Seeing the Dalai Lama in McLeod Ganj

I knew the Dalai Lama was coming when the photographers stood and the huddled Tibetans stooped lower. Murmuring hushed. From my front-row seat, I first saw his entourage of very watchful bodyguards with short-stock AK-47s; they scanned the crowd nervously enough to...

10 People Who Put Me on the Road

Today, a break from the travel norm. Something personal. I’m not a fan of the ubiquitous top-10 lists that spring up like weeds on every travel blog, but this one — long overdue — needs to be written. A handful of people in this world made me the person I am,...

Remembering Elin

I know the last thing that this blog needs lately is a negative post. However, this week marks the anniversary of the death of my dear friend and fellow vagabond, Elin. There hasn’t been a single day in the last 365 that I didn’t think about what happened,...

Interview with Nik Halik

One great interview deserves another. Before heading off to South America, I had the opportunity to spend an extraordinary hour with Nik Halik on the phone and my life paradigms haven’t been the same since. Rock star, adventurer, mountaineer, and now...
Interview: 77 Years Old and Still Vagabonding

Interview: 77 Years Old and Still Vagabonding

One of the best parts of running this vagabonding blog is the opportunity to meet new and interesting people. At least weekly I receive emails from female readers asking about how safe it is to travel alone, or asking my advice about where to travel as a woman. I was...