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...

On The Loose in Southern Africa

Outpost magazine Ryan Murdock's Namibia feature

My latest magazine feature just hit newsstands. You can find it in Chapters, Coles and other bookstores across Canada, and in select international magazine stores in the United States. Congrats to Tomoko Goto for landing the cover photo on her first feature assignment. It’s a story of adventure, exploration, close animal encounters and more. I don’t remember where I first heard about Namibia...

My Head is Reeling With the Motion

Vagabond Dreams: Road Wisdom from Central America

I’ve got several new updates for you from Murdland. This is such exciting stuff my poor head is reeling with it. Voice from Another Room: …it’s probably just the gin… Nevermind smart guy! Anyway, yeah, I’d like to tell you about a few of the things I’ve been up to. And this is probably the best place to spill it all at once. So shake up the classic cocktail of your choice… Feed...

My Friend Dashiell


I lost one of the two most important people in my life today. I’d like to take a moment to tell you about her. Dashiell first came into my life when she was 2 weeks old. I was in my third year of university, and she was so small I could hold her in the palm of my hand. We’d always had cats when I was a child, but I really had no intention of getting a cat of my own. My girlfriend at the time was...

Reflections on 40


I spent the first half of my twenties as a starving student, reading all the time and scraping by on poor food and the cheapest no name coffee that comes in a giant tin. I didn’t start traveling until after I graduated, and I felt like I had to make up for lost time. I spent the second half of that decade working horrible temp jobs for very little pay, and saving it all for trips. When I was 28...

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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