Monthly Archives: January 2010
First Night in Bangkok
In the taxi drive into Bangkok, I got the same feeling I did when I was here last year. There are certain cities which just have a buzz about them. New York has it, Chicago doesn’t. Hong Kong has it, Singapore doesn’t. Bangkok has it, Kuala Lumpur doesn’t. Thailand has become a magnet for so many westerners who are looking for a place overseas to work. There must be at least half a dozen different bloggers here right now.
What the iPad Will Mean for Me and Travel
In the few hours since the Apple iPad was announced, there has been a flurry of commentary about it, although few people have even used it yet. Here is what I think based on what I’ve seen so far, and how I see a device like this effecting me:
This Week in Travel – Episode 23
This week’s guest is Marilyn Terrell of National Geographic Traveler and National Geographic Intelligent Travel Blog. This week I woke up at 4am in Fiji to attempt to join the Skype conversation but had the connection drop every 5 minutes. Overall, my performance on the show was rated FAIL.
Thoughts on Fiji: 2010 Edition
– The tourism industry, especially the budget tourism industry, is expanding. This time around I noticed that Base Backpackers, the big hostel chain from New Zealand, is now in Fiji. The FeeJeeExperience, which is owned by the same company which does the KiwiExperience and the OzExperience. There are skydiving and other extreme sports options now available in Fiji as well. The percentage of 20-something Europeans I met in the Yasawas this time was much larger than my 2007 trip. They even have a Hard Rock Cafe at the harbor in Nadi. Everything seems much more mature from a business perspective.
– There are very few Americans here. I’ve met tons of Europeans but hardly any Americans. Almost all the Europeans are on a similar path where they either were just at Australia/New Zealand or are going there next. In fact, almost all the 20-somethings seem to be taking the same general trip. Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and LA. I still recommend the Yasawas as a destination, especially if you’ve never been there before, but when I return to Fiji next time, I’m going to a different part of the country.