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.
After growing up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and living in Cleveland, Ohio for 7 years, back in the early 2000’s, I visited Atlanta when I was searching for my next home. Atlanta made the short list because it was a warm-weather city and a cosmopolitan hub with opportunities for techies like me. I ended up choosing Austin instead, and I’ve been living there for about ten years, but these past two Octobers, the Atlanta Visitors Bureau invited me to their annual SITSum conference, so that I could deeply explore the city and post about it. These experiences made me realize that Atlanta is a confluence of all the things I love about all the cities I’ve lived.
Here's a short video from my online course that discusses the concept of apps for your smartphone or tablet. An iOS or Android device can be your best travel companion when you go around the world because of all the cool apps that you can download to it! You can even use get communication apps without a SIM card or a cell phone service. Check out some of those specific apps here on my site.
Everyone loves to travel, but to really ‘be there,’ the only way to do it is to do it mindfully. Here's an article I wrote on Naturally Savvy that outlines ten steps you can use to actually live your dream while you are living your dream vacation.
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!
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!
I meet so many people that have the same dream that I did: fly one-way around the world and visit a bunch of cool places along the way. Well, I did it, and I'd like to show you how! Here's a short video with some tips about flying around the world. It's a lecture from my online course. Oh, and here's a coupon for half off my online course, which will make you a world travel expert by the end of it.
May 22, 2015
Save Thousands of Dollars and Live Like a Local on Your Next Vacation!
Just in time for the summer travel season, learn how to go deeper for cheaper with the new wanderlust guide, How To Spin the World Around: With Cheap Travel, Technology and Mindfulness. Russell Eric Dobda outlines how to use your smartphone as a personal travel agent while you make your travel dreams come true with a mindfulness practice. Whether you are a seasoned traveler or about to leave home for the first time, learn about all of the latest and greatest travel apps, websites, and advice to turn your next trip abroad into the journey of a lifetime.