A couple ways to avoid travel burnout.

Traveling the world long-term rewards people with unforgettable adventures, timeless memories. However, long-term travel often comes with a price in the form of travel burnout. \ Long-Term travel means that you are most likely moving consistently. It is a wild experiencing jetting around the globe immersing yourself in vivacious cultures, colossal temples, and unmatched landscape. However, after months or years travelers can start to get tired of the road, seeing temple after temple, packing and unpacking every few days can become a burden, and the passion that was once reserved and awe that once drove your love for travel is… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (0)  | May 8, 2015
Category: General

A chance to study writing in Paris this summer

Creative Writing Workshop at the Paris American Academy July 1st through the 29th, 2015 I'll be teaching an intensive, month-long creative writing workshop at the Paris American Academy this July. College credit is available for this hands-on English-language writing program, which includes courses in: Fiction Poetry Travel Writing Memoir Screenplays and dramatic writing Journal Writing Presentation and Performance In addition to taking classes and amassing writing portfolios, students will participate in one-on-one critiques with professional writers (including myself) and give readings in Parisian cafes. Other instructors include O. Henry Award-winning author and playwright John Biguenet, novelist Laura van den Berg,… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (0)  | May 7, 2015
Category: General

Vagabonding Field Report: Gili Trawangan, Indonesia

A popular backpackers stop off, Gili Trawangan (Gili T) is part of a very small chain of islands just off of Lombok and near Bali. Many people come here to learn to dive because it's prices are competetive and the island has a reputation for parties. It's also unique in that there are no motor vehicles or dogs allowed and the only form of transportation on the island apart from your own two feet is either a bicycle or a horse drawn carriage. Cost per day: Prices are higher in Indonesia compared to cheaper countries like Thailand or Vietnam. A… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (3)  | May 6, 2015
Category: Asia, General, Vagabonding Field Reports

Vagabonding Field Report: Getting Ready to Sail the Seas on the Oliver Hazard Perry

Currently, I am in Newport Rhode Island getting ready to sail on the Oliver Hazard Perry for the next five months. The ship is in the final stages of getting ready to sail. It is a massive 280 foot long tall ship named the Oliver Hazard Perry. Cost Per Day Newport can be expensive if you are eating seafood every meal or shopping at the luxury stories that are in this area. However, right now I am spending next to nothing. On average I am spending $20 a day. Describe a typical day:   Currently, I am in Newport Rhode… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (0)  | April 24, 2015
Category: General

Pro’s and Con’s of Traveling Solo

Over the last decade, I have traveled with both, friends and tour groups; however, the majority of my travels have been solo. Solo traveling is exciting. There is no greater buzz than standing in an airport preparing to board a plane to a far off country all by yourself. The thrill of adventure and the unknown is amplified when traveling solo. However, like every mode of travel, it is a two-sided coin; it has its good and its bad. Here are some of the pro’s and con’s of traveling solo, and why I think everyone should try their hand at it… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (1)  | April 10, 2015
Category: General, On The Road, Solo Travel

Le Musee du Fumeur: Paris

Wander through the 11th arrondissement of Paris toward the dead celebrities of Pere Lachaise Cemetery, and there's a decent chance you'll stumble across a small gallery called "Le Musée du Fumeur." Unlike the hallowed halls of the Louvre or the Musée d'Orsay, there is no tyranny of expectation in this tiny, smoking-themed museum. No smiling Mona Lisa or reclining Olympia dictates where the random tourist should focus his attention. Thus left to meander, the drop-in visitor may well overlook the more earnest exhibits here — such as Egyptian sheeshas or Chinese opium pipes — and note the small, red-circle-and-slash signs reminding guests… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (0)  | April 4, 2015
Category: General

Vagabonding Field Report: Hanoi, Vietnam

In northern Vietnam lies this gem of a city where French food and fashion meet Vietnamese culture and vermicelli. Sometimes overlooked as it's not as big of a hub as Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi offers a taste of authentic street food and genuinely good prices. Cost per day: Hanoi has a huge range of hotels on offer from $4 a night for a shared dorm to much, much more at some of the fancier establishments in the French quarter. We're at a solid $14 USD a night which has a western bathroom/shower and includes breakfast. With only a few… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (0)  | April 1, 2015
Category: Asia, General, Vagabonding Field Reports

Especially the disasters are worth it

When I'm in the States, sitting on my parents' couch in the normalcy of the world in which I grew up and my mind begins to wander, it wanders to a moment when my shoes were caked in dust and the Kenyan heat beat on my shoulders. A young Masai boy hung by our side as we leaned against our RAV 4, which sat awkwardly off-kilter in the ditch at the imbalance of a busted tire. The sun worked its way toward the horizon as our only ticking deadline. On paper, that travel-story was about failure. The Toyota RAV 4, our 4WD… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (2)  | March 19, 2015
Category: General, On The Road, Vagabonding Life

A day spent wandering a city never gets old

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” –Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go! Travel and time are two topics bantered around by those in the world of travel, those who want to travel and those who don’t understand how it can possibly happen. ‘How do you afford to travel?’ ‘How can you take so much time off of work?’ ‘Don’t you just want to settle down and stop moving around so much?’ Whether it is a conversation amongst those choosing to live a travel-focused lifestyle or those… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (0)  | March 14, 2015
Category: General