Open relationships and long term travel

“But you’re just going to leave!”

Although I hated to admit it, who said that was right. At the time I’d been seasonally migrating as a guide for four years. And had no intention to confine my adventurous spirit in domestic American life, then—if ever. The catch though was he was not American; Swedish born to immigrated Polish parents. And unless we got married, physically being together was a matter of juggling countless visas. I … Read more »

Posted by | Comments Off on Open relationships and long term travel  | November 29, 2012
Category: Female Travelers, General, Languages and Culture, Notes from the collective travel mind, On The Road, Sex and Travel, Simplicity, Travel Health, Vagabonding Advice, Vagabonding Life

Send and receive postcards from all over the world

Who doesn’t like getting a postcard in the mail? With the overwhelming evolution of technology, the act of putting pen to paper almost seems old-fashion. Words have the same definition whether typed or scrolled by hand. But handwriting can reveal clues about an individuals personality where digital text lacks that touch.

  Years ago I discovered a … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (3)  | October 11, 2012
Category: General, Languages and Culture, Simplicity

Travel budget after a long time on the road

I have been on the road for nine months straight as I write, and I have slowly noticed how I changed my budget habits overtime. Initially, I had a big plan, quite a small budget, and an indicative daily expense limit that would make most people laugh – or faint. I was mostly successful in keeping expenses  between 5 and 10 $ a day by travelling in a very cheap region – the … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (3)  | September 13, 2012
Category: Money Management, On The Road, Simplicity, Vagabonding Life

Long-distance footpaths

Recently I’ve been reading, “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed. When the author was in her mid-twenties she solo hiked the Pacific Crest Trail. Her book unfolds as she treks north, nursing her blistered feet and cumbersome heavy pack along a majority of the 2,663mi (4,286km) trail. It initially begins at the Mexican border, passes through California, Oregon, and Washington in the USA and over the border into Canada. Several years ago I’d … Read more »

Posted by | Comments Off on Long-distance footpaths  | September 6, 2012
Category: Adventure Travel, Africa, Asia, Central America, Destinations, Europe, Female Travelers, Images from the road, North America, Oceania, On The Road, Simplicity, Solo Travel, South America

A wiki for hitch hikers

As I am thumbing my way across the Central Asian republics, I made a very much welcome discovery by typing “hitching to Dushanbe” in Google. What I found was a bit puzzling, at first:  I would have never thought that a volatile, hazardous and utterly non-scientific art such as hitching a ride … Read more »

Posted by | Comments Off on A wiki for hitch hikers  | August 23, 2012
Category: Adventure Travel, Backpacking, Notes from the collective travel mind, On The Road, Simplicity, Vagabonding Advice, Vagabonding Life, Vagabonding Styles

What’s outside your window?

The Paris Review is running a blog series called “Windows on the World” and asking writers peppered across the globe what they see outside their window. Which reminded me that part of my favorite thing about traveling is the view outside the window changes. Even beyond seeing, different ones let in various smells, sounds and the occasional unwanted bug.


From a hostel room one winters eve, I watched a candlelight … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (3)  | August 9, 2012
Category: General, On The Road, Simplicity

Don’t let fear prevent living and learning

Yesterday I came across this article that addressed updating Child Labor Laws in America. And tried desperately to wrap my brain around a logical explanation, why restricting youths from agricultural involvement was a good idea. After a period of extreme frustration with the absurdity of the issue; I settled with the fact at its core, it has nothing to do with exploiting child labor; it had to do with fear–in this case, safety.

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Posted by | Comments (4)  | April 26, 2012
Category: Notes from the collective travel mind, On The Road, Simplicity

Korea’s great public transit system

One of the fun parts of travel is getting out and trying to navigate a foreign city on your own. Many travelers relish the simple task of trying to navigate public transit from the airport to the hostel where they are staying. There is simply a fresh zeal to figuring the workings of local buses and rail systems to get out and see all of the … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (5)  | April 20, 2011
Category: Asia, Simplicity