Hi, everyone. Thanks for your patience and concern during the first blogging + social media hiatus I’ve taken in seven years.I know a lot of people have been wondering what happened, so I’ll tell you. Read More
For more than twenty years, he flew to a different European city — every Wednesday. He never missed a week. Mr Mul (born in 1932) made more than 1,000 flights over a period of 20 years.
Travel is what you make it. In the early days of my travel quest to visit every country, I would get defensive when people asked why I only stayed in most countries for a relatively brief period of time. Unlike this guy, I left the airport and usually spent several days in a place—but still, I totally get why someone would love flying for the sake of flying.
It was all about an experience, about losing himself in the window seat and venturing to a different place. No matter that the place was "air world." Some of us like air world just fine.Read More
Hi, everyone! I’m still on blogging hiatus but am looking forward to getting back to daily writing very soon. Thanks for your understanding.Here in Portland, WDS week has come to an end and you can view more than 1,200 photos in the official media albums. I'll be sharing more about WDS in the weeks to come, and I'll be linking to posts written by our attendees. For now, here are just a few highlights. Read More
Hey everyone,First, if you read the blog: you really are amazing. Thank you. Second, I’ve written here for more than seven years without a break—and I'm not anywhere close to being burned out. Why put a pause on something you love and find meaningful? Breaks are boring. This week, though, my family experienced an unexpected loss that has left us all shaken. While I would like to keep publishing posts without missing a beat, the reality is that I need to step away from the blog for a bit. How long is a bit? I’m not entirely sure right now. It will probably be at least 2-3 weeks, and possibly longer. I promise to be back as soon as I can. I love this work and will miss it while I’m gone. In the meantime, WDS is coming up in full force in Portland. We’re extremely excited to welcome thousands of people to town for our fifth annual celebration. If you’re coming, know that we have a highly capable team ready to welcome you. (And I’ll be there every moment too, of course.) Until we meet again, grace and peace be with you all. Chris Guillebeau Read More
Originally, we traveled based on what we wanted to see. Now, we focus on who we want to be with. We’ve made friends with other traveling families and route planning is more collaborative. Admittedly, there’s been some talk of finding land where we could all park our RV’s, let our kids hang out, grow a garden together, and just come and go as the need arises. The more we talk about it the more it starts to sound like a hippie commune...but maybe that isn’t so bad.Read More
- How One Woman Makes $1 Million a Year on Etsy
- How to Make $225/hr Writing Poetry
- The Uber Driver Who Makes $250,000 a Year
Things I found on long walks in foreign cities, or perhaps when someone posted them on Twitter.
- Courage, Happiness, and Gratitude -- What if you took the stage with no idea of what to say?
- Jordan from the Air -- An aerial tour of one of my favorite countries
- The Modern Nuns -- From a Star Trek enthusiast to a former trade union worker, women share their stories about why they chose the religious life
- Amazon Publishing -- Interview with a newly published author
- All Our Sons -- A real-time map of sunrises and sunsets built from Instagram posts
- How Small Could You Go -- Awesome photos of a hidden, tiny Japanese hotel
Link: Sunset Yoga in PCSPioneer Courthouse Square is the main city square of Portland, located right in the heart of downtown. It's a crazy thing to rent out an entire city block, but that's how we roll. WDS is teaming up with our friends YogiNation and Jill Knouse Yoga for this unique Portland experience—and your presence will make it even better. Come say farewell to the setting sun, breathe, and meet all your future best friends. Bring your own mat! Read More
My name is Samantha. This summer, I'm backpacking all 338 miles of the Los Angeles aqueduct, from Owens Valley in Inyo County to Upper Van Norman Lake in Granada Hills. The city of LA gets most of its water from hundreds of miles away, often leaving ecological destruction in its wake. On top of that, California is experiencing its worst drought on record, and people are not conserving water at the rate they need to in order to preserve this resource they need to live. We’re taking the journey and making a documentary, The Longest Straw, to raise awareness of water importation and management. We hope to encourage people to form a personal connection with their water by seeing where it comes from.Read More
What if there was one thing you could do to be a better friend, partner, or spouse?
It's pretty simple: to improve any relationship, honor the other person’s dreams.
Figure out what they want to do, to become, or achieve, and then help them do it. Don't do it for them—it's their dream, after all—but show interest and offer tangible support.
How can you do that today?Read More
I’m Sarah, and my partner is Scott. We met several years ago and fell in love - not just with each other, but also with the realization that we could fulfill lifetime dreams of traveling the world with the one we love. We've lived mostly in the Midwestern U.S., but Scott recently took a job teaching at a middle school on the island of Eleuthera in The Bahamas, where I’ll soon move full-time. One of our passions has been learning about the work of artisans we meet in our travels. This turned into an online business called From Around the Globe to help these artisans reach a wider audience. In doing this, we’re actually aligning with our core values: to be respectful, caring, and helpful members of the world community.Read More
I'm fortunate to work with great partners, including a wonderful design studio right in Southeast Portland called Jolby & Friends.I was recently with the Jolby crew on a site visit, and one of them mentioned something about how they deliberately operate their studio on an "80% capacity" model. The idea is that they schedule themselves only 80% full in order to be available for last-minute client requests, as well as their own work. I thought this was really interesting! I wrote to Steven, the studio manager, to ask more about how it works. Read More
Have you ever wanted to go back to part of your school days knowing what you know now? In her part-Billy Madison style, part-personal development quest, Melia Dicker did just that.
I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a kid, I loved to write stories and draw, but as I got older, I began to focus on school at the expense of everything else. I put immense pressure on myself to get perfect grades and test scores. I operated under the assumption that doing well in school would lead to a life as a happy, self-assured, and financially stable adult. But six years out of college, I realized that I was none of those things. The habits that had made me an excellent student were the very habits that made me terrible at being an autonomous adult.Read More
I had coffee with an aspiring entrepreneur who was struggling with priorities.
“I worry I’m doing everything wrong!” he said.
Everywhere he went, people gave him free advice. They told him about email marketing ... and webinars ... and the latest new social network ... and all the things he had to do to keep up.
"I'm not sure I'll be able to do all these things," he continued. "I can hardly keep up with the list!"
Well, that’s the thing. First of all, it’s very hard to fully "keep up" these day. There’s always a new network to learn, a new tool to master. There’s always one more thing that can be done.Read More