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A Vagabond World

In his book A Vagabond World, Thomas Bachand conveys the poignance, import, and changing dynamics of travel by recounting a two-year solo journey around the globe. Whether negotiating for a used car in New Zealand, meeting the Dalai Lama in India, or viewing America through the eyes of a frontiersman in the Grand Canyon, A Vagabond World is a rite of passage that turns the outward experience inward so as to examine ourselves and our place in the world. Once we buy the ticket, all of our life is transformed.



  • A Wisp of Smoke

Part I. To Journey The Road

  • The Drama
  • The Coup
  • The Breech
  • Fellow Travellers
  • The Father of the Forest
  • Men and Boys
  • Heads
  • Farewells
  • Part Way There
  • Cattle and Sheep
  • Mark
  • The Station
  • Wilpena
  • No Troubles

Part II. TV Dreams

Part III. Every Place in One Place

  • Off The Page
  • The J People
  • Divisions
  • Happy Birthday
  • Photo Prohibited
  • Small Worlds
  • The Queue
  • The Outsiders
  • No Sleeping
  • Perfection
  • Gliding Into Night
  • The Shanti
  • Dollars Only

Part IV. Crab Art

  • The Traveler's Prerogative
  • A Cheap Way To Be Rich
  • Trapped
  • Behind Paradise
  • Cowboys and Sand Crabs

Part V. Borders

  • Dreamers
  • The Regiment
  • Cracking Nuts
  • The Dissidents
  • The Proletariat
  • It's All About Chocolate
  • Students

Part VI. Home, The Foreign and The Familiar

  • The Time Warp
  • A Chestnut of Truth
  • The World's Best Hitch
  • Andrea
  • The Colonel
  • Earning It
  • When Cauliflower Equals Clubs
  • It's Own Character
  • Carried Away
  • Skinner
  • The Foreign and the Familiar


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