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There exists a psychological phenomenon in which perfectly sane people, with no desire to die, find themselves faced with a steep cliff and experience a strong desire to leap. To jump from their safe vantage point into the unknown. This phenomenon is so common in fact, that the french have a term for it: L’appel du Vide – Call of the Void.
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Monthly Archives: August 2012
Note from Liz: Today, while I frantically prepare for my upcoming RTW trip, I have a guest post from my friend Caroline about her trip hiking in the UK’s Lake District. You can check out more of Caroline’s guest posts here and here. My brother Andrew, my sister-in-law Annie, and I decided to hike the Cumbria Way in June. What’s the Cumbria Way, you say? (Because that’s what everyone says.) I’m honestly not sure where I heard about it but I know I have heard from various Brits over the years that the Lake District in northwest England is one of the most beautiful … Read More
It’s here! It’s that time: It’s the final countdown. Just five more days before I depart on my round the world trip! It’s so crazy how this whole time I’ve been planning the trip seemed so far away. Shannon and I would be out to drinks talking about how much shampoo we should bring or how we should get to the airport and feel silly for planning so far in advance. Now, all of the sudden its almost upon us and none of these decisions have been made. Luckily I have made some progress in the past week with my … Read More
If you spent any time taking a gander at my RTW Itinerary, you know that our plan included a one week trip to Tibet after our time in China before we head to Nepal for our hike up to Everest Base Camp. Isn’t there some saying like “want to hear god laugh, tell him your plans?” Tibet was like one long illustrated version of that saying. Except, to make it slightly more relevant it was more like “Want to make the Dalai Lama laugh? Tell him your plans to visit Tibet.” Can I just go ahead and apologize ahead of time … Read More
This post is part of a L’appel Du Vide feature, Misadventure Mondays. In each segment, I’ll ask one of my favorite travel bloggers to share one of their Travel Misadventures. This Monday, Steph and Tony from “20 Years Hence” share their tale of missing a boat in Puerto Rico. Tell me a little about yourself and your current trip: Steph recently received her PhD in Psychology, and Tony pays the bill as a graphic designer (he deserves all the credit for our blog!) and used to work as a professional photographer. Although Steph is originally from Toronto, Canada & Tony hails from … Read More
In yesturday’s post I discussed Visas and the process we went through the get our Russian Visa. As you may recall, I had some frustration with the intricacies of the process. However, the good news is things got easier once we move onto China and India. China This Chinese visa was far and away the easiest one to get. After the Russian Visa I was really paranoid about needing proof of residence, letters of intent, and other such things. However, really all we needed was our Visa paperwork with an attached picture. We dropped it off and a week later … Read More
If you have been following me on facebook you know how much fun I have had in obtaining all the various visas required for my upcoming trip. (Read: not) In my experience there are three basic “visa situations” when visiting a country: The type where no visa is required for entrance The type where a visa is required but it can be purchased for a $20-$30 fee at the airport The type where a visa is required and it will require massive amounts of pain and energy to procure said visa (Note: Please keep in mind that the same country … Read More
I have a lot of stuff. I don’t think I realized this until very recently. After all I live in a dining room. How much could I possibly have room for? The answer is a lot. Obviously. I guess when I orginially decided that I didn’t have that much I forgot about the boxes under my bed. Or the two walk in closets. Or the book sheleves. Or the kitchen. Eek. For the last two weeks its been my personal mission to declutter my life. After all for the next 6 months or so I will be living with nothing … Read More
Hard to believe that in two short weeks Shannon and I will be departing on my RTW trip. To help out the old budget, I’m working up until Friday the 17th which gives me just two short days off before our plane to Moscow on Monday August 20th. Needless to say, its been a stressful last couple of days and it promises to be an action packed two weeks. I’m slowly but surely checking things of my To-Do list: Last Friday I was able to get my pre-trip vaccianations taken care of and I was able to spent the weekend … Read More
This post is part of a L’appel Du Vide feature, Misadventure Mondays. In each segment, I’ll ask one of my favorite travel bloggers to share one of their Travel Misadventures. This Monday, Ash from “The Most Alive” shares his travel misadventure. Tell me a little about yourself and your current trip? I grew up in Sydney Australia. Previously, I have spent a few years in the Army and have also worked in construction- I’ve even had a crack at that university stuff… Right now I’m a digital nomad and have based myself in Chiang Mai, Thailand while I work on an entrepreneurial … Read More
As you might have seen on my to-do list, one of the items I needed to cross off was getting all the immunizations and medications that I would need on my trip. Based on a recommendation from another Travel Blog, I headed to Capitol Travel Medicine in Arlington, VA. I was able to make an appointment for a consultation during which time they would review my shot record, recommend immunizations and medications and educate me on any potential health risks that I might not realize. Travel Vaccinations can be one of the largest hidden cots of a trip. When I … Read More