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Vagabond Journey.com Update 2-06-08

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Vagabond Journey.com Update 2-06-08


“There is ZERO reasons to plan your trip clearly, I mean the trip of making a webpage. I am positive you do not travel on a strict path.”
-Andy the Hobo Traveler.com

I feel like a nomad drive a large herd through green pastures and mountainous steppes. Like all pastorialist, I want my flock to grow and to keep growing, no matter how burdensome its size can be. My herd is the Vagabond Journey website. It is my collection of pages, my collection of beasts.

Vagabond Journey.com is now up and running at full speed. I took a few moments to think about the direction that I wanted to take the site in, and realized that I still want it to be as simple and straight forward as possible. I prefer the in your face, no map required format of basic webpages than the ones that look as if they really good but lack an easy navigation scheme. It is my impression that simpler is often times better.

Therefore, there will probably not be any sidebar navigation setups, special text and graphic boxes, or any additional schemes to make Vagabond Journey.com LOOK good. What you see is what you get. There is nothing hidden here. I am designing the site as if I were writing a word document: The pages begin at the top and end at the bottom. Only one thing will be going on on any single page- there is nothing for you to figure out. I am giving everything away up front. Vagabond Journey.com is about content, and content only. I want to have a site that provides travel information, and other things that could be of interest to a traveler who just wants to relax and dream into the internet for a little while.

The index page for Vagabond Journey.com is intended to be just that: an index, a table of contents, and an introduction to my travels and the rest of the site. I intend to make this site huge, I intend for Vagabond Journey to be the dumping ground for all of the information that I pick up while traveling down the Open Road. I sometimes like resting for a little time in a place to study martial arts, so I have a section of the site devoted to martial arts training and gyms around the world; I have often enrolled in universities or other schools (or found tutors) to study foreign language, so Vagabond Journey has a section devoted to language study; I really enjoy the close inter-cultural contact that walking or hitch-hiking provides, so the site has sections for tramping and hitch-hiking. Vagabond Journey also has sections for information on food around the world, travel gear, travel arts and crafts (how to make travel gear), train travel, international tattooing practices, travel photography, and much more. It is my intention to have a section for everything in travel that run into or formulate an interested in.

Vagabond Journey.com also accepts submissions of information and links related to these various topics. So if you have a webpage or something to say about anything that is mention on the site, please submit your link and information to vagabondsong@gmail.com. Please be sure to label your email as “submission” and in the body please tell me what page you would like it to go on.

In the past couple of weeks, I have also deliberated much about how I would handle advertisements on Vagabond Journey.com. Google Adsense would be the easy and simple option, except for the fact that the ads take up a lot of space and you need to have A LOT of traffic to really make much money off of it. My WYSIWYG editor also does not accept Javascript, and I have been banging my head up against the wall trying to figure out how to get around this. There are ways to do this, I know, but in the end I think that I would rather try offering my own private ad spaces, and try to find some takers. I think that nice graphic link with an accompanying and text links on Vagabond Journey.com would look pretty good.

I need $5,000 to $6,000 a year to continuously travel the world. One way to make this money is to sell ad space on my webpages. I have made around $600 since November from advertisers on my webpages. . . all I need is $5,400 more dollars, and I have chased down a dream.

600 down 5400 to go!

For advertisement rates (cheap!) on Vagabond Journey.com please go to

Wade from Vagabond Journey.com
Heredia, Costa Rica
February 6, 2008

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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 3053 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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