Vagabonding Field Report: The Morocco most people won’t see

Welcome to Guelmim, Morocco, the gateway to the Sahara!

Market in Guelmim

Cost/day: ~$24

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

Camel meat is a common ingredient in the southern area of Morocco. There are 3 types of camel, and each color has its own function. White camels are special as they can smell water from … Read more »

Posted by | Comments Off on Vagabonding Field Report: The Morocco most people won’t see  | March 19, 2014
Category: Africa, Vagabonding Field Reports

Vagabonding: An invitation to a book club

I first read Vagabonding in 2006, when we were in the throes of planning what we expected to be a one year trip. I was devouring everything I could find for inspiration, looking for the tools I needed as we grappled with breaking free from a very “normal” American life and plunging into the unknown, with four kids in tow. I’d read books specific to every … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (1)  | March 18, 2014
Category: Travel Writing

Exploring Phuket: The heart of the dragon

Phuket 2

Perhaps the evenings are what captivate me the most, when the heart of the island basks in the falling light. People hurry home from work on their motorbikes, picking up food from the market on their way. No tourists can be seen, save by the hostels and Western style bars, but they are few surrounding the … Read more »

Posted by | Comments Off on Exploring Phuket: The heart of the dragon  | March 16, 2014
Category: Asia

Vagabonding Case Study: Jack Cooke

imageJack Cooke

Age: 27

Hometown: Bristol, UK

Favourite Quote: “Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.” (Bit Cliche but it resonates with me)

How did you find out about Vagabonding, and how did you find it useful before and during the trip?
Vagabonding I knew as a term more than the website until I spoke to Jennifer … Read more »

Posted by | Comments Off on Vagabonding Case Study: Jack Cooke  | March 14, 2014
Category: Vagabonding Case Studies

Vagablogging Field Report: Extreme bungee adventure in Guatemala


Cost: $22/adults $12.50/kids

What’s the coolest thing you’ve done lately?

Extreme Bungee!! Get strapped into a harness and shot into the air with up to 4G forces pressing against your body… basically you’re a human catapult. That’s extreme bungee.

Describe the experience:

We are picked up by Lionel who owns … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (1)  | March 12, 2014
Category: Central America, Family Travel, Vagabonding Field Reports

5 Apps to aid your travels

Paper Map

I have to admit that I am not a techno-junkie. I resist the pull of technology assiduously, but even I am forced to admit that there are some really fantastic new “toys” out there that make travel easier and provide possibilities for the independent traveler that didn’t exist in the era of paper maps.

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Posted by | Comments (1)  | March 11, 2014
Category: Travel Tech

Gideon Lewis-Kraus on the idea of pilgrimage as pretext

“Part of what interested me so much about pilgrimage as a concept—what made me think it might work as a structure to hang a bunch of other stuff (questions of restlessness and purpose and forgiveness) on—was that, the more I read and talked and thought about it, the more capacious the idea seemed: Pretty much anything can be described as a pilgrimage. People talk about pilgrimages to Graceland or Cooperstown, or to see Saturn Devouring … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (1)  | March 10, 2014
Category: Travel Quote of the Day

Is it still ok for Americans to travel overseas?

Vagabonding, Italy

Some questions just never get old. 

This question came in almost eleven years ago from a reader. Rolf’s answer is as applicable today as it was over a decade ago. Do you wonder if it’s still safe to travel?

I got an interesting question from a woman in Texas. The gist of it was this: With all the news of war and anti-Americanism abroad, … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (1)  | March 8, 2014
Category: Vagabonding Advice