Travelling China by bus: useful tips

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Picture credit: Flickr/Helga’s Lobster Stew

China. A place that changes so much and so fast, one can never know how it’s going to look next.

However, there are always a few rules of thumb for first time travelers to the Middle Kingdom, especially for those who cannot speak any Mandarin Chinese. I am going … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (5)  | June 27, 2013
Category: Asia, On The Road

Even the most culturally saturated place retains a sense of wildness

“Even the most culturally saturated place retains a factor of wildness, that is, of the radically amorphous and unaccounted for, something that is not so much immune to culture as alien to it in its very midst, disparate from it from within. We sense this wildness explicitly in moments of absurdity — and of “surdity,” sheer “thisness.” But it is immanent in every perceptual experience and thus in every bodily insertion into the perceived places … Read more »

Posted by | Comments Off on Even the most culturally saturated place retains a sense of wildness  | June 24, 2013
Category: Travel Quote of the Day

Vagabonding Field Report: Finding space in Korea, population 49 million

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Cost/day: $20

What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen lately?

On my short getaway to Namhae Island, my friends and I noticed globs of a bright orange, paintlike substance floating near the pier. Opting out of a swim, we came back later to find a beautiful, eerie phenomenon: the orange was now sparkling electric blue.

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Posted by | Comments (1)  | June 18, 2013
Category: Vagabonding Field Reports

On serendipity

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Serendipity is a funny thing. The mind-blowing intersections of fate and intention that lead a person down paths heretofore unconsidered is, without question, my favourite aspect of travel.  

We sat, last evening, in the formal dining room of Sir James Wallace, a Knight of the Realm, so honored for his philanthropy. How did we come to be … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (2)  | June 18, 2013
Category: Hospitality, Oceania, On The Road

Wicked World releases its first digital issue

In the past few months, I have complained several times about the current status of travel writing and how it does not satisfy my needs. In this sense, it would have been too easy to just sit there and complain without actually doing something about it. And that’s exactly what I did by joining forces with British travel writer Read more »

Posted by | Comments (1)  | June 13, 2013
Category: Adventure Travel, Africa, Asia, Destinations, North America, Travel Writing

3 Tips for hitchhikers… from the girl who picks you up

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I don’t hitchhike too much, I have four kids and a husband, which is a prohibitive number of people for a convenient pick up. I do, however, pick up hitchhikers just about every chance I get. To me, it’s a great trade, a chance to increase my per-capita gas mileage and the entertainment is for free! Sure, it takes a certain amount of faith in … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (2)  | June 11, 2013
Category: Backpacking, Vagabonding Styles

What to do when you get sick on the road

Getting stuck in a hospital in Argentina with pneumonia wasn't where I wanted to be, but I wouldn't have wanted to be a hospital in the USA either.

Getting sick while traveling is probably one of the most common fears travelers have – and for good reason.  Not only does getting sick disrupt your daily itinerary, but finding a doctor … Read more »

Posted by | Comments Off on What to do when you get sick on the road  | June 10, 2013
Category: Travel Health