So what’s it like to Couchsurf in Asia?

A few weeks ago, Marcus Sortijas published an interesting piece on Vagabonding describing the Couchsurfing experience in the United States. As I am a Couchsurfing aficionado and have travelled more than 10 Asian countries using it, I would like to spend some words describing how this beautiful service works in another side of the world.

I would like to start introducing an important, ever present concept in Asian societies: … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (1)  | April 26, 2012
Category: Adventure Travel, Asia, Destinations, Hospitality, On The Road, Vagabonding Styles

Vagabonding Field Report: Road tripping in Northern California – exploring the underworld at Lava Beds National Monument

Cost: $50/day

What’s the strangest thing you have seen lately?

Lavacicles. These pointy tooth-like projections can be found on the roofs of many of the incredible lava tubes and caves at Lava Beds National Monument in northern California. They formed when viscous lava that was dripping from the top of the tubes cooled and hardened. The tubes themselves were forged when the outer edges of flowing lava from the Medicine Lake Volcano cooled and hardened leaving … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (1)  | April 7, 2012
Category: Adventure Travel, North America, Vagabonding Field Reports

Vagabonding Field Reports: Dadanawa Cattle Ranch, Guyana, South America



Cost/day: $0.8/day

Guyana isn’t really that cheap. However, if you’re creative and have some skills, anything is possible. I worked at Dadanawa Cattle Ranch for two and a half months in exchange for food and board. Most of my money went towards toiletries, insect repellant and beer. Being frugal was easy because the nearest town was 4 hours drive over rough savannah roads away.

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Be a tour guide to fund your travels

Let’s face it. There’s no use fighting the tourist industry. It’s exponential. My advice is to embrace it!

Many people ask me how I’ve funded my travels for so many years. The answer; I’ve been: a tour guide; paid to be outdoors, able to ride my own horses; and gain knowledge of an area by teaching about plants, animals, geology and history. The key to being a good tour guide is … Read more »

Posted by | Comments Off on Be a tour guide to fund your travels  | March 1, 2012
Category: Adventure Travel, Lifestyle Design, Working Abroad

Heading out on the trail

The lure of the exotic is strong for travelers, but we may often forget that the exotic is here at home as well. I recently returned from a 42-mile hike in Rocky Mountain National Park—one of countless National Parks that I had not yet visited—and now I have a new appreciation for trails.

It can be hard to turn off the endless chattering in your brain … Read more »

Posted by | Comments Off on Heading out on the trail  | July 14, 2011
Category: Adventure Travel, North America

Book review: Stand Up Paddling

When learning a new sport, especially one that you can do in a variety of environments like stand-up paddling (SUP), it’s not always convenient to take a class. But that doesn’t mean you can’t snag a solid how-to book to tote with you on your adventures—whether it’s merely paddling on a calm river or learning to surf.

In … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (1)  | June 2, 2011
Category: Adventure Travel, General

Horseback riding in Nicaragua

If you had asked me any time in the last couple of years what word I associated with San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua—I’d have said surfing. With waves on my mind, the region was the highlight of the surf trip I was planning with my husband. Sure, I wanted to see more of the country. Right after I finished surfing.

But a recent trip to Nicaragua … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (8)  | March 31, 2011
Category: Adventure Travel, Central America

Watching the whales of Magdalena Bay

I just returned from a trip to Baja California Sur, Mexico, and the highlight of my trip was an hour-long boat trip to see the California gray whales in Magdalena Bay. Aside from a kayak experience when my little boat and I were just a few inches from a humpback whale, this was the closest I’ve been to a whale in the wild.

Magdalena Bay itself … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (1)  | February 17, 2011
Category: Adventure Travel, North America

Work in Antarctica

If you’ve always dreamed of working in Antarctica (the only continent you can’t be a native of, and yet which doesn’t officially belong any other country: a treaty made in 1961 suspends all claims of ownership, in favor of promoting valuable scientific research rather than arguing over whose flag flies where…and the penguins don’t care), now’s your chance.  The British Antarctic Survey is seeking field assistants for terms of between 6 and 18 months … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (1)  | February 15, 2011
Category: Adventure Travel, Female Travelers, Oceania, Working Abroad