So much for traveling light

Trolley full of luggageBecoming even a part-time expat with a home in a developing country can change your travel style. If you’re in the midst of building, your bags may be stuffed with power tools, hurricane ties and various pieces used to put your home together. If you’re living in a completed structure, your luggage may contain replacement parts for appliances and those little things to … Read more »

Posted by | Comments Off on So much for traveling light  | April 30, 2010
Category: Expat Life

Expats fleeing to a permanent life abroad

The most drastic steps an expat can make is to give up citizenship and take up permanent residency abroad. With tax season just behind us, the media has picked up on the expat connection.

This Time magazine article says that growing numbers of Americans are crossing that point of no return: U.S. expat taxes drive Americans to give up citizenship.  There was a similar article in the New York Times: More American expats … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (5)  | April 30, 2010
Category: Expat Life, Lifestyle Design, Notes from the collective travel mind

Sometimes you just need a place to crash

A few months ago, we talked about the usefulness of vacation rentals as lodging alternatives, offering many of the same amenities as hotels at closer-to-hostel prices. While the two biggest names in homestays are VRBO and HomeAway (the former now owned by the latter), a small grass-roots community has sprung up across the pond.

Instead of renting whole properties, specializes in the underutilized space in peoples’ homes. “We like to … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (2)  | April 29, 2010
Category: Europe, Hospitality

When shoes break down

The RTW trip lasted about two years and three days. It started in Pokhara, Nepal, and ended while traversing a pile of ceramic teacup shards this morning in Mirzapur, India. My left sandal has called it quits.

In the moment before I accepted its passing, the sandal’s life flashed before my eyes. A life of travel — from the Himalayas to the lakes of Maine, to the midlife … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (5)  | April 28, 2010
Category: Notes from the collective travel mind, Vagabonding Life

How one couple saved 75 percent of their income to travel

piggy_savings_bank_bay_alan cleaver_flickerSaving money for an extended trip is hard. “Like titanium alloy hard,” as Erin at puts it, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. In fact, with a little perseverance, Erin and Simon were able to save 75 percent of their income. To help you do the same, they’ve detailed the process they used in a great blog post entitled, How … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (7)  | April 27, 2010
Category: General

Solas Award: Red Lights and a Rose

Vagablogging contributer Joel Carillet won the Solas Award for best travel writing in 2008 with his short nonfiction essay “Red Lights and a Rose.”  A touching and raw account of his interactions with the street and club girls in Bangkok’s red light district, it leaves you questioning…and reaching for a paradise you never knew existed.

This was my second night in Soi Nana, a square three-storey structure with the feel of a frat … Read more »

Posted by | Comments Off on Solas Award: Red Lights and a Rose  | April 27, 2010
Category: General

Eurail passes: Great deal or big scam?

Train Office

Most travelers are familiar with the slew of European rail passes offered through Eurail or through your local STA agent. Travelers can purchase country specific passes, lump a few countries together on one pass, or even purchase a “global pass”.

Country specific passes are available for 17 European countries, allowing travelers to really … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (9)  | April 26, 2010
Category: Backpacking, Europe, On The Road, Travel Bargains, Youth Travel

Citizen-travel is important to the health of a country

“[International travel] is very important not only for individuals but also for the country as a whole. The U.S. has periodically made policy blunders because we tend not to appreciate the way our country is seen by foreigners; we often fail to understand the prism of suspicion through which any American action is perceived by foreigners. So I think if more Americans spent time traipsing the world, the United States would become a more cosmopolitan … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (4)  | April 26, 2010
Category: Travel Quote of the Day