Review: Osprey Kestrel 48 backpack and how to choose a great backpack

backpack thumbA good backpack can make or break a trip. Drenching rain, language barriers, delayed flights — you can weather all with humor and go-get-’em attitude.

But a good backpack is the foundation upon which your trip rests. It holds your entire life in one place. It protects it. Sometimes you wear it so often it feels like another appendage.

That’s why it’s important to take some … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (1)  | November 25, 2015
Category: Backpacking, Travel Gear

The dark side of travel romance

romance thumbWhen it comes to the ways of love and romance, no aphrodisiac is quite so potent as travel. On the road — freed from the dull routines and restrictions of home — you become more open, more daring, more willing to seize the moment. Away from home, the people you meet (be they locals or fellow travelers) seem sexier, more exotic, less repressed — and this … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (7)  | November 20, 2015
Category: Europe, Sex and Travel, Vagabonding Advice

The 5 lessons that travel taught me

lessons thumbI bolted through the airport, dodging slow moving people dragging rolling suitcases.

My flight left in thirty minutes. Plenty of time to get my boarding pass and navigate airport security in the quiet of an early Friday morning.

The lines to the flight check-in counters were empty. I ducked under each fabric line divider and arrived at the counter, flushed and breathless.

“I’m sorry, miss, but … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (0)  | November 18, 2015
Category: On The Road

How time changes travel and travel changes time

time thumbThe past few weeks have seen a lot of talk of the past, the future and travel. Flux capacitor, Delorian and time travel have been posted in You Tube videos, bantered around Facebook and the stars of Back to the Future even turned up on late night television in celebration of the past actually catching up to the future. While I don’t own … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (0)  | November 11, 2015
Category: Vagabonding Life

10 small strategies that will improve your journey

About five years ago, San Francisco Chronicle travel editor John Flinn published a column called “A few things I’ve learned in a quarter-century-plus of travel.” I enjoyed his insights so much I saved the article as a text file — and I recently stumbled across it again on my laptop. Here are my ten favorite bits of advice from Flinn’s column:

1. When you’re on a lean budget, one step up from rock-bottom … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (4)  | November 6, 2015
Category: Food and Drink, Hostels/Hotels, Vagabonding Advice

10 reasons I would never go back to regular life

Traveling long-term for the last three years has changed me in many ways. When I take a minute and reflect on who I was before I started traveling, I can only see faint glimmers of that person. As I have wandered the world, experienced other cultures, and tested my limits I have become an independent, free, and well-rounded person.

Travel has opened my heart and expanded my mind. I feel infinitely grateful that it has played … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (0)  | November 4, 2015
Category: Lifestyle Design, Vagabonding Life

Vagabonding Case Study: Becky Ances

Becky Ances of Writer. Traveler. Tea Drinker. unnamed

Age: 39

Hometown: Peterborough, NH, America

Quote:Most of our problems arose from our connections to our hometown. On the traveling side we had problems every now and then, but it is just easier to roll with it.”

Posted by | Comments (2)  | October 30, 2015
Category: Vagabonding Case Studies

How to become a SCUBA diving instructor

Working from a beach paradise, daiquiri in hand, can make living abroad as a permanent beach bum seem easy. In reality, finding a way to create income from abroad can be tortuous. Travel sites post lists of the top 10 jobs that can make working from abroad a reality. While these jobs exist and are possible to get, sipping a cocktail on the beach everyday is not always part of the equation.

A year ago … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (0)  | October 28, 2015
Category: Working Abroad