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Gary is currently in Barcelona, Cataluña (Dec 4th, 2014)
 

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Instagram Travel Photography Contest Winner – Theme Water

We have a winner for my first weekly Instagram photography contest. Congratulations goes to Joey Choo! She has won a Lonely Planet ebook of her choice!

The theme for this week’s contest is: Mountains.
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This Week In Travel – Episode 179

This week Jen, Chris and I are joined by Paul Lasley of OnTravel.com.

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Introducing the Everything Everywhere Weekly Instagram Contest!

This week I’m launching my weekly travel photography contest on Instagram!

I’ve been really enjoying Instagram this year. It has become my favorite social network by a wide margin.

I’ve had a lot people who have asked me to review their photos, so I thought I’d systematize the process so I can get a chance to view a few photos from a lot of people, and reward those who have taken some amazing shots.

Here is are the rules and how the contest will work:

  1. Follow me on Instagram.
  2. Tag your photo with #EverythingEverywhere
  3. Make sure the photo somehow fits the week’s theme. This week the theme is: Water.
  4. Please do not tag more than 2 photos, else it will get out of hand having to sort through them all. If you tag more than 2, I will not consider them.
  5. You may tag older photos or new photos, but I’m only going to consider photos where were tagged as of December 8th. If you post an image you’d like to submit, just leave the #EverythingEverywhere tag in the comments and I’ll see it.
  6. Next Monday I will select a winner and announce it on Instagram along with theme for next week’s contest.

I’ll be giving away a travel and/or photography related prize each week to the image I select as the best. This week Lonely Planet is giving the winner their choice of any Lonely Planet ebook!

So, tag your photos and best of luck to everyone!

Win a Year’s Photo Hosting on Smugmug and Help People in Central America

It is time once again for the annual Passports With Purpose event to raise money for good causes around the world. In the past Passports With Purpose has built schools, water wells and entire villages. This year they will be giving to Sustainable Harvest International to help farmers in Central America.

You can read more about it on their site.

Passports with Purpose The way Passports With Purpose works is that travel related sponsors partner with bloggers to donate prizes. You can then bid on the prizes in $10 increments. Each $10 gives you 1 entry to win that prize. You can submit as many times as you’d like.

I’m partnering with Smugmug who is offering a full year of business class photo hosting. I’ve been a Smugmug customer for years and all of the photo’s you see on my site are hosted by them. They are an absolutely critical part of what I do online and I highly recommend them. You might be able to win a full year of hosting for only $10!

Just go to the Passports With Purpose website to donate and put in a bid. You can submit bids until 11:59 p.m. EST on Wednesday, December 17, 2014.

This Week In Travel – Episode 178

This week we are joined by Mara Gorman of Passports With Purpose and blogger at MotherOfAllTrips.com and author of The Family Traveler’s Handbook.


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This month’s photo is of Devil’s Tower, Wyoming

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The Great Slowening or Why I’m Going to Take a Break From Traveling for a Few Months

I’m taking this advice

I’m tired.

I am writing this in a hostel in London. My feet are sore, my back hurts and I still want to sleep after having slept for 10 hours. I’ve just finished the big World Travel Market show in London and I’m exhausted.

I’ve been to 35 countries and territories this year already. That includes a 12,000 mile road trip this summer which took almost 3 months. Last year I visited 44 countries.

I’ve now been traveling for 2,793 consecutive days. Over the last 7.5 years I’ve been to 175 countries and territories. Not only do I travel more than most people, I travel more than any other blogger or travel writer that I know of.

That isn’t a complaint. I’ve seen and done more during that time than many people do in their life. I’ve swam with sharks, bungee jumped and have had the pleasure to have taken amazing photos from all 7 continents. The decision to travel full time is probably the best decision I’ve ever made.

However, it hasn’t come without a cost.
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This month’s image is one of the monasteries in Meteora, Greece.

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This month’s image is of Spirit Island on Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park, Alberta.

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Traveling the World on an Indian Passport

As much as I travel, there are certain subject I simply cannot speak to authoritatively. As an American, I’m in one of the best position to travel in terms of getting visas to other countries. Many people in the world are not so fortunate. Getting visas to travel if you live outside of Western Europe or North America can sometimes be a nightmare.

I’ve asked Savi and Vid, two Indian travelers, to tell their story of how they travel as citizens of India and have overcome the problems of getting visas to other countries.

There are lessons to be learned here for citizens of many countries who have difficulty getting visas to travel.


There is no dearth of inspirational travel quotations on the internet. Every once in a while, we stumble on something that reads ‘Pick a bag, book a ticket, and go travelling’ or ‘Book a ticket and follow your dreams’. We’re pretty sure the said quotations and accompanying photos of faraway lands have tempted many a globetrotter out there. But we’ve learnt to toss them aside with a smile.
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