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So why “CompassWhistle?”

We are aware “CompassWhistle” is an odd name for a blog. For weeks, we Googled synonyms for “travel” and “journey,” researched travel-related quotes and scoured the dictionary for quirky, nonsense-sounding words. (Admittedly, we once harbored delusions of grandeur, imagining we’d hit upon the next one-word URL superpower like “Amazon.com” or “eBay.com.”) I compiled list upon…

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I’m the reason you can’t find a single library book on Australia

I’m embarrassed to admit it, but ever since we started planning The Trip, I’ve become a bit of a library book hoarder. Our county’s library system consists of multiple branches, and I’ve come to realize that the one closest to our house – deep in the midst of Snowbird country — has been unofficially designated…

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Go west, young man (and woman)

Our trip will begin in Fiji.  Two weeks ago we purchased our tickets to Australia.  LAX->SYD by way of NAD (Nadi, Fiji).  We discovered these tickets because of the price, but we were intrigued by the layover.  Fiji.  Her remembered the scene in “The Truman Show” when Jim Carrey’s character said, “You can’t get any…

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Are we crazy? Probably.

Purchasing one-way tickets to Fiji is probably the most irresponsible move either of us has ever made — or probably will ever make. Our timing, of course, is terrible. The country – and much of the world – is in financial dire straits. Unemployment rates still flounder in the stratosphere and job security is thin….

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Compelled to Travel

We’re newlyweds who have squirreled away enough money over the last year and a half to feel confident we can quit our day jobs and travel for an extended period of time.  This trip is something we have both dreamed about for the last decade and are finally getting the chance to experience it.  Our…

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