Two ways to live

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”


Posted by | Comments Off on Two ways to live  | June 30, 2014
Category: General

Three things long term travel is not

Vagabonding Guatemala

I awoke, this morning, thinking about our journey and the excitement of being home for a few months. I opened my eyes to messages of love and daily life from people around the world, fellow travelers, as well as those who never leave home and I realized, again, just how thankful I am for the diversity in our circles. There are so many … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (2)  | June 29, 2014
Category: Vagabonding Advice

You’re doing what?

We’d been dating long distance for over three years. We got engaged in Australia in January of 2009 when I was still in New York and he in Melbourne. We’d traveled overseas together on every holiday break we could and loved it. We knew we wanted to share the same space … Read more »

Posted by | Comments Off on You’re doing what?  | June 28, 2014
Category: Notes from the collective travel mind, On The Road

Enjoy the ride


I was planning to write about learning to throw axes during my last trip to Toronto. About how it reminded me to get out of my head and flow in the moment. That the moment I started laughing, that’s exactly what would happen and my throws became more accurate. I’ll write about it another time, though, because today I learned that my grandfather has passed away.

He had an incredible impact on my life … Read more »

Posted by | Comments Off on Enjoy the ride  | June 27, 2014
Category: General, North America, On The Road, Solo Travel, Vagabonding Life

Intentionally creating culture through long term travel

Have you ever wondered if the culture that surrounds you has more of an influence on your kid than you do? Have you ever muttered the phrase “I guess it’s just what kids do these days” out of frustration? Have you ever encouraged, pushed, or flat out made your kid do something because “someday society will demand this of you”, even though you secretly thought the cultural norm you were pushing was, well, dumb?

People … Read more »

Posted by | Comments Off on Intentionally creating culture through long term travel  | June 26, 2014
Category: Ethics

Vagabonding Field Report: Jervis Bay and Huskisson: grey nomads and toe licking possums.

Cost/day Green Patch camp in Jervis bays Booderee National Park is cheap as Chips, there is nothing here that asks you to spend money, only the camping pitch which is around $30 to $40 a night. This is money well spent for a beautiful haven of wildlife, woodland and beaches. If you have yourself a supply of food, you won’t find yourself spending a cent more. Barbecue areas exist but may need a good hose … Read more »

Posted by | Comments Off on Vagabonding Field Report: Jervis Bay and Huskisson: grey nomads and toe licking possums.  | June 25, 2014
Category: General, Vagabonding Field Reports

Vagabonding book club: Chapter 8: Keep it real


“In reality, travel is not a social contest, and vagabonding has never represented a caste on the tourist/traveler hierarchy. Depending upon circumstance, a sincere vagabonder could variously be called a traveler or a tourist, a pilgrim or a satyr, a victor or a victim, an individual seeker or a demographic trend. Indeed, the main conceit in trying to distinguish travelers from tourists is that you end … Read more »

Posted by | Comments Off on Vagabonding book club: Chapter 8: Keep it real  | June 24, 2014
Category: Travel Writing

Paul Theroux on the “romantic voyeurism” of the traveler

“The traveler is the greediest kind of romantic voyeur, and in some well-hidden part of the traveler’s personality is an unpickable knot of vanity, presumption and mythomania bordering on the pathological. This is why a traveler’s worst nightmare is not the secret police or the witch doctors or malaria, but rather the prospect of meeting another traveler.” –Paul Theroux, Ghost Train to the Eastern StarRead more »

Posted by | Comments (2)  | June 23, 2014
Category: Travel Quote of the Day

Dealing with the beggar issue

cuscogirlShould you ever travel to Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, there’s a good chance you’ll meet Francisco in the city’s humid, touristy colonial zone. Barefoot, emaciated, and filthy from sleeping in the street, Francisco looks far older than his 19 years, and his wavering gaze carries a look of hardened desperation.

I met Francisco — … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (2)  | June 21, 2014
Category: Ethical Travel, Travel Writing, Vagabonding Advice