Vagabonding Field Report: Exploring the vastness of Rome

Rome with ancient ruins, delicious pastas, and red wine never fails to disappoint. The eternal city, once the center of the world, still captivates and amazes people from all over the globe. From the gorgeous ceiling of the Sistine Chapel to the cobblestone alleyways in the old city, travelers can not get enough of Rome. Cost per day Compared to the overall prices in Europe, Italy is midrange. In big cities like Rome, Florence, and Milian prices are much higher than in the small medieval towns and quiant countryside villages. Every time I visit Italy, I budget around $2,000 a… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (2)  | March 13, 2015
Category: General, Vagabonding Field Reports

Giving free travel talks—A great way to share the knowledge and ignite others’ travel dreams

As travelers, we often find ourselves talking to friends and strangers alike at parties, at work, wherever, about travel and how to do it right. We evangelize for travel, extolling its opportunities and benefits. We often go on at length about the magic of our favorite places, the addictive high that comes from filling up a passport book, and the thrill of crossing a new border and making new connections. We also find ourselves giving out advice on all matters travel, from where to find the cheapest airline tickets to where to stay and when to go. You know you… Read More...

Rent vs hotel life

Have you ever taken a look at your utility bills and just wondered if you should ditch your lease, pick up some travel expenses and call it a wash? Well, my husband and I are recording every single expense as we travel, just so that we can do an experiment of that nature. I've picked a pretty average month to demonstrate what our costs have been with travel so that we can compare them to average monthly costs for our old stationary life. But first, here are some of the questions and anticipations we had going into the (now almost 2-year) experiment.… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (0)  | March 5, 2015
Category: General, Hostels/Hotels

Vagabonding Field Report: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

This tightly compacted city holds some of Cambodia's best food and most tragic history. Without knowing its past of civil war and genocide, you would think Cambodians and Phnom Penhers in particular were just really friendly people. Once you learn their history and realize that everyone you see was affected by the notorious Khmer Rouge in the 1970s in one way or another, then you know they're more than just friendly; they're admirable. Visiting Phnom Penh is easy if you're already in Southeast Asia. Cambodia can be overlooked and a lot of visitors only see Siem Reap in the north to visit… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (0)  | March 4, 2015
Category: Asia, General, Vagabonding Field Reports

The challenges and rewards of long-term travel

  If there is one thing about long-term travel that is underestimated, it is the challenges that come with it. Living indefinitely on the road is not always wonderful. Sometimes it requires choices that are painful and challenging. Do not get me wrong. I love long-term travel, but in all honesty it is not a lifestyle made for everyone. I have talked to dozens of writers, travelers, and bloggers all over the world. Many of these people love traveling equally if not more than me, but even so many have told me that long-term travel is not for them, and… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (0)  | February 27, 2015
Category: General, On The Road, Vagabonding Life

Easy Day Trips from Melbourne, Australia

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 short tram ride away gets you the seaside feel of the Docklands, Chapel Street’s boutique shopping and the drool-worthy dessert shop delights of St. Kilda’s Ackland Street. However, there’s a world of adventure beyond Melbourne’s CBD. In only a short amount of time, all sorts of modes of transport take you… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (0)  | 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. What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen lately? I went to a French film in Paris. It was a very odd experience. I didn't understand the plot and unfortunately, they had no English subtitles so I found myself guessing throughout the movie.  In truth, French Cinema is very strange… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (0)  | February 13, 2015
Category: General, Vagabonding Field Reports

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 krone per dollar, that comes out to $74. Newark is just minutes outside of New York City. DansDeals found this first. (The original article can be found… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (0)  | February 11, 2015
Category: General

Vagabonding Case Study: Marysia Maciocha

Marysia Maciocha   mytravelaffairs.com 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 (more…) Read More...

Posted by | Comments (0)  | February 11, 2015
Category: General, Vagabonding Case Studies