Where Are We Now?
Ghost Cities of China
By Wade Shepard
This is the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey’s first book, published in the Asian Arguments series of Zed Books
. It is the culmination of two years of traveling through China investigating the country’s urbanization drive and new city building movement first hand.
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Spanking the Children of Paradise
By Bad Mike
Bad Mike’s first collection of stories from his perpetual downward spiral of travels in Asia.
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By Mitch Blatt
From Occupy Central to ethnic temple fairs, Mitchell Blatt has seen China in its truest forms. These and other topics included in his first essay compilation. Get it from Amazon now
About Vagabond Journey
“Were I permitted an avocation it would be the study of social conditions; what surer way of gaining vital knowledge of modern society than to live and work among the world’s workmen in every clime?”
- Harry Franck, A Vagabond Journey Around the World, 1910
We travel the world directly investigating the local effects of world events, shifts in culture, disappearing traditions, social upheavals big and small, odd intrigues, as well as the more mundane intricacies that hold it all together. We travel as vagabonds, working as we go, ever trying to engage people and places a little closer to discover a little more about the world we live in.
Vagabond Journey was founded in 2005 by Wade Shepard, a traveler who’s been knocking about the world since 1999. There are now 3471 articles on this site, so please take your time and feel free to dig into the complete archives
An on the ground description of the recent Right2Water protest in Ireland, describing how serious this issue actually is.
A firsthand account of the events that occurred this New Year’s celebration on the Bund in Shanghai.
There has been much controversy over Sony’s “The Interview,” with Seth Rogen and James Franco, but what do South Korean people really think about the film?
Lawrence Hamilton touches on the aspect of China that seems to keep so many travelers netted for so long. For all the things that China is, one thing that it surely isn’t is boring.
If you had to choose one thing to represent the Philippines there is a good chance it would be the jeepney. I set out to learn more about the tradition and history of this iconic vehicle, and this is what I found.
The rains begin as Kashmir enters its worst flooding in a century. The only thing to eat is rancid cabbage. The mountains begin crumbling and sliding, taking out villages and anything laying in their path. Though a hero emerges with a prize and a message of love. It can only get worse from here.
Each day China grows larger and larger. Land is being reclaimed from the sea along the country’s coastlines at a frantic pace, pushing its boundaries out farther and farther. How big China will eventually get nobody knows. This is a list of 11 places in China that were built on what was once water.
Fifteen years ago the island of Batam was nothing but forests in an obscure part of Indonesia. Now it is a vibrant boomtown with over a million people looking for something better.
Lawrence Hamilton recounts his first look at Pakistan in 2005.
David Fegan tries SLACKLINE for the first time in Rosario, Argentina.
An interview with a protester at the #ParisMarch that was recently held in response to the Charlie Hebdo attack in France.
Why would this shop intentionally invert their sign? Was it lost in translation or was there a clever reason?
Wade makes his way from Hong Kong to Indonesia and muses over the emotions that come with travel.
It is the differences in culture and perception that makes traveling so fascinating.
Ghost Cities of China is can now be pre-ordered through Amazon. This is what I’ve been working on for the past two years.
While a trip to a major tourist attraction is a costly splurge for many tourists sites around the globe, at least in China a tourist is still given a proper ticket.
How a flashlight imprisoned and then aided two carefree adventurer’s escape from Sucre’s Sietes Cascadas.
It may seem an unlikely place to want to spend time when traveling, but hanging around convenience stores like 7-Eleven is one of the best ways to meet people and learn about a culture.
A new cafe with an attention grabbing name just opened in Xiamen. An obtuse marketing ploy or lost in translation?
Whether the country is closing its borders to stop Ebola or being accused of hacking a major film studio, the DPRK can’t seem to stay out of the news. I recently had a digital conversation with Bradley Martin, one of the leading experts on the DPRK, about some of the inner workings of the country and the ethics of taking a tour into North Korea.
The primer to a new series on travel safety, written by long-term travelers.
Flying budget airlines requires a special perspective to enjoy. Don’t get mad — prepare, understand, and laugh at the ridiculousness of it all.
How to get people to pick you up when hithhiking is all about position. This is how to do it.
Why travel the world if you’re not going to talk to anyone? Open up to the world and learn. Here’s how.
Spending hours scouring towns for the cheapest hotel possible is no longer worth it. I have other things to do.