Rock me on the water: our first cruise top 10

Rock me on the water The wind is with me now So rock me on the water I’ll get down to the sea somehow (Jackson Browne) Now that we’ve been back on terra firma for almost a week and back into the grind, begrudgingly, it is time to reflect on our time at sea and the top 10 things we liked about our first cruise together: 1. The staff. I am not sure if Viking is unique in this (I suspect this may be so) but the staff are wonderful. The bartenders, waiters and waitresses, excursion people, cleaners, etc were…

Cruising tips for non cruisers

As we sit in Miami preparing to board our plane home we are reflecting on our experiences on board. As a first time cruiser (second for Melissa), a few tips we thought we’d share for the non cruisers follow: Find your spots, be a regular and become a local. This goes for both communal spots like bars or poolside and private ones like little nooks where you can tuck away. It’s not really about establishing turf, it’s more about finding places you love and visiting them often because you will have a chance to really get to know people who…

Top 5 Things We Liked about London

There was and is so much to like about London.  So many sites (and sights) to see, so many things to do.  As a recap, here were some of the things we liked best: Getting Around and Transportation.  It is simple to get around.  I mean, really simple.  Readily available, clean, professionally driven and traditional black cabs abound (all we rode in took credit card, but we always used pounds).  Uber is available seemingly round the clock and the Tube is easy to navigate (once you figure out the pay as you go, one way or round trip ticketing system…

Travel Sites I Love

Easily the most intimidating and daunting aspect of planning for our worldwide trip is figuring out a budget. David and I have both always worked.  We’ve spent our entire lives in accumulation mode, socking away what we could for the future.  We’re hardly unique here, most everyone does.  To have the guts to jump ship from that model, we need to be very confident in the financial plan.  I think most people would be alarmed at the amount of time I’ve spent trying to figure that out.  It has been about 8 months since David and I decided to develop…

What the heck is a Schengen Area?

By Melissa David was in Burlington, Vermont at a work conference when I called him and told him all was hopeless. Yes, that dramatically.  Earlier that day, I had innocently added a column to my spreadsheet and thought I’d poke away at educating myself about visa requirements by country.  I was thinking I would do a couple countries a day and plug the $100 or $200 Visa fee in the spreadsheet.  I was once again smug thinking of how impressed our financial advisor would be when she reviewed the plan.  “Wow, she’s really thought of everything,” she’d think. Just like…

Blog sites, AirBnB, Rome2Rio, oh my!

By Melissa The first thing I did was hit the travel blogs, hard.  We couldn’t be the first people trying to do this.  How did others with similar dreams pull it off?  I always look for travel blogs when I’m researching countries in my travels because they are authentic and practical.  I feel like I can get the real scoop from real people in a way I can’t get from travel magazines, sites or guides.  It was a great place to start.  Bloggers advised us on how they worked from all over the world, the unique ways they generated income…

Our First Pass at Our Plan

By Melissa We were visiting my family and staying at my sister’s house when the new scheme was concocted and spent the next several days in a kind of terrets-like world tour shouting random cities at each other.  There are a lot of options.  Eventually it became clear to us that all these great ideas we were generating made it impossible to limit this adventure to a year, we needed two.  Now, working with two years, we could give ourselves twice the options.  Looking at maps, we started to chart out paths bouncing us all over Europe and a little…