Planning an RTW Route

When you’re planning a one- or two-week trip somewhere, figuring out your route is essentially the same as figuring out your itinerary. You’ll fly into Rome, take a train to Florence, rent a car and drive around Tuscany for a week, and then spend a couple days in Venice before flying home again. People agonize over these details – what order to go in, how to get from place to place – but the … Read more »

Posted by | Comments Off on Planning an RTW Route  | April 16, 2011
Category: Notes from the collective travel mind

Is it safe to travel now?

There’s always trouble going on somewhere in the world, but 2011 has been a particularly wrenching period.  Revolution has swept the Middle East; Japan has endured disaster after disaster; America is carrying out military operations in three countries. One has to ask, “Is it safe to travel now?”

The answer is “Yes,” according to travel writer Paul Theroux. He made a moving call to action in this essay that appeared in The New York Times: … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (5)  | April 15, 2011
Category: Backpacking, Notes from the collective travel mind, Travel News

Book review: The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost

Do you remember the first trip you took on your own? Mine was to France. I lugged a huge wheeled suitcase, far more cumbersome than today’s streamlined wheelies. Every night before I fell asleep, I worried about the next day: whether I could speak French well enough, would miss my train, or knew how to operate the laundry … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (1)  | April 14, 2011
Category: Travel Writing

Q&A with Brook Silva-Braga, director of ‘The China Question’

China is a huge country, and an even bigger topic to tackle in a movie.  Filmmaker Brook Silva-Braga took on that daunting challenge in his new documentary, “The China Question.”  This is the divisive issue that causes American workers to worry, politicians to vacillate, and businesspeople to make deals: “What does China’s rise mean for America?”

Marcus Sortijas, Vagablogging’s Asia beat editor and creator of the Marcus Goes Global blog, interviewed Brook … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (7)  | April 8, 2011
Category: Asia, Backpacking, Notes from the collective travel mind, Travel Video

Passport day

Are you one of the 30 percent of U.S. citizens who has a passport? If not, and you’re planning on traveling out of the country any time in the next year, mark Saturday, April 9 on your calendar. On that day, the U.S. Department of State will host its third annual “Passport Day in the U.S.A.,” allowing citizens to apply for a passport book or passport … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (2)  | April 7, 2011
Category: General, Travel News

How to Travel the World on $50 a Day: a new Ebook from Nomadic Matt

Many Vagablogging readers are familiar with Matt Kepnes, or Nomadic Matt. Kepnes’s website is packed full of information on travel deals, travel tips, travel guides, and loads of interesting travel tales suited to any genre. Now Kepnes has taken the next step and has published his own Ebook.

Kepnes’s book is a smooth read. Even over the details of dollars, budgets, and … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (3)  | April 6, 2011
Category: Money Management, Travel Bargains, Travel Guidebooks, Vagabonding Advice