Relationships and Travel

Relationships aren’t always easy. Travel isn’t always easy. Put the two together and there’s always the possibility for disaster! That has been the opposite of my experience. My husband and I met on a tour in New Zealand. He, from Australia and me from New York, we returned to our respective homes after those eight days together and really had no idea if we would ever see each other again. Perhaps it was … Read more »

Posted by | Comments Off on Relationships and Travel  | September 14, 2016
Category: Lifestyle Design, Sex and Travel

Choosing Travel

choose travel CHOICES. Often I find myself in conversations about choices. There are those societal norms accepted by the majority (in one area or another) and there are choices. It’s often odd to me that there are these two categories, because to me, they’re all choices. Of course, there are times that there are things … Read more »

Posted by | Comments Off on Choosing Travel  | August 26, 2016
Category: Lifestyle Design

Finding your path

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I had a friend at university who knew she wanted to be a doctor from the time she was little. Only her specialty changed a few times, but by the time medical school came around, that was officially sorted. Today, she’s a successful OBGYN living a happy life in … Read more »

Posted by | Comments Off on Finding your path  | April 27, 2016
Category: Lifestyle Design, 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 Off on Notes from the 9th month  | February 10, 2016
Category: Family Travel, Lifestyle Design

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 Off on 10 reasons I would never go back to regular life  | November 4, 2015
Category: Lifestyle Design, Vagabonding Life

Is the paradise pack for me?

Paradise Pack Banner Ad

We see these types of promotions all the time:

One time only sale!

Make your dreams come true now!

Travel for free!


Short marketing statements that almost seem to good to be true. Most often times, they are.

But let me tell you why the Paradise Pack is different.

What is the … Read more »

Posted by | Comments Off on Is the paradise pack for me?  | June 2, 2015
Category: Lifestyle Design

Morning rituals


The fluidity of travel is a double-edged blade. It’s one of the things I love most about it – that each day is different and you don’t know what to expect. It pulls you into the present, encouraging you to pay attention to everything going on around you, rather than going into auto-pilot mode.

We are beings of habit, though. Our brains are wired to develop patterns of behavior, so that we’re not constantly … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (2)  | October 24, 2014
Category: Lifestyle Design, North America, Simplicity, Vagabonding Life

An interview with freelance writer Joe Henley

As part of some tips for successful travel and freelance writing, I decided to interview Joe Henley. He is a Canadian freelance writer and death metal singer for Taiwanese band Revilement who has spent the past few years living in Taiwan, and will released his debut novel, “Sons of the Republic”, on American imprint Library Tales Publishing on September 12th 2014.

He’s an example of someone who set out … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (1)  | August 24, 2014
Category: Asia, Expat Life, Lifestyle Design, Travel Writing, Vagabonding Life

5 Travel lessons you can use at home


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Travel has a way of slowing you down, of waking you up, of pulling you up out of your daily routines and seeing life in a new way. This new way of looking at the world need not end when you resume your life at home.

Here are 5 key ways in which the … Read more »

Posted by | Comments Off on 5 Travel lessons you can use at home  | May 3, 2014
Category: Lifestyle Design, Rolf Potts

A virtuous life doesn’t reward you with travel

Hiking New Zealand

“A virtuous life doesn’t reward you with travel.” — Rolf Potts

I had the pleasure of connecting with Rolf in person this week. I’ve written on his blog since 2012 and we’ve passed a few notes back and forth as we’ve shared the occasional orbit in cyber-space but there’s something different about connecting at eye level and feeling someone’s presence and … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (7)  | February 11, 2014
Category: Lifestyle Design, Vagabonding Advice