Berlin: A Beginner’s Guide

Berlin TV Tower and Berlinerdom

Traveling to Berlin? Here's our Berlin brainstorming guide to give you some approaches and ideas to get started.We have found ourselves in Berlin this year for the third summer in a row. Berlin draws us in, like the school kid who may not be the best looking in the class but has the magnetic personality that everyone wants to be around.Berlin for us is a … [Read more...]

Panorama of the Week: The Great Buddha — Kamakura, Japan

kamakura buddha

Just outside the big city bustle of Tokyo lies little Kamakura, once the political and cultural capital of Japan during the 12th to 14th centuries. Kamakura is one of those places whose city map paralyzes the indecisive, for every few blocks is another Shinto shrine or Buddhist temple, many of which run 700-800 years old.So where to get started? … [Read more...]

Fantasy Meet Reality: An Afternoon at a Japanese Maid Cafe

Tokyo Maid Cafe Card - Japan

I’m about to try to explain why, together with the woman who does the English language voice of Hello Kitty, Audrey and I stalked a couple of girls in rabbit suits, only to end up in a big pink room eating scrambled eggs and ketchup served up by teenage Japanese girls in French maid outfits singing high-pitched children’s rhymes.A G-rated reality wrapped in the … [Read more...]

Travel-Reinforced Life Lessons and The Why (Our WDS Presentation on the Short)

WDS 2012

The following is a selection of twelve lessons we shared in our talk at the World Domination Summit (WDS), plus one of those aha! moments.When Chris Guillebeau asked us to speak at WDS about our lives and what we’ve learned, we were beyond honored and excited. Then reality hit.Holy poop. What are we going to say in front of all those people?!In front of … [Read more...]

Panorama of the Week: Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo, Where Sushi Gets its Start

tokyo fish market

A visit to Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market is a rite of passage for sushi enthusiasts. For those of us who bow at the altar of raw fish, it's truly a must-see.After you've visited Tsukiji, you may never look at that piece of tako (octopus) or toro (tuna) in quite the same way ever again. Outside of the seas themselves, it doesn't get any fresher than this. … [Read more...]

Speaking at Conferences, Hiding in Yurts: An Update

Mt. Rainier on a Clear Day - Seattle

This is a story about crisscrossing North America, speaking to audiences in Vancouver, Miami and Denver, recharging in a defunct hippie commune outside of Seattle, preparing to speak to 1,000 people in Portland, and apologizing for withholding a few pages of our story from you over the last couple of weeks. … [Read more...]