Around the US by Amtrak Train: 6-Week Itinerary and Tips

Around the US by Train

There are a few different ways to cross the US by train. I went west via New Orleans (the Sunset Limited) in February, and east via Chicago (the Empire Builder) in March. I also traveled up the west coast by train in-between (on the Coast Starlight). I was never bored with the scenery, which ranged from Louisiana wetlands to frosted Texas desert to Arizona mountains, and then from California farms to the lush Pacific Northwest to the snowy Midwest. Here’s my six-week itinerary.

The Itinerary is a Strange Animal

Blenheim Palace Gardens

The more I travel, the more I realize that an itinerary is just something to do during the day. It doesn’t have much to do with why I travel, or why I enjoy my travels. That doesn’t mean, however, that I’d be better off without my itinerary. It gives my trip structure and gets me up in the morning. Here’s how my itinerary works for me.

How to Buy Durable, Sustainable Clothing for Your Minimalist Wardrobe

Nau M2 Sleeveless Henley + Anatomie Skyler Pants

I’ve recently been paring down my home wardrobe to be more like my minimalist travel wardrobe. I’ve noticed that one of the characteristics that my travel clothes all have in common is that they’re durable. Unlike my regular clothes, they still look almost-new and haven’t developed any unsightly holes. Only problem is, durability costs money.  So how do you find durable clothing, and how do you convert your wardrobe on a budget? Here’s my strategy.

Interesting Places to Go in Washington, D.C. by Neighborhood

Washington, DC

No one visits Washington, D.C. for the weather. It was built on a swamp, which isn’t uncommon as far as cities go, but there’s something offensively swampy about D.C. overall. The summers are ghastly, and the entire year is prone to sudden, drenching downpours. Add in the droves of tourists that flock to the city to soak in its historic and political significance, and you’ve got an exhausting, sticky mess. That’s how I felt after my first couple visits, anyway. I’ve since been back a few times and actually enjoyed my time there. Here are some places I’d recommend visiting.

Review of Dervla Murphy’s Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle

Review of Dervla Murphy's Full Tilt

In 1963 Dervla Murphy set out from Ireland with her bicycle (“Roz”), a .25 pistol, a map, and a compass. Her goal: to reach India by cycling through France, Italy, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Persia, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. We can’t replicate her journey today, but we still can (and do) take “escapist” or “off the beaten path” journeys that force us to rethink how we live, interact, and get around. And I think the experiences and observations Murphy describes in Full Tilt are just as if not more crucial for today’s escapist travelers to absorb.