Not all those who wander are lost. – J.R.R. Tolkien

The countdown has started. Ten years ago we completed our first RTW (Rround-the-World Trip), and we think that a decade is long enough to wait for a second one. So in two weeks, we turn in our apartment keys, put a few things in storage, and we’re off on RTW #2.

When we were kids we got new shoes for school, a new dress for Easter, and new toys for Christmas. In that tradition, we decided the high tech version was a new blog for RTW #2.

Our goal is to make the blog some fun, some function. We’ll post on the culture, art, architecture, food, and tourist attractions in each country we visit as well as travel tales of our experiences on the road.  And because we’ll blog as we go, our posts will keep everyone updated on where we are, and where we plan to travel next.

These gold poporos from Bogota, Colombia are one of our favorite travel mementos, and they represent what we’re hoping to achieve with our blog. They were originally used by the Pre-Columbian Musica Culture as storage containers for lime that was taken while chewing coca leaves: some fun, some function.

Another thing we hope to do while on the road is establish a dialogue with readers, bloggers, and fellow travelers, so we welcome anyone with a comment or question to feel free to express themselves in the comments section at the end of each post . We look forward to your comments and will answer every one as soon as possible.

We think that Robert Louis Stevenson said it best:

“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere,
but to go.
I travel for travel’s sake.
The great affair is to move.”

Welcome to the blog and Happy Trails,
James and Terri


We're Terri and James Vance - high school sweethearts who went on to international careers and became world nomads. Today, 65 countries later, we're still traveling ... and still in love. Check out Our Story for more of the backstory at

2 thoughts

    1. Thanks for the comment Daal, and for dropping by the blog. This post was one of our earliest ones, and the kickoff for our second RTW. Like the first it was a wonderful trip, and we’re glad that you can follow along. ~James

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