Author: Lisa

Making In-N-Out Animal-Style Burgers at Home

Making In-N-Out Animal-Style Burgers at Home

Coworker: “Can you go to California in two weeks? We need someone to do a field study for one of our clients and the regular team is booked.” Lisa: “California? Absolutely.” Coworker: “Don’t you need to check with your husband or something?” Lisa: “No, no, …

Phantom Travel and Wanderlust

Phantom Travel and Wanderlust

Paul was gone for four days. Driving home from work Sunday night, my head was full of ideas. Ideas about where I could go in four days. I didn’t want to go back to our apartment…I wanted to go somewhere else. Let’s see… I could …

The History of the Half Moon / Black and White Cookie

The History of the Half Moon / Black and White Cookie

I grew up eating Half Moon cookies. But I had never had a NYC-style Half Moon cookie (OK, OK: a Black and White cookie) until last weekend. NYC is so good at so many things: bagels, pizza, overwhelming crowds of people. How could it get the …

Budget for a Road Trip: The Cost of Our Year on the Road

Budget for a Road Trip: The Cost of Our Year on the Road

Life on the road can be expensive, so start thinking about your budget early. When you know how much you need to save, you’ll be less tempted to draw down your savings account balance for goal-hurting purchases. Your budget is going to be unique to …

Save Money While on the Road

Save Money While on the Road

Once you’ve saved enough money to take a road trip, how do you make that money last as long as possible? Set a daily budget The first lesson of a daily budget is that you’ll often exceed your daily budget. Our daily goal was to …

What’s my address? Finding a place for your mail during long-term travel.

What’s my address? Finding a place for your mail during long-term travel.

If you’re embarking on a long-term trip and selling your home or moving out of your apartment, you’ll need to find a new destination for your mail. You might be tempted to think that you can go without mail during a long-term trip, but you …

I don’t like your city. Help me get over it.

I don’t like your city. Help me get over it.

We’re still getting flack in the comments on our posts about cities that didn’t resonate with us: Austin, Salt Lake City, Savannah, Provo, the Salton Sea, Portland. The intense anger that others feel, just from knowing that two people — two strangers whom they probably wouldn’t …

Camping Tips: Finding Great Campgrounds and Campsites

Camping Tips: Finding Great Campgrounds and Campsites

On the road, we often spent a large part of our day figuring out where we’d stay each night. Sometimes it was stressful – if a planned campground didn’t work out, we’d need to start our search over at the beginning. We learned that it …

Campground showers or how to shower in three minutes

Campground showers or how to shower in three minutes

A year on the road means a year of campground showers. Most campground showers are coin-operated, time-limited contraptions. They generally run for three to five minutes for a few bucks a go. That time goes fast — especially when the water starts out ice-cold. Through much …

St. Joseph Peninsula State Park in 6 Pictures

St. Joseph Peninsula State Park in 6 Pictures

Last April, we soaked up the sun and salt water at St. Joseph Peninsula State Park on Florida’s Gulf Coast. This area is called the Forgotten Coast, but…cue corny joke…we won’t be forgetting it anytime soon. We’re looking forward to returning soon to explore more of the …

The 6 things that are keeping me inspired right now

The 6 things that are keeping me inspired right now

It’s hard to stay inspired. I’m working on a book about our trip (it’s going to be more of a how-to guide and less of a memoir) but I promised myself I wouldn’t give in to the old cliche and complain about how hard it …

Lucifer Falls tries to steal our souls!

Lucifer Falls tries to steal our souls!

“Why don’t you climb up on that ledge to take a photo,” Paul said. “That way you’ll cut out all that stuff in the foreground.” I mumbled a response about how I kind of liked the stuff in the foreground, but what I was thinking …