Collect moments, not things

collect momentsWhen I was little, there were collections in my house. There were matchbox cars, Smurfs and Disney figurines. At sleep-away camp, I collected sea glass – blue was my absolute favourite. There were memories and happiness in those collections, but what I realized, was the happiness came from the experience of actually finding those things … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (0)  | March 30, 2016
Category: General, Vagabonding Advice

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.

BOOKS

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

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’, … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (0)  | 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