1. Exercising the Travel Muscle | Ali's Adventures
    May 23, 2013 @ 8:03 am

    […] a few days, I realized how easy it is to forget those silly frustrations that come with traveling. Eight months is a long time to go without taking a trip for a travel addict like me. I forgot the […]

  2. Jenna
    May 22, 2013 @ 5:00 am

    6 more weeks of travel? I look forward to seeing where it takes you. I love to travel, but it is work and not always easy. It’s good to see someone writing about it in an honest way, although at the same time, I think we should remember that most of the world’s population don’t even have the luxury of traveling at all. Now that I have to juggle kids and the responsibilities of my home & job life, it’s not easy to travel sometimes, and sometimes I get disappointed. This summer might be one of those times.

    • Andrew
      June 4, 2013 @ 9:23 am

      We are down to a month now. I am totally curious myself where it takes us. Sometimes it is a bit surreal that we are even doing it. There are a lot of little things I never thought of to be dealt with, like mail at home for example.

      The “travel is a luxury” thing gets on my mind sometimes too. I want to balance a respect that we are privileged with a reminder that for a lot of others they don’t travel due to fear. To boldly go with respect.

      I hope your summer is ok.

  3. Jennifer
    May 19, 2013 @ 10:24 pm

    I think you guys just need to figure out what makes you happiest when traveling. Tim and I have been going through this recently too. We wanted to just get away for the weekend back in February and headed down to Tuscany. We were walking around San Gimignano for about 30 minutes when I turned to him and said “Well, I’m done. How about you?” He felt the same.

    We’ve realized we love – even crave – adventure. We don’t like just walking around cities. We want to be doing something active when we travel. So now we just make sure we have things planned that we really want to do. It makes us much happier when we travel.

    Good luck finding your own style over the next couple of weeks!

  4. Jeremy Branham
    May 14, 2013 @ 5:02 pm

    Here’s my formula for travel:

    travel = # of travel days + time + money

    Money is something that is set, either by a budget or necessary costs for travel like hotel, flight, train, etc. Some of those costs are flexible. However, the real factor is the # of days you have and time. You want to make the most out of the days and time you have. So on a short trip, downtime isn’t much of an option because you feel like you are getting less value for your travel if you aren’t always doing stuff. For longer trips, downtime is needed and also adds value to the rest of your trip because it gives you more energy for the rest of the days you have.

  5. Donna Russell
    May 14, 2013 @ 2:05 pm

    I appreciate your writing about this part of travel. I think there is alot of “peer” pressure to go, see,do when u are on a trip because when you get home people say, “Did you go see ——-?” And if you didnt because you chose to take a nap or sit in a cafe instead, then “guilt” is heaped on. Kind of like daily life- we have to push to not push so much – rather enjoy. I know easier said than done both in travel and daily life. Looking forward to hearing and learning more with you two!

    • Andrew
      May 14, 2013 @ 4:33 pm

      Thanks. I appreciate your comments. It helps to know that people are reading it.
      Yes, the peer pressure can be big. Ali was telling me a story of hearing girls behind her in line talking about “having” to go see a sight and one girl not wanting to. Her friends then trying to convince her with arguments like “you have to do this while in Amsterdam”.

      We just sat yesterday and read. It was awesome. This afternoon we walked through a market and then came back to the Apartment. I’ve been pushing so much lately that I just can’t take it anymore. And oddly that “pushing to not push to much” can be just as stressful. To relax feels like giving up control, but is often the right way.

  6. CN Heidelberg
    May 14, 2013 @ 10:35 am

    Maybe you guys are overanalyzing your trip a bit? If you wake up in the morning and feel like going out to little town markets, then just do it, don’t agonize about how the trip was supposed to be slower. Make it what you want it to be right now. Hope things get smoother!

    • Andrew
      May 14, 2013 @ 4:30 pm

      That is certainly very possible. I tend to overthink things a lot. Our problem has actually been the reverse. We wake up with a bit of “dread” that we have planned an activity that we don’t really want to do. We are doing things because they are out there and not really because we want to see them necessarily. This afternoon we DID just walk through the market and had a ton of fun over the day before going down the big shopping streets.
      As you say, it needs to be lower pressure. Less pressure on ourselves as well to make the trip anything, one direction or another.

  7. OCDemon
    May 14, 2013 @ 9:49 am

    This is reminding me a lot of my own situation, because every time I go traveling it’s like it’s the first time all over again because I seem to forget everything every time. Especially technology, which will change a million times even over the course of the same trip. By the time the trip is over, there’s a better way to use your phone abroad. Etc, etc.

    • Andrew
      May 14, 2013 @ 4:27 pm

      Yeah, the technology does seem to shift really quickly. I am happy I don’t really use my phone for much other than reading e-mail and doing Twitter.

  8. Juno
    May 14, 2013 @ 4:20 am

    Thanks for featuring me Andy! I’m glad to hear that you and Ali are traveling again. 🙂 So excited! Hope to meet you guys on the road sometime.

    • Andrew
      May 14, 2013 @ 4:26 pm

      You are welcome. We are in Europe most of the rest of this year with hopes for somewhere warm this coming Winter.