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Living out of a backpack and communicating to the world via cellphone internet taught me some things. A bunch of it was really common sense stuff, but some of it was stuff I wouldn’t have considered (until I found myself needing to consider it). Either way, this blog post is kind of dedicated to the odds and ends of traveling abroad. Not visas and shot records, but laundry and toothpaste. I hope… Read More

I had every intention a couple days ago with being able to give you this great end-of-year little US road trip experience. I’m headed back to NY from TX to see mom and dad for the holidays. Having made the drive numerous times, I decided to diverge a bit on the way and see some friends. The first leg of the road trip was decided on home in Texas up to Chicago… Read More

I stayed the night in Wadi Mousa, so I could be in Petra when they open. Getting in before the tour buses arrive with day-trippers helps me see it they way they show it on the Travel Channel. Petra opens at 0600. After I had breakfast and checked out of the hotel, it was 0715 before I made it back inside the gate. Even that late, I could tell I was still… Read More

The final day of the road trip can be summed up in one word … exasperating. Yup, that’s the word.  I started out on the eastern edge of Tennessee, and headed west. After already having put on a good 4,000 miles during this little trip, I really didn’t want to be driving anymore. Yet I pressed on under an envelope of stars.  Needless to say, if you’ve never driven east to west… Read More

Hi. Glad to see you could find your way here. It took me awhile to find my own way to this spot. As the title of the blog implies, I tend to stray. As in – off the beaten path. Hopefully this blog will turn out to be a place to impart some of the things that I’ve learned along the way. Hopefully, it will also be a platform for chronicling my… Read More