Vagablogging Alumni

joelJoel Carillet, a Tennessee-based writer and photographer, has traveled to more than sixty countries. His work has appeared in publications such as the Christian Science Monitor, World Hum, and The Best Travel Writing 2008, and he is the author of 30 Reasons to Travel: Photographs and Reflections from Southeast Asia. You can find his stock images at, and more about him at

Chris CarruthChris Carruth is a vagabonding, camera-toting, moleskine carrying, freelance photographer and writer who moonlights as a sinner while consulting as a saint.  He splits time between the open road and Boulder, Colorado where he is completing graduate studies in International Development.  He enjoys both Pico Iyer and Paul Theroux, though never at the same time.   He’s on a long-term quest to run a marathon in each state in the Union as well as one on each continent (and celebrates his conquests through beer, chocolate, and ¼lb cheeseburgers).  In addition to English, Chris speaks Spanish and Korean, although the latter two quite poorly even though it’s not for a lack of trying.  He firmly believes that Zappa was right when he quipped, “You can’t be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline,” and is enthusiastically exploring the merits of this theory.  Chris is a lifelong ambassador for travel as he views it as an ideal vehicle to reach what Maslow called “self-actualization”.  You can view his images and words online at or, should you wish, may contact him directly at cmc at chriscarruth dot com.

Angela FornelliAngela Fornelli is new to the world of long-term travel, leaving for her first trip in February at age 29, after having dreamt about it since fifth grade. A writer, editor and PR professional from Chicago, Angela is leaving behind a great job and an established home base to explore her wanderlust in Latin America – beginning with a volunteering experience in Guatemala. She can be reached at angelafornelli (at) gmail (dot) com.

scottScott Gilbertson is the managing editor of Vagablogging. Thanks to traveling parents, he started traveling before he was born and has continued ever since. More of his writing can be found at

claireClaire Litton fell in love with traveling when she was a baby and hasn’t looked back. As a writer she’s had poetry, fiction, and non-fiction articles in magazines across North America. As a vagabonder she lived out of her car for a year, crisscrossing the US and Canada, teaching belly-dancing classes. Her list of new places to go gets longer with every place she visits. Currently, she lives in Perth, Australia, where she is studying a Postgraduate Diploma in Sexology at Curtin University.

Sarah MuirBorn in Portland Oregon, raised in Portland Maine, and now vagabonding through Southeast Asia, Sarah Muir is hooked on travel. She graduated from Trinity College and worked in search engine marketing in New York City before taking to the road in September 2011. Favorite places in the world include Plaza Dorrego in Buenos Aires, Bangkok’s Soi 11 and Manhattan’s Alphabet City. She doesn’t plan too far ahead, but with one hour massages under 10 dollars and incredible Thai street food on every block, she may stay in this area of the world for longer than expected!

jillJill K. Robinson divides her time between writing about travel, running a kayak business and trying to wring awe-inspiring adventure out of every day. A 15-year veteran of the online media world, she has worked at TravelMuse, Yahoo, Excite, CNET, and HotWired as a managing editor, product manager and business manager. Her articles and blog posts have been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, TravelMuse, Tonic, Yahoo and UpTake. Jill’s favorite trips include tequila tasting in Mexico, hiking Peru’s Amazon jungle, kayaking in the Caribbean, and absolutely everything in New Orleans. She lives with her husband and chocolate Labrador in a small California beach town near the big wave surf spot, Mavericks.

Lindsey RueAn audacious map fanatic, Lindsey Rue gained her love for the open road through the windshield of a ’87 Winnebago motorhome. She is usually surrounded by animals and off the grid, and has worked as an adventure guide in Alaska, Montana, Costa Rica, and North Carolina. Along with her critters — two horses and three dogs — they’ve explored the back roads and woods of America, dipping toes, paws and hooves into the life blood of the earth. Between extracting porcupine quills from her curious dog’s nose and practicing Mongolian horse archery, she enjoys seeking out used bookstores to gather literary treasures. If she’s lingered in one place too long, Lindsey starts re-arranging furniture and gets an itch for wide open spaces, and off she goes again. To find out more about her adventures visit ( and you can contact her wandering spirit at: gypsytraveller3 [at]

Nancy Sathre-VogelNancy Sathre-Vogel is just a mom who took a little bike ride. On the longest road in the world. Together with her family, she spent three years cycling from Alaska to Argentina and another year pedaling around the USA and Mexico. Her wanderlust has led to 28 years of travel of all kinds — from backpacking to biking, volunteering and living the expat life. Now, she’s happiest helping enable others to get out and live their dream. Her family’s website is

Marcus SortijasMarcus Sortijas grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, which gave him an early immersion in all things Asia. He followed his muse to California and got a degree in English Creative Writing. A semester studying abroad in England planted the vagabonding bug, which worsened after backpacking around Europe. Upon graduation, Marcus got a job in Shanghai to witness China’s boom first-hand. He later explored different kinds of chaos traveling through Southeast Asia. Marcus lived for several years in Taipei, Taiwan, where he worked as a writer and editor. You can find Marcus’ travel tips, stories, and photos on his blog: Marcus Goes Global. He can be e-mailed at: contact |at|

brettBrett Stuckel has been freelance writing, working, and traveling since graduating from Colgate University in 2004, moving on average once a season. Favorite stops along the way include delivering pizzas in upstate New York, trekking Nepal’s Annapurna Circuit, and experiencing Spain’s Camino de Santiago as both a pilgrim and an innkeeper. You can read more on his blog, State of Place, follow @stateofplace, or get in touch by writing to stateofplace |at| gmail.

Anna WexlerAnna Wexler is a writer, documentary filmmaker, and adventure traveler whose trip ideas are a continual source of concern for her friends and family. She has yet to top the solo bicycle ride across Mexico, but volcano boarding in Nicaragua, motorcycling through northern Vietnam, and seal hunting in Greenland all came pretty close. When Wexler isn’t on the road, she writes about science and travel from her sea view desk in Tel Aviv. Her work has appeared in a number of print and online publications; most recently, her story about becoming President of the Jury at the World Testicle Cooking Championship was published in Best Women’s Travel Writing 2011. Read more about Anna’s writing and film work on her website:

colleenFrom a career as a professional dancer, to a lifestyle as a professional wanderer, Colleen Wilde‘s love for movement has guided her her entire life. Originally from Pittsburgh, she splits her time between the States and France, and is soon off to travel Asia for a year. Possessed of myriad somewhat eccentric interests, she is dedicated to living a healthy and enlightened existence. Her website is and she can be reached by email at: colleen |at|

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