Travel Philosophy

An Unconventional Birthright: One Cynic’s Journey Through Israel

Monday, August 16, 2010

By Alexandra Bregman It is fitting that I would struggle to write an article about Israel. Like this article, Israeli convictions (and territories) often waver on shaky, polarized ground when it comes to the spiritual and the political. I recently returned from my Birthright trip to Israel, and after many questions from friends and family […]

Lest We Forget: A Tribute To Travelers Who Never Returned

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

There is always an element of danger associated with travel. That’s why we do it. Whether it’s the rush of adrenaline from hiking foreign terrain, the thrill of adapting to a different culture, or the induced nausea from testing your palate, we seek adventure when we go abroad. We want to push our limits of comfort […]

Beating The Travel Blues When You Are Alone

Friday, July 16, 2010

Traveling solo can be daunting and, often times, exhausting. It pushes you mentally, emotionally and physically. Not only can you have a cerebral malfunction due to a cultural overload, but you have to learn to do things by yourself. However, it is through traveling alone that one can experience a personal shift, a new-found independence, […]

Are You An Introverted Or Extroverted Traveler?

Thursday, July 15, 2010

This morning I sat in solace, not loneliness, over a cup of coffee clicking through e-mails, enticed by Facebook statuses and reading the worldwide news of travel. The quietness was a welcome change. The past few days have whirled by in a frantic haze. Trying to organize life’s simplest tasks have been an obstacle with […]

The Evolution Of Travel Writing Starting With Dickens

Thursday, July 8, 2010

With accessibility to the internet and traveling becoming a hobby, travel writers are not few and far between. Just the other day, someone asked, “Why do people want to write about travel? Travel writers are everywhere. Why don’t they do something different, something edgy?” Truthfully, the question was humbling, and it wasn’t until I read […]

Is “Sex And The City 2” The Worst Travel Movie Ever?

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Maybe it’s a little unfair to write about Sex and the City 2, a movie I have not seen, or one, for that matter, I have no intention of seeing anytime soon (which, given the recent box office numbers — it barely beat Marmaduke in its second week of release — won’t put me in […]

Face It, Paradise Sucks

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Last year, I spent a week on Boracay Island, Philippines. The flour-soft sand underfoot, Jack Johnson vibe at the bars, and crystal water rhythmically crashing was as close to “paradise” as I’ve gotten in quite some time. I hated it. The monotony of, well, nothing, propelled me into a sandcastle making contest with the bartender’s kid just so I could break the routine of, […]

The Key To Happiness In Not Necessarily In The Sole(s)

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Today, I was walking with my mom around the small town of Port Perry, just outside of Toronto, discussing where my next adventure would be. I started listing off countries that I wanted to see, cities that I want to move to, and languages that I wanted to learn. I was overwhelming her with my […]

Dealing With PTF (Post-Trip Funk): My Return Home

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

It’s been over a week since I arrived back here in North America, switching hemispheres, jumping from Fall to Spring — yet again. I’m sure most, if not all, can relate when I say it’s been surreal. Even when reading Jon’s post on the PTF (Post-Trip Funk), I kept saying to myself: “that could never happen to me.” Well, it did, and with […]

A Traveler’s Religion Could Be Traveling

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Today, I read an article on Vagabondish.com that got me thinking in more existential ways than one. It dealt with the meaning of religion and its place in a traveler’s life — which belief-system a traveler relates to, what was the most commonly found practice of couchsurfers, if travelers are more in tune with spirituality, etc . . […]

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