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/ Experiences, Nomad Life

Too Many Languages: Challenges of Nomad Life

Many years ago, I was picking out pastries in a bakery in Paris with my older daughter Stephanie. When the clerk pointed to a pastry, I confidently replied, “por favor.” ...
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/ Experiences, Nomad Life

Oops! Did We Do That? Our Biggest Travel Mistakes

As Steve and I prepared to travel full-time, we knew that we would make mistakes. Fortunately, we have been able to keep them to a minimum, partly due to luck, ...
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White Capuchin Monkey in a wire tube
/ Ecuador, Experiences, South America

The Amazing Amaru Bioparque: A Wind and Whim Favorite Place

If you enjoy hiking and love animals, Cuenca, Ecuador, has the perfect place for you. It’s the Amaru Bioparque. You can spend hours there, working your way up and down ...
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/ Experiences, Nomad Life

Laundry on the Road: Challenges of Nomad Life

What’s the biggest challenge of nomad life? The language barrier? Missing family and friends back home? Boring footwear? Yes, yes, and yes. But perhaps the biggest challenge is laundry. As ...
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Nighttime exterior view of the New Cathedral
/ Ecuador, Experiences, South America

12 Things You’ll Love Doing In Cuenca, Ecuador

In June 2019, we were planning our next stop after Quito, Ecuador, when a new name came up. Cuenca. We had never heard of it. We decided to give it ...
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/ Cats and Dogs, This and That

The Cats and Dogs of 2020

I’ve been feeling a little out of sorts lately. It is so easy to blame it on the pandemic, especially since we have been on restrictions since November*. But going ...
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Colorful tiles spelling out “Budapest” three times
/ Europe, Experiences, Hungary

The Funky Side of Budapest

One of the things I enjoy when exploring a city is discovering unique and colorful street art. The more eccentric, the better. Quite frankly, I think Budapest is lacking in ...
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10 electric scooters lined up on a sidewalk
/ Europe, Experiences, Hungary

Beware the E-Scooters: A Wind and Whim Travel Story

There are many ways to get around in Budapest. In addition to an extensive metro system, there are taxis, buses, trams, trains, and bicycles. There is even a chairlift to ...
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/ Airbnb, Practical Stuff

12 Ways To Be An Amazing Airbnb Host

Steve and I are currently in our twenty-eighth Airbnb since beginning our worldwide travels in April 2018. As of December 31, 2020, we have spent 800 nights in Airbnb apartments ...
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/ Europe, Experiences, Portugal

Sintra, Portugal – Stunning and Sublime

One of the best things about traveling full-time is discovering awesome new places. Sintra, Portugal, was such a place. This enchanting town, less than one hour from Lisbon, is brimming ...
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Six fauns holding lights on a building
/ Europe, Experiences, Hungary

The Beauty of Budapest in 50 Photos

In January 2020, Steve broke his pelvis while skiing in Bulgaria. What was meant to be a three-week winter-wonderland ski trip turned into twelve weeks of pain and disappointment. By ...
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Woman reflected in window with mask and Covid viruses
/ Costs, Practical Stuff

Wind and Whim’s 2020 Travel Costs: Europe

What can I say about the year we just had? No words can adequately express the sorrow of the almost two million lives lost, the lingering health impacts suffered by ...
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/ Experiences, Nomad Life

12 Full-Time Travel Questions Answered

Do you dream of leaving it all behind to traveling full-time? You’re not alone. You may be wondering how affordable it is, or maybe you’re concerned about practical issues like ...
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/ Europe, Experiences, Romania

Therme Bucuresti: A Wind and Whim Favorite Place

Are you thinking of visiting Bucharest when the pandemic is over? Great! You’ll love it. Along with seeing the Palace of Parliament, Herăstrău Lake and Park, and the Cărturești Carusel ...
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/ Random Thoughts, This and That

Bye, Bye Bucket List

Barcelona sat right at the top of our bucket list. It was the first city in which Steve and I would spend a month as we began our new life ...
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The Musée d’Orsay as seen from the right bank of the River Seine
/ Europe, Experiences, France, Quote

Paris’s Musée d’Orsay: A Wind and Whim Favorite Place

Ah, Paris! The City of Lights! What should you do while visiting this fabled city? Climb the Eiffel Tower, peruse great art at the Louvre, stroll along the Seine? Absolutely ...
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The Petit Trianon
/ Europe, Experiences, France

The Magnificent Estate of Versailles: A Wind and Whim Favorite Place

When Steve and I began our full-time travels in 2018 the first two cities we visited were Barcelona and Paris. Talk about setting the bar high. Between these two cities, ...
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/ Croatia, Europe, Experiences

Zagreb’s Museum of Broken Relationships: A Wind and Whim Favorite Place

In the summer of 2018, Steve and I visited Croatia’s capital city of Zagreb. We loved exploring the various museums, relaxing at Jarun Lake, visiting our first cat café, and ...
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/ Experiences, Nomad Life

Is Full-Time Travel Right for You?

Follow my blog with Bloglovin It may seem strange that I am writing about full-time travel during a pandemic. But the pandemic will not last forever. While it lasts we all ...
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/ Europe, Experiences, Spain

Pickpocketed In Barcelona: A Wind and Whim Travel Story

When you repeatedly hear that you are in the pickpocket capital of the world, TAKE IT SERIOUSLY. Despite the warnings, Steve was confident that if he kept his wallet in ...
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Paris’s Cemetery Montmartre
/ Europe, Experiences, France

Paris’s Cemetery Montmartre: A Wind and Whim Favorite Place

When Steve and I started traveling in 2018 the first two cities we spent a long time in were Barcelona and Paris. Talk about setting the bar high. Between these ...
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Mural of a stoned frog amongst flowers

Latin American Street Art to Fuel Your Wanderlust

Hello, fellow street art lover! Here are some of my favorite examples of street art from the ten months Steve and I spent in Latin America in 2019. I hope ...
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Mural of a close up of a big cat’s face with aqua colored eyes
/ Street Art, This and That

European Street Art to Fuel Your Wanderlust

Do you love to turn a corner and see something unexpected? I sure do. That is why I love street art. It may be beautiful, weird, thought-provoking, or whimsical, but ...
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An obelisk and topiary letters B and A in Buenos Aires

10 More Things to Love About Buenos Aires

In the fall of 2019, we spent eight weeks in Buenos Aires. The original plan was to spend four weeks but we liked it so much we decided to stay ...
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The Arc de Triomf in Barcelona
/ Europe, Experiences, Spain

6 Things You Should Know Before Visiting Barcelona

Boisterous and beautiful. That is Barcelona. This city in northeast Spain is a sight to behold and a privilege to visit. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t problems. Here are ...
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A man holding an umbrella over a dog lying on a stairway
/ Cats and Dogs, This and That

24 Delightful Dog Photos From Around the World

As full-time travelers, my husband Steve and I can’t have any pets but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy meeting random cats and dogs during our travels. Here are 24 ...
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A greenhouse in the Buenos Aires Botanical Garden

10 Things To Love About Buenos Aires

It was love at first sight. Within a day or two of arriving in Buenos Aires, we knew we wanted to stay longer than the four weeks we had planned ...
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An orange and white cat lounging on stairs
/ Cats and Dogs, This and That

20 Captivating Cats From Around the World

For those of you who don’t know us yet, my husband Steve and I are nomads. Since we don’t have a permanent home we can’t have pets and having a warm ...
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A woman kneeling in snow in prayer
/ Bulgaria, Europe, Experiences

Bansko, Bulgaria: Not the Trip We’d Hoped For: A Wind and Whim Travel Story

I could picture it so well. The crisp air, the snow-covered pines, the stillness of a landscape blanketed in white. Days spent swooshing down the mountain until exhaustion set in ...
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A llama lying on a stone wall
/ Experiences, South America

Our Top 10 Latin American Travel Experiences

When you are heading to a new location you think about the famous sights you plan to see. But often your best memories are of the little things that no ...
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