Riding the Train Through Tea Country in Sri Lanka

I’m going to be drinking a lot more tea after this trip! Sri Lanka is the world’s 4th largest producer of tea (which is incredible for a country the size of West Virginia). The tea factories and plantations are in the mountainous central region of the country, and the best way to see them is by taking a train or driving through the mountains.

We took the train for most of the route from Colombo to Kandy to Nuwara Eliya to Ella, and it’s such a fun experience passing different terrains and seeing people in the stations.

Here are the different ways you can see the countryside: Continue reading

Visit the Elephants at Udawalawe National Park in Sri Lanka

It was the best of travel, it was the worst of travel. If you can haggle your way into Udawalawe National Park, you’re in for an amazing safari experience!

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How to Meet Locals When Traveling

“Where are you from?” he called out.

We’ve been dodging “touts” all week in Colombo, Sri Lanka, so I ignored him. But this time, my husband responded, “Australia.”

Instead of a pushy sales pitch on an overpriced tour, he and my husband began debating the strengths and weaknesses of both countries’ cricket teams. Because, of course. Continue reading

Best Restaurants in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Even though we only picked Colombo, Sri Lanka, a week before our trip began, I can’t think of a better place to start this adventure. It’s taken some adjusting to life without a home base and living out of a suitcase… but when I’m feeling overwhelmed, I remind myself that it could be worse. Instead of lovely 80-degree weather, I could be suffering through -15 degrees at home in Chicago. (That’s 27 and -27 for those non-US folks playing along.)

It’s also the perfect place to begin our food adventure! Since it’s an island country, the seafood here is amaaazing. And the spices are to die for.

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Packing List for a 6 Month Trip to Asia & Australia

Australian Koala

Take the flip flops, leave the koala?

Packing for my first long-term trip is overwhelming. How am I supposed to reduce the contents of a two-bedroom apartment into a suitcase and backpack?

My normal packing M.O. is to wait until 11 p.m. the night before I leave to start thinking about packing and, wait a minute, do I need to do a load of laundry? I can always squeeze a few extra outfits in my luggage, because my “carry on” suitcase isn’t really carry on. Measuring in at 12 inches x 16 inches x 22 inches, my suitcase hasn’t been considered carry on in a hundred years, if ever.

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What is Long-Term Travel?

"Stop, Revive, Survive" sign along an Australian highway

“Stop, Revive, Survive” sign along an Australian highway

Vacation, holiday, honeymoon, backpacking… we humans have almost as many words for travel as Eskimos do for snow and ice. Why? Because it’s important to us. Travel is how we learn what it means to be human, and how we connect with our world. It helps us revive our spirits and come back to our place in the world refreshed.

I’m on the precipice of quitting my job to explore the world on a Honeymoon / Long-Term Travel / Backpacking Adventure. Continue reading

How To Plan a Six-Month Trip

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Mr. Lost and I recently got married, and the question on everyone’s mind was, “Where are you going for your honeymoon?”

Our answer: “Everywhere.”

Okay, not really everywhere… but as many countries as we can explore in Asia in 6 months.

This idea of long-term travel is very (pardon the pun) foreign to me as an American. So I’ve started researching the idea. What do we pack? How do we pay for it? Is it safe? Is this idea crazy??

Join me over the next 31 days as I share what I’ve learned and how I’m starting to prepare for the trip.

  1. Intro 🙂
  2. What is Long-Term Travel?
  3. Packing List
  4. Where to Go?
  5. Budgeting
  6. How to Tell Mom & Dad
  7. My Travel Fears
  8. How to Research
  9. Staying Healthy
  10. Managing Finances

… and more!