10 small strategies that will improve your journey

About five years ago, San Francisco Chronicle travel editor John Flinn published a column called “A few things I’ve learned in a quarter-century-plus of travel.” I enjoyed his insights so much I saved the article as a text file — and I recently stumbled across it again on my laptop. Here are my ten favorite bits of advice from Flinn’s column:

1. When you’re on a lean budget, one step up from rock-bottom … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (4)  | February 26, 2016
Category: Food and Drink, Hostels/Hotels, Vagabonding Advice

Vagabonding Case Study: Konrad Waliszewski

Konrad Waliszewski - Vagabonding Case Study

Name: Konrad Waliszewski

Website: World Venture Project and TripScout

Age: 29

Hometown: Washington DC

Quote: The purpose of life is a life of purpose. – Robert Byrne

How did you find out about Vagabonding, and how did you find it useful before and during the trip?

Vagabonding was my main resource … Read more »

Posted by | Comments Off on Vagabonding Case Study: Konrad Waliszewski  | February 24, 2016
Category: Vagabonding Case Studies

How to respond to beggars on the road

beggar thumbLast week, my Yahoo! News “Traveling Light” column dealt with the very complicated issue of dealing with beggars on the road. From my article, here are five principles to help navigate this sadly common and difficult travel situation:

1) Spend some time in the community before you give to beggars

Not only will a few days … Read more »

Posted by | Comments Off on How to respond to beggars on the road  | February 19, 2016
Category: Travel News, Vagabonding Advice

Top Things that Inspire Me to Travel the World

adventure thumbThe world is a vast place filled with wondrous sites, untamed wilderness, and unlimited amounts of beauty. Even when the road gets tough the inspiration you need to keep going is never far away.

Over the years, the things that keep inspiring me has shifted a little, but many of the reasons I am still traveling are … Read more »

Posted by | Comments Off on Top Things that Inspire Me to Travel the World  | February 17, 2016
Category: Vagabonding Advice

Group travel without the organizational nightmare

Canada IslandSome of the potential drawbacks of group travel are often the very perks of a solo trip: no arguments over where or when to go, no mismatched food tastes, unbalanced fitness levels or clashing differences in hygiene habits. When you’re alone, you’re free to make any and every decision without worry of offending one of your travel … Read more »

Posted by | Comments Off on Group travel without the organizational nightmare  | February 10, 2016
Category: Notes from the collective travel mind

Notes from the 9th month

I’ve been on a journey these last nine months. Yet I don’t have a tally of how many miles I’ve traveled, countries visited, or new foods eaten.

My journey has taken a different path. Where at journey’s end, I’ll emerge member of a special group of travelers: those who have gone before and now dispense their wisdom on me.

It’s a journey unlike any I’ve ever been on before. While I haven’t left the country of my … Read more »

Posted by | Comments Off on Notes from the 9th month  | February 10, 2016
Category: Family Travel, Lifestyle Design