Vagabonding Field Report: Korea’s demilitarized zone (DMZ)


Cost/day: $100

What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen lately? For the first time in ten months, North Korean soldiers came down from their posts and took pictures of each other right outside the conference building joining North and South–while I was getting a tour inside the building.

However high the tension between the countries, it seemed trivialized … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (3)  | May 14, 2013
Category: Asia, Vagabonding Field Reports

Is travel wasted on the very young?

Baby Travel

This week I have a question. It’s one that’s been rolling around in several communities I participate in, and it’s one that tends to bring about heated debate. It’s also one that is very hard to separate from one’s own experience, as a child and as a parent as well. I’m open to all answers and … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (6)  | May 14, 2013
Category: Family Travel

Don’t fear failure

What would you do if you were not afraid?

I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that don't workThat is the question I asked myself a few years ago when my husband and children wanted to ride their bicycles from Alaska to Argentina.

And when I got really honest with myself, I had to … Read more »

Posted by | Comments Off on Don’t fear failure  | May 14, 2013
Category: General

Pilgrims of yore had much in common with present-day tourists

“It may seem absurd to view a sightseeing tour of Versailles or the Pyramids as a kind of pilgrim’s progress toward spiritual fulfillment — or it may seem entirely appropriate. For one thing, the pilgrim of yore had more in common with the present-day tourist than many suspect. One of the first books printed in English, Informacion for Pylgrymes unto the Holy Londe (1498) is a sort of primitive Rough Guide, advising pilgrims on how … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (1)  | May 13, 2013
Category: Travel Quote of the Day

Every generation has worried that travel frontiers are disappearing

“D.H. Lawrence, in a letter written early in the last century, complained, “I feel sometimes, I shall go mad, because there is no where to go, no ‘new world.’” In Tristes Tropiques (alternately—and tellingly—titled A World on the Wane), published in 1955, Claude Levi-Strauss wrote, “There was a time when traveling brought the traveler into contact with civilizations which were radically different from his own and impressed him in the first place by their strangeness. … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (4)  | May 6, 2013
Category: Travel Quote of the Day

Experience a world-class performance of a historic play—where it actually happened

There seems to be an interesting trend starting in the theatre world, one which has history lovers and travel addicts like me very, very intrigued.

Theatrical companies are facing declining audiences as many now flock to the more realistic experiences of the modern digitally-enhanced blockbuster, and they have been forced to get creative in their choice of staging. This has prompted some to do away with the stage altogether; catering to people’s interest in a … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (2)  | May 3, 2013
Category: Europe, General, Notes from the collective travel mind, Vagabonding Field Reports