Vagabonding Case Study: Karol Gajda

Karol Gajda of karol.gajda.com mail.google.com

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

Vagabonding Field Report: Hoi An, Vietnam

A stop in Hoi An should be at the top of everyone’s list when traveling through Vietnam. It’s halfway between Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, two major destinations in Vietnam, but has a quieter more laid back feel. Hoi An is famous for their tailors, food, and silk lanterns. Many come here to have a custom suit or dress made. Sitting on a river delta and a short ride to the beach, it’s surrounded … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (0)  | August 19, 2015
Category: Asia, Vagabonding Field Reports, Working Abroad

Pack a positive attitude and overcome anything

“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living”

-Miriam Beard

 

I still vividly remember the excitement that I had as I embarked on my first ever road trip when I was four years old. It was a long ten-hour trek, but the excitement powerfully overtrumped the boredom. That trip to Florida was fun of course, but … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (0)  | July 15, 2015
Category: Vagabonding Advice

The best passport for world travel

Have you ever wished you had another country’s passport? For some nationals, they have the right to get working holiday visas all over the world.  They can pick up and move to a country, and have the right to live there.   Your passport has a big effect on how well received you’ll be in another country, in the eyes of their immigration officials.

The Economist had a chart called Read more »

Posted by | Comments (25)  | July 10, 2015
Category: Notes from the collective travel mind