Travel Philosophy

Does Traveling Full-Time Make You A Bum?

Monday, June 8, 2009

As the U.S. economy enters its 18th month of the Great Recession and the unemployment rate climbs to 9.4% (and 9.2% in the E.U.), more and more people seem to be giving up and hitting the proverbial road, taking advantage of a forced vacation that will likely be longer than anything they’ll experience again in […]

Looking For A Little Travel Inspiration? Try This

Friday, May 1, 2009

And for some final thoughts on travel as this Friday afternoon winds down, or a good weekend read if you’re just a little burnt out from the week right now, WorldHum republished Pico Iyer’s classic travel essay: “Why We Travel,” his epic travel essay that, after one read, will make you want to both drop […]

How Blogging Is Changing The Travel World

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

CNN’s reporting how travel blogging is changing the world of travel. Such examples include JetBlue’s reluctant policy change to allow folded bikes on their planes (at no charge!), hotel management’s eagerness to quash bad publicity by bribing bloggers with free hotel rooms, and the clarification of WestJet’s breastfeeding policy (allowed!). In all seriousness, I think […]

Is There Anything Worse Than That Feeling At The End Of A Trip?

Friday, March 20, 2009

I think Rolf Potts said it best: During this time, fresh off your travel-high, you will have trouble settling in and reintegrating into a normal, home-based routine. Nothing will feel as fresh or exotic as it did during your travels, your old friends won’t relate to your amazing overseas experiences, and you’ll feel a strange […]

In Defense Of Travel — After Losing Your Job

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Not that it’s almost always a good idea, but is there any better time to drop everything, forget responsibility, and to travel the world than when you find yourself looking at a bright, freshly delivered pink slip lying on your desk? This article over at Travel + Leisure, aimed at the 2.6 million who lost […]

Dear Rolf, Travel To The Middle East: Good Idea?

Friday, March 6, 2009

I’m just finishing up Rolf Potts’ “Marco Polo Didn’t Go There,” a collection of Rolf’s self-described postmodern tales from the road — postmodern, I think, in the sense that his stories lean more towards self-awareness than romanticism. Of course that term itself has such a blurry definition that I’m not really sure what it means […]

Is It Better To Travel Alone?

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

I’m sure other people get this too, but every time I tell someone my plans to head to a particular location, the next question is inevitably, “Who are you going with?” When did a travel partner become a requisite for travel and why is it assumed that you are always going to be traveling with […]

How Ethical Is Your Travel?

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

I was going through this Top 10 Ethical Tips for traveling to see how ethical (or, more likely, unethical) my travel usually is. Well I can’t say that I’ve planted any trees on a trip like #2 suggests (I planted some cucumbers and tomatoes in my backyard here in Brooklyn last summer, do you think […]

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