Our mission at Vagobond is to enjoy our lives and have fun doing it. If we can make the world a better place in the process…even better
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We’ve had a number of writers contribute through the years but most of the writing is done by me. I’m Christopher Damitio aka Vago the Vagobond. In pictures and videos you will also probably meet my wife Hanane and our daughter Sophia. This site started with me and it’s been quite an adventure to get to where we are now. You’ll find my ego very present in the earlier posts (and probably still now but hopefully not as much) but a word to the wise – my ego has only gotten me in trouble, so I’m trying to leave it behind. I was born in the Pacific Northwest, Hanane was born in Morocco, Sophia was made in Turkey in our joint US-Moroccan partnership. We’ve traveled across the world together and now we live in a small Oregon town.
We own a little antique store (Reedsport Antiques) and publish a little paper (Reedsport.info) in Reedsport, Oregon. Our lives have changed quite a bit since we came to the USA in 2013 – Hanane is in the process of getting her citizenship and Sophia is now in school. These past three years have been a different kind of adventure as we’ve built a life here – and now, we hope to share more of our travel adventures with you. Below is a bunch of stuff I wrote some years back about this site.
What are Vagabonds and Vagobonds?
A Vagabond (spelled with an ‘A’ – sometimes scarlet) is a person without an obvious source of income who wanders from place to place. A Vagobond (spelled with an “o” sometimes big) is like that too. Since the 1920’s the term has been used to describe a type of travel that doesn’t break your budget and that generally brings one into contact with local people, cultures, and landscapes.
Harry Franck, a pioneer in cultural travel without giant budgets such as those provided by organizations like the National Geographic Society wrote numerous books about his travels on every continent. (To learn more about Harry, you can visit here. )
In the 1960’s American Ed Byrne set out to explore not only the USA but also Europe and North Africa with a very low budget and a desire to get to know the people. His books and down to earth writing style inspired people like my parents generation and those who followed after them to spend more time than money. Ed is the original slow traveler. (To learn more about Ed, go here.)
During the 1990’s and 2000’s some of us were inspired by Harry, Ed and those greats who came before us to hit the road and learn to travel in a different way than most people were doing. Not just the backpacker trail which had consisted mostly of hippies and dope seekers in cheap places like Thailand and Eastern Europe, but to really see the world and get to know the people in it.
By no means was the idea original even when you go back as far as Ibn Batuta or Herodutus (-more about them and other extraordinary vagabonds here) but it was different than just about everyone else was living. Rolf Pott’s now classic manual for living the road life Vagabonding hit the shelves in December of 2002 and in May of 2003, Vago Damitio’s Rough Living: Tips and Tales of a Vagobond was published.
Since then, travel has changed immeasurably. The internet has become a fundamental part of travel and rather than sending postcards and letters things have become very different.
The difference between a Vagabond and a Vagobond is really all about the “GO”
The History of this Site
In the 1990’s, Vago Damitio (aha, that’s why there’s an ‘o’ in it), was using group emails to update friends and family about his travels and adventures. In 2000 he began blogging on his own website.
Vagobond became a place where many writers shared travel tips and stories. Here, you can find unique world travel stories, discover amazing vagabond trips, learn travel tips, and read fun features like ‘Extraordinary Vagabonds‘ every Saturday. You can even plan your trip around the world using the tools here – or ask us advice, if you want to.
This is where our paths hopefully intersect. Deep within the rabbit hole. The rabbit has led us all to this point. It is our hope that you will not only discover but share your discoveries with us. I encourage you to not merely view stories here but to interact with them, escape the box store mentality, learn from what is shared here, pass it on to others, and contribute your own thoughts as you read about adventures that are here to inspire.
As always, this is a site that is focused on exploration, discovery and sharing the things that make travel wonderful…the quirky things.
What’s with the White Rabbit?
(The White Rabbit was the site mascot until 2016)
Quirky. Like the white rabbit who disappeared down the rabbit hole in front of Alice or the magician who pulls the same rabbit out of the hole in his hat – Vagobond is all about the quirky side of travel – hence our logo and mascot – a white rabbit.
The white rabbit symbolizes the mystery of what lies beyond both the imagination and the real. In Alice in Wonderland, he leads Alice to a world of wonder. In shows like Lost, Star Trek, Sherlock Holmes, or films like The Matrix, the white rabbit invariably makes an appearance. He is symbolic of what lies beyond the normal senses and thus, a perfect symbol for the temptation to see what lies beyond or the taste of something beyond the ordinary. The white rabbit is a sort of promise of more to come.
Vagobond is your white rabbit. We want to show you a world of quirky luxury, offbeat travel, and delicious temptations. If you want, we can even help you to get there.
The white rabbit is the symbol of every traveler’s curiosity, exploration, introspection, and the questioning of reality. It’s good to go “down the rabbit hole” every now and then, just be careful not to get lost in it!
“Rabbit rabbit rabbit” is one variant of a common British superstition which states that a person should say or repeat the word “rabbit” or “rabbits”, or say the phrase “white rabbits”, or some combination of these elements, out loud upon waking on the first day of the month, because doing so will ensure good luck for the duration of that month. Today, it is a frequent tradition in many English-speaking countries.
Written by Vago Damitio
09 October 2012