After a year of travels followed by three years of writing and editing, the story emerges of a yearning seeker who trades safety and the American Dream for fearlessness and a new way of living. Worn from the paradigm of a 9-5 office job, an early marriage, and a lack of spiritual connectedness, the author’s world is turned upside-down after an arrest, a divorce, and leaving the only career he knows in search of something more.
As a new paradigm of connecting with himself, his surroundings, and his experience emerges, the writer sets out on a quest to circle the planet, piecing together an around-the-world path with a series of one-way flights and hosts he finds online, who graciously offer nights on their couches to him for free. In the process, he discovers an efficient and groundbreaking method of cheap travel with technology and mindfulness, but more importantly, discovers how intention and unconditional love makes the world go 'round.
If you travel often you might’ve been to a beach with white sand, but have you ever tried climbing chalk white cliffs to enjoy stunning panoramic views of the sea? There aren’t many places in the world that have achieved this wondrous geologic formula, and the southern part of England is among these special areas.
The town of Seaford in East Sussex forms a part of a long coastline wherein the English Channel meets England. The village is where many adventurers begin their journey along what’s considered by many as the best walk in southeast England.
Head for the Hills!
In addition to playing ambient keyboards on Saturday with Robin Bruce for a yoga workshop, I'll be presenting a workshop on world travel at the "Head for the Hills" music festival this Friday at 12:15pm at the workshop dome!
Russell Eric Dobda, author of How to Spin the World Around: With Cheap Travel, Technology and Mindfulness shares a methodology and philosophy to help you go deeper for cheaper as you travel the world. If you've always wanted to travel, but thought you couldn't afford it or didn't know where to start, this workshop will show you how. With the 21st Century tools of smartphones and social networks along with the ancient wisdom of a mindfulness practice, you can have a much richer travel experience than ever before for less money than ever before.
Philosophy Dialogue Series
Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas
Dialogue Room (Comal 116)
Monday, April 11, 3:30pm Presented by Russell Eric Dobda
I am very excited to be presenting a talk at Texas State for the philosophy department! Here's a synopsis; there will be Q&A. Everyone is welcome to attend!
As we embark on world travels, we have many choices on how our experience unfolds. With traditional tourism, we may be tempted to follow the herd and experience a package of sights touted as "must see" by our travel agent. With this approach, we often seek the comforts of home wherever we may go. This can make us feel safe and secure, knowing what we will get before we go, but there is another way. Online social networks allow us to truly connect to the cultures of far off places by introducing us to locals. This enables us to cast away our own layers of living so we can see the world from another perspective. This type of experience also enables us to see that the values we've been brought up to believe may not apply where we find ourselves. Bringing along a mindfulness practice allows us to perceive these differences, and it also helps us to understand that when things don't appear to go our way that they are actually working out perfectly.
Blab About Travel
I just spent 30 minutes speaking with Dayvee and Lori about traveling the world. We covered a lot of tips and some fun stories. Here's the replay below! Thanks to www.daily-affair.com and www.lorimacbrown.com for having me on!
Total Tutor Interview
I have an online course for travel and all, but it's really great to get interviewed by the Total Education Network to spread the word about travel. We talked a lot about how using multiple one-way flights is a great way to save money, as well as how traveling the world doesn't have to be something only for singles that want to hook up. Here's the interview.
Truth Evolves Presents...
Thursday, September 3, 7pm at Soma Vida, Austin
Everyone wants to travel! Where would you go right now, if time and money weren't an object? Go ahead, say it out loud and tell the universe :) Or maybe you're just looking to travel like a local on your upcoming trip, more in-tune, and have the capacity to save significantly on travel costs by using travel hacks?
Come join us for an interactive night of travel planning and manifesting! We welcome author and world travel expert, Russell Eric Dobda, as he shares his almost one full year of travel, visiting 24 countries on a shoe string budget, where journaling and intentionality helps him bring his experience to life. He'll share his journey of exploring culture, mindfulness, and how you can also become an expert traveler, at how to saving you money and living like a local, IF that's your desired travel style. Custom make your own experience :)
Michael Dresser Interview
Here's some excerpts from my interview on the Michael Dresser Show. I had a great follow-up interview with him afterward, where he gave me some great feedback about how to connect with a radio audience in an interview. He seemed like a nice guy!
Where Do You Want To Go Today?
So, you want to travel? You want to go SOMEWHERE? You don't care WHERE you go, but you know you JUST WANT TO GO? Well, here's a little video that shows you how to use Skyscanner and Kayak Explore to help you find a destination, based on the cheapest flight prices. It's a lecture from my online course. Oh, and here's a link to take my course for half off. Happy travel hacking!
Interview on WJBC
Here's the second half of an interview I did with Tim Lewis of WJBC. He was a great interviewer, I felt! We talked about the book and some personal experiences.