A Dream Worth Striving For

From eating a croissant by the Eiffel Tower to climbing Mount Everest, every person has a secret dream of what they one day hope to accomplish. Mine is simple and attainable. So why is it going to take me a lifetime to achieve it? A hint, my dream is not a destination, it's a state of mind.
The World in Mosaic The Barefoot Nomad

The Best Of The Barefoot Nomad for 2013

Like the experienced procrastinators we are, Charles and I have just gotten around to looking back on 2013. This site has grown a lot in the past year, and we have to thank you so much for reading and sticking with us. You're what makes this site so much fun. Since we've seen so many new readers this year, we thought it would be a great idea to highlight some of our favorite articles to give you a chance to catch up on posts you might have missed.
Charles at Hierapolis Turkey 800

Leaving the Past Behind: Why You Should Let Go While You Travel

There are dozens of reasons I love to travel: new sites, new sounds, new tastes, new places and faces, the thrill of doing something different and the desire to see every square inch of this beautiful planet we call home. Travel is amazing and they're all valid points. That being said, there's also another reason I travel. It's probably not something a lot of people have discussed, or even really given a name to, however it's there all the same. When we travel, we not only leave our homes behind but also our past selves.  Let me explain...
Ayer's Rock in 2003

Defying Tradition: A Travelers Life For Me!

It seems everyone who travels these days has their own name for what they do. Some will bicker the difference between a traveler and a tourist. Some will stress the difference between a person who embraces travel as a way of life and one who travels for a vacation from life. Those that believe it defines them will of course say it with more conviction while those that question the difference generally can't comprehend the difference.

In the past few years I've read dozens of travel posts and articles explaining the key differences concerning the philosophy of travel. I believe most of us who travel have our own definition for who we are and what we do. Defying tradition and going against the norm are only part of...