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Switzerland and More: Europe by Train and Foot

Posted on Jul 7, 2009

We took a three-week trip to five countries in Europe, using the train and bus as our primary modes of transportation. Our children were six and nine during this trip, which was their first taste of extended international travel in a hostel setting. We also spent quite a bit of time hiking in the Swiss Alps, completing some beautiful day hikes as well as treks to two different overnight huts nestled in the mountains.

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Africa Video Overview

Posted on Mar 24, 2009

During our month in Africa, we saw a variety of sights, including a camping safari deep in the heart of Botswana, mokoro and walking trips in the wild, an epic 40 hour train journey from Zambia to Tanzania and the relaxation and history of Zanzibar. This video provides an overview of that experience.

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Thailand Video Overview

Posted on Mar 24, 2009

We spent three weeks visiting three major areas of the country: Bangkok, Northern Thailand and Southern Thailand. In Bangkok, our major activities were viewing the temples and seeing the city by foot and by ferry. In Northern Thailand we visited Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, and also got off the beaten track by taking a longboat trip to several villages and staying two nights in one of them. Southern Thailand, our last stop, was experienced on the island of Ko Pha Ngan, where we relaxed on the beach.

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How did You Plan your Around the World Trip?

Posted on Mar 15, 2009

When we first began discussing our 4 1/2 month around the world trip with our family in 1999, we wanted to get away from everyday life, experience the world, be with our daughters (12 and 10 at the time) and learn something in the process. It was that simple. However, planning it and actually making it happen were anything but that. Once we made the decision to take that trip, it took thousands of hours of planning, discussion, support and faith to make this happen.

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Across the USA by Train

Posted on Mar 8, 2009

Traveling across the USA by train is an unique way to see and experience the variety and scale of the country. We broke up the journey, stretching it into a 17 day trip in August / September 2004, by stopping at Glacier National Park for five days and visiting Chicago before reaching New York City. Along the way we saw beautiful mountain and plains scenery and four of the major rivers in the United States: the Columbia, Missouri, Mississippi and Hudson. This, mixed in with the vibrant city life of Chicago and New York City, made for an interesting and enjoyable trip.

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