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Semester at Sea: GO!

Semester at Sea: GO!

  On a drizzly, middle-of-winter Vancouver morning in 2005, myself and approximately 900 other individuals  – students, professors, administrators, and crewmembers from around the country and world – boarded a ship to cross the Pacific Ocean and begin one of the most adventurous phases of our lives. We were headed [...]

Road Trip Tips

Road Trip Tips

  My Grandparents weren’t from the U.S. Hailing from England, they resettled to the U.S. after WW2 and moved around from state to state before my Grandfather accepted a job in Illinois. With my Dad and I settled comfortably in California, summer was the time I headed toward the land [...]

What’s in My Venturesafe?

What’s in My Venturesafe?

While my family and friends are under the impression that working as a travel blogger consists primarily of searching out and consuming gelato, they’re only partially correct. Ok, fine. They’re mostly correct, but I can blog and search out gelato at the same time. I’m very talented where desserts and [...]

Life Is What You Make It: Interview with Filmmaker Sebastion Montaz-Rosset

Life Is What You Make It: Interview with Filmmaker Sebastion Montaz-Rosset

Sebastion Montaz-Rosset is producing some of the most inspiring and mind-blowing films to come out in recent years. He follows the lives of various extreme sports athletes as they venture to mountain peaks where they BASE jump off of pendulum swings from the summits; they hop in hot-air balloons and [...]

Mac and Cheese for the Travel-Hungry

Mac and Cheese for the Travel-Hungry

  Just because you can’t afford to go to Europe, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some of the refined flavors of its variety of cuisines. And just because you also can’t afford to go to European themed restaurants doesn’t mean you can’t have those tastes close to home. For the [...]

Our Favorite Travel Apps

Our Favorite Travel Apps

While there is absolutely something to be said for just showing up in a place with no plans, no guides, and no idea what’s going on, there are also a lot of tools out there that make life as a traveler much easier. Enter the world of travel apps. Need [...]

Five Reasons to Study Abroad

Five Reasons to Study Abroad

In college I was required to study another language for at least one year. For some unknown reason, I chose to study German. After two semesters, I stayed after class to ask my German professor a question. She had one for me too. “Why don’t you study abroad in Germany?” [...]

Summer Travels: How to Beat the Heat

Summer Travels: How to Beat the Heat

  Oh, summer, that blissful time of year when both temperatures and flight prices skyrocket. Unless you’re planning on heading to the Southern Hemisphere for Winter: Round Two, you’re going to be dealing with heat, heat, and more heat. If your travel plans consist of lounging next to a body [...]

Dr. Bronner’s Magical Soap – Vagabonds’ Best Friend

Dr. Bronner’s Magical Soap – Vagabonds’ Best Friend

Over 150 years ago, Dr. Emanuel (Emil) Bronner strayed from his German–Jewish relatives and one of their fundamental family traditions. They were in the business of making soap the old fashioned way: from rendered animal blubber and flames. But this didn’t jive with “the Doctor” (a title he awarded himself [...]

War Tourism: Yeah, It’s a Thing.

War Tourism: Yeah, It’s a Thing.

Not to be confused with “battleground tourism” (where history buffs and older folks peruse WW2 battle sites and such), “war tourism” is when the danger of regular adventure just isn’t enough. Increasingly, those looking to head far away from the beaten path are going clear off the reservation. Destinations like [...]