Age : 30
Hometown : Strongsville, Ohio
Quote : “ Know yourself as well as possible and organize your trip based on your personality. Go with your own flow, not the flow of others. ”
How did you find out about Vagabonding, and how did you find it useful before and during the trip?
I found out because you interviewed my friend …
Hometown: Mason, Michigan (USA)
Quote: “The feeling of being out on the road is one of the most freeing experiences I have ever had. Unlike before, this road has no targeted end date.”
Hometown: McLean, Virginia
Quote: “The biggest lesson I’ve learned is that most people are incredibly friendly and beyond helpful, often when you need it the most.”
Hometown: Adelaide, Australia
Quote: “You just have to say, ‘this is my plan’ and go about putting things in place necessary to make it happen. And as for those who tell you, you can’t…. run full speed in the opposite direction. It will be the best decision you ever made.”
Hometown: Salt Lake City,Utah
Quote: “I am most looking forward to the moments of clarity when I realize that I am living my dreams.”
Hometown: Berlin, Germany
Quote: “One shouldn’t listen too much to what other people say about “dangers” in countries where they never went..”
Hometown: Temecula, California
Quote: “Just because something is scary, doesn’t mean it isn’t doable. You are stronger than you think..”
Hometown: Walnut Creek, CA
Quote: “I was taking off to Africa with a one way ticket, telling everyone, “I could be gone 3 months or 3 years, it’s anyone’s guess.” It was a great reminder that others have done this and made it possible and I could do it too..”
Cost: $20 a day
What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen recently?
Volcano boarding down the slopes of Cerro Negro, outside of León, Nicaragua has become a popular activity with travelers, especially since making number two on CNN Go’s Thrill Seeker’s Bucket List. Ignorant as to what was involved in this new sport I had visions of cutting sharp turns in powdery volcanic ash, much as as snowboarder would in fresh powder. In actuality volcano boarding is far from graceful. Instead of standing on the board you sit down as one would on a sled. There’s a loop of rope you hold onto like reigns, which gives you some semblance of control as you hurtle over jagged bits of volcanic rubble. Orange jumpsuits and protective goggles are worn to prevent bits of volcano from piercing skin and eyeball. Participants look a bit like extras for Walter White during a meth cook. After a short ¨How to Volcano Board¨ introduction the group I was with started down the slope one by one. It quickly became apparent that the protective attire was rather important. Over half of our group fell off their boards showering themselves in bits of basalt as they spun and rolled like a gran prix cars crashing off circuit. I managed to keep my butt plastered to the plank of wood but only reached a measly 57km an hour. A feather weight girl in our crew reached 83km an hour before her head met the slope in an unwanted embrace. Fortunately she was fine and won bragging rights for the day.
Hometown: Charlottesville, VA
Quote: “At the end of the day, I evolved from being an outsider looking in to becoming a functioning member of the community. Integration is what vagabonding is about.”