Where’s Ryan — Can You Guess?


It’s time for a little game of “Where’s Waldo”… Except… well… I’m Waldo. And I’m not wearing a striped sweater or a funny hat. I’m on the road again. And I’m currently locked in semi-seclusion making a start on a new book. Here’s a late-day view from my balcony: Can YOU guess where I am? Reply in the comments below if you...

Three New Stories — On Newsstands Now!


It’s been a bit quiet around here lately, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been scheming… You were desperate for your travel fix. In need of stories that combine adventure, philosophy, bookish overtones and deep desert thoughts. Well it’s time to get your fix… You asked and I have delivered. But I didn’t just put together one catch-all piece for your reading pleasure. I’ve got 3 totally new...

This Email Made My Day


Thanks very much to Vagabond Dreams reader “Voyageur” who took the time to drop me a line this week: I received the gift-book on Sunday from my visiting brother-in-law and regretfully put it down last night after having read and savoured each page. More than a mere travelogue, this semi-autobiography revealed not just your visual interpretations of the landscapes and bodies of water which you...

The 360 Degree Penthouse Years


A few weeks ago I sent you an email about the end of the Palazzo Years. And I shared some photos of the amazing 400 year old house I was renting in a village called Zejtun in the south of Malta. As it was prophesied, so it has come to pass. The Palazzo Years have ended, and I’m now looking out over the rugged valley of Wied ta’ Isperanza from the terrace of my new place. But we were able to toast...

It’s My 200th Blog Post — Enter the Contest!


Well, we’ve finally reached the 200th blog here on Ryan Murdock’s Road Wisdom. And I’ve been struggling to think of an appropriate way to mark the occasion… Should I come up with some sort of special “anniversary” article? Something nostalgic where I reminisce about how I got started, why I decided to blog, and all the gin-scented sweat I poured into it? Should I do a flashback episode? Or...

A Week of Expedition Skills in the Lake District


It’s been a little while since I posted a new blog. I’ve spent all of 1 week at home in the past 5 weeks, and I’ve got a lot of travels to fill you in on. Let’s start by talking about the Expedition Skills course I attended last week in England’s Lake District. If you’re planning a journey beyond the farthest fringes of the map, then you really should have this stuff in your toolkit. I first...

I Got a Red Star Review in Publisher’s Weekly


…well I didn’t exactly get a starred review, but my book did. No one evaluated me as a person (…and I’m sure if they did, they’d expel me as a bad influence…). Although they did refer to me as “a powerful new voice in creative nonfiction.” Which I thought was kinda nice. But yeah, Vagabond Dreams got the red star. According to their website, “Starred reviews are given to books...

Book Signing Update and Pics


I promised to give you an update on the signing I did at Leeds County Books this past week… Despite a blizzard that smothered the region in several inches of snow, the turnout was excellent. It was supposed to be 2 hours long but I was there for a full 3 hours, with a nonstop stream of people lined up to the door the entire time. According to the guy at the bookstore, the average number of...

Book Signing December 29th — Be There!


I’m doing a book signing for Vagabond Dreams on December 29th, 2012 in Brockville, Ontario. This will be my only visit to North America in 2012 / 2013, so I hope you can make it. Want to get your copy signed, share a travel story — or even give me a piece of your mind? Don’t miss this opportunity! I will sign copies of the book, household items, high school memorabilia, and selected parts of the...

Reader Photos — Is Yours Among Them?


All sorts of happy readers have been posting their Vagabond Dreams photos on my Facebook page. I asked them to take a picture with the book, and they answered in spades. I thought you might enjoy seeing them, so I pasted a bunch here. We’ve got readers posting from all over Canada and the US, from Australia, the Himalayas, the jungles of Brazil and even the deck of the Titanic. Two of the photos...


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