The Danger Map of the World: Fear vs. Awareness

DangerMapScreenshot

This is about fear and awareness and how recognizing a distinction between the two can improve your travels…and your life.At the extremes, we have two choices in life: a) sit back and be afraid of absolutely everything and never leave the couch, or b) proceed recklessly and lean blindly into situations that will likely harm us.Or, there’s a third way. … [Read more...]

The Evolution of a Nomad (or, Why Berlin?)

Berlin street art

This is a story about life shaping…and a thank you to the people who have helped make it possible.A few days ago we returned to Berlin from a month in New Zealand. Something was different. Really different. Traveling for a month is not particularly unusual for us, but the fact that we had keys to an apartment, one where our names were on the buzzer, certainly … [Read more...]

Pursue the Precious: A Maori Blessing

Emerald Lakes - Tongariro Crossing, New Zealand

Whāia te iti kahurangi, ki te tuohu koutou me he maunga teitei.Pursue that which is most precious. If you should bow down, let it only be to a lofty mountain -- Maori blessingSometimes in life, we find ourselves fortunate enough to be surrounded by so much beauty that we can feel a bit like we are drowning. … [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...]

Keep Tickin’: Life Inspiration from Nonagenarians

Audrey and Grandfather - Black Mountain, North Carolina

Last weekend, I arrived in Asheville, North Carolina to visit family. And boy, was I tired.The last two months have been chock full: traveling from Central Europe to Crete to Istanbul to Iran, back to Istanbul, Germany and finally to a series of family visits up and down the east coast of the United States.But I’ve been feeling a little spent. It’s not only … [Read more...]

The Importance of Saying Thank You

Thank you in different languages

This is about saying thank you: why we do it, the ways we do it, the cheapening of it, the deepening of it. And why, when you're traveling, it's one of the most important words to know in the local language.Thank you. For travelers, it's no wonder those words are among the first our guidebooks suggest we learn. With such a simple expression, satisfaction is … [Read more...]

40 at 40: Life Nuggets

Holy Shit, I'm 40

I turned 40 yesterday. Yep, I’m almost hesitant to admit it. Almost. There are days where I’d like to think I’m suspended permanently at either 23 or 33. But that's not the way time, this construct we’ve created to capture the constant state of change in the world around us, actually works."What have you learned over these years?" a friend asked in light of the … [Read more...]