Why I’m not a minimalist… I’m a “maximalist”

The subject of my life as a minimalist keeps coming up in conversations lately. I’m always a bit taken aback when someone suggests it, because I don’t think of myself as a minimalist at all. It’s true, I’ve lived out of a backpack, essentially, for over five years now. My whole life fits into one checked bag and one carry-on. Does that make me a minimalist? Perhaps. Interestingly, I view myself in the exact opposite fashion: I refer to myself as a maximalist. It’s not about stripping life down to the bare essentials for me, it’s about living as large… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (4)  | March 19, 2013
Category: Lifestyle Design, Simplicity, Vagabonding Life

Location Independence: The intersection of work and travel

Location Independence is a concept that has exploded over the past few years. With the rapid expansion of the internet, all of a sudden, there are possibilities that didn’t exist, even a decade and a half ago. Travel has long sung her siren song in the hearts of many arm chair gypsies and now many of those folks, who previously burned with longing, find themselves able to hit the road and travel without giving up their careers. It’s easy to see the draw: photos of folks working, poolside, books like The Four Hour Work Week, and countless blogs of evangelical… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (4)  | March 12, 2013
Category: Lifestyle Design, Vagabonding Life, Working Abroad

Pros and Cons of being a New Nomadic Rich

[caption id="attachment_17725" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="picture credit: Flickr/theregeneration"][/caption] As my last Vagabonding contribution for year 2012 – and I am glad to say that it has been a great pleasure and a serious commitment, guys – I decided to comment on an interesting article I found here.  The author, classifying himself as one of the “New Rich” theorized by Timothy Ferriss’ famous bestseller, gives the life perspective's lowdown on his profitable work experience as he travels the world. His final view, however, is far from casting an idyllic image of this lifestyle, as he says “it occurs to me that the… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (6)  | December 27, 2012
Category: Lifestyle Design, On The Road, Vagabonding Life

Do you need a sanity check? The 90% rule.

Christmas this year find us on the edge of the jungle in Borneo. Hiking yesterday I found a pocketful of nutmeg and remembered making a Christmas phone call years ago, with my brother who was here in the Spice Islands while I was “at home” changing diapers. He told me about the orang utan he’d encountered deep up a jungle river and he mailed me a boxful of nutmeg he’d picked off of the forest floor for me. This year I’ll be making that phone call home, and he’s the one ankle deep in babies and diapers. Josh spent the… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (1)  | December 25, 2012
Category: General, Lifestyle Design, Vagabonding Advice

Traveling with a wheelchair

Daily activities, within a comfortable, familiar environment can be interesting enough with a disability. If you spend time in a wheelchair, you know how different surfaces, or slight inclines, can create an immense challenge. Well yes, they may pose a challenge, look at it this way; a world on wheels is a unique perspective.   Not long ago, Justin Skeesuck launched: The Disabled Traveler, with a tag line of “see the world differently.” Justin Skeesuck is a well-seasoned traveler. We connected (via social media) because of our mutual love of photography. I got to be part of the beta stages… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (0)  | December 13, 2012
Category: General, Lifestyle Design

Retirement, vagabonding style

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="A couple, strolling in New York. Photo: Ed Yourdon / Flickr"][/caption] The Wall Street Journal had a story titled, "The let's sell our house and see the world retirement." A couple, Lynn and Tim Martin, decided to ditch the stereotypical retirement lifestyle and hit the road. Here's how Lynn describes it: In short, we're senior gypsies. In early 2011 we sold our house in California and moved the few objects we wanted to keep into a 10-by-15-foot storage unit. Since then, we have lived in furnished apartments and houses in Mexico, Argentina, Florida, Turkey, France, Italy… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (21)  | October 29, 2012
Category: Lifestyle Design, Senior Travel

3 Attitudes you need to make your dream come true

I’m sure you’ve heard the excuses. I know I’ve heard more of ‘em than I ever thought existed. I don’t have time I don’t have money I have responsibilities I would love to, but… In the end there are a million reasons not to live your dream, but all you really need are a small handful of reasons to do it. It all comes down to priorities. If you are happy with your life at the moment, then there’s nothing you need to change. If, however, there is something you’re not happy with, it’s up to you to change it.… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (1)  | August 27, 2012
Category: Lifestyle Design

How Tim Ferriss and Silicon Valley techies hack their trips

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Packing light. Photo: Amina Elahi / Flickr"][/caption] Business travelers, also known as "road warriors," are some of the most experienced trip hackers around. Although here at Vagabonding we espouse slower wandering, these hard-core types have streamlined the process to a science. Their advice appeared in this New York Times article: How the tough get going: Silicon Valley travel tips. Prominently featured in the article is Tim Ferriss, known as the author of "The 4-Hour Workweek" and the "The 4-Hour Body." Naturally, there are many websites and apps that get mentioned. It's interesting to see these guys… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (1)  | July 23, 2012
Category: Air Travel, Lifestyle Design, Notes from the collective travel mind, Travel Gear, Travel Tech

Do more dreams die because of lack of money or because of the fear of the unknown?

Most dreams die because the dreamers can’t take the requisite and always terrifying step into the unknown. The best laid plans and sincerest intentions are no protection against the stomach-lurching sensation when you let go of the lifeline. Cila Warnke is currently writing a book – THE BOOK, as she refers to it. Here’s her description: The Book tells the stories of people who refuse to go gently into the fiction of “normal” life. They have confronted all the usual excuses for saying “no” (children, illness, age, lack of opportunity) and with cheerful, bloody-minded determination said “yes” to their dreams.… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (6)  | July 16, 2012
Category: Lifestyle Design

Living the Dream: What does it really mean?

[caption id="attachment_16414" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Our dream to hike the 500-mile Colorado Trail was a great dream, but not for us."][/caption] There’s a lot of talk in cyberspace about living your dream. Live life on your own terms, grab life by the horns and take it for a ride. But what happens when you discover that the life you thought you wanted isn’t meeting your needs like you thought it would? Then what? Hang on anyway? Or give yourself permission to move on? That’s precisely where we found ourselves as we hiked the Colorado Trail through the Rockies this summer. As… Read More...

Posted by | Comments (3)  | July 10, 2012
Category: Lifestyle Design