Perspective: The road’s gift

“No journey is too great, if you find what you seek” – Anonymous

When I was little, I met counselors from all over the world at sleep-away camp. If you told me the ten year old who acquired a koala singlet from her counselor, would later marry an Australian and live down under; I would have told you, ‘you’re nuts’!

The travel bug bit hard during my first non-family trip. After university, … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (0)  | September 2, 2015
Category: Notes from the collective travel mind

Vagabonding Case Study: Karol Gajda

Karol Gajda of karol.gajda.com mail.google.com

Age: 34

Hometown: I was born in Wrocław, Poland, but I grew up in Michigan.

Quote: This changes often so I’ll choose one of my favorites that can be used along the vagabonding theme. “There is no tomorrow! There is no tomorrow! There is no tomorrow!” – Apollo Creed, Rocky III

Posted by | Comments (0)  | August 28, 2015
Category: Vagabonding Case Studies

A fresh perspective on home

I was reminded recently of an odd quirk in our human nature. When most of us travel, our senses are hyper-attuned to our surroundings. This is partially a conscious decision; the adventure of discovery is exhilarating. But part of it is an unconscious function. When we are in a new and unfamiliar environment, seldom-used neural pathways light up and allow us to soak in all … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (4)  | August 26, 2015
Category: North America, Notes from the collective travel mind

One Hundred Percent American, by Ralph Linton

American anthropologist Ralph Linton wrote the following essay, which appeared in the American Mercury in 1937. Published half a decade before “globalization” became a buzz-word, it humorously illustrates how everyday routine in modern America is the sum of years of global human ingenuity.

“One Hundred Percent American”

There can be no question about the average American’s Americanism or his desire to preserve this precious heritage at all costs. Nevertheless, some insidious foreign ideas have already … Read more »

Posted by | Comments Off on One Hundred Percent American, by Ralph Linton  | August 21, 2015
Category: Travel Quote of the Day

Vagabonding Field Report: Hoi An, Vietnam

A stop in Hoi An should be at the top of everyone’s list when traveling through Vietnam. It’s halfway between Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, two major destinations in Vietnam, but has a quieter more laid back feel. Hoi An is famous for their tailors, food, and silk lanterns. Many come here to have a custom suit or dress made. Sitting on a river delta and a short ride to the beach, it’s surrounded … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (0)  | August 19, 2015
Category: Asia, Vagabonding Field Reports, Working Abroad

Re-imagining college education with the Wayfinding Academy

Imagine a team full of change-makers led by a former University professor and consisting of others with a multitude of careers in higher education and educational, political, and media non-profit organizations.

Imagine them collaborating to create an alternative college that addresses a big problem in higher education: too many young people getting to college and not knowing why they are there, spending numerous years there accumulating massive debt, and arriving at graduation without knowing … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (0)  | August 14, 2015
Category: General

Solo female travel – right or wrong, dangerous or not?

I struggled down the narrow aisle of the rattletrap bus to my seat near the back, where the stench of gasoline permeated the air. Concerned that other passengers would not be able to get by, I stuffed my backpack on the floor behind my feet and my suitcase in the aisle next to me. I needn’t have worried. As the bus filled up, both were quickly buried beneath satchels, giant plastic shopping bags, and sacks … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (0)  | August 12, 2015
Category: Female Travelers, Senior Travel

Remembering the Hippie Trail

TomoryFor independent travelers just now beginning to travel in Asia, the legendary overland “Hippie Trail” of the ’60s and ’70s is a natural source of fascination and envy. Unlike today’s Lonely Planet-toting backpackers, the counterculture wanderers of the hippie era pioneered their Asian routes by word-of-mouth and trial-and-error. Hence, in indie travel terms, Hippie Trail travelers are to present day backpackers what the Ancient Greeks … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (95)  | August 7, 2015
Category: Travel Writing

Review on Tortuga Backpacks’ daypack

Our flat-bottomed boat hit another large ocean swell. I was hung onto the seats in front of me, my knees cushioning each bone-shattering impact.

The boat was air-borne for a split second. I was flying, anchored only by my white-knuckled hands gripping the seats.

The boat hit the bottom of the next swell flat-on and rocked. Overhead waves splashed the boat’s clear plastic roof.

A second later, the boat was air-borne again, face-planted into the … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (0)  | August 5, 2015
Category: Travel Gear