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

The art of body language is an essential travel skill

"Learn to watch faces and expressions. Language is not all it's cracked up to be. Often you go wrong when you are struggling with dimly remembered foreign words and neglect the person or context. You'll need a bit of Russian, a bit of French, and a bit of Spanish, at least, to do the world. Sometimes it's better if you just use the international hand-to-mouth for food, or go into the kitchen to point." --Mike Spencer Bown, What I've Learned: The World's Most Traveled Man, Esquire, October 25, 2013 Read More...

Posted by | Comments (0)  | April 27, 2015
Category: Travel Quote of the Day

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

Vagabonding Field Report: Getting Ready to Sail the Seas on the Oliver Hazard Perry

Currently, I am in Newport Rhode Island getting ready to sail on the Oliver Hazard Perry for the next five months. The ship is in the final stages of getting ready to sail. It is a massive 280 foot long tall ship named the Oliver Hazard Perry. Cost Per Day Newport can be expensive if you are eating seafood every meal or shopping at the luxury stories that are in this area. However, right now I am spending next to nothing. On average I am spending $20 a day. Describe a typical day:   Currently, I am in Newport Rhode… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (0)  | April 24, 2015
Category: General

Balancing desire and ethics when traveling

There is something magical about riding an elephant. Their huge, lumbering bodies swaying slowly along while you sit atop, taking in the view. It’s an experience that is never forgotten. Or at least that’s what I’ve been told. Despite my intense desire to know what it feels like to ride atop one of the world’s most majestic creatures, I’ve never taken the opportunity. My knowledge of how these creatures are broken so that they can give rides to tourists keeps me from doing it. In short, my ethics “get in the way” in this case. This isn’t the only scenario… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (0)  | April 23, 2015
Category: Ethical Travel, Ethics

On the road, disorientation is as important as discovery

"Any budding academic can tell you that deliberately placing oneself in a position of not-knowing, and to then go about finding out what you don't know, can be a fulfilling pursuit, and the disorientation itself, the early stages of figuring out what you didn't know that you wanted to know, was as exciting as the eventual discoveries. This was one of the reasons I traveled." --Alden Jones, The Blind Masseuse: A Traveler's Memoir from Costa Rica to Cambodia (2013) Read More...

Posted by | Comments (0)  | April 20, 2015
Category: Travel Quote of the Day

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

Vagabonding Case Study: Tracey Mansted

Tracey Mansted   hungryheads.org Age: Tracey - 50 Mike (husband - 47) Imogen (10) Indira (9) Hometown: Rainforest near Byron Bay, NSW Australia Quote: Albert Einstein said “If at first an idea does not sound absurd, there is no hope for it”  - which I think equally applies to thinking and learning about new things as well as to taking huge leaps of faith like traveling long term with your kids. As a family we like the idea of “feel the fear and do it anyway”. (more…) Read More...

Posted by | Comments (0)  | April 17, 2015
Category: Vagabonding Case Studies

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