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Lions, CouchSurfing And Murder: On The Perpetual Strangeness Of Existence
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Lions, CouchSurfing And Murder: On The Perpetual Strangeness Of Existence

If I were superstitious, I might have seen the lion as a sign that in an hour-and-a-half I was going to be kidnapped or murdered. From the back of my motorcycle my roommate McKenzie pointed and exclaimed, “Dude, there is lion just sitting in a cage in that vacant lot. A […]

Some Thoughts On Flash Travel
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Some Thoughts On Flash Travel

As travelers, we are given the opportunity to see and experience the grandness that this world has to offer and a variety of options. Sometimes, we are so used to options that we leave things to last minute in order to get the best deal. However, as trips go, planning […]

My Name Is Matt Stabile, And I Watch Bad Movies During Flights
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My Name Is Matt Stabile, And I Watch Bad Movies During Flights

When I travel I make a point to talk to as many people as possible. Shopowners, hostelmates, street performers, it doesn’t matter. I once tried to start a conversation with an actor from a telenovela during a shoot in Colombia, but I was quickly escorted away by security. There is […]

Writers Of Our Discontent
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Writers Of Our Discontent

We usually experience epic moments in the down-and-out. It’s what makes for good stories because (hopefully) these moments are not part of the normal day-to-day. Rain, snow, heat and cold, when we gently suffer through discomfort a bed (even a hostel bed) never feels so cozy. Often, travel woes are […]

Can Travel Get Redundant? Your Thoughts…
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Can Travel Get Redundant? Your Thoughts…

Just recently I was flipping through a Patagonia clothing catalog. Interspersed through the pages are articles and photography surrounding topics of travel, stewardship, and more often than not, surfing. I enjoy reading these pieces. They’re always well written, typically discuss topics of interest or importance, and are insightful. Patagonia has […]

Top 10 Best Travel Songs
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Top 10 Best Travel Songs

Did you know that 85% of kangaroo dreams are about koalas? No, I can’t back up that previous statement anymore than I can claim that the following ten songs are the “best” travel songs. But these travel songs are pretty good and really intrepid. Just ask my friend. She once said […]

Be The Change: Save A Life
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Be The Change: Save A Life

Of all the advice Patrick Atkinson, founder of the GOD´S CHILD Project has given to me, one stands out. “Atkinson´s Law” says simply that when faced with the problems of the world everyone: 1) Wants to help; 2) Can help in some way; 3) But too many people just do not […]

How I Lost The Desire To Travel Solo
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How I Lost The Desire To Travel Solo

Oh, I was once so independent, so footlose and fancy-free! I wanted to go on a trip — say, Paris; say, the Galapagos — and if I had no travel companion, that wasn’t going to stop me. On the contrary, the thought of striking it out on my own energized […]

Paul Can Eat Glass And It Doesn’t Hurt Him
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Paul Can Eat Glass And It Doesn’t Hurt Him

Paul Sobczak can eat glass and it doesn´t hurt him. Or at least, that´s what he´s told scores of people in dozens of languages since starting his “I can Eat Glass Project.” This project is one of many travel projects Paul has undertaken. Of all the travelers I have met […]

Traveler Vs. Tourist: My Search For The Difference
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Traveler Vs. Tourist: My Search For The Difference

“Hmmm . . . The Expeditioner’s Guide to the World. That’s quite the area to create a guide for. What’s it all about?” About a million possible answers spun through my brain. I was signing books in Helena, Montana. A well-trained editor surely would have had an earth-shattering response to […]

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