January 2008 Archive

A Reason to Wander: Interview with Sloan and Amy

In 2006, Sloan and Amy decided to leave the comfort of home and embark on a year-long round the world trip that took them through Asia, Europe and Central America, before they eventually arrived back in the United States in late 2007. Along the way, they shared stories and photographs from their trip on their blog, Reason to Wander.

TravelBlogs caught up with Sloan and Amy to find out why they decided to make this journey, what they learned along the way, and what advice they could offer other people considering leaving home to travel the world.

Notes From the Road

Erik Gauger started Notes from the Road in 1999 as a collection of stories from his experiences on the road. His writing has a literary, evocative tone; and the photography that accompanies his pieces is stunning. (Interview with Erik)

Notes from the Road: Interview with Erik Gauger

Notes from the Road is a recent addition to TravelBlogs, but it's been around since 1999. The site combines Erik Gauger's stunning photography – shot on a traditional large-format film camera – with his engaging stories about ordinary places.

These days, the site is attracting quite a bit of attention, thanks in part to Erik's detailed coverage of a small Caribbean island's struggle with an American golf course developer.

TravelBlogs caught up with Erik to talk more about travel, photography and the Guana Cay conflict.

Write Away!

Lauren is an award-winning writer with a love for travel and a keen eye for the familiar and unfamiliar. (Interview with Lauren)

Travel and Writing: Interview with Lauren Carter

If interviews on TravelBlogs are anything to go by, it seems that a love for travel is often accompanied by a love for writing. Julie Schwietert, Randall Wood and Scott McNeely are three examples of travellers who love to write about the places they visit.

Lauren Carter is another one to add to the list. She's a professional travel writer living in Canada with her husband. TravelBlogs caught up with her to talk a bit more about her love for travel and writing – and also to see if she had any tips for aspiring travel writers.

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Julie is a passionate traveller moving back and forth between Puerto Rico, New York and Mexico City. (Interview with Julie)

Cultural Immersion: Interview with Julie Schwieter Collazo

Like many travellers, Julie Schwieter Collazo loves to immerse herself in foreign cultures – by reading more about the places she's visiting, learning the language, and by meeting the locals. The opportunity to see – and experience – another culture first-hand is one of the main inspirations behind her travels.

Originally from the southern United States, Julie lives back and forth between New York and Mexico City with her husband, Francisco. Until recently, they also lived in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

TravelBlogs caught up with her to talk more about her experiences living in foreign cultures.


In December 2005, Craig sold most of his possessions and took off for an extended travel adventure around the world. (Interview with Craig)

The Perpetual Wanderer: Interview with Craig Heimburger

In 2005, Craig Heimburger left his native United States behind to become a "perpetual wanderer". Now on the road for over two years, he has visited over 40 countries in the Americas and Southeast Asia.

He is currently living in Lima, Peru, where his girlfriend, Tatiana, is expecting their first child in the near future.

TravelBlogs caught up with him to talk about leaving the United States, travelling with a pregnant woman in Southeast Asia, and cross-cultural experiences in Peru.

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