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 Kentucky Proud mean? The slogan has been around for a long time. 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...
Saudi Arabian Airlines in Manila: Horrible Experience

Saudi Arabian Airlines in Manila: Horrible Experience

This one is written for Saudi Arabian Airlines in Manila. Please, please, please put me on your no-fly list. Dear readers. I was supposed to tell you about what happened after I survived Typhoon Haiyan on a small island. How I ended up motorbiking all over the hilly...