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Vagabond Journey Travel Stories and World Culture

I Return to the USA After 2.5 Years Away and I’m Surprised by These 9 Things

Wade Shepard

Returning to the USA for a visit I realize that the country is different than how I remember it.

The Story of Ordos Kangbashi, China’s Most Famous Ghost City

Wade Shepard

They came from just about every other corner of China to start new lives in a remote outpost in Inner Mongolia. Ordos Kangbashi was meant to be one of China’s new urban utopias though it hasn’t yet worked out that way.

8 Simple Things You Need to Know Before you Teach English Abroad

Lawrence Hamilton

Want to teach English in a foreign country? This is what you need to know.

Top Ten Things That You Will Really Do in Thailand

Arthur Fern

The real list of the things you will do in Thailand.

The Sobering Experience of Partying With China’s Rich

Mitch Blatt

Take a look at what the nightlife of China’s 1% is really like.

China’s Disposable Cities

Wade Shepard

China’s cities are being built to be demolished to be built again. They are virtually disposable. Here’s why.

What Becomes of China’s Ghost Cities

Wade Shepard

I traveled back to a deserted new urban development in China eight years later to find what had happened to it.
Bad Tripping: How to Avoid Homesickness When Traveling (and Stay Away From Warty South Carolina Beauty Queens) thumbnail

An integral primer from Bad Mike on how to stave off homesickness and embrace aloneness when traveling.

How to Get Started: Traveling the World Teaching English thumbnail

Want to travel the world but don't have the money? Take a TEFL course and teach English. This is among the best ways to get started traveling and can always be something to fall back on if you run out of cash on the road.

Why You Shouldn’t Travel the World

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I return home and find a new appreciation for what the sedentary create.

The Road Ahead: South America, Where and Why thumbnail

Find out what lies on the road ahead for David Fegan. Discover where he's going in South America and why.

Petra with Chinese Americans

My daughter has a mix of identities, but the one that she recently connected with is surprising.

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For 33 years I had no interest in horse racing, but that was soon to change.

USA travels, 2014

Returning to the USA for a visit I realize that the country is different than how I remember it.

Asking for the truth at a political rally

An elbow to the gut produces a deeper questioning of the American political system.

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China is transitioning to high-speed rail, which is providing a surprisingly "third world" passenger experience.

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Australian comedian vs. The State.

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Save yourself some frustration next time you travel by learning from this experience.

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Bad Tripping: Kathoeys

Bad Mike valiantly tries to field one of the unanswerable questions of world travel.

Chinese Pilot Speaking Incomprehensible English — What Does This Mean for Air Traffic Control? thumbnail

My Chinese pilot on an Air China flight couldn't speak English. I wondered what the broader implications of this is in global aviation and air traffic control.

kangbashi-ordos

They came from just about every other corner of China to start new lives in a remote outpost in Inner Mongolia. Ordos Kangbashi was meant to be one of China’s new urban utopias though it hasn’t yet worked out that way.

teaching-english-china

Want to teach English in a foreign country? This is what you need to know.

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An ode to sex, fertility, and the big ones in an otherwise prudish society? Lawrence Hamilton set out to discover the story behind South Korea's Haesindong Penis Park and found something surprising.

Plaza de los Coches

Take a chance at winning a trip to Cartagena.

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The Queen Victoria market in Melbourne is one of the city's prime social and commercial epicenters. Check it out here.

Top Ten Things That You Will Really Do in Thailand

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The real list of the things you will do in Thailand.

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Take a look at what the nightlife of China's 1% is really like.

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