Posted by: escapethecube | January 17, 2009

Welcome to Escape the Cube!

“Traveler, there is no path. Paths are made by walking.”
– Antonio Machado, Cantores

Welcome to Nick and Allen’s travel blog! The intention of this blog is to keep our friends and families up to date with our travels and provide us with a platform to convey our thoughts, emotions, and stories from the road. At the very least, our postings should provide the occasional cheap laugh.

On January 7, 2009 we departed the U.S. with little more than a couple one-way flights, backpacks (30 lbs worth of “gear”), and lofty intentions of seeing the world. Opting against pre-booked flights, lodging, and tours in lieu of a “seat of your pants” approach, our travels have a loose itinerary and an undetermined duration. While appearing adventuresome on the surface, this is really a product of our procrastination, lack of organization, and overall indecisiveness, but should set the stage for some interesting stories.

Although this trip may be viewed by some as a spiritual or personal quest to discover our life’s passions and future direction, I assure you our motivations are not that inspiring. Instead, this trip developed from a passion for travel, that could not be fulfilled with twice a year excursions outside the corporate office, and an understanding that there is no better time than the present. In our minds, the trip’s success will be measured by returning home with nothing more than an empty bank account, dirty clothes, and a lifetime’s worth of memories.

Our blog posts will come as frequent as allowed by development of interesting content and availability of internet access. We will also be posting additional pictures via google’s and video via

If you would like to keep up with our postings as they are published, feel free to sign up for our RSS feed to receive postings through your reader of choice or through email. This can be done by clicking on “Entries(RSS)” under “Subscribe” to the right.

You can also contact us directly by email or through comments on our postings. We welcome both compliments or critiques, but please keep the comments “family friendly” as we may have viewers of all ages!


  1. Allen,

    I am sure you don’t remember me but I was one of your Dad’s chemistry teachers at Ouachita. He told me about your venture. I just finished a book entitled THE ALCHEMIST by Paulo Coelho and I wondered if you had read it. It is also about a young man who goes in search of his “Personal Legend”. If you have not read it, I highly recommend it. I would sure like to have your opinion of the book.

    Joe Nix

  2. Nick, Check out an international, US-based 501(c)3 I just discovered at Especially look for Kiva Fellows. -kai- TJH

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