Day 331: Our Trip By the Numbers

Distances Number of kilometers we traveled. Lisa has an app called 'Polar Steps' that tracked many of the logistics and made it easy to keep us up to date with our trip. Distance in Km from London to Buenos Aires This was our longest flight as we flew from Germany to London and then down…

Day 323: Our Favorite Experiences on a Year of World Travel

100: Sandboarding in Huacachina, Peru This was one of our first experiences in Peru. Being driven around the sand dunes at high speeds and then taking a snowboard down the sand for a painful face plant doesn't sound like most people's idea of 'fun', but for us, it was fantastic. https://www.instagram.com/p/B9rMyBjBqi2/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link 99: Mall Hopping in…

Day 296: Home Safely in Los Angeles

"Mr. Johnston, my name is Elizabeth and I'm calling from the United States embassy here in Peru to see if you'd like a free flight home to the states for you and your family." The voice said on the other line. "I'm sorry." I said in disbelief. "Who is this?" "I work for the embassy…

Day 219: Antarctica- At World’s End

A trip to the local K-mart near my in-laws house in Tehachapi planted the seed for the ice kingdom 4 years ago. Walking around the aisles that day long ago, I came across a bargain discount book bin and found a Lonely Planet Antarctica edition for 2 dollars. I laughed out loud at the notion…

Day 203: Beautiful Buenos Aires

A two hour hop to Heathrow from Berlin and another fourteen hour flight heralded that a new leg of world travel was about to begin. South America has always proved elusive. Visiting the americas during summers and Christmas meant catching up with family and friends and not leaving much time to explore our sister continent…

Day 196: A Christmas Present From Berlin

Lisa has always wanted to experience the European Christmas markets for the holidays. So we went to Germany. Despite many cities having legendary Christmas markets such as Vienna and Budapest, (not to mention cities across Italy, France and Spain) we settled on Berlin to greet December the 25th, and meet our friend Lori for a…

Day 185: Jerusalem- The Holy Land

"This is where Jesus Christ was buried and some say resurrected after." I told Ava. "THE Jesus?" She asked. "The one and only. All the churches we've seen in Europe have been a testament to his teachings. The Roman empire installed a governor named Pontius Pilates to enforce their rule and beliefs onto the population,…

Day 181: Jordan- More than Petra

"With all the conflict nearby, Jordan has been a real uniting country for the region." Our friend Vaughn said while driving us to a Wadi for a day hike just outside of Amman. "You have Syria to the north, Iraq to the east, and Saudi Arabia to the south with Israel to the west of…

Day 156: Egypt-Older than Time

I now know the significance of the phrase: "Balls like a Cairo taxi driver." Driving in Cairo is more like living through a scene from 'Mad Max' where everyone is escaping near death on a daily basis in a post apocalyptic dust cloud of dented cars and trash lined roadways. Lanes are completely optional. If…

Day 148: From the Nothing Springs Dubai

"20 years ago, there was nothing here." Saaid, our Uber driver told me. "Like, which buildings, do you mean?" I asked looking out over the vast expanse of development and construction projects. "All of them." The rampant rise of turning a desert into a booming world economy that is hosting the World Expo next year…