What Travel has Taught me About Innovating my Life and Work

I felt so Bilbo-esque four years ago when I said to myself, “Let’s go on an adventure.” Maybe Bilbo even felt like me, as if his life should have more meaning than it did. On paper, the age of 27 saw me with a philosophy degree, a divorce, debt, a recently deceased father, and a resume that most recently included video store clerk after being laid off from my dream job. So what was the natural thing to do? I’ll tell you what the natural thing was NOT to do. It’s not to quit the only job you have to start your own business as a freelance writer/consultant, leave all of your possessions, and then travel the world without any saved money.

But I did just those things. But while I’ve been fortunate enough to travel my entire life, I always viewed travel as an end in itself, rather than a means to an end. A trip was simply the collection of experiences between the time I stepped onto the plane (or into the car) until I stepped off. I didn’t see travel as something that affected my life beyond the actual trip itself. That all changed, however, when I bought a one-way ticket to Central America.

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By |October 30th, 2014|Featured, Philosophy, Travel|14 Comments

What I’ve Learned From Both Living Nomadically and Discovering Home

My first trip to Los Angles was when I was 11. It’s one of the most vivid trips from my childhood. Part of it I can remember as if it was yesterday, like breakfast (and the subsequent conversation with our waitress) one morning at the InterContinental Hotel Los Angeles, located just off Santa Monica Boulevard in Century City. “Oh, you are nearly a Southern Californian being so tall and with such curly hair, but not with that accent.” I blushed, as she continued on, telling me that maybe, just maybe I’d be playing for the Lakers being so tall. 20 years later and I’m back in Los Angeles, just off Santa Monica Boulevard still, but this time I call it home.

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By |August 29th, 2014|Featured, Philosophy, Travel|7 Comments

Finding Our Identity by Traveling

Per my customary Sunday night routine in Playa del Coco I belly up to the bar of one of my local watering holes to take in my one American indulgence since I landed in Costa Rica: Wings and NFL football. Sitting beside me is a guy who I haven’t seen in town (the town is only five blocks long) but who immediately strikes up conversation.

“Well what brings you to Costa Rica?” he asks.

“A bit of work and play,” I respond, though I quickly regret not giving a more black and white answer, fearing we may be heading down a rabbit hole I don’t want to go down.

“What the hell do you do for work that would bring you down to Costa Rica?”

“I’m a travel writer.”

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By |May 20th, 2014|Featured, Philosophy, Travel|15 Comments

A Study in Spontaneous Travel

I’m on the way to the airport…without a boarding pass. No, I’m not picking up […]

By |February 13th, 2014|Featured, Tips and Trends, Travel|17 Comments

What my Mom and Travel Taught me about Thanksgiving

It was one year ago this week, that I remember sitting in the living room […]

By |November 27th, 2013|Featured, Philosophy, Travel|20 Comments

Travel, the Silver Lining in the Clouds

I actually started writing this post a couple weeks ago after reading the book and […]

By |December 11th, 2012|Featured, Philosophy, Travel|21 Comments

How to Make Money While Traveling Long Term

Before I jump into what this is, let me begin with what this isn’t. This […]

By |October 16th, 2012|Featured, Tips and Trends, Travel|7 Comments

The One-Way Ticket to San Francisco I Never Came Back From

“What’s your final destination today Mr. Spellman?” It’s a question I’m asked every single time […]

By |May 21st, 2012|Featured, Philosophy, Travel|14 Comments

A Taste of the Drinks of Costa Rica

When generally talking about the foods and drinks of Central America, I often find that […]

By |May 9th, 2012|Beer, Central America, Drinks, Featured, Travel|6 Comments

5 Foods from Abroad I Wouldn’t Mind Adding to my Diet

As a traveling philosopher, I sometimes wonder what drives peoples’ decisions to travel. I think […]

By |January 9th, 2012|Featured, Food, Food Tips and Trends|20 Comments