Canberra: The (Surprise) Capital

We arrived back in Sydney from Hobart with just enough time for a good night’s rest (thanks to the whisky) before hopping in a car to head to Canberra (pronounced Ca-buruh). Haven’t heard of it? That’s too bad. It’s the...

A Prisoner and A Devil Walk Into A Bar. Tasmania!

After our day in Sydney [Click that link to get caught up, if you’d like], Trevor and I were bound for Tasmania, better known by the locals as “Tassie” (pronounced “Tazzy”). Australians have nicknames for everything. In fact, if you survive...

Australia: Take Three

On the last night of my recent trip to Australia, I was in a French restaurant in Sydney, sipping Japanese whisky, and reading Robert Hughes’ international best seller, The Fatal Shore. It’s about how the British settled Australia. When I recognized...

2016 Travel Year in Review

2016 was a spectacular year of travel and drove home for me just how fortunate I am. The reason I travel is to collect as many experiences as possible and the reason I maintain this blog is so I don’t forget...

What’s in my Bag?

Have you ever left something at home when you’re traveling? Terrible feeling, right? Well, the other day, I did it in a big way. I fly almost 200,000 miles per year and have developed a routine that works well for me. Every...

A Quick Continental Crossing

I’ve always wanted to drive from the Atlantic to the Pacific. You know, see the continent. I finally did it…on Saturday. And, thanks to the careful use of airline miles and hotel points, I was able to accomplish the task...

Transpacific Anticipation

I’ve heard some travelers express sadness when they start a trip. Beginning a journey, they say, marks the end since the experience is already coming to a close. It’s a negative spin on the cliché that, “A journey of a thousand miles begins...

Un-Bolivia-Able

It’s 5:00 a.m. at the airport in La Paz, Bolivia. I’ve just landed and I’m walking up to a cubicle with $160 in US currency to pay for a tourist visa. As I hand the customs officer the money, she looks...

A Tale of Two Equators

When I discovered a ticket to Quito I could pay for with frequent flier miles for a flight that would get me back to my office in time for a weekly Monday-morning meeting…it just made sense to go and stand...