July 9, 2020

Why I was Wrong about Central America

Why I was Wrong about Central America I’m not in love with Central America. But this latest trip certainly gave me a greater appreciation for this […]
December 17, 2014
Qixingtan Beach and the Qingshui Cliffs

Photos from the Road: Qixingtan Beach and the Qingshui Cliffs

  The Qingshui Cliffs are some of the most spectacular coastal scenery anywhere. Add to that the excitement of riding a scooter along the narrow, winding […]
May 4, 2012

First Day in a New Country: Here’s What I do

  I just arrived in Vietnam last night on a bus from southern China. So what do I do during my first day in a country? […]
January 1, 2012

2011 in Review

2011 in many ways has been an extremely successful year. I have a lot to be grateful for. As the year is about to turn to […]
August 6, 2011

Three months in Southeast Asia in Review

Overall my Southeast Asia trip was a great success. I witnessed incredible experiences, met extraordinarily friendly people, and saw how people live life in places that […]
July 27, 2011

The Realities of Blogging from the Road

I just returned from a 3-month trip through Southeast Asia. This was the first time that I traveled while maintaining my blogs, both Bohemian Traveler and […]
July 22, 2011

Why I don’t like Laos

The Lack of Culture What I mean by lack of culture is the outside, in-your-face culture. If you’re a traveler it’s hard to find. Lao food, […]
July 1, 2011

Tubing in Vang Vieng: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Tubing in Vang Vieng I’m a traveler who tends to place a lot of importance on the cultural aspects of travel. Let me state first and […]
June 8, 2011

Life in Pai

By Stephen Bugno Pai, Thailand is the quintessential backpacker town. I’ll try not to be too judgmental and let you decide for yourself if you want […]
April 6, 2011

What I packed: 3 Months in Southeast Asia

By Stephen Bugno Packing light is a refined art—I’ve been trying to perfect it for years. I’m almost there. The good news is the longer my […]
March 17, 2011

It’s not about the free couch

If you’re a member of, you may already know how awesome it is. For those of you who are not, I just want to stress […]
December 18, 2010
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Salento, Colombia: The Quintessential Backpacker Village

Salento is not the type of place where you’re going to be the only Gringo in town. Don’t try and fool yourself, it is a touristy […]
May 13, 2010

The Problem with the Backpacker’s Circuit

  “This is just as bad as an all-inclusive resort in Cancun.” I blurt out to myself while hanging from my hammock chair. We are sitting […]