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Randy's Travel Page

--  At the Same Address Since 1995  --

Welcome to Randy Johnson's Travel Page, home of the "Backpacker's World Travel Handbook".  Glad you made it!  My focus is on World Travel -- mainly of the rough, Third World variety -- but you armchair travelers will find many useful travel tips, notes, and photos to whet your travel appetites. There's some fun travel stuff  in here!  So come on in to share my personal stories, images, and info gathered from six years spent traveling around the Third World with a rucksack.  Updated July 2011

    This Traveler's Tales include:

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World Globe

Best of the Road

And also the worst.  No big deal, okay?  About 25 lists of the finest World Class travel destinations, countries, cities, getaways, travel-adventure books, gardens, markets, museums, etc., etc.  (And a few places to avoid)  Not that you should believe me -- better you go out and make your own lists. 

Tips pages are all text

Travel Like a Vagabond!

"Footloose and Fancy-Free in the Third World -- A Backpacker's World Travel Handbook".  My Travel Tips from the Edge:  free travel advice -- from 6 years On the Road -- on all aspects of mounting an individual travel odyssey onto the backroads of the world.  Ten chapters cover Planning, Preparing, What to Take, Transport, Bureaucracy, Bargaining, Safety and Security, People, Daily Life, and Feeling At Home on the Road.  Updated March, 2010.  Also available as a down-loadable MS-WORD document.

Thumbnail and link to artwork featuring a Quetzalcoatl

Brief Travel Tips

Learn How To:  Add Adventure to your Trip,  Hang a Hammock,  Bargain in the Third World,  and Wash Up out of a Canteen...   Here's a brief page with links to various Travel Tips for Third World Travelers, sprinkled around my other larger works on this site...   Enjoy!

Mayan insence burner

Randy's Travel Articles

Here are twenty-four of my true travel stories and articles (and one piece of fiction) reported from the midst of my travels around the world -- Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Laos, Malaysia and more...  Including: Slumming in Kyoto, The Old Road to Luang Prabang, Coincidence of Travel in Yucatan, San Cristobal, Heart of Chiapas, Tzintzuntzanand Hitching the Petén A dozen have been previously published -- yes, in real magazines!
 Updated Dec. 2003

Seated Mayan Lord; burial 116, Tikal, 700 AD

Glimpses of the Road

A whole rucksack full of short travel anecdotes, tirades, reflections, and campfire ramblings -- epitomizing my 6 years of Life on the Road in the Third World -- gleaned from my tattered travel notebooks.  Including:  Tales from the Back of the Bus, theEgg Stories, Going Home!, Where would you most like to go back to?, and The Worst Toilet in the World?  New stories, November 2003.

'La Cascada de Plata' waterfall, outside Nebaj, Guatemala

Randy's Travel Photo Gallery

My personal photo galleries of:  San Cristobal, Copper Canyon,  the Lacondon Jungle, Quirigua, Pakistan, and Kashgar, China Added Jan. 2004
Updated December, 2008

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Traveling to Japan?

In addition to world travel, I also spent four years living in Japan.  You'll find a whole boatload of Japan travel info on Randy's Japan Page
    Including my "Favorite Getaways in Rural Japan" travel guide book
    And some great Japan Travel and Culture Links

This Traveler's Biography  ... a brief travel bio page.

On The Road Travel Connections Taj Mahal. Good one!

    Links to interesting sites for travelers:

Happy Trails! -rj

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