Gozo

January 2 – January 30, 2018 (Winter) Just a drop in the Mediterranean, Gozo hides in plain sight. It is just 14 km across at its widest and far more rural than Malta – fewer people, fewer buildings, fewer worries. We visited in midwinter, when the temperatures were comfortably cool...

Novi Sad

September 13 – October 11, 2017 (Beginning of Fall) Of all the places we’ve been on this trip, we found Novi Sad the friendliest. This compact Serbian city was surprisingly full of culture and curiosity. More than anywhere else, people wanted to know where we were from, what we thought...

Santiago

January 21 – February 21, 2017 (Summer) After two weeks on a crowded, expensive cruise ship, a crowded, expensive city was nevertheless a welcome sight. The entire capital region was engulfed in a thick blanket of wildfire smoke when we arrived at the port in Valparaíso. Over a few weeks,...

Lima

November 24 – December 1, 2016 (Beginning of Summer) Home to nearly a third of the people in Peru, Lima is enormous. It sprawls – along the shore, over small hills and deep into arid mountain valleys. And busy! We practically heard the car horns from our landing approach. It...

Krakow

August 11 – 25, 2016 (Summer) Kraków is by far the top tourist destination in Poland. Its Old Town and castle buildings survived World War II relatively unscathed, though many of its people did not. It is a challenging place to categorize. It is a city that lives almost entirely in...

days on the road

 

We are Kevin and Danielle Tarchenski, a pair of introverts that travel the world. Why? To save money, have fun, maybe learn a thing or two. We love to work from the road and write about our adventures. Most of all, we enjoy living simply: peaceful walks, homecooked meals, quiet nights in – wherever we make our home this month.

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Chiang Mai
 

Chiang Mai

December 8, 2015 – January 5, 2016 (Height of “cool” season) Contemplating our first stop as digital nomads, we had no idea where to begin. But after peeking around other travel blogs and online resources, one name quickly rose to the top of the pile: Chiang Mai. This mid-sized city in Northern Thailand...
Penang
 

Penang

January 5 – February 2, 2016 (Height of dry season) The island of Penang sits in the Strait of Malacca west of Peninsular Malaysia, surrounded on all sides by water (as islands so often are). Only 600 km from the Equator, the climate is best classified as “sauna.” Because of...
Lisbon
 

Lisbon

February 3 – March 2, 2016 (End of winter) We’re still not sure whether Lisbon’s temperate winter beckoned us, or Penang’s sweltering one pushed us away. But this charming city on the edge of the European continent captivated us instantly. Old buildings and narrow streets felt cozy even on damp days,...
Barcelona
 

Barcelona

March 2 – 29, 2016 (Spring) Expensive, demanding, and oh-so-crowded, Barcelona is hardly an ideal nomad destination. But one of the most overtouristed places on the continent is popular for a reason – there is simply too much to see and do in this outsize coastal city. Its popularity makes it...
Split
 

Split

March 29 – April 28, 2016 (Spring shoulder season) Split is the second-largest city in Croatia and sits squarely in the center of the Dalmatian coast on the shores of the Adriatic. The city sprang from the bones of a massive ancient Roman palace. To visit the palace today, it doesn’t...
Plitvice Lakes
 

Plitvice Lakes

Nestled in the Dinaric Alps, a unique hydrology of rivers and karst rock create the incredible lakes of Plitvice. Turquoise pools, verdant canopies, stony gray cliffs and glimmering white waterfalls are all hallmarks of Croatia’s premier national park. The process that created them is dynamic, constantly eroding and rebuilding in...
Dubrovnik
 

Dubrovnik

April 28 – May 26, 2016 (Spring) Dubrovnik is not a town for introverts. Cramped streets within the medieval fortress walls force crowds together and aggressive salespeople bark at tourists with tangible desperation. Since most visitors are cruise ship day-trippers, there’s no incentive to be nice and every incentive to sell,...
Bucharest
 

Bucharest

May 26 – June 23, 2016 (Early Summer) The capital of Romania is perhaps the most populous “hidden gem” in Europe. Bucharest exists on a grander scale than we imagined: massive neoclassical facades and wide boulevards reminded us of Paris, though the brutalist remnants of Ceaușescu’s communist regime are quick...
Dublin
 

Dublin

June 23 – 30, 2016 (Summer) After 12 weeks bouncing around the greater Balkan Peninsula, we still needed one more to put us over the finish line and fully “reset” our Schengen time. Rather than tacking on an extra week here or there, we took advantage of cheap flights to take a...
Budapest
 

Budapest

June 30 – July 28, 2016 (Summer) Could we have picked a more confusing place to follow Bucharest? Maybe jumping back and forth between the Balkans and Baltics would work. But beautiful Budapest was worth the trouble. It rivals Prague as the most glamorous former Eastern Bloc capital, and without even the...
Warsaw
 

Warsaw

July 28 – August 11, 2016 (Summer) We didn’t know what to expect from Poland, just that we wanted to go and see if there was some sort of a personal connection. The name Tarchenski is a bit of a mouthful for folks in Northern Illinois, despite the sizable Polish population....
Tallinn
 

Tallinn

August 25 – September 22, 2016 (End of summer, beginning of fall) Tallinn is the largest city of Estonia, but one of the smallest on our trip. Because of that or in spite of it, we found Tallinn to be among the most likable places we’ve visited. It boasts as...
Playa del Carmen
 

Playa del Carmen

September 22 – October 20, 2016 (Hurricane season) Playa del Carmen used to be a sleepy little fishing village on the Gulf Coast, but it has since developed into one of Mexico’s go-to tourist beaches. While it hasn’t reached Cancún-levels of development, it is growing in that direction. Several all-inclusive resorts...
Merida
 

Merida

October 20 – November 17, 2016 (End of rainy season) About three hours west of the Riviera Maya is Mérida, the largest city on the Yucatán Peninsula. The drive is short, but the city feels worlds apart from those coastal resorts. Much of the Old Town was built from the...
Chichen Itza and Uxmal
 

Chichen Itza and Uxmal

Two of the most beautiful and best-preserved Maya ruins lie within a 120km radius of Mérida, which makes it the perfect home base to explore both. Chichen Itza is the larger of the two, perhaps the most famous archaeological site in the North America. Uxmal is older but remarkably intact...
Cancun
 

Cancun

November 17 – November 24, 2016 (Temperate season) Ah, Cancún. An escape for so many, with brilliant blue waters stretching out to the horizon and baby soft sand up to the hotel doorstep. But fifty years ago, it didn’t exist. Everything we saw, from the massive coastal resorts to the...
Buenos Aires
 

Buenos Aires

December 1, 2016 – January 6, 2017 (Summer) Buenos Aires was never high on our list, but it found a way on anyway, and we’re glad it did. Our trip through South America required some serious trade-offs. We didn’t have a month to give to every country, and some (like...
Punta Arenas
 

Punta Arenas

February 21 – March 21, 2017 (Beginning of Fall) Wintering in the Southern Hemisphere was really disorienting. In Buenos Aires, Christmas lights decorated pine trees indoors but palm trees outside, and while family shared pictures of fresh snow we worried about sunburn in Santiago. We were excited for a chance...
Torres del Paine
 

Torres del Paine

Day One: Mirador Las Torres It took nearly our entire stay, but we finally escaped Punta Arenas for the breathtaking wilderness of Torres del Paine National Park. We found a small Airbnb in Puerto Natales to serve as our home base for three nights, busing into the park each morning and back...
La Floresta
 

La Floresta

April 19 – May 20, 2017 (Fall) The Atlantic coast of Uruguay is studded with world-class beaches. Some, like Punta del Este, have developed into ritzy resort towns, catering to wealthy Brazilians and Argentinians looking for a safer place to holiday. Others are more like La Floresta. A quiet town...
Prague
 

Prague

May 21 – June 19, 2017 (Summer) Everywhere we’ve traveled, people wanted to know if we’d been to the Czech Republic. “You haven’t had great beer until you’ve been to Prague!” they’d say. When it happened to be the cheapest destination for a flight out of South America, we took...
Vilnius
 

Vilnius

June 21 – July 19, 2017 (Summer) Our extraordinary stay in Estonia made us eager to see more of the Baltic states. The earliest opportunity came after Prague, when Lithuania was just a few tantalizing days away by bus. Here we were spoiled for choice in such a small country....
The World’s Best Castles (According to Us)
 

The World’s Best Castles (According to Us)

We visit a lot of different attractions on our travels, but we never pass up a castle. There aren’t a lot of them where we’re from. In fact, many of these ancient stone structures predate our entire country. Looking over those walls, imaging fantastic battles from history or fable and...
Popular Tourist Attractions Worth Braving the Crowds For
 

Popular Tourist Attractions Worth Braving the Crowds For

(And the quiet spots to escape to afterward) Not every crowded tourist attraction is worth the trouble – ever see the Mona Lisa in person? But some definitely earn their fame and attention. These are the most important sites not to skip, in spite of the pressing masses of people....