Adventures with Komodo Dragons in the Wild

Adventures with Komodo Dragons in the Wild

As the first episode of my brand new Adventures From the Field series, I decided to share my experience of meeting Komodo dragons in the wild on Rinca Island in Flores, Indonesia, way back in 2009. I made my own way there and hired a guide for a very memorable...
Thoughts on Choosing a Travel Journal

Thoughts on Choosing a Travel Journal

I picked up this beauty today to be my travel journal for 2020. Paperblanks journals are always my first choice [they didn’t pay me to say that], and I am very particular. The selection process for my annual travel journal has become a ritual, and I love it....
3 Good-Cause Gift Ideas for World Travelers

3 Good-Cause Gift Ideas for World Travelers

Forget the myth that travelers are hard to buy for. Yes, it’s true: we don’t prefer things with mass, especially items that have to be stored, moved, or later taken to Goodwill in a stealthy manner. But that doesn’t mean that we are hard to please....
How Much Does Travel Cost?

How Much Does Travel Cost?

The #1 question I receive from readers is still: How much does vagabonding travel cost? Understandable. We’re taught from the early years that not having enough money is the barrier to entry for many good things. Actually, the holdup is rarely ever actually...
Money Isn’t Stopping You

Money Isn’t Stopping You

Even after 11 years of vagabonding travel, I still get accused of all kinds of oddities by people who just can’t fathom how it is possible to travel for so long term. They say there must be a catch. Often Americans, their reference points are trips to Florida and...
No Place for Death to Enter

No Place for Death to Enter

He who knows how to live need not fear death. He can walk without fear of rhino or tiger. He will not be wounded in battle. In him the rhino can find no place to thrust his horn, the tiger no place to use his claws, and weapons no place to pierce. Because a man who...