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Vagabond Journey Travel Stories and World Culture

Why so Many Chinese Teens are Dressing up Like Cartoon Characters

Mitch Blatt

The allure of cosplay in China.

Travels on the Forgotten Island: Taiwan’s Lesser Kinmen

Wade Shepard

Traveling through old China on Taiwan’s Lesser Kinmen Island.

Exploring Argentina’s Paraná Delta of Tigre

David Fegan

Traveling by boat through Argentina’s Paraná Delta.

High on Grog in Fiji: The Kava Experience

Lawrence Hamilton

Lawrence Hamilton tries Kava in Fiji.

6 Impressions of America as Seen by a Traveler

Lawrence Hamilton

Lawrence Hamilton returns to the USA, this is what he found.

In Focus: Taiwan’s Kinmen Island

Wade Shepard

Find out what makes Taiwan’s Kinmen Island so interesting.

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.

Crashing a Movie Set in the Bolivian Desert


The story of going out into the Bolivian desert to meet the makers of the film, Juana Guerillera de la Patria Grande.

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The allure of cosplay in China.

Map Singaore Kuala Lumpur Batam

Wade on the path to Singapore, Batam, and Malaysia.


Miners protest and shut down the streets of Tupizia, Bolivia.

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Laowai Comics is a biweekly comic about all aspects of life in China. In this week's installment the Laowai gets strategic with elimination communication.

The Road Ahead: Lawrence to Kaifeng, China

Kaifeng map

Lawrence Hamilton goes to Kaifeng.

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Spending hours scouring towns for the cheapest hotel possible is no longer worth it. I have other things to do.


Traveling through old China on Taiwan's Lesser Kinmen Island.

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Laowai Comics: September in China

Laowai Comics shows all aspects of the expat experience in China. This week's installment features the opening of the September floodgates . . .


Traveling by boat through Argentina's Paraná Delta.

Israelis have a reputation and tendency of traveling in large packs. So large, in fact, that they sometimes take over entire towns. This is why you should accept reality for what it is, realize that the world of travel has changed, and love the Israeli mob.

Watch: Ferry From Xiamen to Kinmen

Lesser Kinmen Island

The journey by boat from Xiamen to Kinmen.

Ghost Cities of China Book Cover

My first book, Ghost Cities of China, is set to come out in April of 2015. It's being published in Zed Books' Asian Arguments series.

Perhaps you should consult your bank for a loan before applying for an Uzbek visa

The countries that want Americans, and those that don't.

High on Grog in Fiji: The Kava Experience

Kava before it is 'pounded.' Commonly referred to as grog, this plant is central to many social occasions around Fiji.

Lawrence Hamilton tries Kava in Fiji.


Cross-Straits relations continue improving between the PRC and the ROC as the "One Country, Two Governments" policy is becoming a reality. There is only one major reminder of the days when these two political entities were arch-enemies: the giant signs on Xiamen and Kinmen's Dadan Island.

Is Fiji Expensive?

Will you blow your budget on these snacks?

Can a cheap ass budget traveler really afford to travel to Fiji?

A Traditional Funeral in Fiji

The body leaves the church and is carried to the cemetery on the other side of the village

Lawrence Hamilton transitions from a flight across the world to a traditional funeral in Fiji.

6 Impressions of America as Seen by a Traveler

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Lawrence Hamilton returns to the USA, this is what he found.

Chinese girl scotch

This is the easiest way I've found to meet people when traveling.

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