From intern to editor at Backpacker Magazine

I’m sure there a lot of us who love writing and travel, and would sell our souls to have a job that combined the two passions. But how?

Written Road had an interview with Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan, an associate editor at Backpacker Magazine. In it, she gives the lowdown on how she moved up to her dream job.

While experience, contacts and published articles are definitely important, I’d like to expand on one idea she … Read more »

Posted by | Comments Off on From intern to editor at Backpacker Magazine  | January 23, 2009
Category: General

How to avoid corporate chains on the road

The Golden Arches can offer a comforting beacon when abroad, especially when a traveler’s stomach starts to rumble. While there are times when the comforts of home seem very appealing, there are other times when a traveler wants nothing more than to check out something new and local. The following websites can help adapt a North American trip to celebrate and patronize local and independent businesses.

Delocator is the solution to avoiding certain ubiquitous … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (1)  | January 22, 2009
Category: General

How to make your vagabonding experience more affordable

Travel costs money.  Probably not as much as most people imagine, but it’s best to keep these expenses to a minimum, especially during an economic downturn.  Is it still possible to enjoy traveling in these financially unstable times?  My answer to that is a big resounding “yes”.  Here’s how we can do that:

Plan for your expenses in advance. This may sound like a no-brainer, but many people, especially the ones that are new to … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (2)  | January 22, 2009
Category: General

How Obama can change travel in the United States

With Barack Obama now sworn in as the 44th president of the United States, the whole world is watching to see how he delivers on his promise of change.

While the Obama administration faces a myriad of more import and pressing issues, traveler’s have their own list of changes that they’d like to see Obama put into action.

Rob Lovitt, a travel writer at MSNBC, … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (5)  | January 21, 2009
Category: General

President Barack Obama on America’s role in the world

“Recall that earlier generations…understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint. …For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (2)  | January 20, 2009
Category: Travel Quote of the Day

Extreme budget traveler: Leon Logothetis

Talk about traveling on the cheap. Leon Logothetis has made it a point to—on practically nothing.

He has circled the United Kingdom on £5 a day, and made his way from Times Square to the Hollywood sign on $5 a day. And beginning January 25, in the third season of the show that documents these trips—”Amazing Adventures of a Nobody”—he journeys from Paris to Moscow on just 5 euros a day.

Frugality is … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (1)  | January 20, 2009
Category: General

Tell your SO you’re on your own

You’re in love and the road is calling…but it’s only asking to speak to you. Your significant other might be unable to get away for as long as you want to go, or couldn’t imagine wading through hipdeep mud to camp in the jungle in Guatemala, but you can’t think of anything better. So how do you tell him or her without ending the relationship? 

1. Just Spit It Out 

I’m a big fan of … Read more »

Posted by | Comments Off on Tell your SO you’re on your own  | January 20, 2009
Category: General

Vagabonding over, now what?

I know I’ve been dwelling on my transition phase for the last few or more posts. But it’s only really been over a month; yes, I’m allowing myself full grievance time. I’m still questioning my move back to Dubai, still wondering whether my career is as important as I thought it was.

I was speaking to an aunt the other day, and she said to me: “A career isn’t as important as being self-sufficient.” But … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (4)  | January 20, 2009
Category: General

2008: The year in Rolf

Before we get too far into 2009, I should probably try to sum up some of my travel-writing highlights from last year. Interestingly, my two most prominent happenings in recent months — the release of my second book and my TV hosting debut on the Travel Channel — weren’t even on my radar at the beginning of 2008. Indeed, it wasn’t until late January of last year that Travelers’ Tales approached me about what … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (2)  | January 19, 2009
Category: Rolf's News and Updates