Travel as a mind-shifter: study links expat life with greater creativity

Good news for artists, writers, musicians, and other creative-types! If you need more incentive for extended travel, The Economist confirms what you (and Picasso, and Gauguin) might’ve suspected—living abroad boosts creativity.

I can definitely see the connection. Because the traveler likely finds new inspiration around every corner and often needs to wing it with a new language, he’s broadening and testing his creativity every day.

I think it’s worthwhile to note that the … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (3)  | May 20, 2009
Category: General

Citizen of Diplomacy: Answering Questions About America

As constant travelers, you may find yourself stumped with how to answer not only the question “Where are you from?” (I was born on the East Coast of Canada, lived two hours from Niagara Falls until I was was 18, then lived in Pittsburgh, PA and now I live in Los Angeles…but I’m often COMING from somewhere else when I travel) but “What the heck is up with your home country anyway?”

As citizens of … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (3)  | May 19, 2009
Category: Notes from the collective travel mind

BootsnAll’s Travel Stimulus Package

Although those of us at BootsnAll HQ continue to be flabbergasted at some of the jaw-droppingly low travel deals we see lately, and although we keep preaching to anyone who’ll listen that these deals are so good that everyone who possibly can should take advantage of them, we know that not everyone can hit the road right now. So in an effort to provide a little something to those of you who can’t travel … Read more »

Posted by | Comments Off on BootsnAll’s Travel Stimulus Package  | May 16, 2009
Category: Notes from the collective travel mind

Weirdest hotels in the world

Sometimes your accommodation can be a tourist attraction in itself. Japan’s “capsule hotels” have already become another fun thing for travelers to do.

But there are places that go much further, as you can read in this Matador Trips article about the World’s 10 Weirdest Hotels.  Several of these really integrate with their natural environments, like the ice hotel in Sweden and the cave hotel in Turkey. Others even turn the idea of … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (1)  | May 15, 2009
Category: Travel News

Last day to enter travel writing contest

Last chance to polish up that travel article that’s been rattling around on your computer or in your brain to enter the Bradt Travel Guides / The Independent on Sunday contest! This year’s theme is “Destination Unknown”. Entries must be under 800 words and submitted by noon on May 15.

The first place winner will receive a holiday for two in Colombia and have their winning story published in The Independent on … Read more »

Posted by | Comments Off on Last day to enter travel writing contest  | May 14, 2009
Category: General

Move over Couchsurfing, now there’s AirBnB

I’m always curious about alternatives to mainstream travel, so when I heard about this option for accommodations I was intrigued.

AirBnB is a website where locals offer a place in their home (be it an airbed, bed, or entire home) where you can sleep for the night and get a more local experience than at a hotel. Yes, just as Couchsurfing was an alternative to hotels and hostels, now there’s an alternative to … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (11)  | May 13, 2009
Category: General, Notes from the collective travel mind

Roads Scholarship from Digital Vagabonding

You’ve heard of the Rhodes Scholarship?  Well, how about Digital Vagabonding’s “Roads Scholarship“?

You can win a three-month road trip across North America by applying to this scholarship sponsored by the delectable and useful Digital Vagabonding site.  Pat, the Digital Vagabonder himself, gave up the home-bound life for the road in his early twenties and now wants to pay forward all of the awesome experiences he’s had by offering a monthly $1200 stipend … Read more »

Posted by | Comments Off on Roads Scholarship from Digital Vagabonding  | May 12, 2009
Category: General

The joys of slowing down and straying from the beaten path

I recently did a Q&A for Italy’s La Repubblica Sunday magazine, and the interviewer and I covered some interesting thematic ground about slowing down and getting off the beaten path. Since the interview is only available in Italian, I wanted to share my favorite outtake here:

Slowing down will also take your mind off of preordained “sights” and into the experience of the country. It allows you serendipity; it allows things to happen. It allows … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (5)  | May 11, 2009
Category: Vagabonding Advice