Welcome to Todd’s Wanderings!

You are probably wondering, who is Todd, how can he travel so much, doesn’t he have a job? Well, the short answer is I’m a guy who left home over 11 years ago. With the exception of graduate school I have been living abroad ever since.

Mt. Ramlaou, Timor Leste

Not satisfied with that answer? Here’s a slightly longer version.

I am a conflict resolution and human rights expert who has lived in Japan, Thailand, Timor Leste, Sri Lanka, most currently Kosovo, and visited over 30 countries. I began my wanderings 11 years ago as an English teacher in Japan. I fell in love (with the country), stayed for five years and then finally moved on to international development work.

I am also a travel writer, working on my first book, and draw inspiration from the decidedly offbeat areas of the world I find myself in. This website is a way to share my travel experiences, destinations and advice.

If you want me to write for you, or use my photography please contact me. If you have questions about travel or areas I have been just leave a comment.

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16 Responses to “About”

  1. Lusso BagsNo Gravatar says:

    Inspired by your life and deeper look at the places you stay and visit and the way you share those thoughts with others. Enjoying your blog!
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  2. Brady StumpNo Gravatar says:

    Enjoyed the blog post!

  3. AlexNo Gravatar says:

    Inspiring indeed. I can related to your story Todd.
    In 2003 i left my full time jon in the UK and moved to Australia as a post grad student. I studied in Central Business District and worked in a white collar job.
    One morning I walked out of the uni, quit the post grad study in Business, and put everything down for a trip around Australia. That changed my life for ever. I never stopped travelling since and never went back to the office job. Travelling is addictive! The last time I visited Australia was 18 months ago, this time not travelling in a camper van, but speaking in a business seminar about the internet.
    Great advice you gave about starting a blog. I do not own travel blogs, but have started many other business / computer sites. The last one is that helps people find the right business for them – even if they are on the move
    Todd, all the very best in your own journey.

  4. Ekta JhaveriNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Todd,

    I stumbled upon your blog via Steffi Stallmeister. I love your life and the work you do (something I aspire to do). BTW, we do have something in common – I studies Economics (Masters) at Tufts Univ and took some courses at Fletcher School. I graduated in 2001.

    Keep up the good work and travels.

    - Ekta

  5. Gail WalterNo Gravatar says:

    Your story is inspiring Todd. I plan to show this to my daughter who is going back to school to study psychology and international conflict resolution.

    • Todd WasselNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Gail, thanks. I’m happy to answer any questions your daughter might have. International conflict resolution can be a difficult figure out, at least in terms of what is available job wise, and what the field actually is ;)

  6. TomSNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Todd.

    You left a comment on a forum post of mine at Matador, ‘writing up or writing off the past’ or something like that. Cheers for that anyway. Sorry to take so long to respond. I’ve been buried in Japanese Kanji textbooks (I live in Tokyo and am trying to tidy up my shambolic Japanese).

    Really like what you’re doing with this site. The ‘travel stories’ fit in well, I think and have helped answer my original question at Matador. Cheers!

    Keep putting up pictures of Srilanka please. I was there a few years ago and my camera got stolen so I’ve got no pictures of my own.


    • Todd WasselNo Gravatar says:

      Hey Tom, thanks for stopping by. Hopefully I will get more time to write the travel stories as I am swamped with ideas from my current travel :) Not a bad position to be in I guess. I understand about the Kanji studying, as I used to live in Japan for 5 years. Luckily my spoken Japanese has stayed with me, but my reading and writing has disappeared now that I don’t have to read work memos. Good luck.

  7. Hi Todd,

    first off – wow! u live a very cool life :) one which i aspire to! i’ve been on the go for 4 years, living in 5 countries and visiting 25 more and life on the road is, in my experience, a great way to live life to the full.

    I am very interested in your career though, how did u get into conflict resolution?

    • Todd WasselNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Johnny,

      Thanks for visiting the blog and I am glad you like it. Basically, I went to graduate school at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and majored in International Conflict Resolution and Development. If it wasn’t for Grad school there is no way I could have gotten into my career and been able to travel and do what I love.

      I am happy to give more advice if you need it.


  8. Runaway JunoNo Gravatar says:

    wow great travel blog! like your platform. it’s simple and diverse at the same time. Love the logo :)
    Congratulations for your great work and looking forward to share the wonderful experience with you.
    I’m going to add you on my blog’s link.
    Keep up the good work and keep inspiring me :)


    • Todd WasselNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Juno, thanks for the kind and encouraging words! I like your site as well and am happy to add you to my bloglist too. If you like to cook, I am hoping to add a new section very soon. My wife is an amazing cook and hopefully will be sharing recipes from our travels. Cheers,

  9. Todd WasselNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Marrko,

    Thanks for visiting my site. I am happy to answer questions and give advice. I am moving your questions/and my answers over to a recent post on Timor-Leste as the answers may be useful to others as well. You can find my answers here: http://www.toddswanderings.net/2010/02/my-3-best-kept-travel-secrets-4.html


  10. MarkkoNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Todd,

    I came across Your website, when searching for information about East Timor and hiking / camping / hammocking there.
    Since You’ve been living there, then maybe You can answer some of my brief questions.

    We’re a diving instructor couple, currently living in Egypt and finishing our stuff here by the end of April. Since it’s been a long season, we would like to take a deserved holiday, before looking for another job in Indonesia or some other country in SEA region.

    In general, what do You thing about the idea of spending 3-4 weeks in Timor by foot or random public transport and camp there? We still don’t know will it be with a tent or a hammock, but we prefer the latter one. Will somebody jump on us instantly and tries to charge us or do the people there usually allow campers and are rather curious than irritated about them?

    Do You have any suggestions what route to plan or what one must definitely see or do? At the moment we’re trying to figure out, if it’s possible to reach some of the remotest parts of the south coast also. I know, that we should bring everything with us (water, food, etc), so if wanting to travel light, that’s not an option. Or do I have wrong information about that question?

    Also about safety? I’ve read mixed review about safety in general there. Most of them are positive and say, that there is no real threat to people visiting the country, but on the other hand others suggest to avoid some places and moving around at night. What is Your personal standpoint about the issue?

    I really hope, that You’ll find some time to answer my questions, even if the answers are brief ones.

    Hoping to hear from You soon!

    Tervitades / Kind regards,

    Markko Junolainen

    PADI IDC Staff & Emergency First Response Instructor #506593

    mail: markko.junolainen@gmail.com
    phone (Egypt): +2 019 365 4987
    phone (Estonia): +372 52 38 111
    skype: markko.junolainen
    web: http://www.innerspace.ee

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