My old friend and roommate Dave is preparing to embark on a trip around the world.

Taking the opportunity to quit his job and travel for at least a year around the world is something most people can only dream of – I have enormous respect for the ambition and courage it takes to make sacrifices to realize such distant dreams. The mental preparation required for a year long journey through foreign lands is simultaneously dizzying and fascinating, and you can follow his progress on his blog at

With any luck I’ll have the opportunity to catch up with Dave as he passes through the mighty ‘Republic. I still have writing an article for his site on my mind. Stay tuned: Dave seems to be on top of maintaining a steady flow of engaging reading material for the travel-minded.