About Us

About the Virginia Vagabonds

This blog is mostly written by Katie, with the occasional post by Bob. We hail from the state of Virginia, on the east coast of the United States. We met in university, where we quickly discovered our shared interest in world cultures and all things travel. After graduating, we moved to Japan to teach English and enjoyed it so much, we ended up staying for three years. In October 2010, we started our next adventure – a journey around the world. Although we’ve both visited other countries and lived abroad, it is our first long-term travel experience.

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Katie in the Nagasaki Peace Park

Name: Katie

Age: 26

Likes: Food, wine, beer, trains, photography, theater, the beach

Dislikes: Disrespectful people, know-it-alls, balloons

Other places visited: Canada, El Salvador, Cuba, St. Maarten, St. Barths, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, England, France, Germany, Japan, China, South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, the Philippines

Bob helping make traditional food for Japanese New Year

Name: Bob

Age: 29

Likes: anything handmade or locally produced, craft beer, good food, good company, art, geography, history, going for walks in the woods, mountains, dogs, dance music

Dislikes: willful ignorance, close-mindedness, racism, religious extremism

Other places visited: Canada, France, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Japan, South Korea, China (Hong Kong), Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, the Philippines

So how did you guys meet?

We met at the University of Virginia in a student theater group. Bob graduated in 2005 and moved up to Northern Virginia to get a “real job”. I graduated in 2007 and, inspired by my experience studying abroad in Japan, convinced Bob to move there with me. He applied for and was accepted into the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme (JET), and I worked as an instructor in an international preschool. After a year and a half of living abroad, we got engaged, and were married in the summer of 2009 during a visit home.

Vagabond? Isn’t that, like, a hobo or something?

According to Rolf Potts, travel writer and author of the book “Vagabonding”, vagabonding is

an attitude – a friendly interest in people, places, and things that makes a person an explorer in the truest, most vivid sense of the word. Vagabonding is not a lifestyle, nor is it a trend. It’s just an uncommon way of looking at life – a value adjustment from which action naturally follows. And, as much as anything, vagabonding is about time – our only real commodity – and how we choose to use it.

Katie and Bob are vagabonds in that they share an endless fascination with the world and everything in it, and cannot think of a better way to use their time and resources than to wander up and down, making new friends and life-long connections, seeking out experiences and opportunities, and taking advantage of all this short, precious life has to offer.

3 thoughts on “About Us

    • For the record, I’ve never been to Guatemala. The others- I technically *have* been to, but only for a few hours’ cruise ship excursion (Dominican Republic, Haiti, St. Thomas) or I was too young to remember (Virgin Gorda.) Bob went to Engand and lived in Saudi Arabia before the age of four, but he didn’t list them as he doesn’t remember those either. We wanted to only list those places that we could offer some travel advice on.

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