From Small Beginnings Come Great Things

| June 21, 2009 | 2 Comments

springbuds From Small Beginnings Come Great Things

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My wife and I grew up in a subdivision in the suburbs of Toronto, the postage stamp lawns crisscrossed with clotheslines: stockings, sheer nightgowns, t-shirts, billowing in the breeze and spelling out a message: ”This is home.”

And it was home; it is home—home it will forever be. We love it for that and, whenever we’re home, our eyes run over its streets and stores and backyards like a well-read stanza from our favourite book, the book that falls open to the same facing pages every time its thumbed through. And although we’ve been away to study, to work, to travel, our lives always seem to unfold into this place.

But no matter how beautiful or comfortable,

And so it was with St Augustine’s maxim echoing in our minds that we decided in August 2008 that we would trade in our clotheslines for Tibetan prayer flags. And while we’ve been happy enough to go on adventures, we’re now ready to live those adventures.

For many people (including ourselves), making a commitment to long-term travel is the most difficult part. And while there is a lot of work left to be done—it’s really just details.

We launched this site because we wanted to know if it is still possible to have great, life-changing adventures on a shoestring. More to come!


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For nearly ten years now, Daniel of Two Go Round-The-World has explored how travel captures our imagination and engages our deepest emotions. One half of the duo that maintains the widely read Two Go Round-The-World blog, Daniel treats his subjects not only as works of art but also as symbols of the cultural and political forces that inspire them. His latest book, The Physics of Flocking, gathers his favourite writing featured over the past two years on Two Go Round-The-World in columns like 'Looking Back' and 'The Whole Picture'—along with new reflections.

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  1. Daniel, thank you for leaving a comment on my site. I’m not receiving many comments, and so one from a new reader always makes my day (oh hell, it makes my month LOL). But more important than the fact you made my month, I’ve discovered THIS, YOUR site! What a fantastic goal you and Kathryn have set for yourself — one many travelers dream about, but not many achieve. I’m excited to be a part of your preparations. The anticipation whether the journey be for a weekend or a year is one of the best parts of travel. I will anticipate with you! — Tammie Dooley

  2. Daniel says:


    Hi Tammie—thanks. I think it’s important to start a dialogue, especially between new blogs such as are own. So, be sure that we’ll continue to drop by ‘Solo Road Trip’. We dig it!

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