Video lecture from Wales, and other Rolf news

Back in September I traveled to rural Wales for the excellent DO Lectures series, which features talks and presentations by cutting-edge experts from a wide variety of disciplines — from mountaineers to sustainable architects to graphic designers. I spoke on vagabonding and the ethic of long-term travel, and video from that lecture is now available online. My talk is in keeping with similar presentations I’ve done for my Vagabonding and Read more »

Posted by | Comments (4)  | November 30, 2009
Category: Rolf's News and Updates

Business inspiration on the road

Jill and DinkoIt’s widely acknowledged that travel widens your perspective. The more you open yourself to the world, the more of a chance that you may meet somebody who will change how you think about things for the rest of your life.

A couple of years ago, my husband and I visited the island of Hvar, part of Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast. The lush, green island is popular … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (1)  | November 27, 2009
Category: General

Vagabonding on a career break

With the recession ongoing, it’s as a good time as ever to go vagabonding. On my trip around Southeast Asia, I met loads of accountants, financial analysts, etc. who had gotten laid off.  Many got sizable severance packages too, providing an immediate travel fund. (If only we could all be so lucky!) Many were actually glad to finally have the time to see the world.

How do you handle the transition from a fast-paced job … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (7)  | November 27, 2009
Category: Vagabonding Advice

Book review: Surviving Paradise: One Year on a Disappearing Island

In Surviving Paradise, author Peter Rudiak-Gould recounts his year as a volunteer English teacher for WorldTeach on the South Pacific island of Ujae. Part of the Ujae Atoll in the Marshall Islands and measuring only one third of a square mile in area, Peter circumnavigated his new island home before lunch on his first day.

Fresh out of college and hoping to find a remote paradise, to … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (3)  | November 26, 2009
Category: Travel Writing

Thank you, travel

The preparation of a feast is underway. Just-cut string beans, snow peas, potatoes. Scents materializing. Cabinet doors flying open and threatening foreheads, then smacking closed with a shot.

A dozen socks competing for space on the tile floor. Bubbling oil and fast chopping. Aboriginal techno from an MP3 player. Water running.

The chaos is streamlining into a simultaneous finish. The wiped-off table is still waxy. I turn to … Read more »

Posted by | Comments Off on Thank you, travel  | November 25, 2009
Category: General, Notes from the collective travel mind

Alone in a crowd

Against_the_flow_by_bracketing_life_flickrEveryone remembers the strangers that stopped to point you in the right direction, offer a tip on where to eat or practice a bit of English, but what about the hundreds that passed you by?

Tom Swick has a thoughtful essay over at World Hum, musing on the crowds of indifferent strangers that we pass everyday in our travels. Those who are, as Swick … Read more »

Posted by | Comments Off on Alone in a crowd  | November 24, 2009
Category: General

Women hitchhikers

 On Forever

Throughout all of my travels I have never once hoofed it to the road and ceremoniously raised a thumb in hopes of hitching a ride. Have I missed some sort of backpacker’s right of passage? Or have I avoided certain death?

Hitchhiking has some kind of romantic allure to me, and I’ve always been keen … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (3)  | November 23, 2009
Category: General