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 Dolder
- Industry Spotlight with Filmmaker Pablo Durana
- and Loads of Brilliant travel photography.
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