What is Illuminated Vagabond?

Born out of a passion for travel and new experiences, the Illuminated Vagabond is an artistic look into our travels. We aim to provide useful information in a creative way. Follow our adventures as we reflect on our experiences and capture moments with our cameras. We hope we will inspire you too to become an Illuminated Vagabond!

Current Status:

It is hard to believe, but it has been four (not three...yikes) years since Christina and Paul left Manchester, CT, with little more than a couple backpacks and a desire to discover new places and new experiences. Since then they have both found jobs (yes it's true!), and are not sure when/if they will be returning home (to the US that is). Paul has obtained permanent residency in New Zealand. And Christina is solidifying her own place in the land of kangaroos.

As we begin 2014, it seems a good time to reflect on just how lucky we have been. It's also about time to tell some tales, share some experiences and, perhaps, some wisdom acquired from a couple travelers turned ex-pats.

May 2014 be the year you live life to the fullest, follow your dreams and find your own adventures wherever they may be.

-The Vagabonds

Latest Posts:

Road trip at warp speed

VIDEO: New Zealand Hyperlapse – A road trip at warp speed

This video was part of my experimental works for my masters in visual arts. Inspired by the innovative genius of Teehan+Lax Labs (labs.teehanlax.com) and their Google Street View Hyperlapse (hyperlapse.tllabs.io), I decided to take a warp speed road trip around New Zealand. In some ways this is a reflection of spending my first year traveling […]


VIDEO: Vagabond with a Home…

It’s been over a year of radio silence.  The Vagabonds have, unfortunately, become contributing members of society, albeit in two different countries other than their homeland, which is no small task.  I guess reality eventually has to settle in.  Traveling friends go home to work, to study, to marry…  One slowly settles into a daily […]

Hamilton Gardens

VIDEO: “Why Hamilton?”

Among some of the common questions I’m asked such as, “Where are you? When are you coming home? Are you still in New Zealand?”, I’ll add another one “Why Hamilton?” Since moving to Hamilton I’ve wanted to put together a video that gives people a glimpse of where I am and what it’s like here.  […]

A month of images in the Land Down Under

One month in Australia is hardly enough to scratch the surface of this vast and varied continent.  But I knew this going into it, and focused my time on Melbourne, the southern coast (the Great Ocean Road and Kangaroo Island) and the Outback.  I was hoping to fall in with a cool group of people […]

Happy vagabonds

Vagabonds go their separate ways

After spending a spectacular year working and touring New Zealand, the vagabonds have parted ways to continue their travels.  Christina has gotten a working holiday visa for Australia, and is currently setting up shop in Melbourne.  Stay tuned for some great Aussie articles coming from her– right Christina?  I, unfortunately, am too old to get […]

Foals Rock

Laneway music festival Auckland

With some time to kill in Auckland before heading to Australia, I decided to check out the St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival held in the city center. I hadn’t seen any live shows since leaving the US a year ago, so the thought of over a dozen bands, some of which were old favorites (Blonde Redhead) […]