What Is Vagabondish? Since 2006, Vagabondish has featured offbeat backpacking and travel news, advice, how-to tips and tall tales from around the world. We post new Features every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. New Sidelines, News and Photos of the Moment every weekday. Who Is Vagabondish? Mike Richard / Founding Editor Founding editor, Mike Richard, is a Rhode Island native, professional web designer, and travel junkie with an unhealthy addiction to backpacking, hiking and seeing the world. Since 2008, he has traveled extensively, camping with Bedouins in the Jordanian desert, tracking African wild dogs in South Africa, and surviving a near-miss shark attack in Mexico. He loves the great outdoors, good bourbon, and now (usually) calls Massachusetts home. His travel advice has appeared on the websites of industry leading publications for Forbes, Travel + Leisure, USA Today, VanityFair.it, CNET and National Geographic. He has spoken professionally as a featured panelist at the annual TBEX (Travel Blogger’s Exchange) conference. His other credits include “Woman’s World magazine contributor” and having once been interviewed by Tyra Banks (seriously). E-mail: mike@[this website name].com Kelsey Machado Kelsey Machado is an interior designer and professional organizer who runs her own interior design firm. A native New Englander, she has traveled the world, always returning home with new inspiration from the architecture, design, and natural wonders she has seen. She currently resides in Massachusetts and dreams of one day settling on the coast of Spain with her boyfriend, two dogs, and their own little seaside café. Past Writers Amanda Kendle / Features Writer Amanda Kendle is an Australian travel addict who’s visited more than thirty countries. She works as a travel blogger, blogging trainer and social media consultant and is trying to get a novel published. You can follow her life as a travel blogger at Not A Ballerina and on Twitter. Ann Brampton / Features Writer Ann Brampton is a British-born outdoor travel nut and social media freelance consultant. Currently living in Costa Rica and daydreaming daily of her next destination. A geek at heart, frustrated artist, spontaneous soul who believes life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful! You can read her rambles at AnnBrampton.com or follow her tweets at @annbrampton. Mishana Khot / Features Writer Mishana Khot is a freelance writer who is currently travelling for six months and is loving the childlike awe that the world inspires. She likes to people-watch, enjoys camping (with some comforts), and will stick her nose into a book when she feels lost. She has been camping across the United States for the last three months with her boyfriend and is now headed to Australia. Follow her journey at her personal blog. Stephanie Spencer / News & Sidelines Writer Stephanie Spencer is a freelance travel writer from Canada who has been held captive by the travel industry for over 13 years. An incurable smart aleck, notorious purple fanatic, hat person, and ukulele player of questionable abilities, Stephanie explores the geeky side of travel on her blog A Nerd At Large, and dispenses random quirkiness as @ANerdAtLarge on Twitter. She truly believes that anything is possible with enough determination and copious amounts of chocolate. Alice Naser / Social Media Ambassador + Editorial Assistant Alice Naser is from a great state with great lakes. Having grown up with a Palestinian father and a Peruvian mother, travel has always been not just a passion, but a part of life (and she couldn’t be more thankful). A fluent Spanglish speaker, her expertise includes: what do on sunny days, how to ride your bike while texting, and what it takes to be a fabulous amateur photographer. A self-proclaimed weirdo, you can see what’s going on in her life here via Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, or her blog. Questions? Comments? Letters of praise? Get in touch with us!