Category Archives: Mindful Living

One Birthday Wish I Could Do Without

 by Paul von Zielbauer On Wednesday, Aug. 28, I had a birthday. It was a nice birthday. I received dozens of emails and messages from friends and family. And then I got this from a bank called CapitalOne 360: from:  Capital One 360 <saver@capitalone360.com> reply-to:  sales@capitalone360.com to:  Paul <xxxxxxxx@gmail.com> date:  Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at […]

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A Peru Adventure Travel Experience ‘One Notch Up’

by Andrea Guzman In early 2011, I found myself in need of a challenge – I wanted to travel, see something gritty and real and also give back in a meaningful way. One day, flipping through Oprah magazine in a doctor’s office, I saw an article on Paul von Zielbauer, the Roadmonkey founder, and his […]

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On the Road to Sustainability, In Liberia

by Julie Thiery Last month, I spent two weeks in rural Liberia with the The Niapele Project, a nonprofit organization focused on sustainably improving the lives of impoverished children.  I spent most of my time outside of Monrovia, in the town of Handii, in what is known as Lower Bong County. I focused much of my energy […]

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Why We Need Adventure: It’s Chemical

by Cecee McDaniel Why is it so exhilarating to face fear?  A study was done in the late 80s that proposed the Idea that our lack of adventure causes us to engage in seemingly high-risk activities, such as cliff diving, hang gliding, or riding roller coasters. The New York Times wrote of the study’s findings: […]

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Was Bruce Lee a Roadmonkey?

The legendary Bruce Lee, a martial artist and student of philosophy, lived his life as if it were a series of opportunities, challenges and celebrations. In that regard, you could argue that he was living la vida Roadmonkey in his own, Bruce Lee way. (This is what happens when you stay up too late watching […]

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“One thing you dream of doing before you die….”

ABOUT FOUR YEARS AGO a Columbia University student, Jenny Lam, created an intimate portrait of New York dreams and aspirations by allowing hundreds of city residents to anonymously write down one thing they want to do before they leave this Earth. Ms. Lam placed pre-stamped postcards all over Manhattan. Each bore a return address to […]

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The Meaning of Roadmonkey

Many people ask us what Roadmonkey means. Not literally but figuratively. Except non-English speakers, who actually do want to know the dictionary definition of road • monk • ey. (There isn’t one).   Roadmonkey means all of the things below. But it also means what you have come to think of Roadmonkey. The definition lives […]

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Why Waking Early Matters (though we loving sleeping in)

Roadmonkeys are known to tie one on now and then. But we also believe in getting our sorry asses out of bed early whenever possible. Read the post below, a reprint of a recent item on The Daily Om, to find out why. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. Before the World Wakes – […]

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