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

Pros and Cons of Off-Peak Europe Travel

American Airlines has some great off-peak prices for award tickets to Europe. Rather than the usual price of 60,000 miles, during off-peak a roundtrip ticket would only cost 40,000 miles. And you can get that amount of miles simply by getting the AAdvantage credit card's 50,000 mile bonus. (Learn more about these off-peak prices here.) So when is "off-peak" for Europe? According to American Airlines, off-peak for Europe is anytime between October 15 and May 15. Other airlines may have different off-peak dates. But basically off-peak exists during the colder, winter months. (US Airway's off-peak dates for Europe are extremely… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (4)  | December 18, 2014
Category: Europe, Images from the road

7 paradises for 7 loves

I have recently decided that wander-lusters come in many varieties- many more than I had thought. You know, we like to find our commonalities so it is comfortable to believe that a traveler is a traveler is a traveler is a traveler. But one man's treasure is another one's trash. That is true for the non-material treasures we find out on the road just as it is in "real life" back home with material things. For instance when my husband and I were conversing about the reasons why we travel, one man said that our travel style would not be… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (0)  | August 14, 2014
Category: Asia, Europe, Images from the road, Oceania

The Value of Time

It’s an increasingly accepted as fact that, as a nation, we have allowed a work culture to develop where taking time off is seen a sign of disloyalty or lack of care, and where extended time off is more of a concept than a reality. It’s also a given that more and more data suggest that the costs of this approach in stress and lack of free time for rest, recreation and family is having a profoundly detrimental effect on our society. Traveling in Europe always brings the difference between the US and European cultures with regard to work/life balance… Read More...

My top beaches around the world

Since it's summer and the beach is on my mind, I thought I would do a recap of my favorite beaches I've visited over the years. I'm not really one for the crowded party beaches, or cold weather beaches, both of those seem to have made my list because of how beautiful they are. I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels that there's nothing much better than walking a quite beach at sunset, reading a good book in the shade, or enjoying a tropical drink with the ocean in view. Most of these beaches took a bit of… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (1)  | July 20, 2014
Category: General, Images from the road, On The Road

Greyhound across America: Photos from a month on the bus by Kristina Perkins

Starting from Minneapolis, Minnesota, I spent 30 days exploring the United States (traveling to 37 states) and documenting the faces and places I saw on the Greyhound Bus system with photographs and short stories. I showered rarely, slept infrequently, ate poorly, and I loved every uncomfortable minute of it. My fascination with the culture of the Greyhound started in college when I would take the bus to Montana to visit a dear friend. As I discerned my creative inspiration to street photography, I felt a pull to quit my awful job, forget about my recent heartbreak and get on the… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (0)  | May 4, 2014
Category: Images from the road, North America, On The Road, Solo Travel

An Introduction to the Budapest Bath Experience at Széchenyi

Finding yourself tired and achy after a long day’s sightseeing in Budapest? That can be easily fixed by indulging in one of the city’s great experiences—a long soak in the healing waters that residents and visitors have been availing themselves of since Ottoman times. Blessed by its location—it sits above numerous natural springs spouting warm water fortified with minerals—the Hungarian capital offers visitors some of the world’s great public bath experiences. [caption id="attachment_20250" align="alignnone" width="300"] Szechenyi Thermal Baths, Budapest[/caption] With over fifty baths, spas and public pools, Budapest wisely takes full advantage of the waters burbling up from its sediment.… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (0)  | April 13, 2014
Category: Destinations, Europe, Images from the road, On The Road, Travel Health

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

Last weekend, on a sunny Saturday morning at a local Seattle-area library, I kicked off the first of several ninety-minute “Travel talks” I plan to give this year. The seminar-style presentations, which I call “Traveling The Best of Europe Independently & On A Budget” will be free, presented at assorted libraries in the Seattle metro area. I began doing these talks several years ago after answering the umpteenth question about how to travel independently in Europe (since that’s my specialty), how to plan it, and where to go. I realized there was a hunger for this type of straight-up advice… Read More...

Christmas magic in Germany

One of the many great things about Europe is the magnificent way it celebrates the Christmas season. Throughout the continent, a spirit of festivity can be felt in the wintertime air. The traditions of the season are still strong in this thoroughly modern part of the world, where bustling Christmas markets fill the main square of big cities and bucolic, half-timbered villages alike. In the cathedrals, choirs singing the great medieval Christmas hymns fill the cavernous spaces with angelic harmonies. With that said, this is the first in a series of posts on the various ways Christmas is celebrated in… Read More...

Vagabonding Field Report: Largest Market in Central America – Chichicastenango, Guatemala

Cost/day: $40/day What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen lately? Ancient Mayan religious rites being performed in a Catholic cathedral... a unique blend of religions that tells stories about a part of the world with a conflicting history.  (more…) Read More...

Posted by | Comments (1)  | November 27, 2013
Category: Central America, Family Travel, Images from the road, Vagabonding Field Reports