Day-tripping in Galapagos

On our eighth and final day of our Floreana cruise we looped around the island called Daphne Major, twice.  What a treat.  Not really.  It's a tiny island named after a British naval vessel, that is inhabited by many species of birds including the Darwin Finch, Frigatebirds, and Nazca Boobies.  Clearly this was a filler... Continue Reading →

Aww-dorable Sea Lions, and Sharks in Galapagos

When someone yells, Shark! while swimming, normally people get out of the water.  So I had to laugh at the irony when, while snorkeling, I saw a Galapagos shark under our yacht, pulled my head out of the water and yelled, Shark! so that my other shipmates could swim over and see it. Almost everyday we... Continue Reading →

Look for the Boobies! The Galapagos Islands

Years ago, watching a documentary on the Galapagos Islands, I was enamored with the idea of an isolated place with species of animals found nowhere else in the world.  At the time it was a distant place in another world, an unattainable paradise. When Trin and I walked off the plane onto Baltra island I... Continue Reading →

Guerrillas on a Dark Foggy Night: a Nightmare Remembered

The fire crackles behind me. It is chilly and the night is dark and quiet. Light emanates from the TV in front of us playing Iron Man in Spanish. Boris, Trin, and I are sitting in the living room of Boris' house unwinding from a busy day.     “What was one of your scariest... Continue Reading →

Human Trafficking, Betrayal and Slavery

This may be a strange topic for a nomad.  Given the traveling lifestyle we have adopted, the fact that freedom is something I truly cherish should be of no surprise. There are so many things that can enslave us: dictators, debt, false beliefs or even marriage. I have spent years cutting one chain at a... Continue Reading →

How to Travel for a Year on Less Than $5,000

October 4th, 2017 marks one year on the road for us! Before leaving the USA we researched and read many blogs to see what this venture would cost us.  We wanted to be prepared.  It can be hard to gauge, but we started out with a goal of spending an average of $50 or less a day... Continue Reading →

Fear and a Wrong Turn: Otavalo, Ecuador

I was scared, I was really scared.  I never wanted to be the novice hiker that needed to be rescued.  I then wondered, do they even do that here in Ecuador?  I was standing on a slanted ledge looking up at the wall in front of me that I needed to scale.  Below me were... Continue Reading →

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