Catching up with the Kiwi family (on the road with 8 kids)

Over two years ago, we first interviewed the Kiwi family about to embark on a round-the-world journey with eight kids, one grandpa, mom Rachael and dad Rob. Now that the end of their trip is in sight, we checked back in and asked this fascinating family to reflect on their journey and what they have learned so far.

What is the biggest challenge you have faced so far on your trip? How … Read more »

Posted by | Comments Off on Catching up with the Kiwi family (on the road with 8 kids)  | July 21, 2009
Category: General

Used Gear Sales

What Vagabonder doesn’t want some used gear, at cheap cheap cheap prices?  Especially if you are a camper or backpacker…or kayaker…or biker…

Two extremely popular outdoor supply stores, REI and MEC, offer “used gear” garage sales to their card-holding members, at least once or twice a year.  These bonanza style sales often open their doors at 8 or 9 am and have high … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (3)  | July 21, 2009
Category: Notes from the collective travel mind

Rolf’s speaking events in San Francisco (and Wales, and Paris)

Next month I’ll be a speaker and panelist at the Book Passage Travel Writers and Photographers Conference, which takes place just north of San Francisco, in Corte Madera, California. The conference runs from August 13-16, and features such travel-writer luminaries as Tim Cahill, Isabel Allende, Don George, Pauline Frommer, Jim Benning, Jen Leo, Linda Watanabe McFerrin, Amanda Jones, Larry … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (1)  | July 20, 2009
Category: Rolf's News and Updates

Why are RTW tickets cheaper outside the US?

When you’re just dreaming about a RTW trip, it can feel like anything is possible. When you move into the planning stage, that’s when the rubber meets the road. Pricing out round the world tickets can be alternately exhilarating and frustrating, especially if you find that not everything is as it looks.

BootsnAll member wanderingnotlost is starting to look into RTW tickets for the trip he and his wife are planning, and he’s … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (4)  | July 18, 2009
Category: Notes from the collective travel mind

Carbon offsets: Yay or nay?

With all the news about climate change, carbon offsets are getting more attention. Should we pay for carbon offsets with our transport?  Budget Travel magazine delved into the topic for its article, Are Carbon Offsets Worth It?

The article stresses the importance of choosing a legitimate organization. Have you ever bought carbon offsets?  Share your thoughts in the comments.

Posted by | Comments (9)  | July 17, 2009
Category: Travel News

Rediscovering the long walk

Since I’ve been anchored to my home for a few months now, I had to find another way to express my need for travel. Here’s the solution I found: take several long walks within the week. By doing this, homebound vagabonds don’t have to feel trapped or confined when they are between trips. You just step outside your front door and keep walking – … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (3)  | July 16, 2009
Category: General

Work in Australia or New Zealand for a year

As Americans, we tend to think that we don’t have the same work abroad opportunities that Europeans, Australians, and Canadians do. But did you know that you can work in Australia or New Zealand if you’re under 31 years old?

In Australia, the “Work and Holiday” visa (subclass 462) came into effect back in 2007, and opened up the opportunity to work there for … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (9)  | July 15, 2009
Category: General, Notes from the collective travel mind

40 days, 40 states: a college class takes to the road

Why couldn’t this class have been around when I was in college? Included in the syllabus: road-tripping and meeting the locals.

40 States in 40 Days” is a class offered at Belmont University in Nashville with the goal of touring the country and asking locals “What does it mean to be American?” Joining in on the 9,300+ mile, coast-to-coast trip are 10 students (and … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (3)  | July 15, 2009
Category: General, Notes from the collective travel mind

Eliot Stein on travel, writing, and Sardinia

Growing up, Eliot Stein wanted to be a cowboy, Michael Jordan and a shepherd (in that order). One year, his father gave his brother and him a journal and told them their summer homework was to write a page a day until school began. Soon, Eliot wanted to combine the journal-style writing he had grown to love with the nomadic shepherd lifestyle he dreamed of having.

Today, Eliot is a professional freelance writer and photographer. … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (1)  | July 14, 2009
Category: General, Travel Writing