10 small strategies that will improve your journey

About five years ago, San Francisco Chronicle travel editor John Flinn published a column called “A few things I’ve learned in a quarter-century-plus of travel.” I enjoyed his insights so much I saved the article as a text file — and I recently stumbled across it again on my laptop. Here are my ten favorite bits of advice from Flinn’s column:

1. When you’re on a lean budget, one step up from rock-bottom … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (4)  | November 6, 2015
Category: Food and Drink, Hostels/Hotels, Vagabonding Advice

10 reasons I would never go back to regular life

Traveling long-term for the last three years has changed me in many ways. When I take a minute and reflect on who I was before I started traveling, I can only see faint glimmers of that person. As I have wandered the world, experienced other cultures, and tested my limits I have become an independent, free, and well-rounded person.

Travel has opened my heart and expanded my mind. I feel infinitely grateful that it has played … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (0)  | November 4, 2015
Category: Lifestyle Design, Vagabonding Life

Vagabonding Case Study: Becky Ances

Becky Ances of Writer. Traveler. Tea Drinker. unnamed

Age: 39

Hometown: Peterborough, NH, America

Quote:Most of our problems arose from our connections to our hometown. On the traveling side we had problems every now and then, but it is just easier to roll with it.”

Posted by | Comments (2)  | October 30, 2015
Category: Vagabonding Case Studies

How to become a SCUBA diving instructor

Working from a beach paradise, daiquiri in hand, can make living abroad as a permanent beach bum seem easy. In reality, finding a way to create income from abroad can be tortuous. Travel sites post lists of the top 10 jobs that can make working from abroad a reality. While these jobs exist and are possible to get, sipping a cocktail on the beach everyday is not always part of the equation.

A year ago … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (0)  | October 28, 2015
Category: Working Abroad

Long-term travel, consumerism, and purging

stuffLong- term travelers of all kinds will tell you that one of the most important preliminary steps to taking off is The Purge. That period of time that you devote to deciding which material possessions will still be necessary and dear to your heart after traipsing all over the globe in pursuit of clarity, freedom, connection, adventure, and knowledge. Clothing is donated, items are sold to … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (0)  | October 23, 2015
Category: Ethical Travel, Ethics, General

The difference: living well vs. doing well

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In March of 1989, the Exxon Valdez struck a reef off the coast of Alaska, resulting in the largest oil spill in U.S. history. Initially viewed as an ecological disaster, this catastrophe did wonders to raise environmental awareness among average Americans. As television images of oil-choked sea otters and dying shore birds were beamed across the country, pop-environmentalism grew into a national craze.

Instead of … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (0)  | October 9, 2015
Category: Vagabonding Life

The magic of shoulder season travel

Shoulder Season Travel

Soon after my time as a student ended, I began my career as an educator. Working at camps every summer, travel took flight over those much needed school holidays. If you were a kid in traditional school or had parents who worked in one, you may have done the same. Highest prices, hordes of crowds, long wait lines at airports and attractions … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (0)  | October 7, 2015
Category: Vagabonding Advice

Vagabonding Case Study: Adam Groffman

Adam Groffman of Travels of Adam

Age: 30

Hometown: From the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas, though I lived in Boston for a while before leaving the USA. Now I live in Berlin, Germany

Quote: Jack Kerouac, “the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (0)  | October 2, 2015
Category: Vagabonding Case Studies

Advice for the aspiring travel journalist

travel journalistAlthough I’ve assembled plenty of advice for aspiring travel writers on my websites over the years, I still get a steady stream of queries – often from college students – asking about how to land a travel writing gig. A recent inquiry comes from Maggie in Minnesota:

I am an aspiring travel journalist and freshman in college. I have decided to pursue travel journalism as … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (39)  | September 25, 2015
Category: Vagabonding Advice