8 Facts You Might Not Have Known About Andorra

Facts about AndorraI recently visited in my 100th country: the tiny Principality of Andorra!

As most people have no knowledge of this nation sandwiched between France and Spain, I figured it was a good time for another installment of “8 Facts You Might Not Have Known…”

1) Andorra is a country

OK, maybe most of you probably know this, but there are a lot of people out there that have no clue that Andorra is actually a country. One woman I spoke with visited the US and people didn’t believe there was a country called Andorra. Yes, it does exist and has been around in some form for almost 1,000 years. It has a seat in the United Nations, an Olympic team and diplomatic relations with other countries. It is a real country.

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June 2011: Questions & Answers

Croatian Mail BoxI’ve just arrived in Valencia, Spain where I’ll be speaking at a social media conference on Thursday and watching the Formula 1 race on Sunday. It has been a crazy week flying from Istanbul to Vancouver to the Yukon and now back to Europe.

However, it is time once again to open up the old email bag and answer the questions that the world is dying to know the answers to:


Joel Pennington asks: Which country/region is about to explode onto the travel scene? why?

There are a couple of criteria I’ll use in determining what places will be the next big travel destinations:

  1. I have to have been there. There might be other places, but if I haven’t been there, I have no idea what they are like.
  2. They have to be places the that get below average numbers of tourists.
  3. There has to be some compelling reason to go there

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Mission Accomplished: Arctic Circle!

Gary at the Arctic Circle

I just wanted to post a quick update while I had the time and internet bandwidth here in Whitehorse.

Two days ago I made the trip up the Dempster Highway to the Arctic Circle in the Yukon! It was a long trip that I’ll be writing about in more detail once I get some time to settle down and edit my photos, but this was something I wanted to mention right away.

I’m off to take aerial photos of glaciers in Kluane National Park today.

….and yes, I am wearing sandals at the Arctic Circle!

Finish Line: Istanbul

The last 7 weeks have been crazy. I don’t think I have done as much in so little time in the four years I’ve been on the road traveling. Just go give you a recap of the last, almost 2 months:

  • 14 countries: Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia, Slovenia, Italy, Croatia, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Liechtenstein, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey.
  • 13 languages: Czech, German, Slovakian, Slovenian, Italian, Croatian, Spanish, Catalonian, Swiss German, Hungarian, Romanian, Bulgarian and Turkish.
  • 8 currencies: Czech Crowns, Euros, Croatian Kunas, Swiss Francs, Hungarian Florints, Romanian Leis, Bulgarian Levs and Turkish Lirias.
  • I’ve traveled across borders on buses, trains, planes and ships.
  • I walked from Europe to Asia….and back.

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