Travel Writing and Photography

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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.

Latest in Travel Narrative

CSF Leak and Blood Patch Recovery: My Story

The Spinal Tap That Changed My Life

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.

gluten free translation cards

9 Years of Legal Nomads

Annual review to mark the 9th anniversary of leaving the law. Personal growth, health, and business projects for Legal Nomads.

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.

Latest in Photography

great blue hole belize jodi ettenberg

30 Reasons to Visit Belize

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.

Love pictures? For the full archives of travel photography click here.

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.

Latest in City Guides

Montreal and Leonard Cohen at Night by Mike Rigney

The Legal Nomads Guide to Montreal

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!

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.

Latest in Getting Sick While Traveling

dengue fever symptoms and treatment

My Pain Explained:
Dengue Fever

Dengue fever is a growing epidemic affecting 50-100million people worldwide. What I learned from it, along with symptoms & how to treat it.

Mount Agung at dawn in Bali, Indonesia

Getting Sick in Far Away Places

All of the ridiculous injuries, mishaps, bronchitis and motorcycle accidents that I’ve sustained during my 3+ years of round-the-world adventures.

Is your immune system as run down as mine? The posts about getting sick are all here.