Motivations in Travel

IMG_4295I took my first trip abroad when I was 22 and I was convinced I was going to change the world. I had always wanted to leave North America and when I finally did I was fresh out of university, ready to fix everything. I signed up with an organization and jetted off to Kenya hoping to make a dent in the AIDS crisis. I spent … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (0)  | September 23, 2015
Category: Vagabonding Advice

Ellis Emmett: The nine most important things in life

EllisThe first things you notice about Ellis Emmett are his piercing blue eyes, the source of his deep, rolling laugh. This is a guy who loves life, and lives large; that much is clear from the moment he shakes your hand. He’s a builder, a farmer, an expert white water rafter, a mountain climber, an avid traveler, a photographer, a writer, and co-host of the … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (5)  | September 16, 2015
Category: Adventure Travel, General

Best place in Asia to study martial arts?

martial artsHave you ever wanted to study martial arts? One of the great things about travel is that you don’t have to settle for a “McDojo” in your local shopping mall.  You can take a journey to the best place in the world to study your fighting style.   There … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (5)  | September 11, 2015
Category: Asia

3 great American road trips you haven’t done yet

The open road has a mystical quality that cleanses my mind. Snarls in my thoughts loosen as the road unspools in front of my car’s nose. Ribbons of blacktop connecting sea to shining sea, linking deserts and mountains and fields of waving corn.

I yearn to grab my keys, jump behind the wheel and let the miles clarify my thoughts.

My tires eat up the miles. It takes time for the road to work its … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (0)  | September 9, 2015
Category: On The Road

Perspective: The road’s gift

“No journey is too great, if you find what you seek” – Anonymous

When I was little, I met counselors from all over the world at sleep-away camp. If you told me the ten year old who acquired a koala singlet from her counselor, would later marry an Australian and live down under; I would have told you, ‘you’re nuts’!

The travel bug bit hard during my first non-family trip. After university, … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (0)  | September 2, 2015
Category: Notes from the collective travel mind

Vagabonding Case Study: Karol Gajda

Karol Gajda of

Age: 34

Hometown: I was born in Wrocław, Poland, but I grew up in Michigan.

Quote: This changes often so I’ll choose one of my favorites that can be used along the vagabonding theme. “There is no tomorrow! There is no tomorrow! There is no tomorrow!” – Apollo Creed, Rocky III

Posted by | Comments (0)  | August 28, 2015
Category: Vagabonding Case Studies

A fresh perspective on home

I was reminded recently of an odd quirk in our human nature. When most of us travel, our senses are hyper-attuned to our surroundings. This is partially a conscious decision; the adventure of discovery is exhilarating. But part of it is an unconscious function. When we are in a new and unfamiliar environment, seldom-used neural pathways light up and allow us to soak in all … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (4)  | August 26, 2015
Category: North America, Notes from the collective travel mind

One Hundred Percent American, by Ralph Linton

American anthropologist Ralph Linton wrote the following essay, which appeared in the American Mercury in 1937. Published half a decade before “globalization” became a buzz-word, it humorously illustrates how everyday routine in modern America is the sum of years of global human ingenuity.

“One Hundred Percent American”

There can be no question about the average American’s Americanism or his desire to preserve this precious heritage at all costs. Nevertheless, some insidious foreign ideas have already … Read more »

Posted by | Comments Off on One Hundred Percent American, by Ralph Linton  | August 21, 2015
Category: Travel Quote of the Day