Traveling has made me a strong visual storyteller.

When I returned to the Pacific Northwest from our RTW trip, I had three major concerns: 1. How are my kids going to adapt to their new circumstances, after being away for 11 months? 2. Would I be able to re-enter the highly competitive job market in Seattle and still have the necessary "edge" to continue the work I'd like to do? 3. Will I be able to incorporate more travel into my work? Two years later, I finally feel like I have positive answers to all three questions. My ki

"Argentinian drivers don’t seem to follow the laws of physics, let alone the laws, period.&quot

Most people don’t know what bad, dangerous driving is until they have an experience driving through Argentina. We took a 5,000 km road trip from Buenos Aires, through San Antonio de Areco, Cordoba, La Cumbre, Alta Gracia, Mendoza, Neuquen, Peninsula Valdez, Siera de la Ventana, and back to BsAs, completing a full loop of roads without using a GPS system. We know what we are talking about. So many lessons learned, and some truly great, instructional moments. Truth be told, we

My Favorite Reads during our RTW trip!

TOP 7 BOOKS I READ DURING THE RTW TRIP One of my favorite things to do while on the road around the world was having nice stretches of time to read. I am a slow reader, with a broad taste in storytelling - I look not only for a good story, but also for writing style, interesting characters, and insightful subtext. And I don't usually like non-fiction; I have a very active imagination and I feed it with other people's ideations as much as possible. That said, I still managed t

Traveling has helped us refocus our energy and goals on "being" more than "having&quo

Our first Round The World trip comes full circle - we are now back in the Pacific Northwest. And a little culture shock is inevitable. As my family and I face a reentry into the "real" world, I am reminded of how important this trip has been to all of us; we are stronger, wiser and now have a much better idea of what we want our future to look like. It is not possible to fully quantify the benefits gained during this nomadic time abroad, but I can mention a few things we hav

"Greece: for every amazing archeological find and innovation in preservation methods, there is

I wanted to love Greece. In all sincerity. But it felt like an acquaintance you are just not sure you want to become real friends with. Upon arriving in Athens, on a cold, gray, rainy day my initial reaction was of shock; after all, we have been “chasing the sun” since the beginning of our RTW trip. With the exception of a few scattered days of rain, the vast majority of our time in South America and Africa has been blessed with sunny days, warm weather and bright blue skies.

"Machupicchu: Thoughts of "appropriation of remains" crossed my mind, but I quickly p

by Rodrigo DeMedeiros The highlight to our Peru trip was - predictably - Machupicchu. We took an ungodly early train from Ollantaytambo to the small village of Aguas Calientes, just a short bus ride to the entrance to the magnificent ruins of Machupicchu. Our guide Manuel was waiting for us at the train station, and took us straight to the Rapu Wasi lodge - a beautiful tree house style lodge with rustic wood bungalows stacked on the rocks with a great view of the adjacent m

"It's basically like hauling a 6 year-old on your back."

by Rodrigo DeMedeiros When I tell people that I am leaving for a full year with my family on this adventure and that I plan to shoot a documentary of the experience, after the initial "wow" reaction in regards to the "RTW/one-year off" itself, the next question I frequently get is "what kind of equipment do you need to do that on the road?" I am primarily a content producer, but it became clear that I needed to wear many hats to make this documentary work. Ideally I would hav

Florence: food and art abound.

by Rodrigo DeMedeiros Although Summer is most definitely NOT the best time to visit Italy - too hot, too crowded, too expensive - Florence is such an amazing mecca of food and art that even with all the hassles it becomes impossible to have your experience completely ruined. I am a big proponent of NOT setting expectations before a visit to a new place; it really sets your mind to just enjoy the ride and take things as they come. This avoids lots of unnecessary grief. We drov