Chum Chum and Oranges

When I was in Vietnam, I had the strangest experience one morning. It was my first morning there, and I was excited to get out and explore Ho Chi Min, ...


Toland Travels-Live! Is BACK!

This summer’s Toland Travels-Live! event was such a success that Toland Travels and Urban Standard in Birmingham, Alabama are teaming up for another night to celebrate local writers and lovers ...


Miami, Miami, You’ve Got Style

I traveled to Miami for the first time a few weeks ago. I wanted to get away for a long weekend, and it was certainly an experience. It’s old school, ...

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TEDx – Now Featuring Yours Truly!

Well, the news is out now!  I’m going to be a presenter ...

Toland Travels – LIVE!

Are you going to be in Birmingham, Alabama on Tuesday, June 24th? ...

First Timers Club

My good friend, Daniel, just got back from Hong Kong.  It was ...

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Told You You’d Like It!

Toland Travels Postcards, the app from Toland Travels that lets you create and send your own digital postcards has gotten great reviews!  Have you picked it up yet? You should. Additional postcards are in the works and will be headed your way soon! If you have or if you’re considering it, check out this nice […]

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You can tell everything you need to know about a culture by taking a quick peek at one room – the bathroom. The toilet, the W.C., the loo, the head, and the “shitter,” whatever you call it, it’s full of cultural insights. You can learn what importance the culture places on privacy, cleanliness, technology, and […]

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Amsterdam to the Alps

I just got back from a week abroad, visiting friends and exploring some of the Swiss and French Alps!  It was a great trip, full of bicycles (and wrecks), trains, hiking, rain, boats, and some amazing surroundings.  I put together a few videos to share it all with you. First up, is a my travel […]

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The BUZZ…..

The first Toland Travels Community list is up and going on Buzzfeed: 10 Things You Can Do On ANY Vacation.  Check it out!  Click the link…..   Can you think of any others?  I’m always looking for new experiences.  Send them my way.     Buy the Toland Travels app for iPhones – […]

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Toland Travels-Live!

I owe a heartfelt “thank you” to everyone that came out to see Toland Travels-Live!  The show was a huge success, and you have no idea how much I appreciate the presenters, the audience, and all the great folks at Urban Standard.  Your willingness to support Toland Travels and Urban Standard was genuinely moving. The […]

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The People You Meet Along The Way

Perhaps my favorite part of traveling is the people you tend to randomly cross paths with. I’ve been fortunate to have amazing conversations in some of the most unlikely of places. A few weeks ago in London, I struck up a conversation with a man from France and we started talking about language, and that […]

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Always Be Honkin’

It’s an odd phenomenon to travel by automobile in a second or third world country. There’s no need for radio. In fact, during your entire time in the car, other drivers will serenade you. You (or your driver), will most likely add to the aural deliciousness. Everyone, it seems, is blowing his or her horn. […]

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That Time I Paid A Man In Istanbul To Beat Me Up

I love a massage. Seriously. I have had hot stone massages, Indian oil massages, Thai massages, Swedish massages, Chinese massages, and once a kindly old lady on a subway car in Berlin even rubbed my shoulders when I was looking particularly haggard. It was in Istanbul, though, that I asked for a massage, and ended […]

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Their Travel Changed Your World – Buddha

This is the third in a series of articles about the transformative power of traveling.  No one really knows the impact a trip is going to have on their life.  It can be a restorative escape, educational, or thought provoking – often all at the same time.  Sometimes the experiences a person has while traveling, […]

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Timeless Cambodia: A Photoessay

Buy the Toland Travels app for iPhones – Toland Travels Postcards – A 5 STAR APP! Get it here: “Like” Toland Travels on Facebook. Follow me Instagram – Tolandtravels On Twitter @Tolandtravels

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