The difference: living well vs. doing well


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.

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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

Motivations in Travel

IMG_4295I took my first trip abroad when I was 22 and I was convinced I was going to change the world. I had always wanted to leave North America and when I finally did I was fresh out of university, ready to fix everything. I signed up with an organization and jetted off to Kenya hoping to make a dent in the AIDS crisis. I spent … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (0)  | September 23, 2015
Category: Vagabonding Advice

Perspective: The road’s gift

“No journey is too great, if you find what you seek” – Anonymous

When I was little, I met counselors from all over the world at sleep-away camp. If you told me the ten year old who acquired a koala singlet from her counselor, would later marry an Australian and live down under; I would have told you, ‘you’re nuts’!

The travel bug bit hard during my first non-family trip. After university, … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (0)  | September 2, 2015
Category: Notes from the collective travel mind

Vagabonding Case Study: Karol Gajda

Karol Gajda of

Age: 34

Hometown: I was born in Wrocław, Poland, but I grew up in Michigan.

Quote: This changes often so I’ll choose one of my favorites that can be used along the vagabonding theme. “There is no tomorrow! There is no tomorrow! There is no tomorrow!” – Apollo Creed, Rocky III

Posted by | Comments (0)  | August 28, 2015
Category: Vagabonding Case Studies

A fresh perspective on home

I was reminded recently of an odd quirk in our human nature. When most of us travel, our senses are hyper-attuned to our surroundings. This is partially a conscious decision; the adventure of discovery is exhilarating. But part of it is an unconscious function. When we are in a new and unfamiliar environment, seldom-used neural pathways light up and allow us to soak in all … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (4)  | August 26, 2015
Category: North America, Notes from the collective travel mind