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South Africa volunteer travel lauren

Invictus, a gap year, and volunteer travel in South Africa

A couple of weeks ago, I caught the end of the movie Invictus with Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon.  It’s the story of how Nelson Mandela used the Rugby World Cup in South Africa to unite a team and country to help heal the country of its racism issues and the divide between the blacks […]

photo of Grounded Traveler Andrew Couch

The life of an ex-pat – an interview with Andrew Couch

While it wasn’t an easy decision, Andrew Couch decided to make a change and move to Germany.  A few weeks ago, Andrew shared about life as an ex-pat.  Here is my interview with him. Where did you grow up?  What things did you enjoy as a kid? North Carolina, Southeast US.  I was a pretty […]

Meteora Monastery by Grounded Traveler Andrew Couch

The life of an ex-pat

What is an expat? Two parts pioneer, one part Gorillas in the Mist, one part extreme sports nut, mix liberally with a bit of insane sense of humor. This is a nice pithy way of summarizing the expat lifestyle. Pioneer This is not the realm of the explorer. I’m talking actual western homesteader. This isn’t […]

Travel interview with Suzy Guese

Fiery redhead with a passion to travel – an interview with Suzy Guese

As a little kid, her fiery personality stood out, even in her big family.  However, family vacations and trips to Europe inspired her and she has now turned that inspiration into a passion for travel and writing.  The redhead in her is still there but there is also a softer side as well.  Check out […]

Europe A La Carte Karen Bryan

From Scotland to Europe..a la Carte – a travel interview with Karen Bryan

Born and raised in Scotland, Karen grew up traveling around the UK before a trip as a young adult inspired her travels to Europe.  Inspired by travel and changes in Europe, she became the editor of the Europe A La Carte website.  Check out Karen’s story, travels, and the story behind her popular European website. […]


A passion for travel and Mexico – interview with Mark Mendiola Guerra

After spending most of his life in Texas, Mark found freedom, a love for travel, and a passion for Mexico.  With roots in Mexico and Spain, his love for beaches, beauty, and a desire to run for the borders (in the other direction) has given Mark a new direction and passion for life. A couple […]

Mexico budget travel Mark Mendiola Guerra

Mexico and Budget Travel: Everyone Wins!

Guest post by Mark Mendiola Guerra Over the years, Mark has developed a love for the country of Mexico.  Growing up in Texas with a Mexican and Spanish heritage, his love for all things Mexican and Spanish started young.  When he was a kid, Mark didn’t have the opportunities to travel much growing up in […]

Anil Polat foxnomad

Travel, technology, and social media – an interview with Anil Polat

For anyone on Twitter who has had questions on social media and technology, Anil Polat is someone many have sought answers from.  Travel writing, blogging, and travel tips are how Anil got started.  Now his websites and name have grown as foxnomad has opened a new door to the world of travel writing.  Check out […]