Author: Sterling Laudon

November 8, 2017 Sterling Laudon 14 comments

Sarah and I obsess about happiness. We read, and we scheme, and we make deliberate decisions about how to be happy. After lots of reading and scheming, we left our Washington, DC jobs in February 2017. We moved out of our apartment, drove across the country, got married, and launched an around-the-world honeymoon. We budgeted…

August 17, 2017 Sterling Laudon No comments exist

In total, Sarah and I spent $7,556.35 USD and 160,000 airline points. This was our total spending for two people, including flights to and from Africa. Prior to our 2017 Southern Africa trip, we received several nervous questions about “what is this going to cost?” To answer that question, we meticulously tracked each Rand, Rupee,…

July 10, 2017 Sterling Laudon 4 comments

Sarah would tell you the highlight of our trip to Indonesia was seeing orangutans in Borneo. We got engaged in Indonesia, but still—orangutans in Borneo. In Indonesia, we visited Borobudur, Mount Bromo, and Komodo Island. None compare to mythical Borneo. More specifically, Tanjung Puting National Park—possibly the coolest place in the world to see orangutans….

May 4, 2017 Sterling Laudon 2 comments

Each May during Passport DC, embassies in Washington, D.C. host free open houses on consecutive Saturdays. In 2017, May 6 is “Around the World Embassy Tour” and May 13 is European Union Open House. The best embassies have cool exhibits, native food and drinks, and short lines for admission (see cheat sheet below). The event…

May 3, 2017 Sterling Laudon 4 comments

Sarah and I are spending four months in South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Namibia, Mauritius, Reunion, Madagascar, and the Yukon. With help from a world weather guide: Weather to Travel, we have loosely planned our itinerary around weather. April to June should be sunny and dry in southern Africa. June to August should be warm with…

October 2, 2016 Sterling Laudon No comments exist

Where: Port Rexton, Newfoundland When: Spring – fall (June – August are nicest) Round trip: 5.3 km The Skerwink Trail is the Holy Grail of hiking: world-class scenery, uncrowded, and easy. Less famous than some other hikes, the Skerwink Trail punches well above its weight. In 5.3 short kilometers, the Skerwink Trail contains hidden beaches, sea cliffs,…

June 12, 2016 Sterling Laudon 2 comments

Colin Scott died in Yellowstone National Park last week after stepping off the boardwalks and falling into a hot spring. His death follows a string of recent news articles involving tourists breaking rules in Yellowstone, either by getting too close to animals or leaving marked pathways. Each incident invokes the same sanctimonious reactions: “Stupid tourist!/I’m…

May 8, 2016 Sterling Laudon 2 comments

There are many reasons to visit Turkey. You won’t find them here. 1. The Mausoleum of Halicarnassus—the original mausoleum. One of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World. Now it’s a literal pit. 2. This statue in Antalya of a boy about to be touched by an uncle: 3. The Paul Martin Canada store, named…