Giving free travel talks—A great way to share the knowledge and ignite others’ travel dreams

As travelers, we often find ourselves talking to friends and strangers alike at parties, at work, wherever, about travel and how to do it right. We evangelize for travel, extolling its opportunities and benefits. We often go on at length about the magic of our favorite places, the addictive high that comes from filling up a passport book, and the thrill of crossing a new border and making new connections. We also find ourselves giving out advice on all matters travel, from where to find the cheapest airline tickets to where to stay and when to go. You know you… Read More...

An interview with Freelance Writer Joe Henley

As part of some tips for successful travel and freelance writing, I decided to interview Joe Henley. He is a Canadian freelance writer and death metal singer for Taiwanese band Revilement who has spent the past few years living in Taiwan, and will released his debut novel, “Sons of the Republic”, on American imprint Library Tales Publishing on September 12th 2014. He’s an example of someone who set out to live in a foreign country and worked hard to realize the “writer’s dream”. I asked him a few questions to bring his experience as a useful example for other budding… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (2)  | August 24, 2014
Category: Asia, Expat Life, Lifestyle Design, Travel Writing, Vagabonding Life

Christmas in England: music, food and decoration

In the final entry in my series of posts on the subtle but interesting variations in how European cultures celebrate Christmas, I take a look at one of the finest places to spend the holiday season, England. It’s not just a beautiful country with a joyous approach to the holiday; it’s also the spot where some of the most cherished Christmas traditions originated. Throughout Europe, the sound of carols spill out from churches great and small, and the youthful choir’s heavenly harmonies are carried to the rafters on the cold air, just as they’ve been every year for centuries. Families… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (2)  | December 25, 2013
Category: Europe, Expat Life, Food and Drink, General, Notes from the collective travel mind

Thanksgiving overseas: chocolates and rasperry beer in Bruges

Growing up in the Midwest, my Thanksgiving was the traditional spread of turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie, devoured at a relative’s home in suburban Chicago. But I grew up to be an inveterate traveler and spent the holiday in many places—one of the best was the historic, colorful Belgian city of Bruges. Several years ago I was serving an internship at the US Embassy in London, and received a four-day weekend as per federal law. I packed a bag, recruited a friend, and took advantage of the holiday to visit one of my favorite Northern European locations. Once a prosperous… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (1)  | November 28, 2013
Category: Europe, Expat Life, Food and Drink, Notes from the collective travel mind, On The Road, Travel Writing

The ten days holiday, my way

“Yes, we can just try to do it in about ten days.” It is a strange feeling dawning on me when I realize I AM the object of the conversation. It has been said quite a few times on Vagabonding before, how the ten days holiday can be a step towards the opening of the third eye of travel but… it just SUCKS when it applies to YOU: an ex long-term traveler bound by a life of travel to live a “normal life”. Well, researching Southeast Asian alienated youth headbanging at the rhythms of noisy, loud music is not so… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (0)  | February 21, 2013
Category: Expat Life, Notes from the collective travel mind, Vagabonding Life

Motorbiking helps long term vagabonding city dwellers

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Picture credit: Flickr/Alfred Glickman"][/caption] After I read this article about motorbike travel in Indonesia, I started thinking of my own experiences: I switched the focus from great memories of incredible biking trips around Southeast Asia and India, and I considered my actual situation. I concluded that I could not lead the same comfortable life if it wasn’t for an old rattler of a motorbike I am driving around Penang Island since 2010. To be honest, when I tell my foreign friends that I use a motorbike to get around town, I am confronted with skeptical stares:… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (0)  | February 7, 2013
Category: Asia, Expat Life, Notes from the collective travel mind, Simplicity, Vagabonding Advice, Working Abroad

Every country has an Underground

[caption id="attachment_17847" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Picture credit: DerSpiegel Online"][/caption] It was 2010 and I had been working and traveling in Asia for three years filled to the brim with excitement, discoveries and cultural experiences into the ‘Other’. Time was going slow, and it was a good sign: I learnt that when you start feeling that you have more time than you can handle, it means that you are living your life to the fullest. However, after a while we all need a traveling break: so I decided to go deeper in that new tropical relationship I just found, try to slow… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (0)  | January 17, 2013
Category: Asia, Expat Life, Notes from the collective travel mind, On The Road, Vagabonding Life

Visas: always check before you go

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="U.S. passports and residency paperwork for Argentina. Photo: Beatrice Murch / Flickr"][/caption] Argentina recently enacted new visa rules, according to this post on The Flight Deal. U.S. citizens must pay a "Reciprocity Fee" of $160. More importantly, this must be paid before entry. If you don't do this, you'll be denied entry on arrival. The reciprocity refers to how if Country A charges Country B's citizens a visa fee, then Country B will do the same to Country A's citizens. This problem happened to another backpacker I'd met in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I was having breakfast… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (1)  | January 14, 2013
Category: Backpacking, Expat Life, Notes from the collective travel mind

Want to travel? Get a degree abroad

[caption id="attachment_17603" align="alignleft" width="225" caption="Picture credit: Flickr/David Michael Morris"][/caption] Usually, vagabonding starts with a separation from our previous existences made up of obligations, 9 to 5 routines and homely surroundings. After the liberation, always generally, someone storms off to a different corner of the globe, makes experiences, meets people, open his perspectives and spends his hard earned money. And always usually, when this hard earned cash gets low, these “someones” have to face a dire decision: find a way to support themselves by staying on the road, or just pack bags, return to their homes, and face a new set… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (2)  | December 13, 2012
Category: Expat Life, General, On The Road, Vagabonding Life

Housesitting: the perfect travel job?

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Palm trees in Koh Samui. Photo: Chi King / Flickr"][/caption] Here's the deal: free housing, living in a beautiful island and some fun work. Oh, and the boss is far away and can't micromanage you. Sound too good to be true? That's what Meg and Tony of the Landing Standing blog experienced in their post titled Housesitting in Thailand: live for free in paradise. Meg described the setup here: For 4 weeks, we were housesitting on the beautiful Thai island of Koh Samui. The house itself was a luxury villa/mansion perched on top of a peninsula… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (4)  | December 4, 2012
Category: Expat Life, Hospitality, Notes from the collective travel mind