Editor’s Note: Live and Rolling


Happy Sunday,

Colca Canyon, Peru

Editor-in-Chief Brendan van Son in the Colca Canyon

I woke up this morning from my room in Medellin, Colombia after knocking out about 12 hours of straight sleep, something I haven’t done since I was about 6 years old. I honestly expected things to slow down with the magazine’s website after the first week live, but it hasn’t. The ball keeps rolling, and great submissions keep flowing into my email inbox.

I am again overwhelmed by the travel community. I can’t think of another industry where people within the community look at others not as competition but as friends. I think it has a lot to do with travel in general, and what we’ve all learned from it. We learn, through travel, that giving back is as good as receiving and that if you help others out you’ll generally have that help when you need it yourself. I have never thought of others in this industry as competition but rather as peers. Wouldn’t the world be a better place if it were as happy and cohesive as the travel community?

I’d be lying if I said coming to grips with my life now not only as a writer and photographer, but also as an editor has been a walk in the park. I’m working more hours than ever, and I’m learning something everyday. The thing I think I’ve learned most through this is the reason that getting published was so difficult for me at the beginning: I had no idea what I was doing. I get some great articles sent to me and I also get some really bad ones. But the thing I’ve noticed is the lack of the pitch, very few people send me properly pitched articles. I’ve learned that there is nothing I appreciate more than a good pitch for an article. If you’re interested in travel writing and want my advice on how to pitch a travel magazine (even if it’s not mine), read this: “How to Pitch a Magazine”. If you’re ever looking for some guidance learning how to write a travel article, I’m always happy to help.

I hope that those of you reading enjoyed the material this week, and I assure that you we’ve got more great stuff coming up this week.

Have a great week and happy travels,

Your editor in chief,

Brendan van Son

Coming up this week on Vagabundo:

  • Monday: “Notes on a Rain Day at the B&B” by Jackie DesForges
  • Tuesday: “The Curious Case of Coca Tea” by Laura Yates
  • Wednesday: “Understanding the Asado” by Guillermo Astigarraga
  • Thursday: “Getting Off the Side Walk on the Surin Islands” by Alexandra Jiminez
  • Friday: “Photo Corner: Lanterns over Cheonggyecheon” by Joe Owens


Author: Brendan van Son

Brendan van Son, the Editor-in-Chief at Vagabundo Magazine, is a travel writer and photographer from Alberta, Canada. He is currently exploring West Africa while working on the "It's My Life 365" project. Brendan's work has been featured across the world in both press and on a variety of online productions.

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  1. Great to see it coming together, mate. Just sad that we don’t have any spare writing time at the moment. Good luck with growth!

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    • Thanks so much Craig!

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