Tag Archives: Books

Why do maps still have a hold on us?

I started reading this book on my parents’ couch and ended it while sipping a freddo latte and eavesdropping on a spirited conversation in Greek, having traversed the very globe whose projections I was studying. Upon flipping to the Acknowledgements page, I returned to the start, hoping that the book magically transformed into part 2 of itself. But alas, I am only left with a deeper admiration for cartography, a better understanding of the accessories of my life, and an awareness of the things that evoke my cherished memories and imagination.

Northeast Japan still hurts from the 3/11 disaster…and you knowing that actually helps

The more wonderful people and places I encounter, the more difficult choosing causes becomes for me, and I can understand that you might as well find difficulty in extending much of yourself to this cause with so many other things begging for your support. That’s why I hope it feels entirely doable to you to simply follow them on Facebook and begin your engagement there. A message, a photo, or a “like” could be just the encouragement they needed for the next step.

What I would happily quote from Dan Pink’s A Whole New Mind

In 2008, I learned about Daniel Pink’s A Whole New Mind from the father at my nannying job. Not one to chase fruitless endeavors, I knew he was recommending a quality read, especially since the recommendation came after the gushing of my worldview. Well, four and a half years and innumerable reminders later, I have finally checked this book off my “To Read” list. The following are the sections I highlighted and mused about in the margins, many of which I found to be unique sentences, others quite relevant to the constant questions I ponder at work.

What I would happily quote from Anthony Bourdain’s Medium Raw

I became seduced by the world–and the freedom that television had given me–to travel it as I wished. I was also drunk on a new and exciting power to manipulate images and sound in order to tell stories, to make audiences feel about places I’d been the way I wanted them to feel.

Reviewing Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods

It’s been sitting on my bookshelf for years, a novel by a favorite travel writer and a recommended read from everyone, including my high school English teacher. Bill Bryson set the stage for my Australian experience in 2009 with In a Sunburned Country and had me audibly exclaiming from his brutal descriptions of small-town life. […]

What Alain de Botton says about the anticipation of travel

My reading comprehension is atrocious, my tracking snail-like. The only thing I remember from high school reading is Holden Caulfield’s half-gray hair and his famous line with middle fingers extended toward his despised boarding school. I love to read, and I always have; I’m just not very good at it. And just as I would […]

Che and Jack Agree. It’s All About Movement.

I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move. -Robert Louis Stevenson In the last two years, I read two books I found interesting (though not astounding) by two men with fetishes for movement. I found their stories ones I would only enjoy vicariously, […]

Reviewing David Lida’s First Stop in the New World

I’m a lover of travel narratives, which is why my first impression of this book, come three or four chapters deep, wasn’t yet rave-ish. David didn’t write a travel narrative taking place in the hypermetropolis of Mexico City/Federal District (D.F.); he did something better than that. Working off twenty years of experience as an expat in […]

Consume & Update: Lovable Haters, Epiphanies, and Vimeo

I’m at my Grandpa’s 90th birthday today. It’s a good day. Now let’s learn about what’s new in the travel and blog worlds. Learning to Love the Digital Haters I don’t think I’m evolved enough to truly love those that go after my passionate pursuits, but Tim Ferriss makes some solid points on reactions, time […]

Consume & Update: 101, Maroon, and Onslaught

Today’s post came out a bit late, but that is due to the high quality of work I found this week. I also have lots to share… How’s The List Coming? Do you have a bucket or life list running? Are most of your goals doable, or are they unattainable? Don’t you wish you had […]

Reviewing J. Maarten Troost’s Getting Stoned with Savages

These days I have an unwavering compulsion to read every strong travel narrative under the sun about the destination I’m next approaching. Sadly, since I’m not always heading to Paris or New York, I often only have one choice in novel, and Fiji was no exception. The only book that reached my awareness and my […]

Who Gets The Goods?

One year after making my site official with its own domain name, my readership has grown to heights I hadn’t anticipated. I’m thrilled to see people from many nations and states commenting on my work and inquiring about all things travel. Without these additions to the dialogue, this site would consist of me shouting out […]

Reviewing The Best Women’s Travel Writing 2009

I don’t normally buy these sort of books, and thanks to a friendly backpacker in Fiji, I didn’t have to. Why don’t I buy comprehensive anthologies of my favorite genre? Because it’s not enough. Five pages about a person’s trip in Mexico just gets me in the mood; it doesn’t take me there. Maybe I’ve […]

Consume & Update: Place, Patagonia and Chicago

What’s better than good reading material on our favorite topic: Travel! Mental Mileage New contributor of Vagablogging, Colleen Wilde, brought a beautiful quote to the surface this week with her post of the same title: Measure Travel Inwards -Henry David Thoreau I thought this was lovely, and it got me thinking about my diverse reactions […]

Reviewing Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild

Jon Krakauer is the reason I traveled to India in 2008 to see the Himalayan mountains. Into Thin Air was a personal account of a terrible occurrence on Mount Everest that for some reason led me to adore and venerate the world’s ability to form this mountain range. So before I even picked up its […]

Reviewing Lonely Planet’s Travel Writing Book

I chat regularly with guys and gals around the world pursuing the same interests as my own, and what klobbers us all with confusion are questions like: I love to travel. I need to make an income. Should I then be a travel writer? In what ways does my writing need help before it’s ready […]

Consume & Update: Gulf States, Piano Stairs and Home Again

A week at sea leaves Lindsay’s RSS reader mighty, mighty full. Blame the straight day of transit yesterday for this late posting. Don’t forget about the Middle East! Gary Arndt and presented a podcast this week about traveling to the gulf states that gives us an ear into a conversation on countries often left […]

Journeys of a Lifetime in October

I welcome you to a new monthly series on Nomadderwhere, one which highlights the incredible trips one could take in that current month – thanks to a vibrant book called Journeys of a Lifetime by National Geographic. Every month I will pick out a couple adventures from each section in the book in order to […]

Consume & Update: Travel Quotes, Site Potential and Mexico

This week’s RSS feeds and reading sessions resulted in some good finds. Here are the articles and book excerpts I’ve found relevant, as well as an update on Nomadderwhere. This must be why my hometown of Wabash, Indiana has been calling to me these past few months. For years, I felt odd when visiting the […]