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Rites of Travel Website Construction

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Rites of Travel Website Construction

I looked over Vagabond Journey.com this morning and realized that I am almost happy with it. It looks alright, I think that it could be informative and useful, and I still enjoy doing it. I am satisfied, though I cringe to think of how many man hours it took to get here, how many blunders I have made, and how much more work I need to do to repair my blunders. But the site is taking shape and it is growing and changing as I do. It, in many ways, is beginning to represent some odd sort of rite of passage:

I started in on something that I knew nothing about, played around and frustrated myself for a couple of years, and now I am beginning to see some progress. I know that the wall has not fallen, but I am beginning to see a few pieces of lime and mortar crumbling off the surface.
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Wade from Vagabond Journey.com
in Bangor, Maine, USA- November 30, 2008
Travelogue Travel Photos
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Now I am going to dive into the other sections of the site outside of the travelogue, the travel photos, the articles, and the tips, and try to bring everything up to standard before I leave the USA again in January. Today I put the Vagabond Field Notes Travel Guide on to Vagabond Journey, and tomorrow I may add a little finish to it. In December, I expect that I will work on the Travel Information Directory and the Travel and Country Information sections. Once this is wrapped up, I think that I will have finally put this site together- I think that I would have constructed a decent base to work from.

Every year I try to visit my family in Upstate New York, relax, and refurbish Vagabond Journey.com. I hang out with my family, and just tinker away at the structure of the site whenever I get a chance, making it a little better. This is becoming almost a ritual, and it is one that I am looking forward to.

But this is a project that I know that I will never finish. As soon as I update everything I know that I am going to want to change it all again. Perhaps this is one of the joys of constructing a website: every bit of work that I do is impermanent.

I like the thought of this.

Half-way up a mountain, chipping away at the wall.

Rites of passage . . .

Knowing that I still know little, but more than what I did yesterday.

Related Pages:
Guatemala- Under the Wing of the Hobo Traveler
Costa Rica- Vagabond Journey.com Update 2-06-08
USA- Vagabond Journey.com On Hold
Portugal- The Trauma of Building a Website

Links to previous travelogue entries:

  • Jet Blue Good Airline
  • Can Cultures be Wrong Debate
  • Thanksgiving in Maine


Rites of Travel Website Construction

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About the Author:

Wade Shepard is the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. He has been traveling the world since 1999, through 76 countries. He is the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China, and contributes to Forbes, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3048 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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