La Paz, Mexico: Fully Redeemed

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Last month I wrote about one of the worst nights I’ve spent while out on the road: A drunken, violent bout of body-wrenching food poisoning shared amongst six grown men in a back alley Mexican motel room on the outskirts of La Paz. After such a horrendously messy and miserable event the city was going […]

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January ‘Spotlight On Maui’: The Empty Beaches of Moloka’i

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“Spotlight On Maui” is a monthly series written for VacationRoost, an online accommodation site helping you find your perfect rental. Quick question for all of our readers: What looks better? This:   Or this: That’s what I thought. As most of the U.S. mainland scrapes ice off of their windshield and pulls on another turtle […]

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Vagabond Tales: Weclome to Portland, Strip Club Capital USA

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As I squeeze the last bits of orange garnish into my pint of Blue Moon, a man to my left is having his nostrils plugged by a gyrating set of female genitals. Releasing him from the flesh cave, the attractive blonde stripper – to the immense enjoyment of the sophomoric and semi-erect set of friends […]

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The Importance Of A Good Bed While Traveling

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Over the course of wandering across 60 countries it’s safe to say I’ve slept in my fair share of beds. Some have been exotic (a bed made of salt while in Bolivia), some have been disgusting (a bed covered in blood…also, in Bolivia), and some have been a little awkard (a 17 year old girl’s […]

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Peru Successfully Captures The Spirit Of Travel

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I don’t normally post promotional campaigns on my site, but in the case of this video from Marca Peru I couldn’t resist sharing. Yes, in full disclosure this is sponsored content, but as the video below so brilliantly points out, at the end of the day (or your life), it’s your travel experiences and freedom […]

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A Guide To Hawaii Island Hopping

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Of all the place names across the globe there is something special about the word “Hawaii”. It isn’t just the way it rolls off your tongue, or the 2:1 ratio of vowels to consonants; what makes this six-letter word unique is the way in which simply mouthing the phrase can bring a smile to the […]

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Vagabond Tales: In Search Of Placerville’s Apples And Outlaws

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When it comes to travel there are really only two forces that drive us to the destinations we visit. Either we hear about them from somewhere else, or we stumble upon those we know nothing about. In the case of the Nicaraguan rodeo, that was a stumble. For nearly anywhere else, however, either we have […]

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December ‘Spotlight on Maui’: Ten Facts To Know For Whale Watching in Maui

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“Spotlight On Maui” is a monthly series written for VacationRoost, an online accommodation site helping you find your perfect rental. 1. What kind of whales are in Maui? Although rare species such as false killer whales and pilot whales occasionally make appearances in Maui waters, 99.9% of the time you are going to be watching […]

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Searching For Redemption in La Paz

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It’s no secret to anyone who knows me that of the 60 odd countries I’ve traveled through, the Baja Peninsula will forever be my favorite place on the planet. A desert playground where the Pacific coastline and Sea of Cortez provide dueling opportunities for adventure, legendary experiences in Baja seem to be the rule and […]

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Vagabond Tales: Setting Sail For The Most Remote Place On Earth

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  There is a bit of contention with regards to where exactly the most remote place on Earth actually is. Most lists you encounter will feature the usual suspects such as the island of Tristan da Cunha, the village of Ittoqqortoormiit (Greenland), the Svalbard archipelago (Norway) and McMurdo Station (Antarctica). Just last month we published […]

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Ten Tips For Driving Maui’s Famous ‘Road to Hana’

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Perhaps one of the most beautiful—if not controversial—activities on Maui is driving the world famous road to Hana. Weaving its way for 52 miles, 600 curves, and 56 one-lane bridges, it’s the most loved and loathed stretch of road on the entire island. As someone who has lived on the island of Maui for 23 […]

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Mexico’s Burgeoning Wine Country

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I’m going to go out on a limb and say there isn’t any Baja California wine at your local fine dining establishment. Stepping out further, I’m going to gamble that you may have not even heard of any Baja wines, much less ever tried one. Wine comes from France. Wine comes from Italy. It splashes […]

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November ‘Spotlight on Maui’: The Start of Big Wave Season

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“Spotlight On Maui” is a monthly series written for VacationRoost, an online accommodation site helping you find your perfect rental. For most places in the northern hemisphere November announces the beginning of winter. Sure, some places see snow in October and ski resorts from Tahoe to Colorado are already open for business, but the early […]

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Vagabond Tales: Don’t Take Smelly Things Camping. A Bear Might Eat Your Face.

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Despite what you might think, this has nothing to do with socks, sweaty shirts or anything else that absorbs bodily smells while out on the trail. All those things are fine. This is more in reference to things that have a pleasant odor, such as deodorant, toothpaste or even Gold Bond foot powder. Sure, these […]

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