the story

Vagabonding is a round-the- world travelogue created by Mike P, an optimist from Chicago. Mike traveled on his own through Asia and East Africa and updated this site from the road.

The trip is over, but the site remains. All the travelogue, video, and photo entries are in their archives.

View a map of Mike's route.


While I was traveling I encouraged site visitors to support me with small donations, and I sent them a little something in return:

  • $5 sponsors received postcards
  • $25 sponsors received small, far-flung gifts such as sarongs, jewelry, hand-embroidered cashmere shawls, kitschy t-shirts, and Tingatinga paintings
  • $50+ sponsors got gifts they'd actually want; I even took requests

Additionally, sponsors had their name immortalized on this page.

In total, site visitors donated over $1,300. Thanks very much, folks!

Product & Service Sponsors

Leatherman Tool Group

divine, inc.

This is True

Wobblyhead Records



Long Haul Sponsors ( $50+)

american bacon recordings

Patti Hawkins & Janet Mercer


Bob & Pam Bauer

Gregory Harms

Frank O'Leary

Heather Champ

Kurt Hopkins & Family

Ben & Mena Trott

Carolyn Erickson

Michael Gillich

Steven Ericsson Zenith

Research My Vacation



Long Weekend Sponsors ($25+)

Todd Adams
Scott Ahrens
Anonymous Altruist
Kris Ann Allison
Daniel Bahrs
Elizabeth Briel
Jen Bruch
Danielle Carlucci
Michelle Clifford
Justin Crist
Amanda Crist
Todd Dominey

Meryl Evans
Bryan Hale
Justin Hall
Nils Hanson
James Hudson
Chad Jordan
Matt Jordan
Hans Kellner
Min Jung Kim
Lokman B S
Michele Lupoli
Craig Lycke
Kim Maddox

Cliff Manspeaker Jr.
Adam Masri
Jason Martens
Sara Matheu
Allison Mooney
Derek Powazek
Michael Dubya
Mike Sax
Erik Thompson
Mikko Vento
David Wente
Rana Williamson


Daytrip Sponsors ($5)

Elizabeth M. Adams
John Dalton
Michael Doeff
Juliet Gorman
Min Jung Kim

Daniel Miller
Kevin O'Rourke
Carlos Perez-Chavez
Steve Reynolds
Sean Sheridan

Robin Sloan
Mary Taylor
Anand Temburni
Kevin Wojdak


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