4 tips for volunteering your way around the world

Note: Today I’m featuring a guest post from Sarah Von Bargen, who writes about travel (and many other things) at the excellent lifestyle blog Yes and Yes. Here, Sarah shares four key tips for volunteering overseas:

There are lots of great reasons to volunteer while you’re traveling: You can work alongside locals, earn a bit of good karma or just have something to do … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (0)  | March 4, 2016
Category: Volunteering Abroad

Changing Direction

changeI love Diners, Drive-Ins and Drives® on The Food Network®. With episodes filled with a constant supply of colorful food and characters, Guy Fieri travels the country meeting people who have passions for what they do. Aside from the dishes that call to my palate and the scenes in which I remark, ‘we have got to go there’, the episodes that stay with me are the … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (2)  | March 2, 2016
Category: Vagabonding Advice

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)  | February 26, 2016
Category: Food and Drink, Hostels/Hotels, Vagabonding Advice

Vagabonding Case Study: Konrad Waliszewski

Konrad Waliszewski - Vagabonding Case Study

Name: Konrad Waliszewski

Website: World Venture Project and TripScout

Age: 29

Hometown: Washington DC

Quote: The purpose of life is a life of purpose. – Robert Byrne

How did you find out about Vagabonding, and how did you find it useful before and during the trip?

Vagabonding was my main resource to prepare me for my first long-term trip and my … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (0)  | February 24, 2016
Category: Vagabonding Case Studies

How to respond to beggars on the road

beggar thumbLast week, my Yahoo! News “Traveling Light” column dealt with the very complicated issue of dealing with beggars on the road. From my article, here are five principles to help navigate this sadly common and difficult travel situation:

1) Spend some time in the community before you give to beggars

Not only will a few days of immersion in the local culture give you … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (0)  | February 19, 2016
Category: Travel News, Vagabonding Advice

Top Things that Inspire Me to Travel the World

adventure thumbThe world is a vast place filled with wondrous sites, untamed wilderness, and unlimited amounts of beauty. Even when the road gets tough the inspiration you need to keep going is never far away.

Over the years, the things that keep inspiring me has shifted a little, but many of the reasons I am still traveling are the reasons why I started in the first … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (0)  | February 17, 2016
Category: Vagabonding Advice

Group travel without the organizational nightmare

Canada IslandSome of the potential drawbacks of group travel are often the very perks of a solo trip: no arguments over where or when to go, no mismatched food tastes, unbalanced fitness levels or clashing differences in hygiene habits. When you’re alone, you’re free to make any and every decision without worry of offending one of your travel mates. But solo trips, while often liberating, can … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (0)  | February 10, 2016
Category: Notes from the collective travel mind

Notes from the 9th month

I’ve been on a journey these last nine months. Yet I don’t have a tally of how many miles I’ve traveled, countries visited, or new foods eaten.

My journey has taken a different path. Where at journey’s end, I’ll emerge member of a special group of travelers: those who have gone before and now dispense their wisdom on me.

It’s a journey unlike any I’ve ever been on before. While I haven’t left the country of my … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (0)  | February 10, 2016
Category: Family Travel, Lifestyle Design

The reality behind dual nationalities and multiple passports

255760314_ab9333703b_zThe article, “Carrying Several Passports? It’s Not Just for Spies”, discussed the benefits of carrying multiple passports from different countries.

The topic of multiple nationalities and passports tends to be filled with hype and mystery, but it’s really simple. Your ethnicity, birthplace, and religion can be the basis of dual citizenship. If your spouse has dual citizenship, you may be eligible for it too. … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (6)  | January 29, 2016
Category: Vagabonding Advice

Questioning safety in Guatemala – at the last minute

3885709629_40e90d083f_oJust three weeks before I’d planned to leave for Guatemala, the first country on my itinerary for my first long-term trip, a friend forwarded an email from her Guatemalan friend regarding my upcoming travels:

“My advice is that if she has her heart set on going to Guate, do the volunteering thing and keep travel limited to Lake Atitlan and Antigua … If her heart … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (6)  | January 22, 2016
Category: Central America, Female Travelers, General, Travel Safety