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:
A Travel Photo Gallery New
photos of Kashgar, China! Added Jan, 2004
My Japan Travel Guide!
Plus, a few special Travel Links
Hey! No banners, No Pop-ups, No Java,
No Ads. Yeah! This is a non-commercial site
Selected in the '101
Best Travel Websites' 2000-08 (9th year in a
row!) by GreatEscape
Selected in Top
10 Travel Websites 2001 & 2002 by
Selected one of the 1000 best web sites (1998), by
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.
"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.
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!
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,
Hitching the Petén.
A dozen have been previously published -- yes, in real
magazines! Updated Dec. 2003
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,
Where would you most like to go back to?,
and The Worst Toilet in the World?
New stories, November 2003.
So I gave up collecting all those foreign coins and started collecting
the Paper Money! Here are samples of some of the most
beautiful currency notes I've found around the world.
(Syrian at left) Updated June '03
My personal photo galleries of:
Added Jan. 2004
Updated December, 2008
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.
Links to interesting sites for travelers:
Happy Trails! -rj
- Lonely Planet
online ...the Travel Survival Kit folks..
- Web Surfer
Travel Journal ...good U.S. and foreign travel tales.
- Moon Publications
...the Handbook folks, plus other travel links..
- AirTreks.com ...
for Round-The-World air ticket packages...
- Time Out Magazine on line, from London.
- Travelmag - Independent Travel Magazine ...from WEXAS in the UK.
- Backpack Europe
...good resources and advice.
- Want to be a homestay guest or host? Visit SERVAS International;
50 years of non-profit coordination of international home visits. Annual membership.
- Reality Tours,
from the folks at Global Exchange,
advocates of fair trade, human rights, world peace, global awareness.
"Reality Tours educate people about how we contribute to global problems, and
to suggest ways in which we can contribute to positive change." ... 10-30-day
educational trips to places like India, Haiti, South Africa, Costa Rica, Afghanistan! Cuba!
- Here's a converter
for Islamic Calendar Dates to/from Western (Gregorian) Calendar Dates
- And a few Mayan Links.
Japan Links on Randy's
Other Links on Randy's
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All text Copyright © 1995-2013, Randy R. Johnson.
last updated June, 2012