Ryan Murdock has been writing about travel, culture and the world’s marginal places for over 20 years. His journeys have taken him to 74 countries, including desert expeditions and long solo trips through Central America and East and Southeast Asia.
His first book, Vagabond Dreams: Road Wisdom from Central America, explored the process of psychological and emotional change experienced by the traveller. It was given a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly, which described him as “a powerful new voice in creative nonfiction.”
He is Editor-at-Large (Europe) for Outpost, Canada’s national travel magazine, where his popular print column “Adrift on the Continent” explores odd corners of Europe, strange bits of political, human or physical geography that are largely unknown to Canadian readers. His feature articles have taken him across a remote stretch of Canada’s Northwest Territories on foot, into the Central Sahara in search of prehistoric rock art, and around Wales with a drug squad detective hunting for the real King Arthur. He also shares his love of travel literature through book reviews, with a focus on the classics.
When he’s not on the road, Ryan writes a weekly column for The Shift, an independent Maltese news portal.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.