Morning rituals

 

The fluidity of travel is a double-edged blade. It’s one of the things I love most about it – that each day is different and you don’t know what to expect. It pulls you into the present, encouraging you to pay attention to everything going on around you, rather than going into auto-pilot mode.

We are beings of habit, though. Our brains are wired to develop patterns of behavior, so that we’re not constantly … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (2)  | October 24, 2014
Category: Lifestyle Design, North America, Simplicity, Vagabonding Life

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 … Read more »

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

A virtuous life doesn’t reward you with travel

Hiking New Zealand

“A virtuous life doesn’t reward you with travel.” — Rolf Potts

I had the pleasure of connecting with Rolf in person this week. I’ve written on his blog since 2012 and we’ve passed a few notes back and forth as we’ve shared the occasional orbit in cyber-space but there’s something different about connecting at eye level and feeling someone’s presence and … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (7)  | February 11, 2014
Category: Lifestyle Design, Vagabonding Advice

2014: Live passionately, commit to your dreams

Miller Family

We travel a lot, you might have noticed that. Wherever we go we meet people and we’ve always had a family habit of inviting those people to eat a meal with us, even if it’s off foldable plates on a ground tarp because we’re cycling. I love listening to people’s stories, learning about their journeys and giving our kids the opportunity to learn … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (4)  | December 31, 2013
Category: Lifestyle Design, Vagabonding Life

5 Reasons to stay home

Home

I’ve been talking a lot lately to folks who are pushing hard towards their dreams. They’re working the equivalent of two full time jobs to break free from the one they’re sick of to change their whole lives. They’re courageous folks. But then, she goes out for drinks with a sister who ends up getting a whole bar full of dummies to mock her dream. … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (0)  | November 26, 2013
Category: Lifestyle Design, Vagabonding Advice

Monumental journeys as milestones

Monumental journey

Our family has a long history of making memories instead of collecting things. We love to give gifts, don’t get me wrong, but most of them are little homemade things, or gifts of self in some capacity. Perhaps most precious are the gifts of time and of memories.

We didn’t get a honeymoon. I had back surgery instead. Long story.

So, we started taking … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (2)  | October 15, 2013
Category: Family Travel, Lifestyle Design

Why we travel: Invest in memories, not stuff

Austrian Border on Bikes

“Wow, it must be nice to be able to afford to travel so much…” 

I understand why people say that. I get that the question behind it stems from the number crunching going on that includes a mortgage payment, car payment, clothing, food, insurance, and luxury items that pad their existence. I know they’re thinking about how that week long trip to … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (2)  | October 8, 2013
Category: Family Travel, Lifestyle Design