What’s in your health kit?


The question has been asked lots of times: What do you have in your health kit?

First, let me say that we have a three pronged approach to healthcare, at home and abroad: staying well, and treating illness & emergency care. I’ll share what we carry with us for all three.

Staying Well

This includes eating healthy foods, getting plenty of sleep and decent hygiene.

To that end we carry with us:

Kefir grains … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (3)  | February 26, 2013
Category: Family Travel, Travel Health, Vagabonding Life, Vagabonding Styles

The joys of fairy-winged freedom

Even though many do not understand my life-style choice, I am free. I am totally, insanely free to do as I please, go where I want, and stay as long as I choose.

The Nomadic FamilyMy family has lived with the indigenous in the jungles of Peru, hitchhiked on back of pick-ups in Costa Rica, scuba dived off … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (10)  | February 26, 2013
Category: Family Travel

Michael Moynihan on the political contradictions of travel guidebooks

“There is an almost Orientalist presumption [on the part of travel guidebooks] that the citizens of places like Cuba or Afghanistan have made a choice in rejecting globalization and consumerism. From the perspective of the disaffected Westerner, poverty is seen as enviable, a pure existence unsullied by capitalism. [Lonely Planet: Cuba co-author Brendan] Sainsbury refers to Cuban food as “organic” and praises the Castro brothers’ “intellectual foresight [that] has prompted such eco-friendly practices as nutrient … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (1)  | February 25, 2013
Category: Travel Quote of the Day

Vagabonding Case Study: Traci Wightman


Traci Wightman


Age: 33

Hometown: Mason, Michigan (USA)

Quote: “The feeling of being out on the road is one of the most freeing experiences I have ever had. Unlike before, this road has no targeted end date.

Posted by | Comments Off on Vagabonding Case Study: Traci Wightman  | February 22, 2013
Category: Vagabonding Case Studies

Towns of oring and Dull plan epic celebration of all things uninteresting

We all know that most cities are desperate for tourism money in this lousy economy. Some are going to great lengths to generate interest. Now a PR man (or woman) has looked at a map and cooked up the tourism industry’s latest publicity stunt:  Two towns, separated by an ocean and thousands of miles, plan to launch a joint promotional effort to entice tourists with a day of celebration that boldly promises to be a … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (3)  | February 22, 2013
Category: Europe, Images from the road, North America, Notes from the collective travel mind, Travel News

Snapshot from Chieow Laan Lake, Thailand

A jungle night is not quiet and the grey dawn was a rude awakening after a night of laying, late, beneath an ebony sky, drowning in the silver specks that pepper the universe. I wonder what we look like from light years away? We lay on the dock and watched for the last remnants of the Leonid … Read more »

Posted by | Comments Off on Snapshot from Chieow Laan Lake, Thailand  | February 19, 2013
Category: Asia

Family Vagabonding: Why long term travel is good for children

There was a time when I lived a ‘normal’ life. My husband and I had the mortgage, the career, two cars and 3.5 kids. We had a house full of furniture and nice things. It was an okay way to live. I was relatively happy.

Then somehow that all changed. Today you’ll find me exploring from Alaska to Argentina in a veggie powered truck, now with five kids — homeless, wandering, a vagabond family with … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (8)  | February 19, 2013
Category: Family Travel

Our most important transitions are written into our journeys

“Travel is as familiar as the experience of the body, the wind, the earth, and this is why at all times and in all places it is a source of reference, a ground of symbols and metaphors, a resource of signification. The anthropologist and historian of religions Mircea Eliade laments the absence of genuine ritual of initiation in modern life and suggests that “modern man has lost all sense of traditional initiation.” But perhaps it … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (2)  | February 18, 2013
Category: Travel Quote of the Day