Book: The Man Who Would Be King

The Man Who Would Be King Rudyard Kipling The Man Who Would Be King This is a fictional story about two British soldiers who venture into a fictional land in the Hindu Kush mountain range and are changed forever. It’s an exciting, thrilling tale that will resonate with anyone who wants to leave their normal life behind and forge a new life in a new … Read more

The Scourge of Travel Blogging: Fake Photos

Manipulated photos of tourists exploring the "Gates of Heaven" in Bali, Indonesia

Have you seen these pictures on Instagram of the breathtakingly-beautiful Hindu temple in Bali, Indonesia? People pose between stone posts with mountains in the background, with a mirror-smooth reflection of themselves coming from a lake below. Isn’t it stunning? Doesn’t it make you want to stop what you’re doing and get on an airplane and fly to Bali right now?

On Being a Digital Nomad (A New Series)

A laptop, wallet, and keys on a coffee shop table

For nearly a dozen years, the work that I do for a living has allowed me to work from almost anywhere. I can take my work with me anywhere: home, a coffee shop, the bookstore, the gym, my kids’ school, the airport, another country, on a boat, etc.

Travel is NOT Vacation (At Least For Me)

Morro Rock in the distance on a gold, wet, cloudy day at Morro Bay Beach in California

Sometimes, when people hear that I’ve been out of town and see me when I get back, they’ll ask how my “vacation” went. I have to chuckle at this, because when I travel or take trips, it’s almost never vacation, and definitely never relaxing. I’m not saying that taking a vacation is bad or that relaxation isn’t a worthy goal when taking a trip, but … Read more

Why Do I Travel?

One question that everyone who spends time (and a lot of money) traveling will have to answer for themselves is: why do I travel? I don’t think there’s necessarily a right or wrong answer to this question. It can be different for everyone, and it can change over time. As I’ve started racking up the miles on my personal travel odometer, it’s something I ponder … Read more

Maho Beach, St. Martin (Where The Airplanes Are)

People swimming in the ocean, pointing up at an airplane flying overhead at Maho Beach in Sint Maarten

Here’s a video of when I was at Maho Beach in St. Martin (on the island of Sint Maarten in the Caribbean). This beach, just off Simpson Bay, is strangely positioned right in front of Princess Juliana International Airport which means it gets airplanes coming in and out all day long that fly right over where people are swimming.

Riding Across America On a Bicycle in 42 Days

An inspiring view of an open, empty road that vanishes into the mountains in Colorado

This episode is all about a trip my dad took over 30 years ago, where he rode a bicycle across the United States from the west coast to the east coast. Riding on a bike for more than 3,000 miles over a period of 42 days and seeing ten states in the process, it’s one of the most ambitious trips undertaken by anybody I know personally.

3,000 Feet High in a Hang Glider

Ron Stauffer flying in a hang glider, smiling and holding two thumbs up.

During a recent trip to Florida to spend time with my family over Christmas vacation, I got the chance to take a flight in a hang glider. Just like my experience riding in a hot air balloon, it came about in the most unexpected way, and I didn’t even have to pay for it!

Up, Up and Away! My First Ride on A Hot Air Balloon

Dozens of hot air balloons taking off in the morning next to a lake with mountains in the background

For many years, I had always wondered what it would be like to take a ride on a hot air balloon. It wasn’t something I thought about often, but every once in a while, I’d be driving around town, especially early in the morning, and I’d spot a hot air balloon, and think: “Cool! That would be fun to try someday.”