RTW what if…?

Considering how difficult it was to shuffle my plans when I realized in Japan that I wouldn’t be able to take the Russian route home, you may wonder if I would have made different travel decisions if I had known. The answer is a resounding no! This post imagines what might have happened if I had…

RTW review – a year on the road

Wow, a year of continuous travel! And not a single mile flown. That’s quite an achievement. For my month 12 review I am going to do something different, especially since I just recently posted a lengthy review of South East Asia and also updated the post on the travel worries I had before I left. So that’s 12…

RTW, Trump, travel and the environment

Well, the unthinkable happened again. First Brexit, now Trump presidency. I watched the results roll in with mounting shock and disappointment. Like with Brexit, so with Trump’s popularity: the people who voted for them are predominantly white, uneducated people who feel the world has passed them by. A friend wrote on his Facebook wall the following:…

RTW review – first six months

Hard to believe I have been on the road already six months! Partly it feels like a mere matter of weeks, partly it feels like I have had at least a year’s worth of incredible experiences. This review sums up the past six months, not just the most recent month like my typical month reviews.…

RTW review – month 4 and USA

This is a scheduled post, as I travel on board the cargo ship Cap Capricorn from US to Australia. This is also the fourth review of my monthly round the world progress. You find month 1 review here, month 2 here and month 3 here. As much of month four will be spent on the cargo ship, which…

RTW cargo ship to Australia

This is a scheduled post, one of several, while I make my slow way aboard the Cap Capricorn from Long Beach USA to Melbourne Australia. After two amazing months in the US, I will have plenty of time to relax, as the voyage takes three weeks. For details about the ship, as well as a link…

RTW Los Angeles

My verdict on Los Angeles is a resounding “meh”. To be fair, I was there for two full days only, arriving late on one evening and departing noon-ish the fourth day. Not much you can get to in that time, but I realized there was not much I wanted to see. My travel fatigue does have…

RTW San Luis Obispo and more sea life

These past two and a half weeks along the coast of California have been terrific. Amazing cities, the sea and the abundance of sea life all around. And the weather has been fantastic. Really, I am running out of superlatives for how terrific amazing fantastic * insert a synonym here * these past weeks have been. Another excellent…

RTW the sea, sea otters, sea lions and seals in Carmel

The bus ride from Monterey to Carmel took 11 minutes, and it was practically door to door. Monterey had been great, and will always remain in my memory as the place where I got Scuba certified. Originally I had decided to go to Carmel because Monterey accommodation was so expensive. I don’t know how I…

RTW Scuba PADI open water course

I’ve said for years that I will get a diving license before I get a driving license, and that is actually now true. There is so much to see underwater, especially on a round the world trip that covers some of the most popular diving sites, that I couldn’t let this opportunity pass me by. As…