A Vagobond Christmas?It’s that time of the year when the shopping malls are packed and the kids are starting to look excited…at least in countries that celebrate Christmas, but here in Turkey, everything is Attaturk as usual.
Mainly because I’d played a lot of Civilization, the name I knew this monumental building by was the Hagia Sophia. In fact, that’s the Greek name. The Turkish call it Aya Sophia. The Romans who built it called it Sancta Sophia in…
Photos by Dave Stamboulis A country steeped in faith and spiritual history, Sri Lanka is home to a host of edifying locations and places of transcendental inspiration. Magnificent structures, some used, some abandoned, are scattered about the cities and mountains like great…
Traveling to big cities can bring huge rewards and culture shock. Have you ever wondered what the cities with the largest population in the world are? Fifteen year old guest blogger Paulo Seval tells us the top ten.
Pristine seas, cultural assets, gorgeous beaches and history galore… it’s no wonder ten million tourists book flights to Antalya every year. Antalya has long been hailed by tourists as the jewel of Turkey’s crown, capable of satisfying the desires of sun worshippers and…
If you’re looking for solitude, you may not be heading for one of Phuket’s most popular beaches, although if you know where to go, there are some surprisingly remote spots to be found.
Going around the world hasn’t always been as easy as it is today. In fact, the great explorers of the past often suffered great hardships to see distant lands. One such extraordinary vagabond was Marco Polo.
The Dalai Lama was listed as the second most spiritual person on Earth by the Watkins Review. Many films and novels have been inspired by the Dalai Lama’s life and no wonder: it is a very amazing life indeed.
The greatest adventurer of all time for me is the Moroccan vagabond, Ibn Battuta. He not only traveled everywhere in his known world, but he wrote about it in ways that no one before him had. Ibn Battuta’s journey lasted 29 years, so by Moroccan standards, my wife should be understanding of this current journey I’m on.
Traveling round the world doesn’t usually involve conquest of foreign lands but for Temujin, also known as Genghis Khan, conquest was probably just a means of travel.
Harry Franck’s willingness to travel with no money, his keen eye for the details of his journey and the societies he recorded (some of which soon disappeared) make him a welcome addition to our list of Extraordinary Vagabonds.