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Aug
09
2014

It’s been a week of milestones here at 20 Years Hence: Thursday marked six weeks back home following our Big Trip (How did that happen???), and today is the two year anniversary of the date we first left on our travels (How did that happen?!?). Given that we’re celebrating the latter concurrent with the former, […]

Aug
08
2012

Intermission

Written by Stephenie Harrison August 8, 2012
Posted in Musings, Pre-trip

One of the things Tony and I hope to do on our RTW trip is see a Bollywood movie while we are actually in India. I am on the record as being staunchly pro-musicals, so it is no surprise that the melodrama and numerous singing and dancing routines that we all know are really the […]

I can’t be entirely certain, but I have read enough savings and pre-trip posts on enough blogs to assert that Tony and I may be the very first long-term travel bloggers who decided NOT to sell our car on the path to our travel dreams. I know most people argue that cars are money pits […]

In my last post I waxed a little poetic and dealt with the more esoteric considerations of choosing a camera. This time around we need to tackle some of the actual nuts and bolts of a camera purchase. Some of the jargon can seem overwhelming at first, but don’t worry! Once you start to browse […]

There are no two ways about it: RTW travelers tend to be a thrifty bunch, always looking for ways to cut costs and keep our travel funds as much in the black as possible. With the knowledge that a few dollars culled from one thing could easily equal an extra day on the road, those […]

One of life’s unfailing maxims is that there can be no pleasure without pain. This is true even when it comes to planning a RTW trip: it’s not just fun and games, gazing longingly at photos of white sand beaches and hot air balloon rides. No, because our trip will take us to the far […]

The camera you choose is more about your travel style than anything else. It’s also about just how much you are willing to put up with to get the photos you want. It’s not true to say that there are unlimited options when it comes to choosing a camera, but it’s easy to become overwhelmed […]

Jul
23
2012

I think that anyone who has ever set off on a RTW trip has had some kind of dealbreaker – one thing that, should it happen (or not happen), would take the prospect of traveling off the table. Maybe it’s failing to sell your house, getting offered a life-changing job opportunity, a family member getting […]

Jul
20
2012

Our Japan Itinerary

Written by Stephenie Harrison July 20, 2012
Posted in Japan, Pre-trip

With just under three weeks to go (!) before we get on a plane bound for Tokyo, Tony & I figured it was probably a good idea to finally decide on some kind of an itinerary for Japan. I know many travel veterans subscribe to the whole “don’t plan too much” school of trip-taking, and […]

Jun
23
2012

The Best Laid Plans

Written by Stephenie Harrison June 23, 2012
Posted in Musings, Pre-trip

I think if there’s any lesson I need to learn prior to our trip, it’s to stop planning so very much. Over the past few months, without fail, whenever I draw up elaborate schemes and plan, life has a way of completely buggering them up. Back in May, the only way I was able to […]

On a day to day basis it’s easy to be overwhelmed by communication options. G-chat, cell phones, texts, e-mails, Skype, land-line phones (gasp!), even face-to-face conversations. When you’re going about your daily business all of this can be a bit much to deal with, but when facing the prospect of being abroad for an extended […]

When last I posted, I was lamenting the recent change in the policy for applying for a China tourist visa while in Canada. The plan has always been to travel to China via ferry, and I am not exaggerating when I say that this new prospect of not having the necessary visa to get into […]

May
17
2012

Ironic as it may sound, ever since Tony and I decided that we would start our RTW trip in Japan, I’ve been trying to figure out just how we’d get out of that country. It turns out that Japan is not just expensive when you’re on its soil, but also when you’re trying to enter […]

  When Tony quit his job a few weeks ago, I expected there to be an immediate shift in his mood. After being unhappy and feeling burnt out by his job for several years, I thought that making a concerted effort to remove a source of stress and anguish would have him over the moon […]

May
08
2012

A Tale of Two Backpacks

Written by Tony May 8, 2012

Welcome to our backpack resource. It’s safe to assume that you’re reading this post for one of a few select reasons: You are going on some sort of trip and want advice on what kind of backpack to buy. You have your own ideas about what is right and wrong in the world of backpacks, […]