Eating Nasty Food and Watching TV on Vacation

I spent last week traveling for work and vacation. For anyone that goes on the road frequently, one of the biggest challenges we face is maintaining the habits and routines that we create when we are at home. However, new adventures are also part of the fun when we travel somewhere. We get to mix things up, go different places, try new things, and hang out with different people.

fast food feastI love to eat. I’m always interested in trying new foods and eating different things when I travel. At home, we tend to eat healthy meals at the house and much less healthily when we occasionally go out. When we go out, I typically just order whatever I want and run a little more the next day if I eat too much. At home, I also rarely take the time to turn on the television and if it does come on it is often a single episode of one of our favorite shows on netflix or prime. I don’t have the opportunity to spend as much time vegging out watching sports center like I did years ago. However, vacation is different. I seem to throw all routine out the door and spend my time eating, drinking, and watching whatever comes my way. Continue reading Eating Nasty Food and Watching TV on Vacation

Living Intentionally (And The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance)

Everyone I know wants to live a fulfilled life. Almost everyone I know would agree that paying a little more attention would make our lives better. Living intentionally is simply a lifestyle that attempts to live according to our values and beliefs. Although the term “Living Intentionally” may be a bit clichéd, the underlying premise is timeless. Prioritizing your life so that your values and interests determine your lifestyle is vital for anyone who wishes to live a fulfilled life.

living intentionallyI really enjoy reading. I try to read a few different books each month if possible. And, if not a book, I’m spending hours reading different types of content across various other mediums. Rarely does a book capture a concept so eloquently that it sears into my psyche. I don’t read a lot that falls within the philosophy genre. I do however enjoy stories that illustrate philosophical points in entertaining ways. Zen and the Art does have a way of polarizing readers into camps of love or hate. I wouldn’t say I love every aspect about the book, but several passages are incredibly mesmerizing.

I stumbled upon the 1974 modern classic, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, after seeing a post about it make the front page of reddit earlier this year. I wasn’t really looking for zen and I’ve never owned a motorcycle. Although I actually do have my motorcycle license, I spend a lot more time on the bicycle than anything else. I think biking is actually even more connected and a better illustration of intentionality than a motorized cycle. Continue reading Living Intentionally (And The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance)

Athens, Ga – Best Town In The World

archI love to travel. I love to see new places. I love to explore, meet new people and take in the uniqueness of places that have their own personality. Athens, Georgia: whether you are just passing through, spending an amazing 4 years (or 5), or settling down- it is one of the most unique and memorable cities that exist. Although we have traveled tons of places spread over several continents, we always enjoy coming home. Where you live is one of the single most influential aspects of your entire life and one of the fundamental keys to lifestyle design. If you made a list of what you want in a city, what would it contain? Are you curious to know why anyone who has passed through loves Athens, Ga? What do you love about where you currently reside?

What Makes Athens Awesome?

Food – Honestly, food in Athens deserves its own article. But I’ll give it a go. Awesome food! Incredible diversity. Insanely inexpensive. I could make the argument that it has the best selection of any small non-tourist town. Every ethnic possibility, delicious farm to table and plenty of vegetarian and vegan options. Athens is home to several breweries, mircopubs, and even bike tours to local farms. Our favorite local restaurants include Last Resort, Copper Creek, Jittery Joe’s coffee, Mama’s Boy, Little Italy, Cali & Titos, Depalmas and 5 & 10. Continue reading Athens, Ga – Best Town In The World

India: The Beauty and The Mess – A Backpacker’s Adventure

Editor’s note: This is Part 2 of a 2 part series about our travels through India and the Middle East. Part 1: 40 Things I Learned Backpacking in India. Travel articles will come about 2-3 times a year. In the future I’ll break down the economics of the trip and offer suggestions for individuals looking to see the world without spending millions.

Why go to India?
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This is the question we started with. Why go? There are so many other places in the world. Why India? I think the foremost thoughts that drew our attention were: the uniqueness, the cuisine and the ability to identify with almost 1/3 of the world’s growing population. India is a place unlike anywhere else in the world. And without expectations, it was one of the most unconventional travel experiences that exist to westerners.

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40 Things I Learned Backpacking in India

Editor’s note: This is Part 1 of a 2 part series about our travels through India and the Middle East. Travel articles will come about 2-3 times a year. In the future I’ll break down the economics of the trip and offer suggestions for individuals looking to see the world without spending millions.

Every time I travel I learn something new. Sometimes it is about the country or place I am visiting. But often, it’s about myself. For most of my life, I haven’t been much of a writer but occasionally I’ve taken some time to write my thoughts in the moment. The list you see below was written on the airplane ride home from India after backpacking with my wife and one of my best friends. I’ve curated it over time but some of the rawness and emotion still shines through. India is a majestic place and I was able to make a lot of observations even after traveling for a only few weeks.

40 Things I learned Backpacking in India

  1. Negotiating is exhausting when doing it for prolonged periods
  2. The more members of your group the less walk away power you have in any situation
  3. Pollution is undervalued
  4. Clean air and clean water are under appreciated
  5. Having too much can make you unhappy, not having enough can also make you unhappy Continue reading 40 Things I Learned Backpacking in India