Kill Your Status Quo


Once a journal is designed, equipped and put in process, a new factor enters and takes over. A trip, a safari, an exploration, is an entity, different from all other journeys. It has personality, temperament, individuality, uniqueness... We find after yers of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us...Only when this is recognized... do the frustrations fall away. In this a journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it. --- John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley (1960)

Short version: "The world is a book; those who don't travel read only one page."

My five year, 65 country trip is at the bottom of this page.

Recent Travel

For "at home" photos, go to Amsterdam and NL (9/2010-6/2013 and 5/2014-present), Vancouver (9/2013-4/2014), and Davis (8/2002-4/2008)


Nov: California (again!)

Sep: Madrid

Aug: Bognor Regis

Jul: Where the Sheep Sleep

June: Gothenburg (for WCERE), Stockholm, Malmo and Copenhagen

Mar: California (again)

Jan: Reykjavik and California


Dec: Toulouse, Albi, Carcassone, Montpellier, Figueres, Girona and Barcelona

Oct: Estonia

July: Sampler album. The whole trip: Flying via Korea to Japan, Osaka, Hiroshima, Kyoto, Kanazawa, Matsumoto, Kohei's place, Otaru, and Tokyo (25 July, 26 July, 27 July, 28 July, 29 July, 30 July, and 31 July)

May: London


Dec: Portugal

Dec: Barcelona

Jul: Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Argentina.

Jun: Paris

Jun: Bucharest

May: California

May: Astana (again)

Jan: Astana

Jan: Meknes, Fes, Merzouga, NKob, Skoura, Essouira, and Marrakech


Oct: Geneva

Oct: Sicily

Oct: Scotland

Sep: London

Sep: Stavanger

Jul: Bilbao, Zaragoza and NoWhere

Jun: Helsinki

Mar: Paris

Feb: Budapest

Jan: Bognor Regis and Mission Viejo


Dec: UAE, Oman and UAE/Oman

Dec: Antwerp quickie

Oct: Bordeaux (France's Napa/Sonoma)

May: Riyadh (and KAPSARC)

May: Jeddah

May: Istanbul

May: Roma

Feb: Southern California


Dec: Ecuador and Colombia

Nov: Portland

Aug: Vancouver to Yukon, Alaska and Alberta... and back

Jul: California to Canada

Jul: Maastricht, Antwerp and Bruges

Jul: Dubrovnik (Croatia) and Montenegro

May: Andalusia (Seville-Cadiz-Ronda-Granada-Cordoba)

Mar: Ukraine (mostly Kyiv)


Dec: Malaysia I, Brunei, Philippines, Bali & Flores, Singapore and Malaysia II.

Nov: Cyprus (North and South)

Aug: Burning Man and California road tripping

Aug: Berlin

Jul: Lago di Como

Jul: Prague

Jun: Interlaken -- where Cornelia and I "got serious" :)

Apr: Shetland Islands

Mar: Road trip to Marseille


Dec: Egypt

Aug: Burning Man

Jun: Copenhagen and Rome

May: Israel

Feb: Bruges

Jan: Venice


Nov: Brussels

Aug: Burning Man

Jul: Bozeman and some parks :)

Jun-Jul: Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama

Jan-Mar: Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand and Fiji.


Nov: Anne Visits again!

Sep: Anne Visits Berkeley!

Aug: Burning Man

Jul: Amsterdam, Cornwall/Devon with Anne


Aug: Burning Man

Jun: Washington DC for Flights of Fire and TransforUs (Ashville, NC)

Apr: Death Valley and back (no photos of flat tires...)


Dec-Jan: New York and New Orleans

Oct: Brussels, Prague and Passau

Sep: Burning Man

Jul: Portland

Jun-Jul: Iceland, the UK and NYC

Mar: Guatemala and Belize

Jan: Chicago ASSA Meeting


Jun: Hiking in Hetch Hetchy

Mar: Cuba and Yucatan

Feb: Mt Lassen XC-Ski

Jan: Yosemite Snowshoeing!

Jan: Boston ASSA Meeting (ASSA means "Allied Social Sciences Association", but it's only for economists!)

2005 (15 air trips in 3 months vs. 25 in 5 years on the road). Click on the SPONSOR or EVENT for info, the PLACE for photos.

Oct 28-29: The Bren School of Environmental Science and Management  hosted the 8th Occasional California Workshop on Environmental and Resource Economics at UC Santa Barbara. [Beach and Halloween Photos]

Oct 20-21: Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB) hosted Advances in the Theory of Contests and Tournaments Conference in Germany. [Photos from Berlin]

Oct 14-16: Karl Polanyi Institute of Political Economy hosted the Tenth International Karl Polanyi Conference at Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey. [Photos from Turkey]

Sep 29-Oct 1: International Society for New Institutional Economics hosted The Institutions of Market Exchange Conference at Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, Spain. [Photos from Spain]

Aug 25-27: Lancaster University Department of Sociology hosted the Perspectives on Moral Economy Conference in Lancaster, England. [Photos from England and Wales]  [Photos from Scotland]

Aug 16: Passed my oral exam and had a party.

Aug 10-14: Association for Evolutionary Economics hosted the Institutional Economics in the 21st Century summer school at Colorado State University, Fort Collins.

Jul 24-30: Foundation for Teaching Economics hosted the Economics for Leaders summer school at Claremont McKenna College, California.

Jul 18-21: CESifo hosted the Summer Institutes on Economics and Psychology and Political Economy and Development in Venezia, Italy. [Photos from Venezia]

Jul 10-14: European Science Days hosted the Summer School on Economics, Extra-legal Protection and Organized Crime in Steyr, Austria.  Also visited Linz and Wien.

Jun 18 - 24: Institute for Humane Studies hosted the Social Change Workshop for Graduate Students at University of Virginia.


Xmas/New Years: Paris & Amsterdam

Aug: Experimental Economics Workshop at George Mason University and DC

Jul: Peru & El Salvador


Jun: Free Market Environmentalism summer school at PERC.

The Big Trip (1995 -- 2000)

I traveled for five years (April 1995 to April 2000) to 65 countries in Europe and Asia. I wanted to travel because I was curious about the world and felt that being there is a lot more informative than reading or viewing information about a country (especially when one considers the role of editing!). I traveled most of the time but went back to the States twice  (for three weeks and two months), each time after about 18 months of travel. Money? I budgeted, saved, and spent about $50,000 (or $10,000/year or $30/day as a rule of thumb) on the trip. I invested all this money in the stock market before I left and returned with more than I started with! This was an excellent example of a "free lunch." Some may argue that I would have made more both working and not spending my money, but I tend to think that travel is better than work and the stock market lost a lot of dot-com gains right after I returned (taking my early retirement dreams with it!). It was a sort of free lunch followed by proof that free lunches don't last for long! Click here for trip statistics.

The hardest part of the travel was deciding to go. The best part was people. The worst part was the mail service (I found internet everywhere). Every country was interesting in a way; every country gets better as memory of past horrors fade. My favorites were Egypt, Hungary (rather, Budapest), India, Israel (rather, Jerusalem), Italy, Laos, Kirgizstan, Madagascar, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Spain, Turkey, and Yemen. I missed Iran and Iraq. I wasn't sick very often. Someone asked me what I learned in five years. I learned that parents love their children. The rest of my experience was about coping with me, what I wanted, what I couldn't get and why that hardly mattered.

Photos and rants are complementary pages from the big trip. Photos are probably more relaxing to view; rants may elicit your frustration - either because you disagree with my "crazed" views or, worse, if you agree with how bad some things are. I still have three two years of travel left (Africa, Central America, South America, Malaysia and south).