Teen travel- more than being “thankful for what you have”

Over the course of my traveling years, I have made a fair number of trips with children, teens, and young people. I am a huge advocate for the benefits of travel on developing minds and souls. Many people recognize the benefits of getting outside of the comfortable bubble of Western adolescence and digging into new cultures, new customs, and new values. It is certainly satisfying to greet a young person, fresh off the plane … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (1)  | December 11, 2014
Category: Family Travel, Youth Travel

Vagabonding Field Report: sharing a simple meal with a humble family


Cost/day: $0

What’s the best thing that’s happened lately?

The most memorable and life-altering experiences of travel don’t usually happen on tour groups or fancy hotels. They take place in the quiet, humble homes of the people, or in the simple, candid interactions between human beings, especially if they have differing culture and … Read more »

Posted by | Comments Off on Vagabonding Field Report: sharing a simple meal with a humble family  | December 10, 2014
Category: General, Vagabonding Field Reports

Travel is ruining my kids


Travel is ruining my kids. 

And me, for that matter.

It’s true.

All of our well meaning efforts for a broad education, liberal experiences in the “real world,” and our sincere efforts to raise kids who are cultured, multi-lingual and have some perspective on the diversity of the history, geography and human family of the planet have back fired.

Sure, they’ve been to the big … Read more »

Posted by | Comments Off on Travel is ruining my kids  | December 9, 2014
Category: Family Travel

Almost no place is really obscure anymore

“The global landscape used to be a theater of various shadings — sunlit fields and canyons of dark obscurity, trackless jungles, and misty Shangri-las. Now the whole world is like a cineplex when the lights have come on. Almost no place on the surface of the planet is really obscure anymore. Satellites watch it all and can let you know to the millimeter how far continental drift moved your swimming beach last year. What’s up … Read more »

Posted by | Comments Off on Almost no place is really obscure anymore  | December 8, 2014
Category: Travel Quote of the Day

A gift guide: top 10 gifts for travel-lovers


Christmas is right around the corner. But what do you get someone who loves travel’s intangible thrill, feeling of a plane taking flight, or adventuring into distant worlds and getting to know themselves deeper?

How do you shop for someone like that?

Answer: you give them gifts to further their travels. Or remove some pesky hurdle in their travel. The greatest gift you can give … Read more »

Posted by | Comments Off on A gift guide: top 10 gifts for travel-lovers  | December 7, 2014
Category: Travel Gear

Carpooling sites for travel in Europe

While frequent flyer miles can help alleviate the costs of flights to a destination in a game-changing way, the travel that happens once in a destination can really add up too. This is particularly true in an affluent place like Europe.

But, as a continent that has a fabulous infrastructure for public transit, it should come as no surprise that even those with their own personal cars find a way to contribute to the public’s transit needs.

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Posted by | Comments Off on Carpooling sites for travel in Europe  | December 4, 2014
Category: Backpacking, Europe, Travel Tech

Three things I hope my kids will learn from life and travel

We’re sneaking up on our fifth anniversary of full time travel with our kids. When we left on our bicycle trip around Europe and N. Africa they were five through eleven years old. They are now ten through sixteen, and as comfortable in the livestock market in Tona Toroja as they are in a department store in … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (4)  | December 2, 2014
Category: Family Travel, On The Road, Vagabonding Styles

Getting Vagabonding or Marco Polo as stocking-stuffers


It’s once again winter holiday season, which means it’s time to remind everyone that my books make great stocking stuffers for travel lovers.

Vagabonding makes a great holiday gift for:

College or high school students nearing graduation. Working professionals who don’t like their jobs, are currently between jobs, or are considering a sabbatical from work. Friends and family members who don’t quite “get” the … Read more »

Posted by | Comments Off on Getting Vagabonding or Marco Polo as stocking-stuffers  | December 1, 2014
Category: General