Website Being Redesigned

This website is being redesigned and will relaunch in a most beautiful and awesome form in a few more days.   For now, bookmark the page and we’ll let you know when it’s up and running.  

Cheers!

Mark and Alex

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This is Flamenco: Guitars and Gypsies in Granada

When you think of Spain chances are that you think about flamenco, sangria and bull fighting.  That’s partly true, but especially so in the south of Spain.  Flamenco is perhaps Spain’s most notorious export; but to the people of Andalusia, flamenco isn’t just a style of music…it’s a way of life.

The Vagabrothers explore the back streets in the shadow of the Alhambra and speak to a master guitar maker to find out what flamenco really is.  Come along to jam with the Gypsies of Granada.

Disfruta amigos!  Ole!

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Namibia: The Search for the Eternal Flame

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As Marko and I plan our next 6 month adventure around the world,  I look back on an amazing and formative experience in my life.

In August of 2012,  I set off on an expedition with Ken Hames, a former Major in the British Special Forces and BBC TV presenter.  Our goal was to cross the Otjihipa Mountains in Northern Namibia, one the most remote regions in the world.  We wanted to find a sub-tribe of the Himba,  the Chimba.  The Chimba are some of Africa’s last hunter-gatherers and exist in almost complete isolation.

Our journey lasted three weeks and was fraught with danger and setbacks.  It took us 6 days off-road to arrive to the Otjihipa mountain range only to have our Land Rover break down 15km from our goal, the Kunene River.  From there we set off on foot and  battled the elements; searing heat during the day and frigid temperatures at night.  During this expedition I learned the importance of team-work, determination, and the immense power we all have, the power of the mind.

For those who say there is nothing left to explore in our world… I most certainly disagree.

-Vagabrother Alex

Thank you Mark Tattersall of Ainsworth & Parkinson Ltd. for the edit.

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Vagabrothers Win My Destination’s Biggest Baddest Bucket List

Wow.

The Vagabrothers are stoked to announce that out of 1,251 entries from 110 different countries, we have WON My Destination’s Biggest Baddest Bucket List.

What does that mean?

Starting in July we are off on a 6 month trip around the world to 6 continents and 25 destinations of our choice.  Our goal?  Explore the world, connect with the locals, and inspire you to do the same.  From the deserts of Oman, to the summit of Mount Kilmanjaro, to the jungles of Bali our Bucket List is sure to be amazing.

We will be vlogging, blogging and snapping photos the entire time so be sure to stay tuned. Trust us, this is going to be one hell of an adventure…and we are taking you with us!

Thanks again to Mydestination.com for making this all possible and making dreams come true!  You guys rock!

– The Vagabrothers

Here is a taste of what’s to come.

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OurBBB for San Diego: Beaches, Burritos, and Beers!

We head to London tomorrow to compete in the finals of MyDestination.com’s MyBBB contest – fingers crossed!  But before we go, we wanted to clear something up.  In San Diego, “BBB” refers to the three Cali classics: Beaches, Burritos and Beer.  Come with us and check out the best of all three.  Stay classy, San Diego!

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Top 10 Bucketlist Destinations: Where We’d Go if We Won MyBBB (Vlog #3)

We go to London this Saturday to compete in the finals of MyDestination’s Biggest, Baddest, Bucketlist competition – but in the meantime, they asked us to make a video about where we’d go and what we’d do if we won.  We had a lot of fun answering their question!  Enjoy the video, and don’t forget to vote for our entry by going here and clicking “support and follow this finalist.”

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Nos vamos a Londres este mismo sábado para competir en los finales del concurso del Biggest, Baddest, Bucketlist de MyDestination – pero mientras tanto, nos pidieron hacer un video sobre a donde iríamos y que haríamos si ganemos.  ¡Lo pasamos muy divertido en contestar la pregunta!   Que disfrutes el video, y no olvides de votar por nosotros a través del este enlace – haz click en “Support and follow this finalist” y ya esta.  Gracias, eskerrik asko!   

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Our #MyBBB Bucket List: Costa Rica

As we prepare to go to London to compete against 9 other finalists for MyDestination’s Biggest, Baddest Bucket List competition, we’re blogging about the places we’d love to include on our bucket list. We’ll spend this month in constant count-down, researching MyDestination.com’s 65 featured destinations and highlighting our favorites. In no particular order, today’s post is on Costa Rica.

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Pura vida. 

No two words could better sum up the life philosophy of Costa Rica’s friendly people, the Ticans.  Literally, it means “pure life” but the English words barely approach the carefree mentality that comes with the land.  To get it, you’d have to spend at least a week in the jungles and beaches of Costa Rica.  Here’s a few ideas on how to do that.

First, we’d drive down the Osa peninsula to get to Pavones – a true surfers’ paradise, but also one of the most biologically intense places on the planet, per Nat Geo.  It’s way down the Pacific coast near the Panamanian border, almost totally spared of development and widely considered Costa Rica’s last true paradise.

Despite some overdeveloped coastal areas, ecotourism is huge in Costa Rica. We’d get lost in this land of vast jungles, home to over 12,000 species of plants, 830 of birds, 1,200 of butterflies, 230 of mammals and 400 species of reptiles – even though it only takes up 0.3% of the world’s landmass.  Over a quarter of the country is “protected” through 26 national parks and even more wildlife refuges and biological reserves.

The only thing cooler than a jungle is a jungle island – especially a former hang out of pirates.  We’re talking about Coco Island, where they filmed Jurassic Park and where many treasure hunters have been drawn by rumors of lost gold – read the story here.

These days, Costa Rica’s gold comes from their #1 export – coffee.  There are plenty of coffee plantations offering tours that explain how the rich volcanic soil has made Costa Rica’s coffee some of the best in the world.

But the best way to energize our trip would be not from coffee, but adventure activities like canopy tours, canyoning down waterfalls, bungee jumping or white water rafting.  A number of rafting companies offer trips through tropical rivers – a bucket list experience that is hard to beat.  There’s plenty more on the open sea – from deep sea fishing, to scuba diving, whale watching and snorkeling – plus yoga and spas to help you relax ashore.

Such is the daily routine in paradise: wake up to the sound of the ocean, eat a breakfast of gayo pinto and fresh, guanabana juice and world-class coffee.  Surf till your arms fall off, walk down a jungle hemmed beach, or read a book in a hammock.  Adventure in the jungle or siesta – your choice.  Repeat until sunset, then dance the night away with Tic@s until it’s time to start again.

Costa Rica, we’re coming.

For now, our friends at JamandaHalf have provided us with a sample of local jams and if you want more music from Costa Rica visit their webpage.

Comments? Advice? Disagreements? Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

And please vote for us to win MyDestination.com’s Biggest Baddest Bucketlist Competiton! 

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Our #MyBBB Bucket List: Oman

As we prepare to go to London to compete against 9 other finalists for MyDestination’s Biggest, Baddest Bucket List competition, we’re blogging about the places we’d love to include on our bucket list. We’ll spend this month in constant count-down, researching MyDestination.com’s 65 featured destinations and highlighting our favorites. In no particular order, today’s post is on Oman.

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We’ve wanted to go to the Middle East for a long time.  For us, Oman is the gateway to this fascinating region and a small kingdom that holds the best of the Arab world.  Here’s a quick list of ideas on how to spend a week in Oman.

Oman is full of contrasts to explore.  On one hand, the dry dunes of the Empty Quarter are the original home of the Bedouins, so tpp on the list would be night in the desert.  We’d spend a night sleeping under the stars, immersed in the silence of the desert, then wake up to sand-board down the dunes and ride 4x4s all the way back to Muscat.

But Oman is not simply a desert – there are oases like the traditional mud village of Bilad Sayt or Wakan, or the lush mountains and coastline surrounding Salalah, Oman’s 2nd largest city.  There’s plenty to do below the sand as well – we’d take advantage of Oman’s extensive cave system to explore the underground and take shelter from the heat by doing some caving.

The coast has played a huge part in Oman’s history.  The port of Sohar is said to be the birthplace of Sinbad the Sailor, so we’d pay our respects to that legendary traveler before shooting down to the shipbuilding capital of Sur to check out a traditional Dhow making factory – the type of boat we want to sail to Zanzibar later… (post coming soon!). Round off the coast with a visit to Khasab and then it’s time to head inland.

Omanis needed forts to protect these ports, and modern Oman is filled with castles from centuries past.  Images of fortresses like Nizwa, Jabrin, Nakhal, Ar Rustaq and Khasab stir our imagination and get us excited about winning the #mybbb contest and making our way to Oman as soon as possible!

For now, our friends at JamandaHalf have provided us with a sample of local jams and if you want more music from Oman visit their webpage.

Comments? Advice? Disagreements? Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

And please vote for us to win MyDestination.com’s Biggest Baddest Bucketlist Competiton! 

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#MyBBB Vlog #2: Agur Euskadi (Goodbye Basque Country)

Spend the next 3 minutes with the Vagabrothers as they recount their amazing memories from a very special place.

Goodbye Euskadi…for now.

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Our #MyBBB Bucket List: Tasmania

As we prepare to go to London to compete against 9 other finalists for MyDestination’s Biggest, Baddest Bucket List competition, we’re blogging about the places we’d love to include on our bucket list. We’ll spend this month in constant count-down, researching MyDestination.com’s 65 featured destinations and highlighting one per day. In no particular order, today’s post is on Tasmania, Australia.  

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The challenge of Australia is its vastness. Tasmania, Australia’s only island state, offers the best bits of Oz in a manageable size – plus things you won’t find anywhere else.

We see Tassie as a place to get outdoors and into some real adventures. When we found out that Tasmania has the “world’s cleanest air” it made us want to run, bike and hike our way from north to south until our lungs are gasping for it.

We’re keen for a few walkabouts – from getting lost in the rugged Tarkine wilderness to finding Tasmanian Devils in a conservation park, taking on the Overland Trail or topping off a day’s hike with fresh oysters in Cole Bay. From rock climbing to white-water rafting, caving to jet-boating -there’s plenty to get your heartbeat up.

All that exertion requires some calories. Luckily, Tasmania is renowned for fine dining.  The islands’s climate produces some of the best food in Australia from fresh fruit, local honey, rich chocolate and delectable craft cheeses. Fly fishing tours offer the chance to catch your dinner while wineries provide the local drink to wash it down.

Tasmania also holds many monuments to a fascinating but painful history. It was a center of convicts during the colonial era and still holds many traces of aboriginal culture. Though both were treated harshly at the time, modern historical sites offer a glimpse into this past.

With so much to do outdoors, we can’t forget the cities. Hobart is the capital in the south, where it all comes together. From Salamanca market to Gothic architecture and fine dining, it makes the perfect place to come back to after all that time in the bush.

Hope to see Tasmania soon!  For now, we’ve got this playlist from JamandaHalf.com for Aussie inspiration!

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