Trauma healing on the road

While traveling, have you been robbed, hurt, or suffered a loss? Did the experience make you want to return home defeated or were you able to push through it and keep moving forward?

In western civilization, we are often taught that the best way to recover from traumatic experiences is to hire a doctor and take medication. We sulk inside, in a room, away from natural light and air, we allow fear and depression to … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (2)  | November 11, 2013
Category: Travel Writing

The joy of nonfiction is the balance between storytelling and reporting

“One challenge for a foreign correspondent is to figure out how much of yourself to include: If the story is too self-centered, it becomes a tourist’s diary. These days, the general trend is to reduce the writer’s presence, often to the point of invisibility. This is the standard approach of newspapers, and it’s described as a way of maintaining focus and impartiality. But it can make the subject feel even more distant and foreign. When … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (2)  | November 10, 2013
Category: Travel Quote of the Day, Travel Writing

5 More tips for traveling with kids

Baby Travel

It seems almost impossible to believe that I’ve been traveling with kids for nearly twenty years. From newborn babies to teens with one foot out the door. From local weekend getaways, to two week trips, to packing kids along on corporate “work” trips, to long-term slow travel over a number of years.

Last week … Read more »

Posted by | Comments Off on 5 More tips for traveling with kids  | November 8, 2013
Category: Family Travel, Vagabonding Styles

Nazi Goreng- a spunky pulp novel set in contemporary Malaysia

A journey is made of milestones. It has to. Without milestones, we would not be able to ponder our experiences, to stop and wonder about what we have accomplished during all this while.

One of the most shiny accomplishments of my 6 years stint on the road – on many roads, in many countries, with a particular deviancy for the shores of Southeast Asia – is to have become a published … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (1)  | November 7, 2013
Category: Asia, Destinations, Travel Writing, Vagabonding Life

You learn your own culture when you visit other cultures

“Herodotus — who lived 2,500 years ago and left us his “History” — was the first reporter. He is the father, master and forerunner of a genre –reportage. Where does reportage come from? It has three sources, of which travel is the first. Not in the sense of a tourist trip or outing to get some rest. But travel as a hard, painstaking expedition of discovery that requires a decent preparation, careful planning and research … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (1)  | November 4, 2013
Category: Travel Quote of the Day, Travel Writing