So what's this all about, anyway?

Like most people, Mrs. Whirlwind and I don't get the chance to travel very often.  So when we do, we focus on itineraries that allow us to visit as many places as possible, usually crammed into a week or so (sometimes far less!).  In between trips, we churn-and-burn credit cards to accrue points and miles to subsidize our travel, which allows us to splurge on accommodations that we otherwise wouldn't pay for out of pocket.  

Our travel philosophy isn't for everyone -- some people prefer to plant themselves in a new place and explore every nook and cranny before moving on.  Others don't feel like they have the time or energy to take such nomadic vacations (although we consider ourselves to be neither adventurous nor particularly athletic).  But life is short..  You owe it to yourself to see as much of it as possible!

In that spirit, we've decided to start documenting each of our trips here, so that other like-minded travelers can be intrigued, inspired, and get a sense of what does or doesn't work, logistically.  Pack your bags (as lightly as humanly possible) and come along with us!  To quote Rick Steves: "Travel is intensified living, with maximum thrills per minute.  It's recess, and we need it!"