Travel Writing

I LOVE TO WRITE NEARLY AS MUCH AS I LOVE TO TRAVEL. HERE IS ARE SOME OF MY FAVORITE NARRATIVES PUBLISHED ON THE TRAVELERS NOTEBOOK.COM

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ALL ABOARD!

A swim out to sea brings new friends off the coast of Hoi An, Vietnam.

As I am spotted, a rotund, tattooed fellow stands on deck and waves his arms like a man in desperate need of rescue. All eleven men on the boat are shirtless and bronzed like church bells and rub hairless pot bellies with supreme self satisfaction… READ MORE.

BOMBS OVER PHONSAVAN


Come face to face with one of the most heavily bombed places in the world, Phonsavan, Laos

Illustrations depict the mechanics of cluster bombs. 300 baseball-sized explosives fill the weapon. A few hundred feet above the ground the cluster bomb is split in two and its payload fans out to a 100 square meter radius and then destroys everything. Everything that does not die is taken apart to shrieking pieces…READ MORE.

HOW TRAVEL SAVED MY LIFE


When the surgeon took the golf ball sized tumor out of my father’s head he apologized and said my father would be lucky to see two more months.

The stigma of death was never far and often while standing in a cathedral or trying to will myself to sleep, I was keenly aware that I was running. I knew behind my constructed guise of a carefree traveler I was a young man under a curse…READ MORE.

NOTES ON LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT


Bored, lonely, and on his third beer, Joshua Johnson falls in love with a woman he will never know.

Brown from a lifetime of Montagnana afternoons, she is tall, dark. She moves like a slender tree. The smile that breaks across her face and never fully retreats breaks my heart…READ MORE.

DO IT WHILE YOU’RE YOUNG


Does the old saying ‘do it while you’re young’ hold true? At the Cambodian border an elderly Parisian suggests otherwise.

In the Cambodian border town of Poipet, Bridget and I share a cab ride with an excitable and elderly Frenchmen named Pierre. Triumphantly old and traveling the world alone, he is strenuously hard of hearing and very happy to be in Cambodia…READ MORE.

NOTES ON (ALMOST?) GETTING ROBBED IN LAOS


Aboard a bus in Laos, Josh suspects that the shifty kid with the machine gun might just rob him blind.

The bus pulls aside and while the men step out to liberate their bladders, the glint off the barrel of a large machine gun catches my eye. The weapon is protruding from a young man’s denim coat. I stand and stretch, only now I have an electric current running from my toes to my testicles…READ MORE.

TRESPASSING AS TRAVEL


Jump the fence with Joshywashington and discover travel as trespass.

In a world that has been picked over, trampled and bricked in, the (law-flaunting) intrepid spirit must look for signs that point the way to adventure.
Sometimes those signs read: NO TRESPASSING…READ MORE.

NOTES ON RUNNING OUT OF MONEY


With a dysfunctional debit card and dwindling cash, Joshywashington is shit out of luck in Vietnam.

Let’s get one thing straight: I wasn’t giving this cabbie our last ten bucks. No way. Not happening. The cabbie looked at me, me at him, and then both of us at the trunk, locked with our backpacks inside…READ MORE.

NOTES ON TEMPORARY HOMELESSNESS IN ITALY

JoshyWashington recalls nights spent homeless while traveling in Italy.

It’s late. The lucky fuckers settling into sleep in the hostel lobby won’t meet your eyes as the desk girl tells you she can’t let anybody else crash in the foyer…READ MORE.

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