5 destinations to learn new skills in 2016

With 2016 just a few short weeks away, I find my thoughts turning towards the question: what new skills can I learn in this new year?

Confession: I’m an incurable learner. Starting new projects, learning new skills, reading about new subjects or destinations fill my veins with excitement. When the promise of 12 blank months of learning beckon, I can’t resist.

I want to fill each month with a challenge to learn something new. Toss in the possibility … Read more »

Posted by | Comments Off on 5 destinations to learn new skills in 2016  | December 31, 2015
Category: Adventure Travel, Destinations, Languages and Culture

New Year’s resolutions for a long long term traveler

Like the counting down of the second hand of a clock before it strikes midnight, the year is coming to a close. Every year at this time, I tend to wake up earlier.

I grab a cup of coffee and find myself staring out the window of wherever I happen to be in the world. As the steam rises from the cup in my hands, I can’t help but reflect on my greatest joys and … Read more »

Posted by | Comments Off on New Year’s resolutions for a long long term traveler  | December 29, 2015
Category: Vagabonding Styles

Vagabonding Case Study: Jarryd Salem

 Jarryd Salem of NOMADasaurusJarryd Salem Portugal Cabo Da Roca Vagabonding

Age: 27

Hometown: Sydney, Australia

Quote: “Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” – Robert Frost

Posted by | Comments Off on Vagabonding Case Study: Jarryd Salem  | December 25, 2015
Category: Vagabonding Case Studies

Want to travel? Wait until you are old

old travel thumbAs I was sitting in Patan’s Durbar Square a few weeks ago, I noticed a couple elder tourists escorted by a guide: they were taking pictures, bending into unnatural shapes. The DSLR cameras they were shooting with looked like some sort of futuristic gear they could barely handle. They seemed quite clumsy and out of … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (10)  | December 18, 2015
Category: Senior Travel, Vagabonding Styles

A winter-summer in San Diego, California

sandiegothumbThe 5th of December marks a year ago that we left New York for the west coast. Thinking we’d stick it out for three months of a warmer winter, it’s now been a year and we’ve yet to return permanently. Trading scarves and gloves for flip-flops and endless Vitamin D was a fabulous decision for both our respiratory … Read more »

Posted by | Comments Off on A winter-summer in San Diego, California  | December 16, 2015
Category: Destinations, North America

Vagabonding Case Study: Behan Gifford

Behan Gifford of Sailing TotemBehan Gifford - Indonesia 2013

Age: 44

Hometown: Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA

Quote: At sea, I learned how little a person needs, not how much. -Robin Lee Graham

Posted by | Comments Off on Vagabonding Case Study: Behan Gifford  | December 11, 2015
Category: Vagabonding Case Studies

Are Travel Bloggers Journalists?

About a year ago, I received an email from a woman whose name I didn’t know and cannot now recall. The crux of her dogmatic email was to “inform” me of the true definition of a journalist, and why a travel blogger/writer should not be so presumptuous as to use that title. I replied that I had never used that title, that I considered myself a travel writer. She replied, “Oh, I thought you were … Read more »

Posted by | Comments Off on Are Travel Bloggers Journalists?  | December 9, 2015
Category: Travel Writing

Volunteering for backpackers: Finding free, flexible opportunities

volunteerthumbIf you’ve searched for volunteer abroad opportunities, you’ve undoubtedly learned that volunteering doesn’t often come free. You’ve likely come across many, many organizations that charge fees, often upward of $1,500 per week, to cover accommodation, food and support of a coordinator for the volunteer experience.

Sections like, “Why should I pay to volunteer?,” are featured so prominently on these … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (12)  | December 4, 2015
Category: Volunteering Abroad

Indonesia’s gili islands

The Gili islands consist of three small tropical paradises, each with its own personality. The islands are just northwest of the larger island of Lombok. Gili Trawangan is perfect if you’re looking to party and make new friends. Good for backpackers, Gili T has a wealth of bars, parties, and magic mushrooms. Gili Meno is in the middle, is almost deserted, and is perfect for a quiet visit if you’re looking to pass out on … Read more »

Posted by | Comments Off on Indonesia’s gili islands  | December 2, 2015
Category: Asia, Images from the road