A Day in The Life of a Vagabond: Siem Reap

A Day is a series of posts about random, nonspecific but typical days in the life of my vagabonding lifestyle. – view all days *SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA -LOCATION 8:35 AM “Splash!” This sudden sound wakes me from slumber. I get up and see Trebor, a German backpacker in deep sleep on his still perfectly made bed and Doc, an Australian backpacker passed out on the cold stone floor of our hotel room. 8:37 AM The 3 of us checked into ‘Temple Inn’ late last night as soon as we…

Explore the Grey Bruce Superloop by Motorcycle

Ontario is filled with great motorcycle routes. We’re blessed with an abundance of wide open spaces, pristine scenery, and excellent roads. I know a  lot of Canadians complain about our motorways, but believe me, we’ve been around the world and we’ve got it good compared to most countries. Winters are hard on pavement, but our construction teams are out there early filling in pot holes and working hard to make the highways safe and sound. If there is one place to ride a motorcycle in this world, it is in Ontario…

Wildlife checklist: The Galapagos Tortoise

If you’re planning a trip to the Galapagos, you’re almost certainly a nature lover and you’re also probably interested in Charles Darwin and the theory of evolution. If this is the case you’ll definitely want a bit of background on the animals you’ll encounter on your once-in-a-lifetime Galapagos adventure…and where better to start than the iconic Galapagos Tortoise. Not only are the islands named after them (the old Spanish word galápago referred either to their saddle-…

Antarctic Ice Sculptures: Mother Nature’s Awe Inspiring Artwork

The Antarctic Peninsula is home to some of the most spectacular natural artwork on the planet. Here, you’ll find ninety-three percent of the world’s mass of icebergs, an ever-changing icescape of “growlers” to bergy bits and even ice islands.  Growlers are the smallest icebergs, less than 6.6 feet across, with less than 3.3 of their mass showing above water. Bergy bits – that’s…

Should you pack a bikini for Antarctica?

Deception Island, Antarctica If you’re heading to Antarctica and you’re the kind of intrepid traveller who enjoys entertaining friends and family with amazing travel tales, then you might actually consider packing swimwear along with your thermal underwear. Unbeknownst to all but the savviest of travellers — and maybe a few volcanologists — there are very warm waters to be found in Antarctica, but you have to know where to look. In the South Shetland archipelago just off the Antarctic Peninsula sits what is arguably the most…

The Human Element is What Makes Travel Remarkable

We travel the world to see the beautiful and taste the exotic but it’s the people we meet along the way that makes it remarkable. To experience the full potential of explorative travel, one must understand a culture, therefore the people. JOHN V CAIN FOUNDER OF VINJABOND From the onset of my wanderlust, the only thing I could think of was all the natural and man-made wonders I wanted to see but gave no thought to the people who live in those natures and created those structures. The world is full of people, not just things and…

Christmas Parties in Brighton

Do you want to enjoy memorable Christmas parties? Well! In that case, you may have to visit Brighton, the city where fun never ends. Brighton is the city that offers unlimited fun, entertainment and pleasure to everyone who comes here seeking a great time. This vibrant city has a great nightlife that encourages everyone to party till they get tired. Dancing on the beats of music sipping favorite drink amuse everyone who come here to enjoy the please of life in the city.The winter …

Trip Report: weekend warrioring at the needles, CA

I love cragging in the Socal canyons in the summertime.  Clipping bolts and dripping sweat is great, but sometimes a guy just needs a break.  Thus was the case after weeks spent in Malibu Creek State Park climbing, teaching and battling chronic sunburn and dehydration.  After hearing about a remote outcropping of granite spires covered in yellow lichen tucked away in the southwestern Sierra, I hatched a plan to check it out myself. There is no guidebook available for The Needles.  I assembled a mish-mash of printed topos and directions from all over the web – mostly…

Mt. McKinley: Okita & Team Reach 14,200’ Camp

We eventually made it to camp at 14,200′ where the sun was out and it was warm and pleasant.

A Crash Course Itinerary for Seeing London in 48 Hours

London is a huge city with many attractions to see and many plenty to explore, but sometimes you can only swing a short trip or a few hours to kill during a long layover. With a tight itinerary in mind, here is a plan for eating the best and seeing the most of London…

The Incredible Zodiac: Key to Authentic Expeditions

Consider an expedition cruise without the Zodiac. In Antarctica, for example, exploration ashore would be impossible. “Without them [the Zodiacs], we could only do a scenic cruise and go back to Ushuaia [in South America] without ever landing,” said Expedition Team Leader Kara Weller during a recent voyage in Antarctica on Silver Explorer. Silver Explorer often deploys its Zodiac crafts to ferry guests ashore and to take them on scenic cruises through ice-strewn channels, past towering icebergs and along the rugged faces…

Mt. McKinley: Van Deventer & Team and 14K Camp Life

As the weather continues to stall groups here at 14 camp, more and more groups have arrived to join the community.

ASK: What’s it Like Traveling The World Full-Time?

ASK is a series of posts answering questions asked by readers about vagabonding. Contact me to ask your own or view all ASK posts. QUESTION: I’m about to embark on a 1 year around the world backpacking trip and was trying to think of a a good question to ask you. But all I could think of was: What’s it like traveling the world full time in your perspective? Andrew R. New York, United States …

Should you quit your job and travel the world?

We all know someone, or at least know of someone, who has decided to quit the rat race and go travelling. What comes to mind when you think about their decision? Many people express admiration and wish that they’d have the nerve to do the same, but there are always plenty of good reasons why they don’t follow suit and hand their own notice in and book a round the world flight.Should you quit your job and travel the world?Of course, many of us have responsibilities that we …