Let’s Light This Candle!


We are ready to go! Yes we are just doing carry ons for our round the world trip. Most people find this just as crazy as actually traveling around the world. We will see if this works, I am not wedded to the idea and if it doesn’t work we can just buy things along the way. So far the best part of the trip is seeing the response from people when we tell them about our trip. My best responses so far:

“What are you going to do with all your clothes?”

“But you’re not supposed to do that” (Jokingly)

“How is that even possible?”

“Is somebody dying?”

It definitely messes with people’s minds. It definitely messes with mine. We have been living with Kelly’s parents in Moraga for the last couple of weeks since we have rented out our place to some friends who are remodeling their home. Its been a nice transition period since we have space to spread everything around and parking if we need to run errands. So we’ve been doing all the little things- getting flu shots, making reservations (the general plan is to plan on a rolling 2-3 month basis), packing, downloading apps and movie on iPads/Kindles. Right now we just want to get on the plane and get this going.

Regarding packing this is what I am bringing:

3 Pairs of shoes- tennis, birks, flip flops

4 Pairs of socks

2 Pairs of pants

3 Pairs of shorts (nice, swim, gym)

6 Pairs of unmentionables

3 T-shirts (All merino wool-which I just discovered. Supposed to be much better than cotton- doesn’t hold smells, keeps you warm and cool (look it up), much more durable). We will let you know how many days I can wear it before washing or until my girls don’t want to sit next to me.

1 Long sleeve merino wool shirt

1 Tennis Polo

3 Long Sleeve Button Downs

1 Merino wool hoodie

1 Rain Shell

1 Sun Shirt

3 Hats

Toiletries-I’m not going into all the details but nothing unusual


Cameras-Fuji X-100s, Canon S95 point and shoot, and Canon SL1 with two lenses- 18-135 f/3.5-5.6 IS STM and 28mm f/2.8 fixed.

2 phones (my CDMA iPhone which will be pretty much useless and will basically be an iTouch and an unlocked GSM phone-Moto G with a global SIM card from gosim.com.

Computers- MacBook Air (Kelly), iPad minis (Dave, Claire), Kindle Fire (Lauren, Grace)

There is more stuff too but if I’m getting sick of writing this you are probably sick of reading this.

I just really feel fortunate to be able to do this. Its pretty much the #1 thing on my bucket list. I feel that the universe really conspired to make this happen and that if the universe is going to help you out, it might as well be for something like this. I should probably start an orphanage or something to pay back the Karma.

First stop is Tokyo for 9 days.

Its 3 weeks in Japan, 3 weeks in China, and 3 weeks in Vietnam.

Thanks for following us! See you soon!



  1. Chris Glubka · August 17, 2015

    Congrats brudda! Get after it and have a great time. And thanks for the heads up on merino…


    • dsalonso1 · August 17, 2015

      Thanks Chris. Check out ice breaker shirts when they are on sale.


  2. Julie Kawecki · August 17, 2015

    Bon Voyage! We’re going to miss you 5 but super excited to travel vicariously through you on this awesome adventure of yours!! Big hugs to all of you!


  3. Daniel T. Myers · August 17, 2015

    Great post. Keep the coming!

    Regards, Dan

    M: +1 650.380.6001



  4. Tina · August 17, 2015

    I was definitely one of those people shocked you were just traveling with carryon, but it’s pure genius!! Have a wonderful time, be safe, and I can’t wait to live vicariously through you!!


  5. debduong · August 17, 2015

    We were in Vietnam for our honeymoon, and while I’d like to say I have relatives there who can aid you in whatever you need…I don’t. But! I would like to bid you an amazing journey and I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers for your ensuing journey! I also recommend doing a junk boat tour along Mekong. Unforgettable…
    Debbie And Ryan Lee


    • dsalonso1 · August 17, 2015

      Thanks Debbie! Tell Ryan Australian and french open on the docket.


      • debduong · August 17, 2015

        He’ll be so jealous but will look for you 😜


  6. momlovesfood · August 17, 2015

    Way to travel Alonso’s!! Go small – your collection will grow. So excited to follow you here. You lucky family!! Happy happy and safe travels!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️


    • dsalonso1 · August 17, 2015

      Thanks Katie. And thanks for the Japan preview!


  7. Kim Bolar · August 17, 2015

    Have a great time! Can’t wait to read all about it your blog!


  8. Daniel · August 17, 2015

    I aspire to your minimalism! Look us up in Guangzhou! When are you coming through South China?


    • dsalonso1 · August 17, 2015

      We will see how it works bro. China is sept. Right now it’s Beijing xian Shanghai and HK.


  9. Sarah Brouillette · August 17, 2015

    I don’t think you guys are crazy, I think you are awesome! Am jealous of you and can’t wait to hear about your travels. Hope you girls are all nice to Dave 😉


    • dsalonso1 · August 18, 2015

      If I change the blog to wandering4 you will know what happened


  10. Shelley · August 17, 2015

    Have a wonderful journey and thanks for sharing it with all of us through your blog. Can’t wait to see and read about your amazing adventures. Love ya! Shelley, Jeff & Hailey


  11. Brian Smith · August 17, 2015

    We are so excited for all of you. Can’t wait to hear all about your adventure. We will miss you and look forward to your return. Have a blast! Tons of love to all of you!!!


  12. Adam T · August 17, 2015

    Icebreaker rules! Oh and you do too Dave. Be safe and have a great adventure.


  13. Mike Strain · August 17, 2015

    Wow, is all I have to say at the moment! Can’t wait to hear more….


  14. Yuri Boudagian · August 17, 2015

    Ok , guys — Very Bon Voyage!! Fun & Safe

    I’m sure you’re all turn out to love that idea!

    I’ll miss .. Yuri


  15. Katie · August 18, 2015

    Godspeed Alonso Family! We are so excited and thrilled for all 5 of you!


  16. Theresa · August 26, 2015

    I will enjoy watching your travels. I saw TC the other day when I was visiting Auntie Martie and he is so happy for all of you. Be safe and enjoy!

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