New Issue of Vagabundo Magazine!!!
Jan28

New Issue of Vagabundo Magazine!!!

This year has been a really powerful one for Editor-in-Chief Brendan van Son.  After a couple serious incidents in Africa on his “epic” scooter trip down Africa, including 2 cases of malaria and a serious crash, Brendan was hit extremely hard by the article in this issue named “Nothing Held Back: Remembering Taylor Booth”.  The article demonstrates courage, power, and such passion that can only be felt by those who have experienced the road.  It shows how many amazing stories can happen when we allow ourselves to be naively open to the world. But it also shows how fragile life can be.  Life can be taken from us at any given moment, regardless of whether we’re travelling or at home in our beds, so it’s incredibly important to live life as hard as you can, every single day. While in Africa, Brendan was quoted as saying, “if I died today, I’d be ok with it.  I’m not depressed, nor am I done with life.  But, I know that I’ve lived my life as hard as I can.  I’ve lived a thousand years within my 20s alone.  I’m happy, and I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished in my life.” At the magazine, we would like to think that’s a sentiment that Taylor Booth held.  We may have lost an amazing person young age, but he touched as many people and lived as many years as a 100-year-old man. That adventure-based love for life is something that all of us at Vagabundo Magazine live out every single day.  We feel so moved by the world around us that we want nothing more than to inspire others to take to the wild sides of the earth as well.  And, essentially, with this magazine that’s what we hope to do: inspire. This January 2014 issue was a labour of love, but it is also an honour.  All of us here at Vagabundo Magazine feel so honoured that you’ve chosen to take in a bit of our lives. So thank you so much for your support through these years! Now, on to the magazine. This issue is great, if I do say so myself.  After all the hard work, I was so proud to flip through the final content.  There are some really amazing pieces.  Moreover, there is a really cool variety of stories.  Though everything is fairly adventure-focused, there really are articles in the there for everyone. The features include: Scuba Diving in the Canadian Rockies Cycling the Pamir Highway in Tajikistan West Papua: A Farewell to an Adopted Nation Beypazari: Off Turkey’s Beaten Path Chicken Feet for Love Wildlife Photography by Willi...

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Win a Lifetime Subscription to Vagabundo Magazine
Jan22

Win a Lifetime Subscription to Vagabundo Magazine

Well, it almost seems like a lifetime ago that we were last building an issue of the magazine.  But this past year has been so crazy, it really does feel like I’ve squeezed a century into 365 days. We’re back.  I think you’ve all noticed that much.  Our magazine blog has been publishing some amazing content of late, and we’re growing so quickly that it’s really fun to see!  We’ve added a couple dozen new writers in the past couple months, a new intern who has been amazing, a German travel blog, a new associate editor, and so much more.  Yeah, we’ve been busy.  But we’ve been doing this all because we love the product we deliver and part of that product used to be the quarterly magazine. Well, it’s back. On January 29th, the new issue of Vagabundo Magazine will be live and in the mail boxes of subscribers.  This issue is one of the more exciting that we’ve had the chance to publish.  There are stories from West Papua, Canada, Tajikistan, and more.  We also have some incredible photography and interview pieces as well.  We’re so stoked about this issue! All that being said, we want to give you the chance to win as well.  We’re doing a raffle for 5 free subscriptions of Vagabundo Magazine. In order to gain entries, you’ll need to complete one or multiple tasks.  The more tasks you complete, the more tickets you get in the raffle. The raffle ends January 27th at midnight, so enter below now!  Best of luck, and thanks for your continued support. a Rafflecopter...

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Defining Adventure
Oct30

Defining Adventure

If I’ve learned one thing as editor of an adventure travel magazine, it’s that everyone has a different idea of what adventure means.  For many, an adventure is a camel ride across Mongolia, or driving a scooter down the length of Africa, as I did this past year.  For others, an adventure is something much softer to those of us who live on the edge.  In many cases, those of us who straddle to wildest horses the world provides us, we have a sense of adventure-snob when it comes to other travellers.  But at the end of the day, adventure is relative.  True adventure has little to do with how close you come to death, but how far you come from your comfort zone. The truth is, those of us who live hard adventures also have our comfort zones.  And for many of us, our comfort zones are off the beaten path, alone, eating foods we’ve never tried before, and fumbling around with languages we’ve never heard before.  As I’m working my way through the major cities in Europe, I’m realizing that this is perhaps more of an adventure for me than was the time I visited Antarctica, stayed with a local family in Bolivia, or wheeled through the jungles of the Congo on a $700 scooter.  I’m out of my comfort zone here, and I’ve come to the realization that I’ve often shrugged off this feeling as “not being where I want to be”. The reason I travel, and the reason I think most people travel, is to become a better person, a wiser person, a smarter person, a open-minded person.  I travel so I can learn how to adapt to the world around me, and adjust to any situation.  However, whenever I’m in places that make me feel uncomfortable, place that are crowded, loud, and full of tourists, I just escape rather than finding a way to adjust and adapt. You see, adventure has nothing to do with where you are, but how you manage that location.  You can look out at a rainy day in Amsterdam and decide to sit in your room and pout about it, or you can plop on some rubber boots and go jump in some puddles.  You can look at a “boring” European city and frown, or you can make that city your own and make it an interesting place for you.  The world may look like it’s made of stone and concrete, but in reality it is play-doh and you decide how to manipulate it, look at it, and play with it. I’ve been terrible in Europe.  I’ve let myself...

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Seeking Adventurers
Aug04

Seeking Adventurers

For those who have been following along closely with Vagabundo Magazine over the past couple month you’ll know that we’ve been going through some soul searching.   We’ve been trying to figure out what makes us tick, what excites us, and, most of all, what you guys love reading.  It’s been a process.  We’ve talked to many of you, we’ve discussed among ourselves, and we’ve come to some conclusions. I think the biggest conclusion we came to is that people like adventure, and not just “I went backpacking to Thailand”-type adventure, but serious crazy, out of this world, bordering on stupid, adventure. Some of you followed along with my crazy scooter trip down Africa, and the feedback I got from people was absolutely amazing.  The amount of interaction through the process was unreal, and really inspiring.  It taught me that even though many people wouldn’t dream of undertaking such a journey, that a lot of people like watching others attempt it.  It also taught me that it can inspire others to push themselves too.  I’ve gotten loads of emails from people now thinking about attempting the same type of journey. Thus, I’ve decided that Vagabundo Magazine will now be dedicated to that extreme-type of adventure. Over the next little while, we’re going to be re-building the magazine and everything that comes along with it.  Thus, this is a part of that process.  Finding people interested in adventure travel. We want you! We’re currently looking for three types of people to be a part of our team: 1) Adventurers Are you cycling around the world? On an epic motorcycle journey? Or on some other sort of epic travel adventure?  We want to hear from you.  We have potential blog spaces open as well as potential magazine features. 2) Writers You don’t have to be on a great adventure to hang out with us.  You can also be a features writer.  If you’re interested in research, interview and travel journalism, we’d be interested in your services.  As is always the case, if you have limited experience in this field, we’re glad to help you along under the heading of “internship”. or 3) Tippers No, we’re not asking for money.  We’re asking for tips.  If you know someone who is doing something crazy and might make a good interview or feature, we want to know about it.  Send us a message! More Information If you want more information or to throw your name in the hat, we encourage you to shoot us an email at editor(at)vagabundomagazine(dot)com Please use the subject heading “adventurer” We look forward to hearing from...

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Announcing: How to Be a Travel Writer and a Photo Workshop
Jul21

Announcing: How to Be a Travel Writer and a Photo Workshop

It’s been a while since we’ve been in touch, hasn’t it?  Well, the truth is we’ve been busy.  We’ve been incredibly busy.  Over the past couple of months we’ve been planning out where to take Vagabundo Magazine.  We’ve been planning our re-brand, and we’ve been planning this: How to Be a Travel Writer. You see, we started Vagabundo Magazine as a way to get young travel journalists up-to-speed in the industry.  We wanted to provide a home for those looking to get started in the world of travel journalism.  Unfortunately, we grew too fast and quite often found ourselves struggling to provide the training we hoped to.  Thus, we’ve decided to take things a step further. How to Be a Travel Writer is essentially a program set up to help travel journalists find their feet in the industry, or help more veteran journalists hone their craft.  Over the next couple of months, we’ll be announcing the various seminars and workshops we’ll be offering around the world.  These seminars will range from a couple days to a couple weeks.  They will also range from being very specific in their niche to being pretty broadly based. Today, I’m happy to announce the first of such workshops: The Ireland Travel Photography Workshop. The Dublin Photography Workshop is essentially a 5-day travel photography workshop for travel journalists.  This particular workshop will cater pretty strongly to the travel blogging sector of journalism since it follows TBEX Dublin Directly. Anyways, we’d love for you to join us.  And if you’re interested in more information about the project, check out this...

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What’s Going on with Vagabundo?
Apr04

What’s Going on with Vagabundo?

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve received about a dozen emails from various people asking the same question: “what’s going on with Vagabundo Magazine?”  Well, the simple answer is “Africa happened.” As many of you know, I’m in the process of attempting to drive a scooter down the western length of the continent from Mali to South Africa.  And while finding spare time hasn’t really been an issue, finding an internet connection has been.  Wifi just isn’t a commonality around these parts, and the only other option for the most part has been to buy wifi USB sticks which charge by the megabyte.  In creating a magazine, the amount of file sharing via various people is so substantial that it would cost me a small fortune to produce a single magazine. The second problem is less of an issue than it is a challenge.  You see, the magazine grew much faster than I ever imagined it would.  And perhaps I wasn’t ready for my little baby to turn into a full grown teenager that I’d have to spend hours delegating assignments to.  Touring around Africa while producing the product has made it nearly impossible to do all that is necessary. Thus, the simple solution has been to put things on hold.  We’re not only hold for a year or even six months.  We are just on hold until I can get through the Congolese jungles and into countries like Namibia and South Africa where I will have more time online. I’ve also come to the conclusion that the magazine needs a home.  All of us who contribute to this magazine are nomadic, and well it makes for some brilliant content, it makes it very difficult for anyone to delegate and organize.  In the fall of this year I will be searching for a home for the magazine, somewhere that I can base myself while undertaking shorter adventures of my own, and where contributors can come and share ideas or just rest their weary travel legs. Finally, I’ve realized some flaws in our process.  From the delivery of our magazine itself to the process in which we operate the blog, there will be a number of changes that we are going to be working on from now until the re-launch.  I’m positive that the product that results is going to be well worth the wait. The next issue of this magazine was slated to go live at the start of this month.  For the time being, it has been delayed until the start of July.  I hope you all understand the situation and can wait until that next issue...

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