Vagabonding 2016 Changed Everything

Vagabonding 2016 Changed Everything

The last of the yeti meat ran out sometime in August. I stumbled out of my Himalayan cave, tangled beard dragging through dirty snow of the same color, to find a sadhu levitating in full lotus position nearby. Actually, not quite. But I’ve received some inquisitive...
From Paris to Kentucky: A Temporary Homecoming

From Paris to Kentucky: A Temporary Homecoming

“I want your life.” Many people think that vagabonding is all frills and thrills. I’m often told, “you’re so lucky!” But the reality is that I earn my keep by punctuating long periods of time – often behind a laptop – with brief moments of excitement, often in the...

What a Year at Home Taught Me

Around this time last year, just after surviving Typhoon Haiyan, I was getting my ass kicked by airline officials in both Manila and Saudi Arabia. Not this year. For the first time since I began traveling in 2006, my passport wasn’t mercilessly pounded by angry...
What Does Kentucky Proud Mean?

What Does Kentucky Proud Mean?

So what does the slogan Kentucky Proud mean? Most travel writers stay busy writing about places far from home. But since a rocky year has kept me close to home for the longest stretch in a while, it’s time to take care of some long-overdue business. I’ve been...
Homecoming 2013 Was a Little Tricky

Homecoming 2013 Was a Little Tricky

I was supposed to tell you about motorbiking all over the hilly interior of Siquijor Island in the Philippines, clacking through volcano gears on a quest. How that after much effort, I located one of the famous “witch doctors” there. And how I negotiated...