Monthly Archives: February 2012

Monday Travel Update – Lord Howe Island Edition

Posted by on February 20, 2012

I have arrived on Lord Howe Island, about 500 miles off the coast of Australia. It is a gorgeous island and easily one of the most beautiful I have ever visited. Lord Howe isn’t very big. It has around 300 inhabitants and there is a 400 person limit on the number of visitors that can be on the island.

Getting here isn’t hard, but it is expensive. Qantas has a monopoly on the route and charges monopoly prices.

One odd thing I’ve noticed, is that whenever I talk to an Australian who has been to Lord Howe, they have been here more than once. Once you visit, there is good chance you will be coming back.

All I Really Need to Know I Learned From Traveling Around the World

Posted by on February 19, 2012

With all due respect to Robert Fulghum, you can learn a lot more traveling than you can in kindergarten.

Here are some of the things I learned from traveling around the world for five years:

Be patient. You will experience flight delays, screwed up food orders and lost hotel reservations. Take it in stride. I once saw someone in Bali start yelling over what amounted to 10-cents. What was the point?

Live simply. Everything you need you can carry in one bag, maybe two. You have no idea how useless most of the stuff you own is until you are forced to go without it.