Tips for packing less when traveling with kids


If you travel with kids then you’re well familiar with the gear overload that is all too easy to find yourself saddled with. Of course there’s the clothes and the toys, but by the time you add a carseat, playpen, stroller and perhaps a portable feeding chair, it’s bordering on the ridiculous. No wonder so … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (1)  | April 30, 2013
Category: Family Travel

Paul Theroux on how technology has changed isolated places

“I was recently in Kenya, in the Masai-Mara game reserve in southwestern Kenya, and every so often saw a Masai moran, or warrior, with a cell phone in one hand and a spear in the other. Rickshaw wallahs in India carry cell phones, and there is electronic media available in the unlikeliest places. While I was paddling around the Pacific in the early ’90s for my Happy Isles of Oceania, the elders in some islands … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (3)  | April 29, 2013
Category: Travel Quote of the Day

Vagabonding Field Report: Dengue Fever in the indigenous village, the jungles of Ecuador


the nomadic family in the jungles of ecuador


Cost/day (for a family of five):

Rent in the indigenous village- $3.50/day Food- $15/day (we bought and cooked our own food or picked whatever the land provided) School- kids attended for free, in exchange for us teaching English Hospitalization and medications- free

Strangest thing we’ve seen lately:

Before his wish to die, but well after 40 degree … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (8)  | April 24, 2013
Category: Family Travel, Languages and Culture, South America, Vagabonding Field Reports

On loss and getting lost

“Lost really has two disparate meanings. Losing things is about the familiar falling away, getting lost is about the unfamiliar appearing. There are objects and people that disappear from your sight or knowledge or possession; you lose a bracelet, a friend, the key. You still know where you are. Everything is familiar except that there is one item less, one missing element. Or you get lost, in which case the world has become larger than … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (1)  | April 23, 2013
Category: Travel Writing

Stop making excuses

If it is important to you you'll find a way. if not you'll find an excuseIf you want to achieve your dream, you will need to stop making excuses and start marching. Excuses are your worst enemy.

It’s easy to sit around, blaming others or your circumstances. It’s easy to wallow in … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (1)  | April 23, 2013
Category: General

William Dalrymple on the role of travel writing in the 21st century

“I think increasingly with globalization the job of the travel writer has to be to try and peel back the surface impression of globalization and to reveal the much more complex reality. It seems to me in a sense an almost paradigmatic illustration of what a travel writer can still do today. Today there is no empirical information about a country that a travel book can give that cannot be got more accurately elsewhere. But … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (5)  | April 22, 2013
Category: Travel Quote of the Day

Vagabonding Field Report: Around Iceland


About $80 per day (hostel, portion of car rental, food/drinks).

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

There are animals roaming free everywhere. Sheep hopping from rock to rock, horses walking out in front of your car, birds dive-bombing you when you’re walking. Of course, the entire landscape of Iceland is strange and other-worldly. You feel … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (2)  | April 17, 2013
Category: General, Vagabonding Field Reports