Something to Believe In


I believe travel has the power to transform lives.

I believe travel literature can build global bridges on a human level, and can inspire individuals to go beyond themselves.

I believe travel literature is literature.

I believe in the freedom of the individual.

I believe that mastery of the body and mind can lead to mastery of life — but you must be prepared to go beyond.

I believe that we are not our boxes, and that we’re free to assume whatever form suits us at that moment.

I believe there’s more to life than vapid pop culture and soul-sucking 9 to 5.

I believe in living now rather than saving for a future you may not have.

I believe in feeding the mind on great literature and feeding the soul with good music, and I believe in kicking in the TV and taking a sledgehammer to the radio.

I believe in the Spirit of Place.

I believe in aut nunc, aut numquam.

I believe in solitude, and silence.

I believe in careful readers.

I believe that a least a few of you out there do too.

If you believe in some of these things, then come along with me on this journey. Because we really can realize our own Vagabond Dreams…


About the author

Ryan Murdock

Author of A Sunny Place for Shady People and Vagabond Dreams: Road Wisdom from Central America. Host of Personal Landscapes podcast. Editor-at-Large (Europe) for Canada's Outpost magazine. Writer at The Shift. Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.


  • aut tunc, aut nunquam.
    What an amazing Mission Statement! I shall be visiting and studying your blog religiously, brutha. Of all the colleagues I’ve had, and all of the teammates I’ve traveled the world with, you consistently illuminate our path and expand the adventure.
    Looking forward to the next installment!

  • Fantastic! I know that there are great things ahead. Well done my friend.
    I can’t wait to see where this goes.

  • aut tunc, aut nunquam? Interesting. Defnitely a good motto to live by. Much better than my Norse/Gaelic ancestors whose motto was aut Pax, aut Bellum.
    Keep up the good work. And congratulations on the new site. Looks good.

  • I really love “meaningful journeys to marginal places” as well as your manifesto. I’m looking forward to the day I get to read your book in full.
    Congrats on the new site and blog and I hope they are both good adventures for you.


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