As many of us know, the initial phase of the 2011 Passports with Purpose fundraiser has begun. This year’s goal is to raise $80,000 and build two libraries in Zambia. Recently, I had the privilege of conducting a Q&A session with Pam Mandel and the founders of Passports with Purpose. So, without further ado…
The Road of Life: Interviews with Lainie & Miro – Part One ended with a discussion about their favorite places (so far) and how they go about choosing their next destination.
Part Two delves into their expectations of each other, their commitment to activism, creative endeavors and snowballs – the white frozen rain kind. Again, there are Miro’s remaining “Bonus Questions”. He even comments to something about his Mother’s quirky remarks… Hope you enjoy the read!
Being on the ‘Road of Life’ does keep people in a somewhat constant state of flux. There is bad (or non-existent) internet, dead computers, travel time and a host of other issues. I must confess, it also took me a bit of time to compose questions that weren’t in the “So, whatcha up to?” style too. But, between the revolving “I’m sorry.” “No, I’m sorry” e-mails we finally came together on this interview. Actually, it will be posted in two parts as ‘bonus’ Q&As were offered up by Miro and worthy of inclusion. (They will be split into two parts also.)
So, without further ado, let’s see what Miro and Lainie have to say about their adventures in part one!!
Not long ago, I had the pleasure of conducting an interview with Tony and Thomas of ContemporaryNomad. They are a bi-national gay couple and have experienced numerous hurdles over their 17+ year relationship. Those obstacles have contributed to, but have not controlled, their ‘out of the box’ approach to problem-solving. Those same obstacles have also kept the nomadic fires burning. Once, they traveled because they felt they had to… Not anymore. They may not know the next port of call or what tomorrow will bring. But, they do know where they have been and where they want to be – together.
A single mom, a nine-year old son and a 12 month trip. Add them all together and you have the “Adventures of Theoroda and Zac Conquering the World!” Did you know the universe might just be a computer program designed by big, powerful, super-intelligent aliens? No? Well, that’s what these two are out to discover.
I had the opportunity to interview mother and son not long ago. I do believe you’ll find the replies quite amazing. It may not convince you of the alien program but you will be convinced that traveling with kids is a good thing.
In August, 2008, Dave of The Longest Way Home, was interviewed about his search for that (proverbial) place we all like to call… Well… Home. The place where we set up a permanent camp, decorate the walls, kick off our boots at night, put books on the shelves, have home-cooked meals, and maybe don’t have to close the door when in the bathroom. Okay – a bit graphic but isn’t that part of what “home” really means? A place of comfort, security and belonging?
It’s now 2010. Has Dave found a home or is he still on the hunt?
In 2008, Lara Dunston was interviewed about her life as a travel writer and her experiences traveling with her husband, Terry Carter, who is also a travel writer, photographer and now – an expert in the art of eggs – culinary-style. (You think I’m kidding…)
Together, they have taken on a new project, Grantourismo!, which has them traveling from their home-base-storage-unit in Dubai to a new destination every two weeks over the next twelve months.
In his 2007 interview, Wade was described as a “modern-day nomad” and “travel was his lifestyle”. Not much has changed since that discussion. He’s still the “modern-day nomad” and “travel is still his lifestyle” but these days… That lifestyle includes a family. Wade met Chaya in 2008. They married and then gave birth to their daughter, Petra, in 2009. If you think parenthood overrides seeing the world – think again!
If you’ve ever dreamed of quitting your job, selling your stuff and setting off to travel the world, it may be comforting to know that others have treaded that path before you.
Take Nora Dunn, for example. In 2006, she set out to travel the world with her boyfriend, Kelly. Three years later, they’re still travelling, and Nora has just published her first book. In this interview, Nora talks about what inspired her to set out to travel, some of the downsides of long-term travel, and her new book.
Megan Lewis is on an 8,000 kilometre horse ride from Beijing to London.
The culmination of the 2008 Beijing Olympics marked the start of the horse ride, which is scheduled to finish in London in 2012.
The ride is designed to carry a goodwill message from Beijing to London, as well as raise funds for disadvantaged children through the work of Schoolchildren for Children.
Just before she was about to set out on the second stage of her journey, I exchanged emails with Megan about the inspiration behind this trip, and her experiences so far.