The Ballet Dancer of Ivancha

Like the others, this house kept no mailbox. Here was hard to reach, and hard to leave. The thin, weed-lined roads from the gate before the two-story house led into calm hills of grazing sheep and grassy patches with a few scattered donkeys or cows or a cluster of chickens. To tomatoes and fields of corn or sunflowers. At night, tractor combines returned home like … Continue reading The Ballet Dancer of Ivancha

Lisbon: Of Sardines and Saints

It’s an ice cream kind of afternoon in Lisbon. At the wide, roomy miradouro (lookout point) of São Pedro de Alcãntara in the hip Principe Real district, two 20-something musicians have positioned themselves strategically, with the cinematic cityscape behind them, a mighty backdrop, as they strum and croon the soothing wide-open syllables of Brazilian bossa nova out onto the white-tiled plaza. Like a subtle accompaniment, a lithe … Continue reading Lisbon: Of Sardines and Saints

Quick Quote Friday: A message from Flaubert

“It is one of the sorrows of civilization, living in houses. I believe that we were made to sleep on our backs looking up at the stars. In a few years’ time (thanks to all the new kinds of locomotion) the human race will revert to its nomadic state. People will travel from one end of the world to the other, just as they used … Continue reading Quick Quote Friday: A message from Flaubert

7 Ways to Make Money While You Travel

Want to travel and make money at the same time? These days, even full timers are falling into the trend of working from home (unless you work at Yahoo…ooooh, too soon?). So why not work from your home away from home? For most of these types jobs, all you need is a computer with an Internet connection. And that’s when you can usually make more … Continue reading 7 Ways to Make Money While You Travel

It’s Now or Never: What do you want?

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What do you want?

That’s the very first question you need to ask yourself when you start to plan a travel adventure. What do you want, regardless of your job/money/life situation?

Sure that’s a big question, but when was the last time you let yourself answer that honestly, without censoring yourself?

Do you want to travel around the world? Do you want to backpack through South America? Do you want to explore your state parks? Do you want to attend a cooking school in Japan? Do you want to volunteer on an organic farm? Do you want discover that funny little town next door? Do you want to house sit in Romania?

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Can you volunteer abroad for FREE?

How many times have you searched for volunteer programs abroad and discovered that they were charging YOU at least $1,000 to travel all that way and help for free? Sounds kind of strange right? However, a few months ago, I had a conversation with someone who worked at a volunteer coordination center in NYC, and he explained that if you are going into a disadvantaged … Continue reading Can you volunteer abroad for FREE?