3 Strategies to Help you Succeed and Travel the World

Recently I’ve seen a movement towards people trying to become travel writers so that they can travel. Sounds reasonable. They have a dreamy ideal of hitting the road on a company’s dime (or a hundred dollars, if you factor in compound inflation since the term was first coined), rafting down rivers, eating French cuisine in France,  bushwhacking through cultural backwaters, and writing about it all in just a few hours of work. When I left home eleven years ago I had my own dream. I wanted to be “That Guy.” You know, that guy who can land anywhere in the world and make a living. That guy who is creative, resourceful and good with his hands (yes, he’s shockingly handsome too). I’m talking about a mix of Macgyver, without the mullet, and Liam Neeson’s character in Taken (such and awesome movie). We’ve met this person so we know he exists. Read full article…

Change and Risk Report #1

If you’ve been following Todd’s Wanderings I hope you’ve picked up on a major theme of the blog and my life: Change and Risk. As I look back on the first half of 2010 I’m happy to report that life has been filled with both. I’m not able to capture everything in my blog posts so the CR reports (yeah, I just created an acronym on my site) are my way of laying out my life in a somewhat coherent manner. If I find more time I will try to do them more often or even create a monthly newsletter. But for now, be happy with what you get Don’t be the Sheep! Make your own way. Please stop biting my pants. The past six months have been incredibly busy for me and Todd’s Wanderings. Not only did I switch to a new web address and self-hosted site (after blogging Read full article…

Spicy Dhal Curry, bring your South Asian adventures home to your friends

This post is by: Kay (my lovely wife and founder of K’s Kitchen!) I have to apologize for not posting a recipe in a while….It has been really hectic with work in the last few weeks and I just got back to Kosovo from a work trip in Skopje, Macedonia. But that was the great push for me to post the new recipe! After eating almost the same food and way too much meat for 4 days, I was missing spicy Asian food sooooo much. As soon as I got home, I started cooking Dhal, something spicy, easy, and vegetarian!! Oh, eating dhal while watching the World Cup really recuperated me from a hectic and stressful life….and now my husband (that’s Todd for those of you now paying attention) is coming back from the US in 2 days….Life is not bad after all This is a modified version of a Read full article…

Wind Power: Travel Photo Contest Friday 12

Welcome to Travel Photo Contest Friday. If this is your first time visiting, each week I post a beautiful picture (at least I think so) from my travels and you guess where it is. The first person to guess where this picture was taken (Country AND place) will win a link back to their blog with the anchor text of their choice in this post (keep it clean and relevant). Leave your guess and recent post in the comment section below. No one won last weeks competition of Sailing in the Maldives, so good luck this week to all! I will also stumble and review the latest post of anyone who leaves a comment even if the winner has already been picked (up until next Thursday). Yes, the prizes heavily favor the blogging and travel geeks amongst us. If you don’t have a website, then leave your favorite website or better yet a charity that Read full article…

Visual Guide to Istanbul’s Must See Sites

  Ancient mosques, underground churches, bustling markets, crowded modern shopping streets, vibrant spices, KEBAB (yum!), and the boundary between Europe and Asia. Istanbul has it all and so much more. It is impossible to fully describe the vibe of this culturally wealthy city. As you wonder the streets centuries pass in a matter of steps, wheeling sea birds break up a skyline of minarets as the devout are called to prayer, a vast modern public transportation system shuttles shoppers, tourists and workers to the city’s amazingly distinct areas. Hawkers yell in the streets competing for attention and Turkish Lira. Rarely do I fall instantly in love with a place but Istanbul proved the exception. The sites, sounds, smells, people and culture touched something deep inside my chaotic nature. Rather than ruin the magic of the city with my words, I present a photo and video journey through the streets and Read full article…

Boat, Sea and Sky: Travel Photo Contest Friday 11

Update: There were some great guesses this week but alas no clear winner. I could say we are all winners for participating..blah blah blah. Thanks for all of the participation and nice comments about the photo. I took this shot in the Maldives while I was on a live-aboard for a week scuba diving.  It is hard not taking nice pictures when the scenery is so beautiful. Welcome to Travel Photo Contest Friday. If this is your first time visiting, each week I post a beautiful picture (at least I think so) from my travels and you guess where it is. The first person to guess where this picture was taken (Country only this time) will win a link back to their blog with the anchor text of their choice in this post (keep it clean and relevant). Leave your guess and recent post in the comment section below. Mike won last Read full article…

Sad Historical Place: Travel Photo Contest Friday 10

Update: The winner is Mike! The picture was in Cambodia at Cheung Ek, also known as the Killing Fields where the Khmer Rouge committed one of the most brutal mass killings in history. The monument and surrounding unmarked graves are a grim reminder of what man is capable of and what we are all responsible for helping to prevent. The stupa is filled with human skulls from the bottom to the top which can be seen through the glass encasement. Welcome to Travel Photo Contest Friday where each week I post a beautiful picture (at least I think so) from my travels and you guess where it is. The first person to guess where this picture was taken (Country and name of this sad historical place -somewhat of a hint) will win a link back to their blog with the anchor text of their choice in this post (keep it clean Read full article…

I’m not the type of person who can  separate life, travel and work. I’ve tried hard to fit in with the rest of the US and settle down. No one tells you specifically that you need to separate them but somehow there’s a constant pressure from society, friends, and family to do so.  Work is what you do to sustain your life and fund your temporary escape by traveling. Your not supposed to enjoy work, although everyone agrees there are a few rare individuals that do. But they also agree that you are not destined to be one of them. If you try to make a life out of travel, you are seen as escaping your “real” life and not working hard enough. I meet people everyday who work with me in the development world who say: “Someday I’ll have to go back to the real world and settle down.” Read full article…

World Cup in Kosovo: politics and football

Almost everything in Kosovo boils down to politics, and this is true for soccer (yes I’m American) as well.  Kosovo is not in the World Cup, which is to be expected from a country that is only recognized by 65 nations and who is in a diplomatic stalemate with Serbia-which is in the World Cup- over its independence. With the majority 90% Kosovar-Albanian supporting independence Serbia is not likely to win too many World Cup supporters except for those from the Serbian enclaves.  So the question which country garners the most support? Make no mistake, just because they don’t have a national team in the tournament, it has not dampened the excitement in Prishtina as a hundred cafes, bars and betting halls play each match to crowds of supporters. To help answer my question, I decided to enlist the support of consumerism. I spent the day crisscrossing the winding streets of Kosovo’s hilly Read full article…

Mysterious Cave: Travel Photo Contest Friday 9

Update: The winner is Amy! The picture was taken just outside of Ubud, Bali at the Goa Gadja cave. Bali is such a beautiful place and everyone should leave the beaches behind for a part of their trip and explore the cool, laid back artistic atmosphere of Ubud up in the mountains. Amy does not blog but she wins eternal internet glory anyway. Welcome to Travel Photo Contest Friday where each week I post a beautiful picture (at least I think so) from my travels and you guess where it is. The first person to guess where this picture was taken (Country and island-hint) will win a link back to their blog with the anchor text of their choice in this post (keep it clean and relevant). Leave your guess and recent post in the comment section below. Claire won last weeks competition of Kosovo’s Tank Speed Limits. I will also stumble and review the Read full article…

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