Koh Chang sunsetOne of the many benefits of what we commonly refer to as “the information age” is the ability to share and access information – hence, I presume, the phrase.  Having an affinity for said information, particularly that with a concentration in travel or story-telling, I of course find this a wonderful age in which to live.  Now, if I could only solve the challenges of insufficient time for travel or story-telling.  However, I’ve hatched a plan.

Angkor Wat CatacombUntil then, I’ve assembled a short-list of my favorite sites on the web.  Some of these are folks who’ve resolved the challenges hindering most would-be travelers and story-tellers.  Others are simply information I check in on from time to time, seeking out what’s current in the arena of documentaries and media.

There’s allot of good work going on in the world, and perhaps it’s something we should pin up for our own information and benefit, or as an occasional reference to take measure of the world around us.


Just a thought………..

~ Castaway


Here’s just a few of my favorite sites:


Wandering Earl 

  Here’s a guy who learned early in life that the world outside his Boston home is a fascinating place to ‘wander’.  Although his first name is actually Derek, he is commonly called by his middle name, Earl.  In his own words, “I became inflicted with an untreatable addiction to world exploration”, and the list of countries he’s explored is 70+ and growing.  Traveling since 1999, Earl has a conversational style of writing that is very enjoyable to read, accompanied by videos that are simple yet very entertaining.  It’s a fun site to visit again and again.


classe touriste

  A website created by a freelance travel writer and photographer couple who work for several international magazines and newspapers.  Debbie Pappyn and David De Vleeschauwer have visited at least 11 continents and I have no idea how many countries.  The writing is good and reminds me of the style often used in National Geographic, i.e., journal style…?  Though somewhat formal, the reading is nevertheless entertaining, and David’s photography is just amazing.  His images alone make the site worth visiting.


Lonely Planet

  A perennial favorite of mine and many travelers, Lonely Planet is – by any measure – an amazing resource for travel information on just about any conceivable destination throughout the world.  I personally love the forums and blog, written by those who have been there and can provide ‘first-person’ accounts of what it’s like and what to expect.  With everything I’ve read, questions are welcomed and dutifully answered.  You can also visit the site on pinterest for more first-hand travel experiences.  And for those less inclined to travel or unable to do so, the site provides terrific reading from travelers in every corner of the world. Take the time to visit.  It’s truly a great source of information, without the advertiser’s slant.


  A site to visit when I want to research the demographics of an area, i.e., data bases, population diversity, cost of living, property values, schools, crime, weather, news, etc., and basically perform a cursory review of a city or region in the U.S.  Fun reading for a Social Science dork like me.


Visual Science Lab

  I found this site a long time ago and just keep going back to it.  Kirk Tuck is a portrait photographer and videographer by vocation, but also a very talented and legitimate writer. I admire – and envy – his ability to crank out a tremendous amount of material on his site almost daily, and enjoy his reflections and projections on where the photography and videography industry has been and the direction it’s going.  It’s a terrific read, created and articulated in a manner only possible by a very analytical mind with an artistic slant.



  Another site I started reading several years ago is Strobist, authored by David Hobby.  David is a former photojournalist with the Baltimore Sun, who one day decided to strike out on his own and create his own photojournalist business and web-site.  I don’t visit his site so frequently these days, but periodically dig in to enjoy the content of his blog entries.  David doesn’t simply talk about photography.  He breaks it down to its elemental components and then demonstrates how, when used properly, it accentuates the creativity of the story-teller.  Always the pragmatic and creative photojournalist, David has some interesting stories and on-site experiences to fall back on as reference for the creative process.


  Updates will be provided as time and interest allow – or dictate.

~ Castaway

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