Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil in Rosedale, Mississippi

Last month, while I was driving down the Mississippi River on a magazine assignment, I had a curious experience in Rosedale, Mississippi. As I was eating lunch in a place called Leo's Market, a waitress mentioned that Rosedale is the place where the legendary bluesman Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil in exchange for musical genius (an event alluded to in -- among other places -- the Cohen brothers' movie Oh Brother, Where Art Thou). As if to prove it, the waitress handed me a wrinkled, typewritten transcription of a "vision" about Johnson's fateful moment that had appeared… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (85)  | June 26, 2015
Category: Rolf's News and Updates, Travel News

Top 5 travel apps to stay organized on the road

It's hard to be organized constantly. It's hard when you're at home. It's more difficult when you're on the road, trying to remember where exactly you put that super-important sticky note with the really-super-important booking confirmation number for your hotel. Thankfully there's an app for your troubles. I rounded up the top five travel apps I regularly use to stay organized, both on the road and at home. 1. Evernote iOS // Android // Free Imagine if your brain could immediately access every website, memory or note you ever encountered. Imagine if you eliminated your wagging Post-It notes, your notebooks… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (0)  | June 12, 2015
Category: Travel Tech

Vagabonding: How adventurers and stories inspire the modern traveler

Today, there’s a Facebook group for just about everything. Full-time families, digital nomads, long-term travelers, family travelers, solo travelers and everyone in between have a footprint in the digital world. Just how drastically the Internet has changed a traveler’s adventure we will never know, but, whether you are a traveler of the WIFI generation or one from those that came before, the art of adventure hasn’t changed. Location independence may be the catchphrase of today, but explorers and vagabonds have been journeying the earth’s surface for centuries finding their own way in the world, having and sharing those all encompassing… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (1)  | June 3, 2015
Category: Travel Writing, Vagabonding Life

Review on Tortuga Air Carry On Backpack

The seat belts sign flashed off. Immediately the aisle filled with people, reaching overhead for bags, hauling suitcases from the ceiling. Slowly the plane emptied. Finally, it was my turn to step into the aisle to freedom. I reached below the seat in front of me, pulled free my bag, slung it over a shoulder and jogged for the terminal. Outside, while waiting for the train to take me to downtown Vancouver, I shrugged on my jacket, and admired the svelte black bag at my feet. It was the only bag I'd brought with me. Packing only in a carry on… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (0)  | May 3, 2015
Category: Travel Gear

Seeing Thailand in Black and White

A few months ago you may have noticed something on Facebook or Google+ called the Black and White Challenge. It was a challenge started by photographers to post a black and white photo every day for five days. Typically someone would nominate you and you could then nominate someone else. Challenges like this can be a good way to improve your skills or force you to take and post photos. For me it was a perfect way to focus my photography while traveling. A lot of times it's easy to aimlessly shoot photos as you walk around but having a… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (0)  | April 29, 2015
Category: Asia, Images from the road

How to choose and use packing cubes

I opened my backpack, reached a hand into its dark depths and frowned. It was going to take forever to find the black shirt I was looking for. The clock next to the bed said I had to leave in five minutes. My hand fished, searching for the black shirt. It kept coming up grasping other clothing: a blue shirt, a cardigan, a black skirt. Let's just say I'm not the most organized of packers, and my backpack with its open-access top wasn't helping. Three minutes until I had to leave. I sighed. Only one option was left. But it… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (0)  | April 26, 2015
Category: Travel Gear

You have now entered the Tourist Zone

A few years ago, after finishing a journey in the Indian Himalayas, I traveled to the desert state of Rajasthan and visited the Hindu holy-town of Pushkar. A scenic outpost of 13,000 residents, Pushkar was famous for its Brahma Temple, its serene lake, and its annual Camel Fair. Several travelers had recommended it to me as a mellow place to relax for a few days. From the moment I arrived in Pushkar, however, something seemed strange about the little holy-town. As I walked along the shores of Pushkar Lake, a number of long-bearded, monk-like sadhus approached me and suggested I… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (2)  | April 18, 2015
Category: Asia, Travel Writing, Vagabonding Advice

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

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

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