Philosophy of Travel

March 20, 2013
first day in a new country

First Day in a New Country (Japan): Here’s What I Do

I thought it was going to be a one-time post when I wrote about my first day in Vietnam last year. But after thinking it over, […]
January 30, 2013

Italy: Love it or leave it Review

Beauty in Italy “Everything in Italy is beautiful…on the surface.” The film presents to us at the start. It’s true. This country exudes beauty: from the […]
May 25, 2012

Why I became Interested in Travel as a Child

Why I became Interested in Travel as a Child When we grow up in one place, that becomes the norm for which we measure the world. […]
November 27, 2011

Walking—the Best Way to Experience Place

Trains are too romantic. Buses don’t stop enough. Motorcycles too fast. And forget about planes.   But not walking.   “Walking reminds us of who we […]
November 19, 2011

The Place vs Our Experience in that Place

Last week’s Travel Philosophy Friday post It won’t be like I remembered it make me think about place and the way we view that place after […]
November 12, 2011

It won’t be like I remembered it

In response to last week’s Where’s your old home?, Juno Kim mentioned in the comments that she might be afraid to return to New Zealand because […]
November 4, 2011

Where’s your old home?

Where’s your old home? Nineteenth century scholar Max Mueller said that by going to India, we are returning to our “old home” full of memories, if […]
March 17, 2011

It’s not about the free couch

If you’re a member of, you may already know how awesome it is. For those of you who are not, I just want to stress […]
May 13, 2010

The Problem with the Backpacker’s Circuit

  “This is just as bad as an all-inclusive resort in Cancun.” I blurt out to myself while hanging from my hammock chair. We are sitting […]
March 26, 2010

Planning Less Means More

By Stephen Bugno There have been times when, leading up to a big trip, I have read and researched, printed and photocopied, devoured and digested all […]