Loving where you live

Last week, I wrote about Outside magazine’s Best Places to Work feature for those searching for a workplace that values the right work-life balance. Another option is breaking out of your own home territory. If you don’t love where you live, but you can’t cut the ties to an office paycheck just yet, you might consider relocating to a place where you feel like you’re … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (3)  | April 28, 2011
Category: Lifestyle Design

Travel quote: Shel Silverstein

“Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me… Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.”

I have carried this quote from Shel Silverstein around with me for quite some time. Aside from it being generally inspirational, I can’t help but feel that it applies heavily to travel and the vagabonding lifestyle, as well. A lot of … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (4)  | April 27, 2011
Category: Travel Quote of the Day

Remembering Chris Hondros and Tim Hetherington

Kanchanaburi, Thailand


The photo above, which shows a gravestone belonging to one of the nearly 7,000 Allied POWs buried at the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery in Thailand, illustrates the difficulty we have in making sense of tragedy.

Last week two talented photojournalists, Chris Hondros and Tim Hetherington, were killed … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (1)  | April 26, 2011
Category: Ethical Travel, General, Images from the road, Notes from the collective travel mind

Culture is a garment for the spirit

“For as one comes to understand people who live by institutions and values different from one’s own, at the same time one comes to see that these people are, nevertheless, at bottom quite like one’s own people. The alien culture at first appears to us as a mask, enigmatic or repugnant. On closer acquaintance we see it as a garment for the spirit; we understand its harmonies and appreciate them. Finally, as acquaintance goes deeper … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (2)  | April 25, 2011
Category: Travel Quote of the Day

Sitting still is more dangerous than traveling

In my post last week, I talked about whether it’s safe to travel now.  As a bit of a follow-up, I’ll talk about when it’s dangerous to sit still for too long: always.

Have you ever been stuck in class or at the office and felt like you were dying inside?  It might not just be your mind playing tricks on you.  The New York Times had an alarming article titled, Read more »

Posted by | Comments (9)  | April 22, 2011
Category: Notes from the collective travel mind

Best places to work

Perhaps the perma-vagabonding life isn’t quite within reach and you need a job that will not only value your love for travel, but also will pay you enough so you can squirrel away cash for that travel. How do you know which companies support a healthy work-life balance?

Outside magazine’s May issue helps you weed through the companies who just talk a good game and identifies … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (2)  | April 21, 2011
Category: Lifestyle Design, Money Management

Korea’s great public transit system

One of the fun parts of travel is getting out and trying to navigate a foreign city on your own. Many travelers relish the simple task of trying to navigate public transit from the airport to the hostel where they are staying. There is simply a fresh zeal to figuring the workings of local buses and rail systems to get out and see all of the … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (5)  | April 20, 2011
Category: Asia, Simplicity

Monty Python on the irritations of package tourism

A 1972 Monty Python sketch called “Travel Agent” contains a classic scene where the Eric Idle character goes on an over-the-top rant about package tourism, at the expense of Michael Palin’s travel-agent character. Many of the references are dated now — and the whole scene is drenched in hyperbole — but many of the frustrations of overly structured group-travel still ring true. Here’s the rant in full:

“What’s the point of going abroad … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (1)  | April 18, 2011
Category: Europe, Hostels/Hotels, Travel Quote of the Day, Travel Video