Group travel without the organizational nightmare

Canada IslandSome of the potential drawbacks of group travel are often the very perks of a solo trip: no arguments over where or when to go, no mismatched food tastes, unbalanced fitness levels or clashing differences in hygiene habits. When you’re alone, you’re free to make any and every decision without worry of offending one of your travel mates. But solo trips, while often liberating, can … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (0)  | February 10, 2016
Category: Notes from the collective travel mind

Notes from the 9th month

I’ve been on a journey these last nine months. Yet I don’t have a tally of how many miles I’ve traveled, countries visited, or new foods eaten.

My journey has taken a different path. Where at journey’s end, I’ll emerge member of a special group of travelers: those who have gone before and now dispense their wisdom on me.

It’s a journey unlike any I’ve ever been on before. While I haven’t left the country of my … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (0)  | February 10, 2016
Category: Family Travel, Lifestyle Design

The reality behind dual nationalities and multiple passports

255760314_ab9333703b_zThe article, “Carrying Several Passports? It’s Not Just for Spies”, discussed the benefits of carrying multiple passports from different countries.

The topic of multiple nationalities and passports tends to be filled with hype and mystery, but it’s really simple. Your ethnicity, birthplace, and religion can be the basis of dual citizenship. If your spouse has dual citizenship, you may be eligible for it too. … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (6)  | January 29, 2016
Category: Vagabonding Advice

Questioning safety in Guatemala – at the last minute

3885709629_40e90d083f_oJust three weeks before I’d planned to leave for Guatemala, the first country on my itinerary for my first long-term trip, a friend forwarded an email from her Guatemalan friend regarding my upcoming travels:

“My advice is that if she has her heart set on going to Guate, do the volunteering thing and keep travel limited to Lake Atitlan and Antigua … If her heart … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (6)  | January 22, 2016
Category: Central America, Female Travelers, General, Travel Safety

The worst tourists in the world

14849732_740027f47a_zI read with interest a recent study by the Trans-Global Association for Travel and Tourism Commerce, which rated the behavior of tourists from all the world’s industrialized countries. Consistently ranking last in the study — bottoming out in categories ranging from airline etiquette to podiatric hygiene — were travelers from Great Britain. “This settles it,” a TATTC spokesperson was quoted as saying. “The British are … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (2)  | January 20, 2016
Category: Hospitality, Hostels/Hotels, Travel Writing, Vagabonding Advice

Volunteering for backpackers: Finding free, flexible opportunities

volunteerthumbIf you’ve searched for volunteer abroad opportunities, you’ve undoubtedly learned that volunteering doesn’t often come free. You’ve likely come across many, many organizations that charge fees, often upward of $1,500 per week, to cover accommodation, food and support of a coordinator for the volunteer experience.

Sections like, “Why should I pay to volunteer?,” are featured so prominently on these organizations’ websites that it’s obvious they get these … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (12)  | December 4, 2015
Category: Volunteering Abroad

Vagabonding Case Study: Sebastian Cuevas

Sebastián Cuevas of Between Distancesunnamed

Age: 31

Hometown: Born in San Diego, raised in Guadalajara.

Quote: “En aquel tiempo yo tenía veinte años y estaba loco. Había perdido un país pero había ganado un sueño. Y si tenía ese sueño lo demás no importaba.” Roberto Bolaño (“Back then I was 20 and was mad. I had lost a country but won a dream. And if … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (0)  | November 27, 2015
Category: Vagabonding Case Studies

The dark side of travel romance

romance thumbWhen it comes to the ways of love and romance, no aphrodisiac is quite so potent as travel. On the road — freed from the dull routines and restrictions of home — you become more open, more daring, more willing to seize the moment. Away from home, the people you meet (be they locals or fellow travelers) seem sexier, more exotic, less repressed — and this … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (7)  | November 20, 2015
Category: Europe, Sex and Travel, Vagabonding Advice