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Wanderlaunch – The Legend Begins (in 7 Days)

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Welcome to Wanderlust! This is where you can read the constantly unfolding story of my adventures backpacking through Southeast Asia. That’s right, in just seven short days I’ll embark on a seven month journey from my landlocked home state to the Far East and back again (I hope). This means you now have the exciting opportunity to watch, from the safety and comfort of your own home, as I battle everything from language barriers to giant spiders to Traveler’s Diarrhea

If that last line disgusts you, you might want to reconsider visiting. There are times when it’s going to get rather sweaty and unpleasant around here. But that’s just one side of travel. If you are intrigued instead of dissuaded, you will undoubtedly be rewarded with colorful tales wrought with peril and a smattering of tasty foods. You will even get to view the results of my attempts to photograph things of exquisite beauty. 
If all this sounds pretty cool to you, feel free to read a bit more about me, learn about my journey, what I’m carrying, and maybe have a few questions answered while you’re here (like why I’m going in the first place). Want to make sure you don’t miss a thing (I mean really, wouldn’t you be pretty bummed if you missed a post where I got bit by a shark, mugged, flooded, or otherwise suffered from humiliation and discomfort)? You can subscribe to Wanderlust via email updates or with your favorite feed reader by using the menu at the top right of this screen. How’s that for convenience!
For an even deeper layer of travel-stalking, my latest Twitter post appears at the top of the site. If you want to get up close and personal, follow me.

As a final note, Wanderlust will always remain ad-free and easy on the eyes. There is no schedule for blog updates as my ability to connect to the webs will wax and wane. As will, I presume, my sanity. Thanks for stopping by!

If you want to get in touch with me personally about something blog- or trip-related send an email to Otherwise, feel free to comment below with feedback, suggestions, and exclamation points!

By Collin

Collin runs this place and writes everything you find here. He likes to interact with people - so if you talk to him he'll probably talk back.

10 replies on “Wanderlaunch – The Legend Begins (in 7 Days)”


I think you are awesome and I am proud to know you. That's all.

I am looking forward to keeping up with your blog.

Beth Ann (TGU)

I love the compass. If you recall my left foot tatto is to be a compass rose 🙂
Peace Out


You are an incredible person. I am so glad you are doing this and have set up a blog that way I can follow you around in all your travels! I am so excited for you and for what I will learn and see. Have a wonderful and SAFE trip. We'll have to get together when you get back at the end of the year. 😀

Hey Collin!

Man, you are one adventurous guy. Like Beth Ann said, I'm proud to know you. Very much looking forward to keeping up with your travels.

Be Safe man.

Collin, this is going to be an adventure you will always reference. Be smart. Travel wisely. And, enjoy the hell out of your quest. I look forward to hearing all your many stories and seeing all your fantastic photos, when you return. Take it in, my friend, but stay alert, OK?

Thanks for all the comments everyone! I'm glad people are excited for this trip, your support is inspiring. @John – I will stay alert, fear not!

Great first post. Loved every word of it and how you solved each problem situation, one at a time. Reminds me of my 6 months on bike in Europe at your age. But your adventure is much, much greater. As you can imagine, the news here is blasting info about protests in Bangkok. I'm sure that you are experiencing something altogether different, though. The news usually exaggerates reality, I've found. (Don't worry, Susan. Your son is very smart, vigilant, and self-sufficient.) Every day is an adventure. Every problem is an opportunity to prove to yourself how self-reliant you can be. Man, I wish I were doing this and, honestly, I have no excuse not to be on a quest of my own. I'm getting inspired to do more than cut my grass and spend my life in maintenance mode.

@John – yeah, apparently I'm in a war zone but I've seen and heard nothing (so far) to support that. I'll be sure to write about it if the gunfire starts.

Collin, I am totally hooked on your blog and can't wait to read about your next adventure. I am impressed by your courage and by your free spirit.

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