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 … 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 … 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

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 … 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 … 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.” … Read more »

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

Retirement, vagabonding style

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 … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (22)  | October 29, 2012
Category: Lifestyle Design, Senior Travel

How Tim Ferriss and Silicon Valley techies hack their trips

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 … 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.

dream died hereCila Warnke is currently writing a book – THE BOOK, as she refers to it. Here’s her description: The Book tells the … Read more »

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