Steven McCurdy’s A Year in Italy

A Year in Italy If you’re attracted to travel writing of a more personal nature, you might be interested in Steven McCurdy’s film A Year in Italy. McCurdy’ film is a 2 disk, 4 hour piece that spans the breadth of his experience in Italy.

Rather than meticulously ticking off must-see destinations and facts about Italy, McCurdy’s film … Read more »

Posted by | Comments Off on Steven McCurdy’s A Year in Italy  | May 31, 2010
Category: Europe, Travel Video

Travel can be a way of synthesizing dreams with reality

“Travel is mostly about dreams — dreaming of landscapes or cities, imagining yourself in them, murmuring the bewitching place names, and then finding a way to make the dream come true. The dream can also be one that involves hardship, slogging through a forest, paddling down a river, confronting suspicious people, living in a hostile place, testing your adaptability, hoping for some sort of revelation.” –Paul Theroux, “Taking the Great American Roadtrip,” Smithsonian, September 2009

Posted by | Comments (1)  | May 31, 2010
Category: Travel Quote of the Day

What do you do with your old guidebooks?

Lonely Planet MonksAt some point in our travel planning, many of us consult a guidebook. How much we each rely on it differs, of course—from those who give a cursory glance early in the process to those who carry it around like a totem from place to place. And some have thrown over guidebooks nearly entirely for Web content.

But however we consume the … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (8)  | May 28, 2010
Category: General, On The Road, Travel Guidebooks

The “Frugal Traveler” bids farewell

One of my favorite columns is “The Frugal Traveler,” written by Matt Gross for the the New York Times.  He gives his final swan song in this piece:

Three things I’ve learned about frugal travel

It’s a great retrospective of his career as a travel writer. While I haven’t always agreed with his definition of “frugal,” I always found Gross to have an engaging narrative voice and that curious nature that all vagabonders have.

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Posted by | Comments (2)  | May 28, 2010
Category: Travel News, Travel Writing

“Taste” on the road


Bangkok, Thailand

Most of us have tongues, and we keep them for the duration of our lives. There are exceptions to this, unfortunately, including the 300 individuals in Cairo who had their tongues cut out by Sultan Baybars al-Jashankir about 700 years ago (he didn’t like their political humor). But the … Read more »

Posted by | Comments Off on “Taste” on the road  | May 27, 2010
Category: Images from the road, Notes from the collective travel mind

The US State Dept unveils an all new travel site

department-of-state-logo2 After a year of collecting suggestions from over 32,000 people, the U.S Dept of State has unveiled a completely revamped source for travel information,

While most Americans may only interact with the Bureau of Consular Affairs when they obtain or renew their passports, their charter also includes assisting citizens who fall victim to … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (2)  | May 27, 2010
Category: Travel News, Travel Safety, Working Abroad

Finger Lakes Trail: 900 miles of lonely hiking

The Finger Lakes Trail is deceptively simple. Looking at the map above, you might think, “What’s there to see?” It doesn’t trace a rugged coast, doesn’t piggyback on the spine of a mountain range, and barely even interlaces with the Finger Lakes. Neither elevation nor landscape varies much — it’s mostly rolling hills. Consequently, the southern half of upstate New York isn’t thought of as a major outdoor … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (5)  | May 26, 2010
Category: Backpacking, North America, Simplicity

Much of the way of we think, feel and act is a result of cultural upbringing

“An American asked why he calls the brothers of his parents and the husbands of his parents’ sisters by the same kinship term, is likely to reply, ‘Because they are all uncles,’ or he may ask, ‘What else could you call them?’ Were he asked why he doesn’t eat fruit salad or ice cream and cake for breakfast, his reply would likely be, that they wouldn’t be good, or that nobody does it, or that … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (5)  | May 25, 2010
Category: Travel Quote of the Day