Roadtrippin' USA and Mexico
Wow, we just got back from a 2-month journey through Mexico, the Southwest USA, South Florida, and Grand Bahama. We drove over 7,000 miles, and we also rode in planes, trains, and a cruise ship to the Bahamas. We even learned how to practice a form of pranayama breathwork. It was as predicted, an epic summer road trip. Here is a rough outline of our paths. You can click any image to enlarge.
We had a great time, and there was so much that happened, so many insights, that it will all come out in time through various writing channels between the two of us. In the mean time, here are some key concepts, with which I became intimately familiar during our travels!
Epic Bucket List Summer Road Trip
My “bucket list” – all the places I want to visit before I “kick the bucket” – is long. I’ve checked a lot off the list around the world, yet I still have destinations close to my Texas latitude and longitude. Sometimes, it's harder to make time to visit places closer to home than bucket list places halfway around the world. But, this won't be any local road trip. It will take us through seven states and deep into Mexico as we uncover secrets and share them.
I often promote solo travel, but partner travel is ideal here so I will be traveling with my girlfriend. For road trips, it only makes sense to have multiple drivers, and the extra body doesn't affect the price of gas, nor the cost of a camp site or hotel room. Sharing will be more cost-effective and experience-effective as sharing an experience increases its value! Here's a preview of the trip.
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.
I was recently interviewed by the SenseiProject, a social media group I met last fall in Atlanta at SitSum. We talked about how technology and media have rapidly changed over the last decade, and how they continue to change the landscape of travel and travel bloggers in the future...
Read the interview.
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!
Absinthe in Czech Republic
I've been working hard to edit Spin the World Around: One Man's Mission for Intention and Unconditional Love and make it the most notable travel memoir since Eat, Pray, Love... except it covers 24 countries instead of 3 and is about a guy instead of a girl. Anyway, I wanted to share this fun story about my experience with Absinthe in the Czech Republic with an excerpt from the upcoming book.
"I can tell you so many bloody stories," the ornery British bartender bellowed in an accent somewhere between England and Australia. "I was serving at this bar down the street, and a guy wanted me to give him a third shot of absinthe. I don’t serve anyone a third shot. I told him, 'No way!' They made me do it, so I gave it to the fucker. Bloody hell. Two hours later, I got a call from the fire brigade that the guy took his pants off and was dancing naked at another club. Of course, the cops came," he bellowed. "Never drink a third shot of Absinthe."
A look at the Couchsurfing social network. This is one lecture from my online course, Travel Deep on the Cheap with Technology and Mindfulness.
I am really excited to be a speaker and workshop presenter at SITSum Atlanta next week! No matter how many couches or beds upon which one has slept worldwide, a night at the Atlanta Midtown W in Atlanta is an object of magnificent gratitude. My workshop will blur the lines between tourist and local by linking them together and creating a cultural experience for all parties involved. It also covers how technology and social networks make that happen on both ends of the experience. Check me out the schedule. I'm sure I'll write more about this next week after I return from the experience!
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.