Meaningful Travel With Paulie

Welcome To The Travel Section

This whole section was once an entire blog, name ‘Travel With Paulie’, and perhaps that’s how you arrived here.  I migrated the content to this blog for several reasons, mainly for ease of administration, and the overlap between the topics involved.

All the same content exists and can be found in their respective sections on this site:

I hope you find the content here useful, and please, at any time, please feel free to share what you find, or comment on articles you find interesting or otherwise.

The Why?

This travel section is dedicated to chronicling my experiences that began in January 2010 – a mission to travel around different parts of the earth while partaking in free or minimal fee-based volunteering projects.

After 6 years working in the 9-to-5 rat-race in Japan, I realised that instead of ‘working for the man’, I wanted to work for those who needed a helping hand in lifting themselves up from the gaping maws of poverty.  After reading several books such as ‘Leaving Microsoft to Change the World’, ‘Vagabonding’, and ‘Banker to the Poor’, I knew I had to dedicate at the very least some of my energies to travel and helping those who just needed help to help themselves.

The How?

This journey is one of ignorance and exploration and growth – I have no idea what to expect while I’m out there, and how exactly I’ll find the sorts of the projects I’m looking for.  I don’t want to pay exorbitant “voluntourism” agent fees but instead discover ‘free’ or basic cost-covering fee-based organisations and projects.

I intend this to help other travellers and volunteers, and the wider world.  I want to share the experiences I have along the way with a view to opening up our minds to what’s really out there, sharing travel plans and ideas etc., and providing tips along the way.  Of course, showing you how you too can get involved in volunteering and make your travel/vacation/holiday a more meaningful experience.

I hope you enjoy, and can take something valuable and useful from it.  Please feel free to share what you have learned if you find a particular article informative and/or interesting.

Thank you.