A chronicle of Alison and Ron's trip around the world in 2009-2010.

"Not all those who wander are lost"
- Tolkien

Friday, April 17, 2009

Travel Medical Insurance

I'm researching travel medical insurance so we are covered in the event of illness or in need of emergency evacuation.

The three front runners are:
1. IMG - Patriot International
2. Travel Guard
3. World Nomads

IMG is looking the best due to the ability of adding up to two months emergency coverage when we return to the US, as well as a competitive price relative to benefits. But I don't know, this is not really my forte. Reading the fine print of policies has not been the funnest part of the trip planning for sure.


Thursday, April 16, 2009


I wonder how fast the trip will be. Not in actual days and weeks but in relative time. How a Sunday morning can seem long and luxurious or a Monday at work is dreadful and never-ending. Some weeks are short and some are fast. And different days feel different. I like the feel of Thursdays and Saturdays the most. So much hope and optimistic anticipation in those days.

But how will a whole year feel on the road? I don’t know how to measure a year. I can barely remember what I was doing last month let alone last year. It was probably a pretty typical drumbeat of: Work. Sleep. Work. Sleep. Work. Sleep. Work. Sleep. Work. Sleep. Dinner. Drinks. Movie. Chores. Rinse. Repeat.

Geez, that sounds rather boring, doesn't it?! But what makes life LIFE is what happens in between all that. The laughs, the pauses, the tastes, the shocks, the shivers, the snuggles, the sneezes, and the string of amazements that come outta nowhere. That is what you live for.


Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Grande Cup of Change

I gave notice at work today. I could probably have spent my entire career there. But whether it's next week or 30 years from now I would have left the job eventually. Change is inevitable. I just so happened to pull the trigger a little early. It was really tough telling my boss I was leaving. My heart pounding, like I was breaking up with someone I still loved. I've had so much opportunity, to build a Fortune 100 eCommerce business from the ground up. They've nurtured me, and believed in me. It's been a great 9+ years but now, alas, it's time to hit the road. Time to forge my own path. No lattes delivered to my corner office where I'm going.

ay, so no one ever brought me coffee and my office window looks out over a pretty unspectacular parking lot. A girl can embellish ; )

I have a feeling this is just the sort of change I need in my life right now, it will open up a thousand unimagined possibilities. Stepping off the treadmill to see that there are many miles ahead still and many more forks in the road to wander down.

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