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  • Bicycling in China’s Jiangsu Province

    A bicycle journey through Jiangsu province: broken pedals, factories, camping on the sly, traffic jams, right-wing Chinese, and more.

  • Trekking to Morocco’s Highest Peak

    A journey up Morocco’s highest peak, Toubkal mountain.

  • Lake Sailimu: A Travel Tale of Kazakh Nomads and Majestic Scenery in the Remote West of Xinjiang

    A journey to the far west of China.

  • A City Claimed by the Sea: Surviving the Great East Japan Earthquake

    On March 11, 2011 Japan trembled from the force of a 9.0 magnitude earthquake. Fifty-foot tsunamis rocked the northeastern coasts and demolished everything in their path. Homes and automobiles were thrown about like toys, gas lines ruptured, forests and debris burst into flames, and nuclear power plants were pushed to the brink of meltdown.

    What follows is the story of those harrowing days of crisis, told by Steven Mendoza, an English teacher from the United States, who lived through the worst natural disaster in Japan’s history, in a city that was claimed by the sea…

  • Walk to the Yangzi (Yangtze) River

    TAIZHOU, China- I began walking south on Hailing Bei Lu with the intention that I would not stop until I’d reached the banks of the Yangzi (Yangtze) River. I estimated the hike as being between 25 to 30 kilometers, and had a day pack on my back filled with some essentials, as I knew that I would [...]

  • A Realistic Look at the Dangers of Traveling in Mexico

    On February 8th the US Department of State intensified its travel warning for Mexico to include 14 of the country’s 31 states. This is up from the April 2011 warning that only advised against traveling in two states and parts of eight others. This recent communique from the state department slaps advisories all over the [...]

  • Mekong Boating Adventure Interview with Sam Bove | Vagabond TV Episode 1

    Adventure is not dead, and Sam Bove is my living proof. It is rare that I meet another traveler who not only dreams up fantastic journeys, but actually does them. In the vein of Richard Halliburton, Bove seems to seek an understanding of the world through direct and close experience, and he is not hesitant to use unconventional means in this pursuit. Though only 21, he has already undertaken multiple adventures through the world, having ridden a bicycle from Oregon to Central America and back up to Florida, walked across Italy, sailed yachts through the Caribbean, built a boat by hand and sailed it down the Mekong River, and is currently planning to buy a horse and ride into the mountains of Chiapas.
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  • Marco Polo Didn’t Go There by Rolf Potts

    “Modern travel is the hunt for the random mundane,” Rolf Potts wrote in Marco Polo Didn’t Go There, and, although this may seem at first to be a real buzz kill of a statement, approaching the world from this angle has the potential to increase its radiance exponentially.

  • Adventures? Hey wait a minute…!

    While out muddling about today, someone asked me about leaving town. We talked a bit and I explained a little about my plans to travel around the world. When we parted she said, “I hope you enjoy your adventures.” Later, as I was thinking about it, the true meaning of her words dawned on me. [...]

  • Bicycle Traveler Jason Mcanuff in Colombia

    SAN GIL, Colombia- I watched a bicycler ride through Zipolite, Mexico with a sweet set up — a nice touring bike, store bought panniers, a pro style “third wheel” trailer, topped off with a nice big wicker sun hat upon his head. I chatted with him later on in a restaurant. His name was Jason Mcanuff, [...]