Articles written by: Bryan Schatz

Interview with Damien Mander of the International Anti-Poaching Foundation: “We Shoot Armed Poachers on Sight”

Interview with Damien Mander of the International Anti-Poaching Foundation: “We Shoot Armed Poachers on Sight”

Between multiple deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, Damien Mander spent eight years in the Middle East as a sniper in the Australian Special Forces. Now, from the raw wilderness setting of Zimbabwe, he runs an organization called the International Anti Poaching Foundation (IAPF) with hopes of saving the world’s remaining [...]

Semester at Sea: GO!

Semester at Sea: GO!

  On a drizzly, middle-of-winter Vancouver morning in 2005, myself and approximately 900 other individuals  – students, professors, administrators, and crewmembers from around the country and world – boarded a ship to cross the Pacific Ocean and begin one of the most adventurous phases of our lives. We were headed [...]

Life Is What You Make It: Interview with Filmmaker Sebastion Montaz-Rosset

Life Is What You Make It: Interview with Filmmaker Sebastion Montaz-Rosset

Sebastion Montaz-Rosset is producing some of the most inspiring and mind-blowing films to come out in recent years. He follows the lives of various extreme sports athletes as they venture to mountain peaks where they BASE jump off of pendulum swings from the summits; they hop in hot-air balloons and [...]

Dr. Bronner’s Magical Soap – Vagabonds’ Best Friend

Dr. Bronner’s Magical Soap – Vagabonds’ Best Friend

Over 150 years ago, Dr. Emanuel (Emil) Bronner strayed from his German–Jewish relatives and one of their fundamental family traditions. They were in the business of making soap the old fashioned way: from rendered animal blubber and flames. But this didn’t jive with “the Doctor” (a title he awarded himself [...]

War Tourism: Yeah, It’s a Thing.

War Tourism: Yeah, It’s a Thing.

Not to be confused with “battleground tourism” (where history buffs and older folks peruse WW2 battle sites and such), “war tourism” is when the danger of regular adventure just isn’t enough. Increasingly, those looking to head far away from the beaten path are going clear off the reservation. Destinations like [...]

Climbing In Thailand

Climbing In Thailand

  Thailand, that steamy jungle of riotous fun, with its bleeding sunsets, delicious beaches, provocative nightlife and aggressively delectable cuisine, is also a land of stellar rock climbing. People started heading to Thailand to climb in the eighties, and word got around quickly. But the real spike in interest came [...]

The Mongol Rally: “Traveling Is for Sissies”

The Mongol Rally: “Traveling Is for Sissies”

  No support crew or medical professionals will be available for assistance. You’ll ruin your vehicle and get hopelessly lost. You’ll suffer heat stroke and frostbite alike. You might be terribly injured, become permanently disfigured, or otherwise disabled. You might even die. But isn’t that appeal enough already? If you [...]

Ditch the Camera, It’s Not A Travel Requirement

Ditch the Camera, It’s Not A Travel Requirement

  What? You might be thinking. Don’t take a camera on the dream trip you’ve been planning for years? But that’s like playing soccer with a stick instead of a ball, a Cuba Libre without the rum, birding without binoculars. Well, no, it’s not. Despite the trend, a camera may [...]

Cordillera Blanca: Peru’s Mountain Wonderland

Cordillera Blanca: Peru’s Mountain Wonderland

Peru is a unique gem of a country for vagabonding outdoor enthusiasts. There are waves to surf, canyons to explore and deserts to wander in. Ancient ruins offer hints of a rich history and neon-lit disco dance parties reveal the spice of the modern youth. But, perhaps more intriguing and [...]

Busking 101: Making Cash On the Road

Busking 101: Making Cash On the Road

    There was a time when two friends and I found ourselves in the town of Escalante, Utah bordering the vast, void and canyon-riddled Escalante Wilderness, without much cash and no food. Escalante is one of those rare, delicious Utah towns that despite essentially only occupying a short stretch [...]