this site: We've made this site for our families
and friends, and also as a keepsake for ourselves. However, after
looking around on the web, we found that most round-the-world
weblogs are authored by backpackers, so we hope to provide an
alternative view. We'll consider it to be a success if our family
and friends enjoy it, and if it encourages or helps even one more
person to travel, then even better!
about us: We are
Susan and Grace, a recently married couple. Grace (a nickname)
is the husband and Susan is the wife. We are in our 30’s.
We live (or we used to, before this trip, and so far plan to afterward)
in San Francisco, California with our cat Chloe. As mentioned
above, we are not backpackers (though we like taking long walks)
and we are not wealthy (though we like to treat ourselves once
in a while). Our accommodations will usually be somewhere above
tents/hostels and below fancy hotels. If you’re wondering
what that leaves, then read some of our entries. We're basically
a fairly normal pre-kids couple on the adventure of our lives.
about this trip:
Instead of taking a honeymoon, we decided to fulfill a lifelong
dream and travel the world for a year (13 months, actually). We
started slowly saving soon after we met, and with the proper planning,
it all turned out to be more affordable than we originally anticipated
(let us know if you'd like more info on this). With a few exceptions,
we have opted to stay in each place for about a month. We think
this approach allows us time to immerse ourselves in the culture
and experience how different people live. We've also found it
to be less stressful (not to mention cheaper) than traveling constantly
for a year. We hope that it also allows some of our friends and
family to visit.
our travel philosophy:
We're more interested in finding out what life is like in a given
place than we are in seeing all the tourist spots. That said,
we don't "go native" when we arrive somewhere. We do
some research before we reach each destination on what to see
and do, but we also make things up as we go. We usually spend
a fair amount of time just walking around to get to know a place
and lifestyle - the "vibe," so to speak. We enjoy (most
of the time) eating what the locals eat, but we'll occasionally
indulge in an overpriced imported bag of M&M's or find a Western
style pizza restaurant.