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Vagabond Journey Travel Stories and World Culture

The Highs and Lows From the Canals of Banjarmasin

Shivaji Das

Riding through the extremes of life on the Banjarmasin canals.

5 Chinese Ghost Cities that Came Alive

Wade Shepard

As China’s so-called ghost cities fill up they are forgotten by a mainstream international media that is hungry for sensational stories, not rational takes on what is surely the most expansive urbanization movement in human history. Here are five new cities in China that have filled up with people and commerce since being heralded as ghost towns.

Nanhui, China’s Unbelievable Ghost City on the Coast

Wade Shepard

Nanhui is a full scale, independent new city that is being completely built from scratch 60 km outside of downtown Shanghai. It is being constructed to house 800,000 people, but is currently in the ghost city stage of development: hanging somewhere between being deserted and coming alive. This is the story of what I found there.

Last Call For Mercy: Life in the Vagabond Wastelands of Kuala Lumpur

Michael Britton

Boiling rats, guzzling urine, ladyboys, a broomstick to the head, and an old vagabond bastard finding the wisdom of the open road. In other words, another travel yarn spun by the inimitable Michael Britton. Compulsory reading.

Look Inside China’s Medical City

Wade Shepard

China has an entire new city that’s designated for bio-medical research, development, and production, but few have ever heard of it.

13 Insane Ways to Fix China’s Air

Wade Shepard

China has declared war on air pollution, and is rolling out an array of anti-smog measures that are truly unimaginable.

5 First Impressions of Sri Lanka

Lawrence Hamilton

Stepping into Sri Lanka for the first time, this is what Lawrence Hamilton found.
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My daughter, Petra, has been in China for two and a half years. During that time she learned the most vital aspect of cultural cohesion: language.

Travel: A Closer Look at Guangzhou

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Returning to Guangzhou, only this time I'm going to take a better look around.

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To really find out what's going on somewhere, head to the source.

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Want to ensure that you never find yourself broke on some foreign shore unable to find a job? Then get your teaching credentials.

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I was recently interviewed by Chris Ilsley on Radio 6PR about China's ghost cities and my new book, Ghost Cities of China, which will be out soon.

As a foreigner in China you are often an intrigue or an annoyance, but you are seldom regarded with suspicion.

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The streets of China may not yet be lined with gold, but its Sheraton hotels are.

A Beginner’s Guide to Surf Arugum Bay

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A quick guide to honing surfing skills in Arugum Bay, Sri Lanka.

KFC in Traditional Chinese House Xiamen

This doesn't look like the ordinary KFC.

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Laowai Comics: The English Teacher Stigma

Laowai Comics is a comic about all aspects of the China expat experience. This week's installment pokes fun at the ridiculousness of the better-than-thou attitude that English teachers are often affronted by in China.

The Wisdom of the Traveling Life

Testing the bounds of the benefits of travel and teasing the edges of the disadvantages of living abroad.

Look Inside China’s Medical City

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China has an entire new city that's designated for bio-medical research, development, and production, but few have ever heard of it.

13 Insane Ways to Fix China’s Air

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China has declared war on air pollution, and is rolling out an array of anti-smog measures that are truly unimaginable.

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A story of giant lizards, blaring music, sacrificial flaming coconuts, crowded buses, elephants, and the surprises that manifest out of the Sri Lanka countryside.

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Vagabond Journey caught up with Tom Coote, a long haul travel writer who has visited over 116 countries, for a talk about his new book, West Africa, and the reality of traveling off the written word.

5 First Impressions of Sri Lanka

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Stepping into Sri Lanka for the first time, this is what Lawrence Hamilton found.

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While traveling through West Africa, Tom Coote is lured into Lome's fetish market. He leaves less than enchanted.

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Laowai Comics: Chinese “Microaggression”

Laowai Comics is a biweekly web comic about the expat/ traveler life in China. This week's comic shows how cultural insecurities just don't fly here.

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Tom Carter's Unsavory Elements is a collection of stories which show the true China experience.

Are We Not Nomads? Why We Have to Keep Moving

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What is that calling that tells us to keep moving?