Getting my open water in Thailand

Learning to dive was in the front of my mind when I started planning my trip to southeast Asia. Friends had learned in Thailand and I had heard that it was one of the cheapest places to get certified. After some research, we headed towards Koh Tao, an island in the Gulf of Thailand. I was keen to get my Open Water certification, but my husband was not. He agreed to stay on shore and … Read more »

Posted by | Comments Off on Getting my open water in Thailand  | February 15, 2015
Category: Adventure Travel, Asia

Easy day trips from Melbourne, Australia

Welcome to Melbourne

Melbourne, Australia has become my second home. Known for its café culture, four seasons in a day and city of all things sport, this special place has a lot to offer. In the city, there’s the hubbub of business, culture, life, eateries, endless laneways and riverfront activities. Just a … Read more »

Posted by | Comments Off on Easy day trips from Melbourne, Australia  | February 14, 2015
Category: General, Notes from the collective travel mind, Travel Quote of the Day

Vagabonding Field Report: Wandering the streets of Paris

Cost/day:

As far as European cities, Paris isn’t the cheapest, but there are some simple tricks and strategies that can keep your Paris budget to around $60 a day within the city.  For instance, I stay in hostel dorms, walk whenever I can, and alternate between eating out and cooking my meals.

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What’s the strangest thing you’ve … Read more »

Posted by | Comments Off on Vagabonding Field Report: Wandering the streets of Paris  | February 13, 2015
Category: General, Vagabonding Field Reports

Ways travel enhances education

Families traveling the world with their children get asked a whole lot of questions. Topping the list are questions about their children’s education. It seems everyone wants to know what these traveling kids are learning, how, and with whom. And these questions don’t really stop as the kids get older. Ask any young adult taking a gap year abroad and they will inevitably tell you that one of the biggest fears expressed by those closest … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (1)  | February 12, 2015
Category: Family Travel, Youth Travel

Mistake-fare rule of thumb: do not call

If any of you have become regular readers of “Business Insider”, you might have have read about an incredible $74 round-trip price from Newark to London in business class. In their article on February 11 at 8:39 am they had the following things to say about this “deal.”

This might be the deal of the year.

United Airlines is offering travelers first-class tickets from London to Newark, roundtrip, for 487 Danish krone. At 6.58 … Read more »

Posted by | Comments Off on Mistake-fare rule of thumb: do not call  | February 11, 2015
Category: General

Vagabonding Case Study: Marysia Maciocha

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Age: 30

Hometown: I come from an average size city in Northern Poland. Name won’t ring a bell to anybody.

Quote: “Traveling is like flirting with life. It’s like saying, ‘I would stay and love you, but I have to go; this is my station.” – Lisa St Aubin de Teran

Posted by | Comments Off on Vagabonding Case Study: Marysia Maciocha  | February 11, 2015
Category: General, Vagabonding Case Studies

Being “spiritual” is a way of being exuberant and alive

“The literature of mystical or spiritual experience continually reminds us that the origin of the word ‘spirit’ is closer to that of a high-spirited child, or a spirited horse, than it is to any kind of anaemic piety. First and foremost, ‘spiritual’ means bursting with exuberant life. There is also that strong sense of belonging: of being at home in a benign universe that is both loving and lovable. Wherever I am feels like ‘my … Read more »

Posted by | Comments Off on Being “spiritual” is a way of being exuberant and alive  | February 9, 2015
Category: Travel Quote of the Day

Lost in transaction

kyatOne of the most startling travel epiphanies I’ve had in recent years came on a trip to Burma, when I was counting out small change so I could buy a packet of toilet tissues. The Burmese kyat had recently suffered a jag of devaluation, and when I’d tallied up my toilet-tissue money, I noticed that it consisted of … Read more »

Posted by | Comments Off on Lost in transaction  | February 7, 2015
Category: Asia, Money Management

Trip Report: how we did Oman for $570 in airfare and accommodations for two

When I first became interested in traveling, airfare and accommodations were the two most daunting expenses. Both such expenses can add up quite quickly.  For example, these days $420 may not seem like enough to pay for airfare and accommodations for two people visiting the Middle East. But when you are willing to combine a few “travel-hacking” strategies to make it happen, it’s absolutely possible to do a trip like this.

Perhaps the best way … Read more »

Posted by | Comments Off on Trip Report: how we did Oman for $570 in airfare and accommodations for two  | February 5, 2015
Category: Destinations, On The Road