Is travel like writing your own script for life?

Travel is taking an active stance.  Society funnels people from school to career to family.  However, when you travel, you’re making a conscious decision to stop following the script that you’re given.  Instead, you start to write your own script for life.

On the personal finance blog “I Will Teach You To Be Rich” (sounds scammy, I know) there was a great post on this topic: Read more »

Posted by | Comments (3)  | April 30, 2012
Category: Lifestyle Design, Notes from the collective travel mind

Museums have long served as surrogates for travel

“Museums have long served as surrogates for travel, a particularly important role before the advent of mass tourism. They have from their inception preserved souvenirs of travel, as evidence in their collections of plants, animals, minerals, and examples of the arts and industries of the world’s cultures. While the museum collection itself is an undrawn map of all the places from which the materials have come, the floor plan, which determines where people walk, also … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (2)  | April 30, 2012
Category: Travel Quote of the Day

Vagabonding Field Reports: Living the porteña life in Buenos Aires

Cost: £20 per day. It’s not cheap here and a bad case of inflation means that prices can change weekly, but it’s defiitely possible to live on a budget. I’m renting a room in an apartment shared with an Argentinian girl in Palermo for £250 a month. You can find cheaper options further out of the city. I also bought a monthly yoga pass (£80), and I eat out about twice a week. The rest … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (4)  | April 28, 2012
Category: General, Solo Travel, South America, Vagabonding Field Reports

Vagabonding Field Reports: Extra servings of history and kielbasa in Poland


Cost/day: $35/day

This includes $27/day for living and exploring, plus an additional $8/day to maintain full connectivity with my business remotely.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen lately?

Dozens of giant statues and chapels made completely out of salt. Yes, … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (4)  | April 28, 2012
Category: Europe, General, Solo Travel, Vagabonding Field Reports

Geographic extremes

There is nothing particularly unusual about Cabo Da Roca, no specific feature that sets it apart from the other 800+ kilometers of stunningly beautiful, cliffs-crashing-into-the-ocean Portugese coastline.  But from a geographic perspective, the cliffs of Cabo Da Roca are significant: they mark the westernmost point of continental Europe.

When I was there last month, I didn’t find the “rugged, windswept remoteness” that the Lonely Planet promised. In fact, I couldn’t even get a picture to … Read more »

Posted by | Comments Off on Geographic extremes  | April 27, 2012
Category: General

Beautiful Little Beaune

The picturesque little city of Beaune, nestled in the fertile green vineyards of Burgundy, is a handy home base for exploring the region. While the surrounding area holds tiny hamlets and ruined abbeys, I’ve found Beaune to be a good option when in need of a historic place to stop, wander, and spend a few nights between forays into the countryside. It just feels comfortable. But even if you’re just passing through, it’s worth a … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (2)  | April 27, 2012
Category: Europe

So what’s it like to Couchsurf in Asia?

A few weeks ago, Marcus Sortijas published an interesting piece on Vagabonding describing the Couchsurfing experience in the United States. As I am a Couchsurfing aficionado and have travelled more than 10 Asian countries using it, I would like to spend some words describing how this beautiful service works in another side of the world.

I would like to start introducing an important, ever present concept in Asian societies: … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (1)  | April 26, 2012
Category: Adventure Travel, Asia, Destinations, Hospitality, On The Road, Vagabonding Styles

Don’t let fear prevent living and learning

Yesterday I came across this article that addressed updating Child Labor Laws in America. And tried desperately to wrap my brain around a logical explanation, why restricting youths from agricultural involvement was a good idea. After a period of extreme frustration with the absurdity of the issue; I settled with the fact at its core, it has nothing to do with exploiting child labor; it had to do with fear–in this case, safety.

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Posted by | Comments (4)  | April 26, 2012
Category: Notes from the collective travel mind, On The Road, Simplicity

Perks, perks and more perks: Travel in Southeast Asia

Like many life changing experiences, we often realize just how lucky we are as the chapter begins to close. With one month left to my Asian adventure of “work” and play, I being to realize just how much I love this part of the world. I’ve become addicted to zipping through gritty city streets on motorbikes, late night chicken skewers from hawker stalls and I have fully embraced the hippie pants. Whether cruising the backpacker circuit, … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (3)  | April 24, 2012
Category: General

How to live the life of your dreams

How? Follow your own particular dreams

In the end, I think the answer comes down to priorities.

We will make time and money for the things that are highest on our priority list.  I love to read and can curl up in bed and read until the wee hours of the night, but I haven’t hardly read at … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (5)  | April 24, 2012
Category: General