Destinations for the Newbie Traveler

I have met several people over the last few years in the 25-30ish age range that have not traveled outside of the United States. There are various reasons for this: time and money being the ones most often cited. It shouldn’t come as a surprise since only 30% of Americans even have a passport…. I just didn’t think I would know that many of the other 70%. Having a parent who was born in Italy and an extended family who often traveled to and from the mother noodle, I grew up assuming most people spent time roaming around the world…. Read more


Travel Buddies

Nothing, and I mean nothing, can make or break your travel time more than your travel buddies. Whether it is friendly people you meet on the road to have a beer and share a laugh with, or the people that are with you from start to finish, the company you keep will make a journey epic… or miserable. As Jen was returning from her tour-de-dumplings in China, she had something crazy like 43 straight hours on the road and she was the first to say that it would have been unbearable without “the bears” (her cadre of “bad ideas” travel friends)…. Read more


Carried Away in Mexico

“On a scale of 1 to beheaded, how unsafe to you feel right now?” I burst out laughing. This was day 3 of our 10Day, over the New Year, “Bad Idea” trip south of the border. We were walking back to our B&B from having an amazing meal in a converted monastery from the 1600s, and a kid on his trike just passed us on the street with a group of adults laughing in his wake. Yes, it was slightly insensitive joke. The idea that Mexico is unsafe is frankly quite laughable… if it wasn’t such a sad commentary on… Read more


Comfort Outside Your Comfort Zone

If you like cruise vacations, all inclusive resorts, action movies, food courts and strip malls, then you do not want to come to Leon’s BBQ in Galveston, TX. You do not want to join the troubadour parade in Merida, Mexico and you do not want to stay with Margaret in Doolin, Ireland. Of course you can take whatever vacation appeals to you (just seriously, take one), escape in whatever movie plotline you want to watch and eat whatever cheat meal you’d like. But here at Being Unbound we stress moving outside of comfort zones and expecting more from your surroundings…. Read more


The Weaver

Once upon a time… Over the rim of his coffee cup he gazes again towards my feet  and says, “I am completely mesmerized by the fabric of your scarf.” I smile and look down to the pashmina loosely tied as usual thru the handle of my rucksack. “It has a story.” “I’m sure it does.” With ripples of pleasure that deepen my crows feet, I tell it. For this is what I do. This is what I love to do. I travel and collect stories. And sometimes I collect a physical thing which is like a beacon that points to the… Read more


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