The Hitchhiker

The Hitchhiker

There was such a tangled sadness in his eyes. The old bum’s gray beard was messy. And curls of snowy hair protruded from his watch cap. His denim jacket was dirty like clouds of cold breath. His head became even heavier as I wooshed by in my warm truck. In an...
6 Things Every Traveler Should Know

6 Things Every Traveler Should Know

For something a little different, here are six random factoids that every serious traveler should know about their chosen hobby/profession: Know Your Defunct Deities Although many backpackers are more inclined toward Dionysus — the Greek god of wine, ritual...

Americans Do Travel!

If I could count the number of times over the years that this exact sequence took place: It always starts with the default question between travelers. European Girl: “So, where are you from?” Greg: “I’m American.” European Girl:...

Vagabonding: How to Meet People

People often inaccurately associate vagabonding with vacation-style travel, where the objective is to accumulate 2,000 photos of forgettable landmarks and beach horizons on disk, never to be looked at again. With the average, hard-working American being entitled to...

The Final Days of Travel in 2009

My last day in Kuala Lumpur. As I was walking down the busy Bukit Bintang strip today, doing my last-minute shopping, burning up my remaining Malaysian ringgit like it was colorful Monopoly money, my head was swirling with thoughts and emotions. I tried to stay 100...