I met the Benders online. Through connections about Australia, traveling, blogging and world wide adventures, we connected through social media. I’ve followed their adventures and we’ve chatted about favourite spots across the globe. As an educators who spent years in traditional public school, I am constantly thrilled to see children exploring the world, learning by doing and families figuring out education that works for them. This family is sharing their joy of adventure and exploration with the next generation. Erin and Josh traverse the globe with their little ones in tow. Whether you follow their journey or their lead – their story is compelling. Check them out at Travel with Bender.
I ‘met’ Peter and Susana of Always Twirling online. In the growing world of travelers and bloggers, they are doing their best to make a go of long term travel and to figure out what works for them. Spurred on by Rolf Pott’s beliefs in Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel, they’re on a search for how to build the best life for themselves, traditional or otherwise. Here they share their story.
1.When did you get started traveling? We started traveling in 2011 but have recently returned back to our hometown of Toronto for a while as we decide on our future plans and build up some more customers/contacts for my consulting business.
2.What made you decide make the jump to a location independent/travel-based existence? Rolf Pott’s book Vagabonding was the spark that lit the fire of imagining life outside of the confines of “traditional” boundaries. Read the rest of this entry
The names Dave and Deb, otherwise known as ThePlanetD, are synonymous with travel blogging. Whether you’re just starting out or have been in the game for years, people are familiar with this power couple. Canadians by birth, they are effectively, global citizens. Their feet have touched the terra firma of all seven continents, and they, like many travelers have left a piece of their hearts in many places. Having found and honed this new direction in their lives, they are role models and provide the gold standard for which many travel bloggers wish to attain. Now, in their seventh year on the road, their digital footprint is massive. As their bio states, “Dave and Deb are well-known travel personality in both online and mainstream media. Their highly acclaimed website, The Planet D, won the 2014 Gold Medal for Best Travel Blog by the Society of American Travel Writers. Dave and Deb founded ThePlanetD in 2008 after cycling the continent of Africa and have traveled to more than 100 countries on all 7 continents.” I am honoured that they’ve shared their story with me and only hope that my reach is one day as vast as theirs.
You may remember earlier in the year, I attended the Travel and Adventure Show in San Diego as part of the media. There I tried my hand at segway riding, perused aisle after aisle of all things travel, and listened as Pauline Frommer discussed the next ‘big’ things in travel. Recently, I got the opportunity to interview the creator of the Travel and Adventure Show series, John Golicz. His trade shows influence well over 130,000 attendees annually and is the largest series of its kind in the United States. Now in its 13th year, the show gives travel enthusiasts the chance to dream, plan, and book trips with inside local information from thousands of experts. John resides in Madison, CT with his wife, Julie, with whom he has three grown children. Perhaps next time the Travel and Adventure Show comes to a city near you, you’ll take opportunity to ‘dream, plan and book’.
I’ve always known there is more than one way to live but it’s in the last five years that I’ve actively searched for those who choose, thrive and flourish in whatever ‘their’ way is and I crave learning more. As a public school educator in New York, my school was a traditional setting. I always knew there were many who chose an alternate route, but until searching there weren’t too many people in my everyday life who did. With a minimal look, I’ve found a community of travelers who have chosen other ways to educate their children and many use the world as their classroom. While teaching, I often tried to weave my travels into the curriculum. For ninth graders, pictures of the pyramids and stories of what the Acropolis looks like up close fit perfectly and for eleventh graders, sharing information of how students in northern Vietnam view the war worked well. But, I have always felt there was so much more to learn from world travel if only we were exposed. Stories and photos travel well, but others, like the tactic of bargaining at a market, the smells and experience of talking with vendors and eating street food in well anywhere, discussing economic and social policy with locals or even how the toilets in Australia don’t really flush ‘backwards’ are better viewed and learned in person.
I met Lainie and Miro online. In conversations and posts about world and unschooling, I became interested to see how her son (the same age to many of my high school students who sat in my classroom in New York) was experiencing and learning through their travels. Here she shares her story of a shift in values, looking fear in the eye and seeing the world as a classroom. Read the rest of this entry
Whether it’s a few weeks, a few months, a few years or a lifetime…travel continues to share its gifts with friends on the open road. Stories change, jobs come and go, families grow, friendships are made, life happens and adventure awaits. The journey, no matter how great, makes an impact. Perhaps it changes your perspective, perhaps it provides lessons you wouldn’t have otherwise learned or maybe it just gives us all a chance to take a minute to embrace all life has to offer.
Meet Ivana and Gianni who are new to the digital nomad lifestyle and recently began their travels in 2013. Ivana (originally from Slovakia) and Gianni (originally from Italy) left life in Germany and bought a one-way ticket to Bangkok where they began their adventure. Here they share their story.
I met Barbara online. When I emailed her an interview request, I knew I had found a kindred spirit. She wrote, “Perpetual or even long-term travel changes us irrevocably and many of us cannot return to [the same] lives…after our experiences around the world.” A match! Trying to connect the world through the stories she can share, Barbara left the rat race of the corporate world and threw caution straight into the wind. After jobs that paid the bills for a comfortable existence left her unfulfilled and an illness left her on the sidelines of life for a few years, she had had enough. No more listening to other people’s opinions and no more wasted time. At the age of 62, she has been filling her soul by traveling the world for more than eight years and has no plans to settle down. Here she shares her passion for traveling and what she believes are the gifts of travel.
Travel has no boundaries. Whether you are single, married, young or old-travel welcomes you. You can choose your own style and your own journey-but in the end the answer is the same-Just Go! What we love about travel is meeting so very many people who push the envelope, defy the stereotypes and do what they feel is right. In the end, the answer has always been the same whether in travel or in life-if you want it badly enough, you’ll do whatever you can to make it happen. We’ve learned, through our travels that although it may take an unconventional approach or buck the norm, if you want to see the world there’s a way to do it that works for you. Here, one husband and wife share their story of how travel works for them!
Kevin and Ruth are a traveling couple based in Canada. Married for thirty years, these adventurers spend all the time they can exploring this great big world. Having been a part of the blogging world for seven years, many follow their travels as they take on the world. Whether in a motor home throughout North America or hiking southern Africa-they can be found smiling and exploring the world-together. Read the rest of this entry
Awhile ago, Australia launched a fabulous tourism campaign asking travelers and adventures to apply for The Best Job in the World! Not only did many people apply for the job, but millions around the world kept up with the campaign and many of us saw plugs on social media to vote for someone’s friend who was sending in his/her video for the post.Their pitch: “Ever dreamt of waking up on an island, surrounded by pristine beaches and an abundance of wildlife? Or spending your days swimming with dolphins and sea lions? If this sounds like your ideal role, then we want to hear from you!” The winner of South Australia’s Best Job in the World competition for the title of Wildlife Caretaker went to Greg Snell. As his time as Wildlife Caretaker comes to an end, Greg shares his story and the imagination and education he believes travel provides.
Shane Dallas is a world traveler and public speaker. You can hear his voice on The Travel Show on the radio in Dubai or catch one of his many presentations somewhere on land or at sea. Spending much of his time between the Middle East, Asia and Africa, Shane has captivated audiences around the world with his vast knowledge of travel. Connecting over social media has given us a chance to chat about travel, living that unconventional lifestyle and finding happiness on the road. He told me that ‘uncertainty is liberating’ and it is obvious that he has found joy in his choices and his travels. Here he shares some of his wisdom from the road. Read the rest of this entry