• Tambopata River
    Tambopata River
    Discovering mega-biodiversity in Southeastern Peru.
  • Ecola Beach, Oregon
    Clatsop County Road Trip
    Thoughts on living a life of perpetual road trips.
  • Sicily, Italy

    The Bright Road to Zingaro

    August 5, 2014 Europa
    Exploring Sicily's Tyrhennian Sea coast on foot.
  • Essaouira Blue Boats, Morocco

    The Essaouira Murex

    April 10, 2013 The Dry World
    Notes on travel to Morocco's Atlantic coast city of Essaouira, where I explore the Jimi Hendrix fable and the historical blue dye everpresent in each back alley.
  • Coral Reef Decline in the Bahamas

    Coral Reef Decline at Bakers Bay

    April 2, 2013 Guana Cay
    Acclaimed coral scientist Tom Goreau spoke in Nassau about coral reef decline at Baker's Bay Club as a result of excessive fertilizer run-off.
  • Marrakech Arches

    The Marrakech Orangerie

    March 6, 2013 The Dry World
    Why do we travel? In these notes from Marrakech, Morocco, I offer a different view of the pleasures and purposes of travel as I pursue the color and taste orange.
  • Tambopata River

    Scarlet Starsong on the Tambopata River

    July 11, 2015 Neotropics
    Notes on global biodiversity, from one of its prime hotspots in the Peruvian rainforest.
  • Coyote Buttes

    Mud Road to Coyote Buttes

    February 2, 2009 Desert Southwest
    Notes on traveling to the Coyote Buttes during surreal winter weather.
  • Bahamas Butterfly

    Bahamian Dry Forest Journal

    Updated April 8, 2015 West Indies
    Photos and sketches from the Bahamian dry forest. Includes my on-site sketches from the tangled, untrodden forests of the Northern Bahamas.
  • Zumwalt Prairie

    Thunder on the Zumwalt Prairie

    July 18, 2012 Pacific Northwest
    Frozen rattlesnakes and wolf politics in the fabled and stunning setting of the Zumwalt Prairie in Eastern Oregon.
  • Sandy Point, Bahamas

    Little Abaco to Sandy Point

    Updated May 7, 2011 West Indies
    Just looking under our feet, we see bounding schools of minnows. Deeper, sharks and fish of every ilk breed their young here. It is the safest place in the sea. The mangrove gathers nutrients and the tide flushes all that into the seas. The mangroves feed the sea grass and form the breeding ground for the coral reef. Life in the West indies then, begins here...

An Illustrated Travelogue

Imagine that you're careening through the city on an old bus, and you find a notebook wedged in the corner of the seat. Open it up. Dusty sketches of swampy backwaters, photographs of foreign lands, illustrations of exotic foods. No destination reviews, no top 10 lists and no industry guest posts. It appears to be written merely for the joy of curious explorers and travelers.

This was the reason I set out to create Notes from the Road in 1999. If you enjoy reading about travel, dive in: Notes from the Road rewards readers who enjoy digging deep and exploring even while surfing the web. Check out my Roam section, where I write about everything from organizing for travel, to the importance of science to travel bloggers.Travel Photography Blog

Travel Sketches

I illustrate my travel blog with sketches in marker, watercolor, pen and pencil. Travel sketches and travel journals have a way of capturing a place in a way that travel photographs cannot. And they can illustrate a particular thing about a place from the subjective mood and perspective of the traveler. If you're interested in creating your own travel sketchbook, here is a post on creating lightweight travel sketchbook supplies.

  • Lima, Peru Sketches

    Lima, Peru Sketch Journal

    June 22, 2015 Neotropics
    Sketches and notes from Lima, Peru in Copic markers, watercolor and sepia washes.
  • Sicily Sketches

    Sicily Sketches

    June 25, 2014 Europa
    Drawings and Moleskine sketches from my travels on the island of Sicily.
  • Paris Sketches

    Paris Sketches

    May 6, 2014 Europa
    Notes, drawings, sketches and illustrations in different mediums from Paris. I used just a single Winsor-Newton ink for my Moleskine journal. More detailed sketches were completed later.
  • Marrakech Sketches

    Morocco Sketches and Illustrations

    June 6, 2013 The Dry World
    My moleskine journal from Marrakech, as well as sketches and illustrations of Moroccan food, architecture and more.
  • Bahama Yellowthroat Bird Sketch

    Bird Sketches and Life List

    June 11, 2012 About Us
    An updated list of every species of bird I’ve seen in my travels. This list includes a growing collection of field sketches of several species I’ve encountered.
  • Moleskine Travel Journals

    Moleskine Travel Journals

    April 10, 2013 Roam
    I use one Moleskine notebook every time I travel as a way to catalog, make notes and reference my itinerary. Here, I share my notes and sketches from several trips.

Travel Blog

I don't like to tell people how to travel, how to pack or where to go. But, I think we can learn from each other when we share how we do things. Below are some of my most recent stories on how I organize for travel. Also, Notes from the Road features the Guana Cay Blog, which focuses on a specific example of how megadevelopments can play a negative role in travel destinations.