She came to see me in Mexico and now, months later was joining me in Thailand. I was madly in love again. But I had no ring. A man can’t propose to …

10 Things You Should Do in Rome (With Kids or Without)

Headed to La Bella Italia? Here’s a few things you should do in Rome. Get a Seat in the Sistine Chapel As befits the headquarters of a wealthy and ancient global institution, the Vatican museum is full of good stuff, from Ancient Egyptian sculpture through to contemporary art. And the Sistine Chapel is one of…

Why Reward Credit Cards Might Be Costing You More Than Bonus Miles Are Worth

This is a guest post by Ken Myers, a father, husband, and entrepreneur. He has combined his passion for helping families find in-home care with his experience to build businesses. You can learn more about him by visiting @KenneyMyers on Twitter. Rewards cards with bonus signup miles can earn you …

Vancouver Arrival

A quick video blog where I tour my new place in Vancouver, Canada, and recount the horrors of room 101 of the Canadian border police. Click the title to read the full article. Inspired? Then please share the article or leave a comment.

VIDEO: One day in Frankfurt

Arriving at Frankfurt International Airport we faced a bit of dilemma. With close to eight hours to kill before our flight from Frankfurt to Brisbane via Abu Dhabi and Singapore, we had to decide between hanging out at the airport and getting online work done or going into the city for a quick whirlwind tour. It wasn’t long before we made the decision to head into town. Frankfurt, known locally as Frankfurt …

4 Walks on the Gold Coast

Ask us what our favourite way is to explore a destination and more often than not we’ll say by walking. Whether it’s finding a hidden beach or back street cafe or hiking to the top of a hill, you can experience more things just by wandering around. The Gold Coast is no different and is a great place to discover by foot. Sure it has its imposing concrete skyline, but it’s built around the great outdoors and the local council has done a great job in providing excellent footpaths, walking tracks and cycle ways…

The Fearful Traveler

Street food is great and should not be fearedOver the course of the last six years I’ve met many travelers and and communicated with many more who have expressed fears and concerns about traveling. If the fears were just concerns which kept people on their toes while on the road it wouldn’t be so bad. However, most people let their fears prevent them from traveling and exploring the world. The list of fears which people have about traveling is almost endless. They include: Fear of getting sick from drinking the water. Fear of getting sick from eating…

What is lifestyle design?

At first glance, the term “lifestyle design” might sound like spiritual new-age mumbo-jumbo. But for me, it’s a very simple concept: The understanding that a person can design their own lifestyle to become more happy. The hype around this term started with Tim Ferriss’ inspirational book, Four Hour Work Week that focused on location independent lifestyle. However, lifestyle design is relevant to each of us, and does not necessarily relate to nomadic living. Here are some important elements that will make the concept of lifestyle…

Why Budgets and Tracking Money Might Not be a Good Thing

Budgets. Is it a word that makes your stomach begin to churn and your chest tighten? Does a halo of pain and guilt surround you once you start planning for your budget and tracking everything you spend after it? It’s time to shatter the advice of the financial gurus: Budgets and tracking your spending may not necessarily be a good thing. Budgets make you feel bad. When you feel bad, you tend to attract bad. …

Celebrating Mothers!

Celebrating Mothers!Happy Mother's Day! How are you celebrating? Or should we celebrate mothers and that   Happy Mother's Day! How are you celebrating? Or should we celebrate mothers and that nurturing/mothering part inside each of us EVERY day? "If you bungle raising your children, I don't think whatever else you do well matters very much"- Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis I couldn't agree more with Ms. Onassis on this topic and as older parents, our primary purpose in life is …

Reflections on the Escapade

On a rather last minute whim, when we left Mitch’s castle we decided to head east instead of west – towards Goshen, IN and the 54th Annual Escapade, the annual rally of the Escapees RV Club. After attending the big FMCA rally down in Perry earlier this year, we had been told to expect quite a contrast experiencing the Escapee crowd. The WiFiRanger drone spying on us, Forrest & Mary, and Chris & Jim. (This was *before* we…

Life on the Channel Coast

There is something special about a place where the mountains meet the sea.  When the hand of man then adds to it by cultivating its richness and sculpting it with care a further beauty is revealed.  The Channel Island coast of California is an hour north of LA, where the coastline curves to face south with four large islands off shore.   The Santa Ynez mountains jut up just a few miles inland providing a scenic backdrop, and spectacular views from the foothills …

Personal Vancouver

A personal account of my three months in Vancouver, one of the happiest long-term stays I’ve had.Click the title to read the full article. Inspired? Then please share the article or leave a comment.