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Longform travel stories.
The meat and potatoes of Legal Nomads, and the reason I started this site: to share longer form pieces about the adventures and misadventures on the road, about crazy bus rides filled with goats and chickens and the hospitality of strangers along the way.
As the site has grown and I’ve gotten older the type of travel I have done has changed. I focus more on the stories behind a place and its people these days, but this category includes all the craziness from the initial round-the-world adventure.
My initial plan for a 10-year anniversary celebration was a big party in my then-home of Oaxaca. When it became apparent that my food-filled bash would be impossible, I thought I would share the writing and photography that brought me […]
After a spinal tap led to a cerebrospinal leak, my life of travel and food changed overnight. To mark ten years of long term travel, I wanted to share what really happened and what comes next.
Annual review to mark the 9th anniversary of leaving the law. Personal growth, health, and business projects for Legal Nomads.
Strange animal attacks, terrible translation mistakes, and other embarrassing travel stories from years of roaming the world.
For a list of all of the travel narrative posts on Legal Nomads, click here.
Photoessays from the road.
When I started travelling in 2008 I brought along a point and shoot camera and left my laptop at home, using internet cafes to update the blog occasionally. In the years that followed I’ve tried to improve my photography and have managed to snag an award for my Japan Photoessay in the process.
I am always trying to improve my photography skills, and occasionally share long essays filled with images as a way to convey a sense of place. This category contains all of those posts and the occasional Instagram roundup also.
11 of my best photos this year, as decided by readers.
A short history of Belize and some thirty-odd photos from my weeks in the country, from land to sea, to the Great Blue Hole by air.
My photos and a year-end wrapup of what was a tough 2015. Portugal, Thailand, Vietnam, New Zealand and more! 25 photos in all.
Less than a week in Wanaka, New Zealand, but plenty of beautiful things to see.
Crash courses to cities I love.
These are practical posts, but they are as long as the travel narrative section! They contain guides to cities that I’ve spent time in, and each “crash course” includes where to eat, where to stay, what to do, and what to see.
They exist to make your travels easier.
A Puerto Escondido guide, including where to eat, the best spots to swim, where to stay, and how to get there and away from Oaxaca and elsewhere.
My opinionated Chiang Mai guide, including where to eat the best khao soi, where to go for a run, where to stay, and much more.
A long guide to my hometown of Montreal, including what to do during summer and winter, festivals, best Montreal restaurants, and gluten free dining for those who are celiac like me!
Everything you need to know for stuffing your face with food in Saigon.
Traveling soon? For a list of the city guides on Legal Nomads, click here.
Sickness and travel.
One of the fears we all have when setting out abroad is that we’ll get sick. I’ve had my share of it — mostly in the form of respiratory illnesses and issues surrounding falling off a motorbike on the side of a cliff while a truck rained cabbages and pineapples on me (you can’t make this stuff up). In these posts I get into the nitty gritty of what I learned during these misadventures, hopefully making you feel a bit more secure in the process.
The reality is I’m still travelling despite these mishaps — that says they couldn’t have been that bad! You know what they say: what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
Tips for eating street food without getting sick, offered up from my 9+ years of traveling around the world and eating a lot of it!
On rumination, fear, and accepting help when you need it.
The last twelve months were pretty terrible health-wise.
All of the ridiculous injuries, mishaps, bronchitis and motorcycle accidents that I’ve sustained during my 3+ years of round-the-world adventures.