It is with great pleasure, and true relief, that I announce our new team of columnists at Vagabundo Magazine.
The process to get here was much busier than I could have ever imagined. When I put out the call for columnists a couple months ago, I expected a couple dozen applications at best. I ended up receiving around 250. In fact, even today I’m still getting inquiries. To say the least, we were overwhelmed with not only the amount of applications, but the quality. I had to turn down some very talented travel writers, many of which I would have been proud to have on the team, simply because there were just so many great people to choose from.
In the end, I am sure I managed to select 6 people who fill the void I had felt at the magazine l when I put out the call for columnists a couple months ago. I was searching for a more unified voice to fill the pages, both online and in print, of Vagabundo Magazine, and these people I’m about to present not only carry that voice, but they also sing it out to their own beautiful tune. Each of the people we selected is very different from the other, but also very complimentary. I couldn’t be happier with the group we came up with. They will be posting introductory posts over the next two weeks, but here’s a bit of my introduction for now.
So without further ado, here they are:
David was actually the first person to whom I ever mentioned the possibility of becoming a columnist with Vagabundo Magazine. In fact, I talked to David about it before I even ran the idea by Will. As soon as I read his work I knew that he was the perfect fit for the team. I’m glad that through the application process the rest of the team thought so too. David is currently in Europe, but will be making his way to Central America via South America very shortly. I’m sure that you’ll love his descriptive writing style as much as those of us already privileged enough to have read it do.
If Sarah’s name is familiar it’s because she was one of the Vagabundo Magazine interns up until today. She has been with us for about 6 months already, and has put in some seriously hard work over that time. Without her, I’m sure the last couple issues of the magazine would have been laden with typos and grave grammatical errors. And while her editing skills are going to be missed, we are going to gain a great column. Sarah is currently in South Korea and will be writing a bit of a column about spending time “between travel”. I’m sure positive you’ll like her style, she’s been a favourite of ours for a while already.
Zach has a serious background in international politics which already put him in my good books, the fact that he has such an interesting outlook on travel made him an easy choice for a column with us. While taking his introspective view out on the road, Zach will be travelling across Eastern Europe, parts of the Middle East and Australia over the next couple months in what guarantees to be an epic journey. I’m sure you’ll be as excited as we are to see Zach tackle some seriously off-beat places in the next couple months.
Rachel comes from a journalism background, and shows obvious sign of the journalistic edge that I was really looking for in one of our columnists. What’s more is that she also finds herself engaging in volunteer and development work on a somewhat regular basis. As a socially conscious magazine, we are ecstatic to have her on the team to be able to provide a little bit more of that perspective. Moreover, Rachel is set to make some amazing travel moves in the coming months. She is currently in Tanzania, but will be travelling all over Eastern Africa and then onwards to other great journeys come February.
For me, Ash describes perfectly how these columnists are all so different, but yet so complimentary. Ash’s background is in construction, and is only a relative newbie when it comes to the travel writing world. However, he is definitely no newbie when it comes to travel in general; his former travel adventures are as impressive as anyone else in their mid-20s. Moreover, he has an amazing talent as a writer; he has a great natural flow and rhythm to his work. As if it wasn’t enough, Ash also has a great eye for photography! He will currently stationed in Chaing Mai, Thailand, but will soon be making his way to North America and home to Australia as well. I’m sure you’re all going to love Ash’ column.
Susan Sharp has a background in Geography with specialization in globalization, cities and development which means that she’ll fit right in with the rest of us. Like many of us Vagabundos, Sarah realized at a young age that travel was what she wanted; spending second grade playing with kangaroos in Australia will do that to someone. She has been to 4 continents and has just set off on another epic journey covering Asia, then will be travelling the trans-mongolian railroad to Europe. Like the rest of the Vagabundos, I’m sure that you’ll love seeing the world through her words.
As you can see, the team we’ve assembled is pretty fantastic. For me, what’s even more impressive is that we know also have a team that spans across the entire globe. We will have a team member on basically all corners of the earth at any given point in time. No matter where you are, there won’t be a Vagabundo too far from away.
At the end of the day, I couldn’t be happier with the way things are shaping up at the magazine and I really hope that you follow along with them. I’m sure that you’ll develop favourites to read, but I wouldn’t be too surprised if you fall in love with all of them.
From all of us here at the Vagabundo family,
I want to thank you for your support to this point. We love you all.
Brendan van Son