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  • The Au Pair Diaries pt 1

    Like most people, I want to experience all the wonders the world has to offer. On the cusp of graduating college I was ready to break free and go. Just go. So, tapping into my six years of experience as a babysitter/nanny, I decided to become an au pair.

  • On The Streets Of Chile

    Driving in Chile? Now that’s adventure travel.

  • Ecuador Abandons Deal For Preserving World’s Most Biodiverse Rainforest

    The future of Yasuni National Park has been decided: oil will be extracted.

  • The Buy Off of Yasuni National Park has Begun

    Vagabondjourney.com reported in August of 2010 that an international community of doners have agreed to pay Ecuador 3.6 billion dollars to not extract oil from the Yasuni Biosphere preserve that lies within their borders. This was at once a ground breaking initiative as well as a controversial one: some environmentalists think that this could be a new [...]

  • Colombia Tourism Bubble About to Burst

    “These people are sick of tourists already,” my wife spoke about Colombia. I had to agree with her. All too often people are afraid to speak out against the opinion of the group they’re surrounded by. Nobody wants to be a buzzkill. “Colombia is great, Colombia is great,” is the most commonly opinion from travelers [...]

  • New Family Travel Strategy

    In Colombia, I didn’t have the space to set myself up for making my travels, for really digging into a place, a culture. I did not set up any interviews, only went out into the streets with a particular mission but a few times. My bags were always packed in this country

  • Colombia Travel Expectations, Expect Only to Make Your Own Travels

    While it was not my intent, if someone were to read through the Colombia articles on vagabondjourney.com they may conclude that I did not really have a good time in this country. I write what I feel in the moment, and this is subject to change as each hour, day, or week passes. I enjoyed [...]

  • Mongui, Colombia Photos

    Mongui is a small village in the Boyaca region of Colombia. Nestled in the mountains, it is a colonial village with a Cathedral on the main square. Mongui has features excellent hiking in the mountains surrounding the town and a high level desert or paramo, not very far away. There are also several small scale [...]

  • Colombia Photos

    Bogota Cartagena Guane Juan Curi Waterfalls Mongui Palomino San Gil Villa de Leyva

  • San Gil Colombia Photos

    San Gil is a relatively small town in the Santander region of Colombia. It has become famous on the tourist map for the adventure sports it offers through a large amount of agencies and hostels. Many people go to San Gil to go rafting, abseiling, paragliding or bungee jumping. Though at first it doesn’t look [...]