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Image Title: Isle of Anglesey, Wales 2015
Isle of Anglesey, Wales 2015
Image Title: Artic Circle, Finland 2015
Artic Circle, Finland 2015
Image Title: Barcelona, Spain 2015
Barcelona, Spain 2015
Image Title: Antarctica, 2017
Antarctica, 2017

We are American Expats living between Manchester in the United Kingdom and Washington State in the US when we are not traveling.  After nearly 30 years with Phil working as an engineering executive and Diane raising our two daughters while working part-time, we decided to stop working full-time and begin exploring the world during our gap years between children and grandchildren.  

With many personal friends and family following our travels, we decided to begin blogging about them with the philosophy that our door is always open to others who want to share our adventures.

You can read more about our story in the Winter 2021, Washington State Magazine from Washington State University where we met in 1987. You can also read our some of our Travel Tips in the same magazine.

We hope you enjoy our blog and invite you to comment or share with others if you would like.


Phil & Diane

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Product Recommendations

These are products that we really use on our travels and are pleased to recommend them to others. If you purchase items from these links, we will receive a small commission on the sale. This commission does not affect your price of the item. 


Briggs & Riley Baseline International Carry-On Expandable Wide Body 21" Upright

Briggs & Riley BRX Explore Medium Expandable Upright

The North Face Overhead Wheeled Travel Pac

Arc'Teryx Men's Beta SL Hybrid Jacket

Mountain Hardwear Alkane Jacket - Women's

Sea to Summit Stuffable 20L Day Pack

Outdoor Foundry Waterproof 35L Day Pack

Patagonia Black Hole 25L Day Pack

Cannon Powershot G3X 600mm Zoom Camera

GoPro HERO5 Black Camera

Nikon Coolpix AW100 Point & Shoot Camera

Aqualung i300

Aqualung i300 Data Cable



List of Electrical Plug Adapters Around the World (Type A and B are US standard two prong and three prong plugs)

   Type C used in Europe, South America & Asia

   Type E/F used in France, Belgium, Poland, Slovakia, Czechia, & Russia

   Type G used in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Malta, Malaysia & Singapore

   Type I used in Australia, New Zealand, China & Argentina

   Type J used in Switzerland & Liechtenstein

   Type L used in Italy & Chile

   Type M used in South Africa

   Type O used in Thailand

   Full Set of International Electrical Adapters (Type C, E, F, G, J, L)