The difference: living well vs. doing well


In March of 1989, the Exxon Valdez struck a reef off the coast of Alaska, resulting in the largest oil spill in U.S. history. Initially viewed as an ecological disaster, this catastrophe did wonders to raise environmental awareness among average Americans. As television images of oil-choked sea otters and dying shore birds were beamed across the country, pop-environmentalism grew into a national craze.

Instead of … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (0)  | October 9, 2015
Category: Vagabonding Life

The magic of shoulder season travel

Shoulder Season Travel

Soon after my time as a student ended, I began my career as an educator. Working at camps every summer, travel took flight over those much needed school holidays. If you were a kid in traditional school or had parents who worked in one, you may have done the same. Highest prices, hordes of crowds, long wait lines at airports and attractions … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (0)  | October 7, 2015
Category: Vagabonding Advice

3 Ultimate Adventures

Adventures help us grow. When we push ourselves past our fears and attempt something new and exciting, we learn more about ourselves.

Throughout the years, through all my travels, I have always pushed myself to seek out adventure. I have to be honest, at times it has made me reach beyond my boundaries and tested my limits, but it also has made me a stronger and more rounded traveler.

The world is full of the … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (0)  | October 3, 2015
Category: Adventure Travel

Vagabonding Case Study: Adam Groffman

Adam Groffman of Travels of Adam

Age: 30

Hometown: From the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas, though I lived in Boston for a while before leaving the USA. Now I live in Berlin, Germany

Quote: Jack Kerouac, “the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (0)  | October 2, 2015
Category: Vagabonding Case Studies

Advice for the aspiring travel journalist

travel journalistAlthough I’ve assembled plenty of advice for aspiring travel writers on my websites over the years, I still get a steady stream of queries – often from college students – asking about how to land a travel writing gig. A recent inquiry comes from Maggie in Minnesota:

I am an aspiring travel journalist and freshman in college. I have decided to pursue travel journalism as … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (39)  | September 25, 2015
Category: Vagabonding Advice

Motivations in Travel

IMG_4295I took my first trip abroad when I was 22 and I was convinced I was going to change the world. I had always wanted to leave North America and when I finally did I was fresh out of university, ready to fix everything. I signed up with an organization and jetted off to Kenya hoping to make a dent in the AIDS crisis. I spent … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (0)  | September 23, 2015
Category: Vagabonding Advice

Ellis Emmett: The nine most important things in life

EllisThe first things you notice about Ellis Emmett are his piercing blue eyes, the source of his deep, rolling laugh. This is a guy who loves life, and lives large; that much is clear from the moment he shakes your hand. He’s a builder, a farmer, an expert white water rafter, a mountain climber, an avid traveler, a photographer, a writer, and co-host of the … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (5)  | September 16, 2015
Category: Adventure Travel, General

Best place in Asia to study martial arts?

martial artsHave you ever wanted to study martial arts? One of the great things about travel is that you don’t have to settle for a “McDojo” in your local shopping mall.  You can take a journey to the best place in the world to study your fighting style.   There … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (5)  | September 11, 2015
Category: Asia

3 great American road trips you haven’t done yet

The open road has a mystical quality that cleanses my mind. Snarls in my thoughts loosen as the road unspools in front of my car’s nose. Ribbons of blacktop connecting sea to shining sea, linking deserts and mountains and fields of waving corn.

I yearn to grab my keys, jump behind the wheel and let the miles clarify my thoughts.

My tires eat up the miles. It takes time for the road to work its … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (0)  | September 9, 2015
Category: On The Road