25 Things You Don’t Know About Me


  Yeah, this post was inspired by one of those dumb internet memes. I saw it on someone’s blog and thought it might be fun. Why? We’ve been traveling together for a while now, but apart from the obvious stuff like books, music and traveler’s tales, we really don’t know that much about each other. That’s a bit strange, considering how long we’ve shared the road. Road friendships develop in...

Egad…. It’s The Hound!!!


A journey through Wales is a walk through the landscape of my childhood imagination. It was like traveling through the fragments of dreams barely remembered, with a constant haze of deja vu hovering just over my shoulder. My friends and I were driving to the town of Hay-on-Wye, site of a famous literary festival and home to more used bookstores than any other place on the planet. Conversation...

The Worst Smelling Place on the Planet


I’ve got a short video to share with you today. Ever wonder which piece of geography qualifies as the worst smelling place on the planet? Well, I found it…
I really wish I could make this video scratch and sniff. You can’t fully appreciate this place unless you’ve had it seared into your nose.


Why I Hate Chamomile Tea


  You know what really pisses me off? Chamomile tea. Anything labelled “soothing” or “calming” drives my anger through the roof. Are you saying I need to calm down???? Are you? Well great job then Mr. Crystal Rubber, because I HATE being told what to do. Don’t be surprised if “someone” eggs your house… I need calming down like I need 14 assholes. Sleepytime Tea! Bah! I want a tea that...

Does Your Stuff Honour You?


I bought a copy of The Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World last week. The new 2012 edition, with the planet sketched out in map sheets so beautiful they rival high art. I’ve dreamed of owning this enormous atlas as far back as high school. And in university I went to the library between classes to flip through its pages. But I could never afford to buy one back then. It’s nice to finally...

Cool Interview With Your Favourite Travel Scribe


The Australian adventure lifestyle magazine Bare Essentials ran an 8-page interview with me back in November/December 2010. Their questions were fun and original, and I thought you might enjoy reading the full spread. Here’s the text in it’s entirety. Click the banner at the bottom of the page to grab yourself a copy. They did an excellent job on the layout, and it featured photos by...

Ryan Murdock

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


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