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...

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...

So What’s Been Going On?

It’s official: I’m the world’s worst travel blogger. Nothing new there. But as I’ve said for the last seven years, I’m not in this game to fester in front of social media or to get press trips — good thing, because I don’t get...

Backpacking in Vietnam: A Summary

My 30-day visa for backpacking in Vietnam seemed to burn at both ends; such a short time is not even remotely adequate for exploring this huge, mind-boggling country. Regardless, I did the best that I could — even working my way north from Saigon to as far as...

Vagabonding Goals and Adventure Bucket List

I’m not a big fan of checklist travel, but this is different! I believe you have to write your goals down to achieve them. So, I have decided to make my vagabonding goals and life adventure bucket list public. Some are travel, some are adventure, and some are...

Vagabonding Summary 2009

I’ll spare you a sappy “Best of 2009” or “Top 10 xxx of 2009” post; I’m sure you’ve seen enough of those on TV by now as networks churn out the usual end-of-the-year stuff. This year, as with all travel years so far, was...