A chance to study writing in Paris this summer


Creative Writing Workshop at the Paris American Academy July 1st through the 29th, 2011

For the seventh year running, I’ll be teaching an intensive, month-long creative writing workshop at the Paris American Academy. This hands-on English-language writing program includes courses in:

Fiction Poetry Travel Writing Memoir Screenplays and dramatic writing Literary journalism Journal Writing Presentation and Performance

In addition to taking classes and amassing writing … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (1)  | January 31, 2011
Category: Rolf's News and Updates, Travel Writing

Apply for STA Travel’s World Traveler Internship

What if you could:

–travel around the world for free?

–get experience as a travel writer?

–express your creativity through videos, photos, blogs, and tweets?

You can! STA Travel is holding the 2011 World Traveler Internship. The two winners will hit 16 countries and serve as travel correspondents. The runners-up will get to spend a summer in Europe. A pretty sweet consolation prize. The homepage has a slideshow of all the destinations where the … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (1)  | January 28, 2011
Category: Notes from the collective travel mind, Travel News

Travel talismans

When I was a kid, I used to carry an agate arrowhead with me when I traveled with my family. I found it in an Idaho river, and my dad’s uncle offered me $20 for it. That was a lot of money for me then. I turned him down, thinking that if he was willing to offer me that much, it was surely special. As a … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (5)  | January 27, 2011
Category: General, On The Road, Travel Gear

Jjimjilbangs in Korea

If you’re in Korea, or traveling through the region, one thing you should be sure to experience is the Korean jjimjilbang. A jjimjilbang is a Korean sauna, though referring to them as such is perhaps a little lacking, as they offer so much more. For around 5,00won, about US$4, travelers can take advantage of many of the great features the spas offer.

Most jjimjilbangs work the same. You enter, place your shoes in one … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (1)  | January 26, 2011
Category: Asia, Travel Health

Staying safe in ‘dangerous’ places

One of the most common objections to traveling the world is the supposed danger involved. After all, the world is full of nasty stuff — war, crime, murder, kidnappings, beheadings and so on — why needlessly expose yourself to all that? While it’s easy for those who’ve actually traveled to world to laugh at such questions, most … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (3)  | January 25, 2011
Category: General

Women’s travel stats and contest

There are some really interesting travel statistics about women.

For example, MaryBeth Bond, the “Gutsy Traveler” and so-called #1 expert on women’s travel in the USA, noted on her website that 80% of travel decisions are made by women, regardless of who’s traveling, where they’re going, and who’s paying.

“Hard” adventure travelers (of whom there are 6.1 million) — those thrill-seekers looking for sky-diving, hang-gliding, and parasailing — are usually young college-aged men, while … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (1)  | January 25, 2011
Category: Female Travelers, General

Not passing judgment as a traveler can be coercive in its own way

“Eighty years ago, the British traveled the world and found it almost entirely a source of satire and contempt. Now many a traveler (from Seattle, let’s say) is hungry to go to the Amazon, to Tibet, or the darkest parts of Africa, and find it a source of veneration. Here is life unspoiled; here are the ‘dirt and darkness’ that Greene had been so eager to deplore. The sojourner, now as likely to be a … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (7)  | January 24, 2011
Category: Travel Quote of the Day

Would you consider taking out loans to travel?

Budget questions are among the most frequently asked when it comes to planning just about any trip, but especially long-term trips. When you feel ready to hit the road, the time spent waiting until you’ve saved enough money to travel can be agonizing – so what about taking out a loan and traveling now?

BootsnAll member Ben2Africa says he doesn’t plan on doing this, but he knows someone who is:

I have a … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (6)  | January 22, 2011
Category: Notes from the collective travel mind

What $1 buys you around the world

One U.S. dollar

A $1 bill. Photo: rychlepozicky.com/Flickr Creative Commons

One of the central tenets of vagabonding is that travel doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, going abroad can be far cheaper than your monthly housing and car costs at home.

Lonely Planet called on its readers to send in their tips on what $1 buys around the world. Replies poured in from nomads from all … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (6)  | January 21, 2011
Category: Money Management, Notes from the collective travel mind, Travel Bargains