KEEN Shoes Review – Are They The Best Shoe for Travel?

Prior to leaving to our 465-day trip around the world, we were really excited to be sent a few pairs of KEEN shoes to wear on our journey.

We were particularly interested in these shoes as they were clearly designed by someone who had our type of journey in mind.

Comfortable for city walking, rugged for mountain hiking, and waterproof just for good measure, they really did seem to be the best shoe for traveling on an adventure such as ours.

But did they live up to the hype?

After 15 months on the road, visiting 38 countries on 5 continents, you could say that we put them through the ultimate test to find the answer.

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How to Bring a Dog into the USA From Mexico

We never expected to bring home a pet from our 465-day trip around the world. But when we saw Tamale's big brown eyes staring up at us and heard the story of how she was found on the streets of Valladolid, Mexico, cowering under a car, our hearts melted. At first, we thought the logistics of bringing a dog into the US would be too complicated, but after researching the requirements, everything fell into place.

This is the story of two weary world travelers, one adorable dog, and our journey together from near the ruins of Chichen Itza in Mexico to Dayton, Ohio.

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A $75,000 Vacation Around the World Over 465 Days

We took a trip around the world for a grand total of 465 days in 2013-2014, visiting 40+ countries on five continents. 

We were neither luxury travelers nor budget backpackers on this trip, and used points to pay for a number of our long-haul flights.

The total cost of this trip? $75,000 – or $80 per person, per day for the duration of the trip.

In this one we dive down into the numbers to show just where all that money went per country and per major spending category.

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Whale Shark Snorkeling – Swimming with the Giants

Whale Shark from Above
With the end of the whale shark season approaching fast, I was worried that I would not be able to get out and snorkel with these giant fish during our visit to the Yucatan.  Many trips in the week we were there were canceled due to bad weather and high tides, and my tour with Eco Colors kept getting pushed back until I was finally scheduled to head out on my very last day.

With an early wake-up call, an alarmingly calm sea, and no more days to go out if this was a bust, our group made the hour-long trip out of port to find the mysterious whale shark.

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