One year after our round-the-world trip: Thoughts, lessons, struggles, and advice

Posted on February 26th, 2015 by BreAnn

Two years ago exactly from TODAY, James and I sat in an airplane at the Milwaukee airport watching workers spray the wings with de-icing agent… We were overcome by conflicting emotions as we realized we were about to leave everything familiar in our lives to embark on a year-long journey around the world. What we […]

Why I now eat food straight off the floor!

Posted on October 15th, 2014 by BreAnn

If you’re a germaphobe, constantly use antibacterial soaps & cleaners, or overuse antibiotics when you are “sick”, LISTEN UP:  GERMS ARE GOOD, PEOPLE!!  After spending the good part of the last five or so years traveling to many less clean countries and contracting all sorts of sicknesses from strep throat to bronchitis to awful drop-dead-stomach […]

Comments by non-Americans about “strange” American trends

Posted on August 26th, 2014 by BreAnn

When you grow up and live your life in one place, it’s sometimes very easy to forget about what’s “normal” to us but completely strange to others.  I find it incredibly interesting (and sometimes funny!) as an American to step back and hear what people from other cultures and countries say about their strange experiences […]

If the world population was 100 people: Interesting statistics

Posted on November 3rd, 2013 by BreAnn

According to the latest statistics, the world population has now reached 7 BILLION PEOPLE! There are SO many people living in the world today, it’s pretty hard to comprehend what that number even means. So… what if we took the world population and reduced that number down to only 100 people? Do you realize only […]

Which countries like and dislike the United States?

Posted on October 18th, 2013 by BreAnn

With everything going on in the world and the United States, nowadays, you might wonder what the rest of the world thinks about us. Not only is this interesting information to know, but MORE IMPORTANTLY, it’s essential for you to personally know how other countries generally view the U.S. if you plan to travel somewhere […]

Adaptation: Lessons learned in traveling applied to everyday life

Posted on August 23rd, 2013 by BreAnn

One of the most significant lessons I’ve learned in past travels—and on this particular trip—is the importance of adaptation. You’re in a new country where you don’t have all the things from back home? Adapt. When you travel, you are constantly in situations that aren’t completely ideal, and these experiences in turn help you to […]

Gaining an interesting perspective on the Vietnam War

Posted on July 17th, 2013 by BreAnn

I’ll admit it: I hated history class as a student from elementary school right through grade twelve. I didn’t absorb much of what I studied because I learned just enough to make the grade and move on. So, as we traveled through Vietnam, it was very eye-opening to see actual war sites and learn about […]

Getting more depth out of your travel experience

Posted on July 9th, 2013 by BreAnn

Many people travel to places just to “see the sights.” Stay at a fancy hotel with nice sheets. Eat at a nice restaurant by the beach. Sit on the white sand and watch the ocean. And because of the lack of vacation time, they pretty much get-in-get-out and move on. In some circumstances, a relaxing […]

Internet Censorship in China: NO access to Facebook?!

Posted on May 28th, 2013 by BreAnn

Hello from Vietnam! Yes, six weeks in China have flown by and we’re already in a new country. Wow… How did that happen so quickly? Confused? Well, you may have been wondering why you haven’t heard much about our experiences in China yet since we’ve been there most of April and May. And there’s a […]

Have YOU traveled internationally on your own?

Posted on May 20th, 2013 by James

Readers of this blog have brought it to my attention recently that I have not contributed any posts yet.  Well, actually, I wouldn’t say that they brought it to my attention as much as they reminded me of what I already knew I was doing (or not doing, to be more accurate).  The truth is […]

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