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What to expect from Vagobond in 2013?

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Vagobond makes travel more fun.

Before we move into Vagobond’s regular content and features, I want to take a moment while the New Year is extremely fresh to let you know what to expect from Vagobond in 2013.

It’s hard to believe we passed the Mayan Apocalypse and into a new era over the past few weeks. Over the past year, we’ve done so much and shared so much with you.  Personally, 2012 was one of the longest years of my life. They say that the years pass more quickly as you get older, but for me, that seems to not be happening. I think it’s because I pack so much fun into this one life.

The Mission of Vagobond in 2013 is to bring more fun to your travel and your life. Here’s what you can expect to see…

*Go Vagobond. I am very pleased to have revived our monthly newsletter. Expect to get an email from me once a month with something special in it. I’m not sure what that will be, but it could very well be a pony. If you haven’t signed up yet you can sign up in the sidebar or at this link.

* More video about travel, more video about culture, more video about art. I can’t promise that the video will be life changing or even well edited, but I’ll do my best.

Glamouous Travel
Vagobond is Glamorous

* More incredible travel photography. I can say that because Dave Stamboulis’ will continue to publish his photo essays every Monday afternoon. See the World Through a Photographer’s Lens. The rest of us will continue to share our photos too.

*Photo of the day. I’m going to begin sharing a new photo with a short description each afternoon.

*Amazing writers will continue to share their amazing words with our amazing readers …. (see what I did there…?)

Vagobond Foodie Fun
Food is Fun with Vagobond

*Travel quote of the week. This may seem silly, but I often come across travel quotes that inspire me, not just in travel, but in life. Each Sunday, I’ll share a new one with you.

*Travel Tools - each Tuesday, I’ll share a travel resource, website, or piece of gear that has the potential to improve your travel and maybe even your life.

*Amazing Vagabonds – in 2012, the Saturday feature was called Extraordinary Vagabonds. We looked at great travelers from throughout the ages. This year it will be Amazing Vagabonds each Saturday.

Luxury Travel
Vagobond makes travel fun for everyone – even Cary Grant.

*What am I doing here? While I don’t expect to range as far or have as many adventures this year as I did in 2012, I will continue to write my weekly Wednesday column.  I’ll try to be focused, but I’m not sure on exactly what. :)

*Foodie Adventures. In 2013 I want to introduce you to more great foods, extraordinary ingredients, and regional cuisines. Plus,  we will keep letting you know about fantastic restaurants, chefs, and foodie experiences.

*Vagobond Travel Museum will return on Fridays with a focus on looking at some of the many adventures and stories that we’ve shared with you in the past. Like old issues of National Geographic, Vagobond is worth digging into.

*Travel Deals. While I won’t create a weekly or daily feature for this, you will find the best deals that cross my desk in the sidebar of every story on Vagobond.

*Vagobond Hotel Planner. I will continue to develop and work on the hotel planning too.  Here’s the best recommendation I can give – when I’m looking for a hotel, it’s what I use. This is also in the sidebar or at http://hotels.vagobond.com

Vagobond in 2013 Down and Out
Down and Out Travel with Vagobond

*More offbeat travel stories. While we’re still going to provide you with solid destination advice, museum tips, and city guides – we will be searching far and wide to find you things to do that are more fun, more weird, more unexpected. 

*More quirky luxury and more glamorous adventures.  While I will always love a good hitchhiking tale or an amazing budget travel tip – the truth is, it’s more fun to dream about a private jet, a private island, and a private yacht, right?

*Down and Out Travel…how to hop a freight train and eat your way through the dumpsters of North America…because sometimes it’s fun to go to extremes.

Whew! That’s a lot. Happy 2013 everyone. Go Vagobond!

 

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Happy New Year from Vagobond!

Our Mission at Vagobond is to make your life and your travel more fun.

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We hope you have a wonderful 2013. In 2013 we will bring you as much fun as we can with a focus on quirky luxury, delicious food, offbeat travel adventures, and extraordinary art. Our main focus, as always, will be on making your travel more fun because we think travel is one of the best parts of life.

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Happy New Year World! We wish you an incredibly fun 2013!

Vago Damitio's Predictions for 2013

Vago Damitio’s Predictions for 2013

If you want to know the future, you’ve got to go there. Vago Damitio’s predictions for 2013 are for your enjoyment only . Any investments or life changing decisions should only be made after doing your own due diligence. 

Vago Damitio's Predictions for 2013Today is the last day of 2012. I made a number of predictions over the course of the last few years and to be honest, I’m usually pretty far off the mark. The reason for that is that I like to make HARD predictions – not the easy kind like ‘Your shoelaces will come undone” or “Iran will cause problems” or “Someone you love will suffer some hardship.” My predictions will prove without a doubt that I am looking into the future with supernatural abilities.  Of course, if you are to judge by my predictions of 2011 or predictions of 2012 – I’m not seeing very clearly. In fact, unless you argue things very broadly, one could even say that I’m not seeing the future at all. Of course, that’s what THEY want you to believe.  Have a look and decide for yourself.

Without further ado….

Vago Damitio’s Predictions for 2013

1. Turkish Kanto Music will sweep the globe and become the top grossing and top played music worldwide in 2013 with a resurgence of puppetry and a romanticism of Ottoman fashion, cuisine, and entertainment coming along with it.

2. Turkey will take part in a joint invasion of Syria and then…they’ll decide to stay there in order to ‘keep the peace’.  Nobody will object too loudly. Those that do object, no one will listen to.

3. China, meanwhile, will surprise everyone (except for us) by invading North Korea. Again, no one will complain too loudly since the enemy you know is better than the oddly silent Kim Jong Un.

4. California, Oregon, Alaska, and Hawaii will all follow Washington’s lead by legalizing marijuana use. Obama will be spotted in a ‘Hemp for Victory’ T-shirt.

5. Israel will complain about Turkey and the US will side with Turkey prompting Netanyahu to call Obama a ‘pothead’

6. The Mobile Web will go light years beyond anyone’s expectations actually driving an economic world recovery that will quickly begin to look like yet another ‘bubble’

7. The price of gold will drop as the US dollar sets records against major currencies. While it won’t fall flat, expect to see it hovering around the $1000/ounce level before increased consumer demand in China and India raise it back to $1400 or so.

8. The top grossing film of 2012 will be a breakout Indy film made completely using Android tablets. The film will be about ….what else but a Turkish Kanto Singer.

9. Amazon will drop the price of the kindle to $0.10 when you buy a kindle book on Amazon.  The number one bestseller of the year will be an ebook about a gay talking cat.

10. Google+ will shock the world as it surpasses the number of Facebook users. The catalyst will be an app that sends an electric jolt into the hands of those who use Facebook for more than ten minutes at a time.

That’s it…oh, wait…I should at least make one travel prediction.

11. The hot travel trend for 2013 will be “Feelgood Tourism” in which people will travel to far destinations, adopt a foreign homeless person for a week, and then make a film about why the world should help that person.

That’s it…be sure to come share your predictions for 2013 with us on Twitter, Facebook, or Google+ although if you’d prefer to just go watch more Turkish Kanto videos – I’ll understand completely.

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