The New Vagabondist

Hello friends, it’s been almost two years since I first launched the Vagabondist. A lot has happened during those years– my 3 month trip to South America ended up lasting more than a year because I joined the crew of a sailboat exploring Patagonia, I sailed as crew to Antarctica aboard a 104-year old fully-rigged barque, and I started working as an expedition … More The New Vagabondist

Flying Solo

I’ve been traveling alone for a long time now, but I don’t think that’s particularly remarkable. The first time I went abroad on my own, I was 18 and I spent two weeks traveling through southern Spain. At the time I had a sailing job where I made a whopping $75 a week, so I was impressed with myself for traveling … More Flying Solo

Backpacking Gear: What Should You Invest Your Money In?

I get asked a lot of questions about gear. I have a few friends who are just getting into the outdoorsy side of life, and lately their questions have had me thinking about what I wish I had known when I was a brand new starry-eyed backpacker, completely clueless about what would actually happen when I … More Backpacking Gear: What Should You Invest Your Money In?

San Carlos de Bariloche

In, February, I spent three weeks in San Carlos de Bariloche, a gorgeous mountain town in Argentina’s Lake District. Bariloche has an incredible amount of activities, all accessible from the city center: kayaking, SUP, hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and more. Pro tip: it’s also famous for its chocolate and has incredible ice cream. If … More San Carlos de Bariloche

Packing for a Backpacking Trip, part II: Ridiculous vs Ridiculously Necessary

Have you ever, in the quest to pack light, left behind some of your favorite things? Telling yourself you don’t need it, it’s ridiculous, you removed your iPod and slippers from consideration and took off into the Great Unknown freed from those unnecessary luxuries. Well, I know I’ve done that. And I know I’ve regretted it. While … More Packing for a Backpacking Trip, part II: Ridiculous vs Ridiculously Necessary

Tips for Beginners on Packing for a Backpacking Trip

The first backpacking trip I ever took was short. Which is a good thing. For 3 nights and 4 days of front-country hiking, I stuffed my pack until it was bursting at the seams and strapped it to myself. As you can probably guess, that wasn’t the wisest idea. Here are a few mistakes I made: Packing cotton: … More Tips for Beginners on Packing for a Backpacking Trip