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What’s It Really Like Being Home?

Adjusting It happens every time.  When Bryan and I returned to the US for brief stints after our World Trip Legs in South America & Antarctica, Europe & Africa, and then Asia, the closer we got to the end of our travel time, the more anxious we were to come home.  The last leg of our travels seemed like the longest to me.  Probably because we started in India and ended in China and bet...


What’s Your Real American Dream?

  We get a lot of comments about the name of our website “Happy to be Homeless.”  99.9% of them are positive and people think it’s witty.  But once or twice last summer we received an angry comment (via email of course).  I was actually really surprised;  especially since we had previously received a lengthy email from a homeless woman who said that we inspired her to live life t...


Words from the Wise

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  A friend of ours, whom we met in South America, posted this on Facebook the other day. As we can relate to almost everything he says from our own travel experiences, I feel the need to pass this onto you.  For all of our friends out there that have kids, please pay particular attention to #7.  Eric couldn't be any more correct on this one!   Eric's Post:   Two years ago...


Happy Birthday to Me

Tomorrow I’ll be 31 years old.  31 sounds like a real, legit adult;  someone who has their stuff together and has responsibilities and accomplishes things.  But I’m unemployed, homeless, and sleeping in a camper in a different Walmart almost every night. If I’d looked in a crystal ball five or ten years ago and saw that’s where I’d be on my 31st birthday I think I would have lost i...


What You Really Want to Know . . .

  We’ve been back in the U.S. for a little over a month now.  We spent a fun (rainy) weekend at the Kentucky Derby, met up with friends in KY and Indiana, visited Ohio’s Amish Country, and we’re currently in Pittsburgh, PA.  The majority of the last month we spent catching up with family and friends and preparing for the “North America Leg” of our World Trip.  The more we talk...


Thankful for a Whirlwind Year

  Today is Thanksgiving (in the U.S., not in Egypt where we currently are).  And next week marks the One-Year Anniversary of the beginning of our World Trip.  It seems like an ideal time to look back on this crazy, awesome year.  This has somehow been the longest, yet the quickest year of my life.  And somehow it’s also been both the hardest and the easiest. It seems like just yes...


Tips for Traveling South America on a Budget

It’s been over 6 months since we started our journey through nearly all of South America’s countries (everywhere besides the Guianas & Suriname).  Along the way, we’ve learned quite a few ways to save some dough.  Some of these we had to learn the hard way, but hopefully fellow travelers can learn from our mistakes!  :) Avoid the Popular Tourist Spots – Some of the worst (and mos...


Travel Etiquette; Things Your Momma Didn’t Teach You

I don’t really consider myself a newbie to the travel scene.  Actually, we just crossed the border to the 48th country I can put under my belt.  During these travels I’ve seen a lot, and met a slew of different people; some extremely insightful and others that are so idiotic that you wonder how they’ve made it this far in life.  Anyways, I feel the need to write a piece on “Travel Etiqu...


Traveling vs. Vacationing: Princesses Take Heed

Many of you might think I'm on a two year vacation. Well, in a way you're right. I'm not working and I really don't have many responsibilities. But it's not two years of the vacations I (or you) usually take. I'm not spending two years at a Sandals Resort or in a cute beach house or a cushy hotel. I'm traveling or backpacking - not vacationing. Backpacking is dirty, exhausting, smelly, and...


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