Chinese visas – More complicated than necessary

Here’s the thing about visas.  Some countries require you to get them ahead of time.  Some you can get upon entry into the country.  Some are 30 days, some 90, and other 10 years.  There are even those that have different lengths depending on whether you arrived by air or land.  And then there are some countries that don’t require a visa at all. Regardless they’re a pain in the butt. Continue reading Chinese visas – More complicated than necessary

I reached my goal – over $20,000 saved for travel!

Back at the beginning of the year when I first started blogging and recording my budgets, I had said I wanted to save $20,000 before I left for my trip. And guess what my friends…I did it!! I have $20,448.45 in my ‘Travel the World’ fund and $3,000 in an ‘Emergency/Return Home’ fund. Which brings us to a grand total of $23,448.45!  Not too shabby in a year and a Continue reading I reached my goal – over $20,000 saved for travel!

A quick visit to Broadway: If/Then with Idina Menzel

Last weekend my sister and I took a quick day trip down to NYC to see Idina Menzel on Broadway in the musical If/Then.  And it was incredible. For those of you who might not know who Idina Menzel is (though at this point I have no how you wouldn’t) she is the voice – both singing and speaking – of Elsa in Disney’s Frozen.  She also originated the roles of Continue reading A quick visit to Broadway: If/Then with Idina Menzel

Purgatory Chasm: Ominous name, fun hike

Last week my mom and I took a trip to a place called ‘Purgatory Chasm’ in Sutton, Massachusetts.  It’s a short hike – only about half a mile round trip – but you have to descend 70 feet into a chasm of granite bedrock. The creation of the chasm is officially unknown, but there have been theories proposed that the chasm was created when glacial meltwater from a burst ice dam Continue reading Purgatory Chasm: Ominous name, fun hike

One Month Until I Travel the World…Forever!

That’s right folks.  One month from today I’ll be jetting off to Seattle to start my trip on my journey to travel the world! I can’t believe it’s so close.  I remember looking at a countdown that said something like ‘873 days to go’.  And that was when I had only had a guesstimate on what day I might leave. Now we’re down to 30 days. Yeah it makes me a Continue reading One Month Until I Travel the World…Forever!

Fruit picking: Just one of the great things about New England

One of my all time favorite things to do during the summer and fall months if I’m at home in Massachusetts during that time is do-it-yourself fruit picking. We have it all here – strawberries, blueberries, apples, blackberries, raspberries, apples, peaches, nectarines, oh and apples.  And then of course pumpkins come during yummy and delicious and pumpkin-everything October. This past weekend my family took a quick trip to Charlton Orchards Continue reading Fruit picking: Just one of the great things about New England

July ’14 Pre-Trip Travel Budget Roundup

This is going to be the last budget roundup that includes things like rent, utilities, car payments, etc.  I’m not sure how I’m going to format things from now on but soon you’ll be seeing the stats from my actual travels! Things went surprisingly well this month for my travel budget.  I went over in my allowances for ‘Travel items’, however I’ve only been allotting myself $25 which, as we Continue reading July ’14 Pre-Trip Travel Budget Roundup