We Were Born Skinny Dipping; Why Stop Now?

You may have heard that Kansas congressman Kevin Yoder recently apologized for swimming naked in the Sea of Galilee while traveling last year. The apology was prompted, at least in part, by the House majority leader’s disapproval of the incident. And, perhaps, an anticipated backlash from constituents.  Fully clothed, watching the sunset in Door County, … More We Were Born Skinny Dipping; Why Stop Now?

Traveling in a Transparent World

Historically, travel has been a private experience. Photo by Charish Badzinski. Not long ago, travel was a private experience. Someone who joined the Peace Corps would depart for foreign soils knowing they would only hear from family occasionally, only after a carefully-penned letter crossed whatever pond, made it through whatever undependable postal system, and landed … More Traveling in a Transparent World

Wisconsin White-tailed Deer: Random Travel Pic of the Week

Wisconsin White-Tailed Deer. Photo by Charish Badzinski. This time of year, when traveling in Wisconsin, you get the distinct impression you’re being watched. As we enter autumn, you can see your peeping toms with greater ease: Wisconsin’s beautiful white-tailed deer. While many locals like to hunt them for sport, I prefer to appreciate them from … More Wisconsin White-tailed Deer: Random Travel Pic of the Week

Mini Vacay: Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park

Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’. Photo by Patricia Balsley.  When it comes to predictability, particularly with geothermal features, perhaps nothing beats Old Faithful. Every 91 minutes or so, she lets loose. Maybe the only thing that is more predictable is that thousands of tourists will gather around the circular benches, a comfortable distance from the steam and … More Mini Vacay: Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park

Location Independent Living: Profile of a Digital Nomad

The California coastline. Photo by J. Kim Wright.  Imagine living life “on the road.” No home. No landline telephone. No work cubicle. Maybe no car. Minimal personal belongings. Not just for a week or two, but for years.  I know many people who’ve done it, and it’s not as rare as you might think. In … More Location Independent Living: Profile of a Digital Nomad

Rainy Day in Savannah, Georgia: Random Travel Photo of the Week

A rainy day in Savannah, Georgia. Photo by Charish Badzinski. In Forsyth Park in Savannah, Georgia, many visitors stop to photograph the park’s famous fountain.Yet on this particular rainy day, some were content to simply follow the wide sidewalks through the park, where oak trees dripping with spanish moss seem to nod to passersby. To … More Rainy Day in Savannah, Georgia: Random Travel Photo of the Week

National Geographic Traveler Announces Photo Contest 2012 Winners

Not a winner, not even an entrant, but one of my favorite travel photos from my personal collection. Taken in Chiang Mai, Thailand, this Hmong hill tribe girl poses outside a wat, or temple, in exchange for baht. Photo by Charish Badzinski.  National Geographic Traveler magazine recently announced the results of its 2012 photography contest. Though … More National Geographic Traveler Announces Photo Contest 2012 Winners

Random Travel Pic of the Week: Mississippi River, La Crosse, Wisconsin

The Cass Street Bridge, looking from Pettibone Beach. Photo by Charish Badzinski. The Cass Street Bridge (now two bridges, with the addition of the “arch” shaped bridge in recent years), offers a dramatic entry from La Crescent, Minnesota into the city of La Crosse, Wisconsin. From a distance, it’s reminiscent of the sun over the … More Random Travel Pic of the Week: Mississippi River, La Crosse, Wisconsin