Akaka Falls

See the World for Free

The idea here is to TRAVEL THE WORLD regardless of time or budget. It dawned on me one day that even if I had unlimited time and money (which I definitley do not), I still couldn't see everything in the world that I'd like to see--I'm simply not going to live long enough to do it.

But I had a bit of brain wave and soon after the travel envelope was born. This is an actual physical envelope. I typed the name of every country in the world, plus every state in the US on little slips of paper which I then put into the envelope. In the beginning we (myself, my husband, Dave and daugher Catherine) would draw out a slip at random at the beginning of the month and that's where we would go---at least in our minds. We grab some books about the country from the library and put them in our bathroom to look at. We also check out some videos about the country if any. We check it out on googleearth, listen to the music, try the food, maybe even attempt to learn a dance or celebrate a festival.

After the first two years we discovered that even virtual traveling can be tiring, so we travel now whenever I happen to be in the mood.

It's great fun. I especially love it when people I meet have been to the place I'm "visiting" in real life, or get excited and have some virtual adventures of their own. I hope that anyone who comes across this blog will feel welcome to come with us on the trip!

You have a standing reservation to see it all!

Jan 9, 2014


Love it. The flag has a parrot.

 I did a quick search on google and one of the top hits was from the CIA.  On the website, there is some info on Dominica and a whole lot of info on the CIA.  Does this mean something? Dominica has no standing army. Perhaps the CIA is using Dominica as a retreat?  I know if I had access to a ton of government money I'd use Dominica as a retreat.

Anyway and interesting fact, or should I say intelligence.....Dominica was the last of the Caribbean islands to be colonized by Europe because the natives were so fierce.  Today there are about 3,000 Carib Indians living there and they are the only pre-columbian population in the Caribbean.

Jan 8, 2014

Most Beautiful

This month we're visiting the incredibly gorgeous island of Dominica. This is NOT the Dominican Republic. This is a country in its own right and arguably the prettiest place that our virtual travels have taken us to yet.  It's nickname is "Nature's Island."  It only has a population of about 70,000, but google images show at least one picture with a cruise ship--so apparently somebody knows about this place.  Still, based on my own ignorance, plus everybody's reaction so far "You mean the Dominican Republic?" I think there's a sporting chance that when I go there, I'll feel as though I have the place to myself.

So to start off the virtual travels here are just a few jaw-dropping pictures.