10 must-see destinations inspired by books or movies

Have you ever read a book that transported you to a new destination? Where the words infused the story’s setting and brought it to life so vividly that you were this close to booking a cheap ticket there?

I’ve had this happen many times. My must-visit list of destinations grows in leaps from watching movies or reading books.

Here’s a list of 10 must-see destinations inspired by books or movies to plot your next trip.


Florence, … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (0)  | March 23, 2016
Category: Destinations, Europe, North America

Everything Everywhere: Q&A with Gary Arndt

If anybody knows how to follow through on a travel goal, it’s Gary Arndt. His: simply to travel. He’s been traveling non-stop for the past two years and he has yet to set a return date. What we do know: he’s in Amsterdam today. And soon he’ll be in England. His website, Everything Everywhere, keeps us up-to-date on his whereabouts.

Gary’s the first to admit that he caught the travel bug a little … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (0)  | March 18, 2016
Category: General

The Art of Non-conformity: Q&A with Chris Guillebeau

Visit his website or subscribe to his semiweekly newsletters and you quickly get a feel that Chris Guillebeau is happy, inspired, and living life to the fullest. The thing is, he genuinely seems to want the same for you and me.

His website, The Art of Non-conformity, promotes unconventional ways of living, working, and traveling—with the idea that you don’t have to live your life the way that people expect you to. Refreshing, huh? … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (7)  | March 11, 2016
Category: General, Vagabonding Case Studies

4 tips for volunteering your way around the world

Note: Today I’m featuring a guest post from Sarah Von Bargen, who writes about travel (and many other things) at the excellent lifestyle blog Yes and Yes. Here, Sarah shares four key tips for volunteering overseas:

There are lots of great reasons to volunteer while you’re traveling: You can work alongside locals, earn a bit of good karma or just have something to do … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (0)  | March 4, 2016
Category: Volunteering Abroad

Changing Direction

changeI love Diners, Drive-Ins and Drives® on The Food Network®. With episodes filled with a constant supply of colorful food and characters, Guy Fieri travels the country meeting people who have passions for what they do. Aside from the dishes that call to my palate and the scenes in which I remark, ‘we have got to go there’, the episodes that stay with me are the … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (2)  | March 2, 2016
Category: Vagabonding Advice

10 small strategies that will improve your journey

About five years ago, San Francisco Chronicle travel editor John Flinn published a column called “A few things I’ve learned in a quarter-century-plus of travel.” I enjoyed his insights so much I saved the article as a text file — and I recently stumbled across it again on my laptop. Here are my ten favorite bits of advice from Flinn’s column:

1. When you’re on a lean budget, one step up from rock-bottom … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (4)  | February 26, 2016
Category: Food and Drink, Hostels/Hotels, Vagabonding Advice

Vagabonding Case Study: Konrad Waliszewski

Konrad Waliszewski - Vagabonding Case Study

Name: Konrad Waliszewski

Website: World Venture Project and TripScout

Age: 29

Hometown: Washington DC

Quote: The purpose of life is a life of purpose. – Robert Byrne

How did you find out about Vagabonding, and how did you find it useful before and during the trip?

Vagabonding was my main resource to prepare me for my first long-term trip and my … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (0)  | February 24, 2016
Category: Vagabonding Case Studies

How to respond to beggars on the road

beggar thumbLast week, my Yahoo! News “Traveling Light” column dealt with the very complicated issue of dealing with beggars on the road. From my article, here are five principles to help navigate this sadly common and difficult travel situation:

1) Spend some time in the community before you give to beggars

Not only will a few days of immersion in the local culture give you … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (0)  | February 19, 2016
Category: Travel News, Vagabonding Advice

Top Things that Inspire Me to Travel the World

adventure thumbThe world is a vast place filled with wondrous sites, untamed wilderness, and unlimited amounts of beauty. Even when the road gets tough the inspiration you need to keep going is never far away.

Over the years, the things that keep inspiring me has shifted a little, but many of the reasons I am still traveling are the reasons why I started in the first … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (0)  | February 17, 2016
Category: Vagabonding Advice