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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.

Travel Link Love

A big and friendly travel community thrives on the Web. Check out some of my friends and inspirations.

Traveler Friends

African Downshift
Matt is circumambulating Africa on a motorcycle and updating this "written and visual reflection of what gears up when you downshift your life onto what you can carry on the back of the motorcycle."
Brian and Karen are on a round-the-word odyssey.

Cape Town to London
This British team is cycling 10,000 miles for charity. I met one of their members in Maputo, Mozambique.

The Fleming Family Travel Tales
The Fleming Family's tale of a global adventure. 4 people, 3 backpacks, 2 grown ups and 1 year. Highly recommended.

Riding for Education
Stephen is riding 10,000km by horseback across India, Pakistan and China to raise \C3?£100,000 for education in each country.

Notes from the Road
Notes from the Road is a project in experimental travel writing that features stunning photography by creator Erik Gauger.

One Year Africa
Maarten De Boeck, whom I met in Nkhata Bay and hung out with in Mozambique, has crafted a brave and tantalizing collection of stories and photos from his yearlong African odyssey.

Terry's Trek
Terry and I became email pals before we set out on our respective adventures. Our paths managed to cross in Bangkok, Thailand, and on the Annapurna circuit trek in Nepal.

There Goes John
Follow the "Adventures of a Television Escapee" as he travels through South America and Beyond.
Carlos Olmo is my Spanish doppelganger. His site is packed to the gills with travel intelligence (in English y Español).


Nigel and Jule Snow put together a fine, fine site that chronicles their 369-day round-the-world journey.
Gregg and Evelyn traveled for 14 months starting April 1999 and maintained a terrific travelogue.

Our Really Big Adventure
I devoured Caelen and Barbara adventurous and playful travelogue before I left home. Caelen has gone on to start a medical tourism company.

Worldwide Wanderings
Scott and Laura Kruglewicz traveled the world for one year during 1998-1999 and blazed a bold Web publishing trail.

Still periodically updated, wired2theworld is another trailblazing site with a wealth of planning and packing information.

Travel Resources

Lonely Planet’s Thorntree
Lonely Planet’s message boards are an invaluable travel resource.

Rolf Potts' Vagabonding
Rolf Potts literally wrote the book on vagabonding. His stories on are classic too.

Round-The-World Travel Guide
The essential introduction to long-term travel.

Travellerspoint offers a host of traveling tools and features photo galleries from their worldwide member base (including me).

Site Resources

Moveable Type
This site runs on the moveabletype personal publishing system, a fantastic (and free) content management tool that has saved me hundreds of hours in the field.

The photo galleries are powered by Gallery, a powerful and easy-to-use tool.

Other Friends

Last Minute Hotels Australia
Find excellent last minute discount hotels in Australia with RatesToGo. From luxury hotels to budget accommodation RatesToGo offers great hotel deals to suit any travellers need.

Hotel Accommodation
Full range of luxury hotels right through to cheap hotels with Expedia Australia.

Cheap Travel Insurance
Budget Insurance offer a wide range of insurance options if you're going on your travels from the UK.

Travel Insurance
As well as great cruises, Saga also offer insurance for travellers aged 50 and over.

Life Insurance
Trekking around the jungles and wilderness can be a risky business, so make sure your Life insurance is up to date before you go.

Cheap Travel Insurance
Though more famous for their car and motorcycle insurance, Express also offer a range of travel products.

Holiday Insurance
Sonar offer a variety of Holiday insurance products, as well as policies for gap year travellers.

Online Travel Insurance
If you're a traveller based in the UK, Challenge Churchill to beat your travel insurance quote.


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