New Issue now Available!!!
Apr30

New Issue now Available!!!

Oh sweet Vagabundos! We’re at it again with a brand new issue of the magazine.  Are you excited?  Well, you should be. The latest installment of Vagabundo Magazine is without a doubt our most powerful issue to date. Though we keep strong to our adventure travel roots in the latest version of our quarterly magazine, we decided to address the issue to conflict in this one. As travellers, we are forced to deal with conflict each and every single day, so why do most magazines focus only on the happy rose-coloured ideas surrounding travel? We love travel as much as the next person, but we know how much struggle there is involved in having a good travel experience, just as there is in everyday life. The world is love, it’s honour, and it’s helpfulness and a warm smile. But there’s always a bit of struggle. No matter where you travel, you are going to deal with conflict. I am especially honoured to introduce you to Alice Martins in this issue of the magazine.  She has been an absolute inspiration to me through her photo-journalism work around the world.  Her photography is so incredibly powerful it will knock you back a step or two, without a doubt. Of course, we’ve got some traditional travel stories mixed in there as well.  Here’s a preview of the stories: Get your subscription We offer a variety of subscription types for Vagabundo Magazine, each has its advantage.  The PDF subscribers pay $9.99 and get issues of the magazine for the rest of their lives (or as long as we produce them) without paying another penny.  The eZine/Web Subscribers pay $4.89 for a one-year subscription but have the flexibility to enjoy the magazine via smartphone, tablet, or online.  Finally, if you’re keen, we offer print on demand services as well! Lifetime Subscription via PDF for $9.99 1 Year eZine/Web/Smartphone/Tablet for $5.99 Single Issue PDF for $2.99 Print for $25 As usual, we really appreciate your support in this project.  We love travel, and we know that you can get really cool travel stories through the net from blogs for free.  However, we hope that in showing off the absolute best in travel, you’ll join up with our cause! Kindest Regards, Editor-in-Chief, Brendan van...

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Paper-Free is Free for Earth Day!
Apr22

Paper-Free is Free for Earth Day!

Lovely Vagabundos! I’ve got good news for you. Today, to celebrate Earth Day, we’re offering free lifetime subscriptions of Vagabundo Magazine’s paper-free PDF version.  How cool is that? To take advantage of the deal click here and then enter the discount of code: earthisawesome. You’ll get a free download of the old issue of the magazine. But of course, the best part is that a new issue of the magazine is coming out next week. Our new issue is a little different than you’re used to.  We’re still touching on issues, but this time even more directly.  We’ve got an interview with Alice Martins who is one of the world’s most inspiring photojournalists.  There are also articles from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Chile, China, Northern India, and a photo essay on star photography. ANYWAYS, I meant to keep this short, but I’m still at it, aren’t I? Again, the link for your free lifetime subscription is here: https://www.e-junkie.com/ecom/gb.php?c=cart&i=1311596&cl=165501&ejc=2 Don’t forget to put in the discount code of earthisawesome or else you’ll need to pay the usual $9.99, which I won’t complain about (I’ll just spend it on sushi). Offer expires on the 23rd of May. Happy Earth...

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Photo Walk in Bangkok with the ED-in-Chief
Mar17

Photo Walk in Bangkok with the ED-in-Chief

Vagabundo Magazine is excited to announce the incredible opportunity to go on a photo walk of Bangkok, Thailand on March 23rd with our Editor-in-Chief, and professional travel photographer, Brendan van Son. More information on the opportunity can be found here. We do think, this is such a great chance for aspiring travel photographers and tourists a like to get a sense of what the day in the life of a professional travel photographer is like.  You’ll get the first hand knowledge involved in not only shooting great images, but how to seek out places, and also insider information on where one can sell their photos, and what people are looking for. Here at Vagabundo we receive a countless number of magazine pitches each month.  The largest contributing factor to turning these down isn’t what you might expect.  We turn down at least 75% of potential articles due to the lack of quality photos.  If you’re trying to make it in the industry of travel writing or travel blogging, improving your skills is such an important skill to have, and it’s amazing that more people don’t take this as seriously. Anyways, if you’re in Bangkok, whether you’re a tourist or a resident.  This is an amazing opportunity to get out an explore the city through the always curious eye of a travel photographer. The photo walk will include lessons on street photography, food photography, photographing people, architecture, and night photography.   We implore you to check it...

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On Chasing Short-Term Happiness
Feb27

On Chasing Short-Term Happiness

My name is Lauren, and I’m a short-term happiness addict. Phew. Glad I can finally get that out there! Jokes aside, this is an issue I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. It’s not a globally significant issue, but one I think ties in pretty neatly with travel — specifically, adventure travel. I mean, what’s the reason behind throwing oneself off a bridge with a mere cord attached, or rafting down a river populated with crocodiles? Why do we constantly seek to try new foods, reach another border crossing, or wander down a dirt path with no clear indication of where it leads? There are potentially several ways to answer these questions. Travel, culture, and new experiences broaden our minds; they teach us humility, patience, and self-reliance. These impulsive actions provide us with stories for sharing later on in life. Ultimately, adventure travel can make us into better, more interesting versions of ourselves. Adventures make us feel alive. But is there more to it than that? One would assume that acts of breathing, walking around, talking, and feeling are pretty clear indicators of life. I certainly don’t wake up forgetting I’m alive and well until I explore a new part of town, or go out rock climbing. Could it possibly be that we, as travellers, do what we do because the traditional indicators are no longer enough to sustain us? Do we bounce between countries and adrenaline-fuelled activities because we want jolts and surges of life, as opposed to a steady pulse? Are we, in fact, addicted to chasing short-term happiness? You may be wondering why I’m even posing these questions. I’m not particularly sure myself. I suspect the roots of my doubt are buried in the idea that anything short-term is typically considered bad. Think about it: if you engage in a series of fast relationships, you’re usually viewed as flakey or scared of commitment. If you move between casual or seasonal jobs, your career prospects are normally lowered. It’s an aspiration of most to live to a ripe old age, maintain lasting friendships, ensure the stability of their businesses, and perfect key skills with endured practise. Plus, no one ever said, “You know, that’s a pretty good Snickers bar, but I only wish it were shorter.” Despite this, I — and I’m sure I’m not alone — feel compelled to chase down something temporarily gratifying, as opposed to sacrificing for a later benefit. For example, I’m struggling to stay put in Hanoi. My original plan was to reside here for six months, pick up teaching work, make new friends, and carve out some sort of routine that...

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Become a Travel Guidebook Writer with Vagabundo Magazine
Feb19

Become a Travel Guidebook Writer with Vagabundo Magazine

Oh, exciting times.  Don’t you just love the smell of opportunity in the morning?  For us at Vagabundo Magazine, we know we’re easily excited.  It’s what travel does to you.  It’s the tingle of your bones when you witness something spectacular.  It’s the peeling of a smile when you know you’re exactly where you want to be.  It’s the satisfaction gained when you realize that you can achieve incredible things.  Of late, your excitement comes to you in the form of a series of travel guidebooks, and we’re looking for writers! Think you’ve got what it takes to be a Travel Guidebook Writer? We’re looking for people who are research oriented writers looking to publish a guidebook with the backing of our wonderful adventure travel magazine. Potential writers should be extremely capable wordsmiths, but also very detailed researchers.  We’re looking for people who can focus on independent and adventure travel, and those who actually walk-the-walk when it comes to travel.  You don’t need to travel the world, you just need to be the type of person who is always willing to explore. What kind of Travel Guidebooks are we Looking for? Honestly, we’re looking to publish a whole stream of exciting travel content.  First and foremost, we’re looking for city guides.  We want people to focus on a particular location and develop a guide on things to do, where to stay, places to eat, and where to party.  We also want some coverage of the historical, social, and cultural aspects of the destination.  These guides will be meant to show visitors how to scratch below the surface of a destination.  Now, although we’ll accept proposals for country guidebooks, we really want to focus on city guides to begin. We’re also looking for activity-specific guides.  We would love people to write books on things like “A Guideto Hitchhiking Across America” or “A Guide to Travel Photography in New York City” or “A Guide to Hiking in Patagonia”.  If you think you can develop one of these types of books, we really want to read your proposals. More Information on Publishing a Guidebook with Vagabundo Magazine If you need more information on publishing with us, please have a look at this page for more information. We look forward to reading your...

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Valentine’s Day Deal
Feb11

Valentine’s Day Deal

The partner is in a mood again and I cannot figure out why. Anniversary? No, no, I can remember sweating through my shirt at that little bistro in Paris we went to for our first date. Birthday? Checking the calendar hastily reminds me they were already angry at me for that last month when they barely spoke to me on that 24 hour bus I booked that day to Laos. OH, HOLY MOTHER! It’s Valentine’s day … again! Card companies, florists and chocolatiers have bested me once more. Time to desperately calculate funds and work out what romantic treat I can afford. Minus the travel insurance, scuba lessons, that flight to Khazakstan and that leaves me with … $1. That cannot be right. Oh, wait it isn’t. It’s 99c. Think, George, think. What costs 99c? Sun cream from the dollar store? Doesn’t scream romance does it? Snickers bar? Certainly a rarity in these parts but seems a bit on the cheap side. But wait what’s this? A year’s subscription to Vagabundo Magazine is just 99c for Valentines? Better delete the browsing history because nothing says “I love you” more than a years worth of inspiring your beloved to come on your crazy, stupid, amazing adventures with you. Wait a minute, I just remembered that I’m an adventure traveller and therefore probably destined to a life of crazy, stupid, amazing loneliness and my “partner” is actually a bike that I rescued and fixed up in the outback. And Francis cannot read, can you Francis? Great, this means I can buy the subscription for myself and spend all the money I would normally spend on trying to convincing another person to love me, on the crazy, stupid, amazing travel ideas I find inside. Everyone’s a winner, even poor illiterate Francis. Of course you could just tell every hot babe I meet on the road that you’ve subscribed to Vagabundo. After all chicks dig a guy with an adventure magazine subscription, surely? Until January 14th, get 1 year worth of Vagabundo for 99 Cents via Magzter...

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