Meet the Nomads – Vago Damitio of Vagobond

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Vago is the editor and Owner of Vagobond, an indie online travel magazine that you definitely need to bookmark. After spending just a few minutes browsing his site, I instantly got hooked. It features a lot of quirky and offbeat destinations that I don’t know about. And it also has a lot of helpful destination guides and extremely useful travel tips.

Vago is a talented writer and also passionate about a variety of stuff such as gardening and entrepreneurship. His way of writing is something that I personally like since it’s light and it feels like you’re talking to someone you really know.

Get to know more about Vago and visit his website at Vagobond. But before you leave this page, check out my short interview with Vago.

Vago Damitio

How did you discover your passion for travelling?

“When I was a small child my family lived in a VW bus and travelled all over the USA. My father was a rock and roller and so we were caravaning from gig to gig and hotel to hotel when it was too cold to stay in the bus. I was born into this lifestyle.”

What’s the most horrible experience that you’ve had on the road?

“I hitched across Canada with no money (well, $4 Canadian to be honest), no sleeping bag, and a poor excuse for a coat. In the Lakes region, the police kicked me off the main highway and I ended up stuck on a road with no traffic but tons of black flies. The weather turned bitter cold and there was nowhere to shelter. I found an abandoned pickup truck and climbed inside to try to hide from the flies and the cold. Black flies by the way actually pull a chunk out of your skin when they bite you. I fell asleep for a few hours and woke up so cold I could hardly move except for my chattering teeth. I woke up, made a big fire, thawed and went back to the highway where I caught a ride just as I saw the police coming back to boot me from the highway again. It might sound tame, but I thought I was going to die that night.”

What’s the best travel experience that you’ve ever had?

“It’s hard to answer questions like this but when I walked around the perimeter of Oahu, I gained a connection with my home island that I’d never felt before. Of course, that time an Orangutan busted into my hut in Sumatra and sank his fangs into a can of Red Bull he’d rifled from my bag and woke me up with the spray of it…that might be there too, though I had to change my drawers after that one.”

Vago Damitio

What’s the biggest realization that you’ve got out of travelling?

“You don’t really have to go anywhere to travel. Some of the greatest adventures show up at your doorstep. Still, I keep going for some reason.”

What keeps you going? What keeps you motivated?

“I’m just trying to get back home to Hawaii with my wife and daughter at this point. It’s been 4 years I’ve been away and the visa process has kept my wife from seeing my home.”

This is a silly and hypothetical one. If you would be given a chance to travel with a popular person or a celebrity, who would it be and why?

“Richard Branson. Easy question. He’s simply awesome in a philosophical, personal, and business way. He’s my hero.”

Vago Damitio

Where’s your favourite place in this planet and why?

“Again, an almost impossible question. I love Olympus in Turkey because the ruins on the beach and the serenity of it in the off season, but when it comes down to it – there isn’t anywhere like Hawaii. Not that I’ve seen anyway.

What’s your best tip for newbie traveller?”

“Start at home. Dig into the history and culture of what you take for granted. See where you live and it gives you better eyes to see the world.”

What’s the funniest and silliest thing you’ve ever done while travelling?

“When my grandmother died, I took all of her silk scarves with me to Scotland which was her homeland – I tied them on the heads of famous McCleods (our ancestors) in the Scottish Portrait Galleries and gave them to beautiful old and young women I met along the journey.”

What do you think about yourself?

“I”m an awesome friend but lots of people think I’m a total dick. The reason for that is because I have a sort of 3 strikes rule – if someone shows me three times that they aren’t contributing to making my life or joy better then I have no use for them. I give heavily to those who are generous and caring and give nothing to those who are selfish and rude. I have too many projects and know too many awesome people to waste my time and energy on jerks.”

Vagobond

“I’m the Editor-in-Chief of Vagobond.com – We’re an online magazine focused on quirky luxury, offbeat travel, and foodie adventures. My blog is VagoDamitio.com and it’s about life, family, travel, and writing. – Vago Damitio

Editor’s Note: All pics are provided by Vago.

Next: Agness Walewinder of eTramping Previously: Nick Knowles of On My Walkabout For more interviews with travel bloggers, check out the archives of Meet the Nomads.

Comments

  1. Great review, Flip! I don’t know Vago personally but he seems like a stellar bloke :)

    Sucks to hear the visa process is taking ages – they never make it easy :-/

  2. Very good interview and some honest responses there.

    I’ve heard a lot of those horrible black flies in Canada but have thankfully always avoided them.

    Best go now, off to look at vagobond.com :-)

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