Month in Review: June 2010

The exclusive interview with David McWane of Big D and the Kids Table continues where part 1 left off.

A look into the adventurous Life Agent grant program that Teva began earlier this year and will continue sponsoring Life Agents through the remainder of the year.

This month’s Vagabond Cheat Sheet shows us that there is more to the nation of South Africa than just the 2010 World Cup. A snapshot that goes beyond the vuvuzelas.

Vagabond Cheat Sheet: South Africa

South Africa

There is nothing like the World Cup to get you some attention. And as hosts of the 2010 World Cup, South Africa is certainly getting a lot of attention. There is certainly more to South Africa than the World Cup. Twenty years after the apartheid era, South Africa is still dealing with the consequences. In this month’s Vagabond Cheat Sheet, we peel back a layer and see what is underneath all the vuvuzelas.


Month in Review: May 2010

May has been exciting month with new features and exclusive interviews!

I began revising the posts on my trip through Southeast Asia in 2008. Here are a list of posts updated so far: Destination: Chiang Rai, ThailandTrip Planning and Preparation (Part 1)Trip Planning and Preparation (Part 2)OrphanageTrekking in Chiang RaiThe Thai Islands and Angkor Wat

Discussions on what really motivates people at work or while traveling. Dan Pink shares some great insight on why people ditch their cubicles in favor of their backpacks.

Our very first monthly feature is introduced this month. The Vagabond Cheat Sheet is already gaining popularity! We cover topics from geography, economy to what the international humanitarian organizations are doing.

We uncover loads of information on the little-known country of Timor-Leste in the very first Vagabond Cheat Sheet.

An exclusive interview with David McWane of Big D and the Kids Table where we sit down to talk music, volunteering and travels.

Vagabond Cheat Sheet: Timor-Leste

Flag of Timor-Leste
Timor-Leste (aka East Timor) is the youngest nation in the world since gaining it’s independence from Indonesia in 2002. Originally settled by Portugal, Timor-Leste first declared its independence from Portugal in 1975 only to be invaded and occupied by Indonesia nine days later.


Introducing Vagabond Cheat Sheet



This week I am proud to announce the newest feature of Awkward Silence! The new feature is called the Vagabond Cheat Sheet. Each month I will pick a country and do some research and put information together that a traveler or volunteer may be interested in before visiting a country. Information about currency, geography, organizations, humanitarian efforts, visas will all be part of the Vagabond Cheat Sheet. The Vagabond Cheat Sheet is not supposed to replace a good travel guide. It’s more of a quick overview of the country looking at it from the perspective of “what might it be like to travel or volunteer there?”

The first feature will focus on the young nation of Timor-Leste. Primarily because I do not know much about it but would love to learn more. If you have any recommendations of which countries you would like to see covered in this feature, please add a comment below. I am also looking for feedback to what information would be useful to add and what information could be removed. Working on my very first cheat sheet, I have already learned a lot of Timor-Leste that I did not know about before!

Look for the very first Vagabond Cheat Sheet later this week!