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Philadelphia residents Larissa and Michael Milne quit their jobs, sold their house and gave away their possessions in 2011 to travel around the world for a year with a Rocky statue. They never stopped. After adapting to a much simpler nomadic lifestyle, they’ve been on the road for four years, with no permanent address.

Along the way they have visited all 50 states and landed on six continents, visiting a wide range of countries from North Korea to Australia to France and beyond. They’ve become popular public speakers about slow travel and the concept of “chucking it all,” the topic of their recent TEDx talk.

They blog about their adventures at Changes in Longitude, which won the 2013 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Silver Award for Best Travel Blog. They also write regularly for the Philadelphia Inquirer/ and other print and online outlets. Their first book, Philadelphia Liberty Trail, takes a revolutionary approach to visiting the city's historic district.

Larissa and Michael provide advice about historic, tasty and quirky destinations, encouraging others seeking to embark on their own mid-life adventure. Follow along on their journey and learn why the one item Michael can’t travel without is a pair of grilling tongs.

Entries by Larissa and Michael Milne

The Rocky Statue That Traveled Around the World

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2015 | 6:45 PM


While the movie Creed has brought the Rocky series to a new generation of film goers, there are many long-time diehard Rocky fans out there.


When two of them, Larissa and Michael Milne,...

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8 Reasons Curaçao Is the Most Interesting Island in the Caribbean

(12) Comments | Posted November 15, 2015 | 7:26 AM


Who doesn't love a tropical paradise? Palm trees, white sand beaches and turquoise waters do wonders for soothing the weary soul, mine included. But after a few days I find my mind wandering, and I'm itching for a little intellectual stimulation.

During my...

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Miss the Locks of Love Bridge in Paris? Try This One

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2015 | 4:35 PM

Could a bridge in Slovenia replace the "Locks of Love" bridge in Paris?


Earlier this year authorities removed the "locks of love" from the Pont des Arts bridge in Paris. Lovers placing a lock on the bridge had become a phenomenon since...

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The World's Heaviest Building in Bucharest

(0) Comments | Posted October 18, 2015 | 11:26 AM


We've seen a lot of superlatives in our four years as global nomads, but in Bucharest we met up with a unique one: the world's heaviest building. During the 1980s dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu decided Romania should have a massive world-class building...

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The Dozen Best Donuts in America

(10) Comments | Posted June 4, 2015 | 10:09 AM

The first Friday in June, which falls on the 5th this year, is National Donut Day. We've been driving around the country visiting all 50 states for the last 3 years to seek out the best donuts. (Well, OK, we flew to Alaska and Hawaii.) Here's our ranking of the...

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21 Ways Philadelphia is the Coolest City in America

(123) Comments | Posted June 1, 2015 | 12:21 PM

Philadelphia is experiencing an influx of residents who are attracted to the City of Brotherly Love's unexpected hip vibe. Here's why:

The New York Times loves us.


In fact they selected Philly as No. 3 among its must see destinations in the world...

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5 Surprising Places to Get Your Cowboy Fix

(1) Comments | Posted February 17, 2015 | 7:43 AM

There is something quintessentially American about the West. Wide open spaces, horses... and cowboys and rodeos. We've spent a lot of time road-tripping our way through the western U.S. in the last year or so, which naturally means we've been in cowboy country. Here cowboy boots and hats aren't novelty...

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'Tis the Season: Taste Test of Reindeer Sausage

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 9:48 PM

Anchorage's Town Square Park on West 5th Avenue is a festive place. Particularly during the summer when the waning orange glow of the sun at 11 pm sort of makes it feel like sunrise. Which got me in the mood for breakfast, or was it the dueling smoke wafting my...

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Remembering Pearl Harbor at the USS Arizona Memorial

(1) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 2:56 PM

This year marks the 73rd anniversary of the Japanese attack on military forces at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. December 7th falls on a Sunday, just as it did on that "Day of Infamy" in 1941 when the sun dappled base was just waking up to another relaxing weekend day.

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How Airbnb Will Change the Way You Travel

(13) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 11:36 AM

Michael and I have been on the road for over three years now with no fixed address, yet people still ask us where we call home. We finally have a good answer: we live at Airbnb. We don't work for them, nor do we live at their corporate headquarters (although...

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Good Vibrations: Learning How To Surf In Your 50s

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 5:27 AM


In 2011, a year after turning 50, we quit our jobs, sold our house and gave away most of our possessions to travel around the world for what we thought would be one year. But after learning how to live much more simply...

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The Grand Canyon With Rainbows in Hawaii

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 3:42 PM

The Grand Canyon in Arizona is truly spectacular, but if you want to see an incredible canyon with a tropical flair head to what Mark Twain called "the Grand Canyon of the Pacific." Located on the Hawaiian Island of Kaua'i, the canyon is over 12 miles long and over 3,000...

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10 Spooky American Ghost Towns

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 10:44 AM


It's that time of year with Halloween approaching that we start thinking of all things haunted. Here are 10 American ghost towns, places that were once thriving but are now abandoned. A visit to any one of them is intriguing, desolate . ....

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From Drag Racing to Dog Mushers, 12 Offbeat Sports Halls-of-Fame

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 11:15 AM

The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York is a popular vacation destination but there are many sports represented around the country that are worth a trip too.

National Pinball Hall of Fame, Las Vegas, Nevada


Some may dispute whether or not...

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Travel Reveals How America Is Different From the Rest of the World, Part 2

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 6:03 PM

We've been traveling the world for almost three years now and previously wrote how America is different from the rest of the world. From eating pizza to the metric system and more it's really a different world out there. Here are...
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12 Tips for Reading Yelp and TripAdvisor Reviews

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 3:45 PM

Yelp and Trip Advisor have become our go-to web sites for finding reviews of restaurants, hotels and tourist attractions. They are usually pretty accurate but it's important to weed out the reviewers whose opinion you shouldn't trust. Here's how we look at TripAdvisor and Yelp reviews:

Watch the star ratings:...

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Why You Should Take Bali Off Your Bucket List

(18) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 4:52 PM

We've visited over 30 countries so far on our two-year around-the-world journey, but one place strikes the heart as the most romantic: Bali. Before we arrived we envisioned the Bali of glossy magazines and travel memoirs like Eat Pray Love; sylvan sandy beaches, lush landscapes and warm water that beckoned...

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Reisen bildet: Wie sich Amerika vom Rest der Welt unterscheidet

(5) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 9:48 AM

Seit zwei Jahren reisen wir inzwischen um die Welt, und in dieser Zeit ist uns aufgefallen, wie sehr sich Amerikaner doch von anderen Nationen unterscheiden. Von Zeitangaben bis Pizzaverzehr - hier sind unsere Lieblingsunterschiede.

Das metrische System: Als ich in den 1970er-Jahren zur Schule ging, hieß es, dass in den...

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10 Things to Do Instead of Watching the Super Bowl

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 5:03 PM

Unless our beloved Philadelphia Eagles are in the Super Bowl, we don't watch it. (Yeah, maybe bitter grapes but we're loyal fans in Philly.) Since that means we've only been able to watch two Super Bowls in the last XLVII years, we look forward to the day of the big...

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Travel Reveals 10 Ways America Is Different From the Rest of the World

(590) Comments | Posted January 26, 2014 | 4:57 PM

After traveling around the world for two years we've noticed many differences between America and the rest of the world. From the proper way to eat pizza to how to tell time, here are a few of our favorites:

Metric system: As an eager middle-schooler in the 1970s I was...

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