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Intrepid Adventure Reporter

A new book about the Silk Road.

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ASTORIA, New York- A nice surprise was waiting for me when I returned back to NYC after a little US tour where I filmed for a doc series in Kansas and Texas and gave a talk at the University of Michigan: a book by a guy who I helped out a little on his Silk Road travels.

His name is Daniel Markey, a professor at Johns Hopkins University, and his book is called China’s Western Horizon. It’s a good book about China’s activities in Central Asia — good quarantine reading.

I got a pretty cool nod in it. On page 86:

Intrepid adventure reporter? Yeah, I guess that just about says it all.

I once thought — even well into my twenties — that all journalists were traveling the world, deeply embedded in their topics of focus. It took me a long while before I realized that wasn’t the case, and that was when everything opened up for me. I saw a niche that needed filled and felt that I could fill it. In many respects, I did that.  The more media companies are strapped for cash, the lower ad revenues fall, and the more foreign bureaus they can, the more the demand for people like me — “intrepid adventure reporters” who can be anywhere at anytime.


Filed under: Books, In Other Media, New Silk Road

About the Author:

I am the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. I’ve been traveling the world since 1999, through 90 countries. I am the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China and have written for The Guardian, Forbes, Bloomberg, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3691 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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  • Rob April 2, 2020, 4:58 pm

    You need to put the “intrepid adventure reporter” title on your business cards (if you have business cards)! It sounds good!!

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    • Wade Shepard April 3, 2020, 10:15 pm

      Haha, yes, that would be good. I may actually do it. At least it will make it stand out!

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