Monthly Archives: July 2011

July 2011 Question & Answers

Posted by on July 22, 2011

Time once again to dip into the mailbag here from the Canary Islands….

Dru Stefan Stone asks: Are you all self-financed or how are you able to sustain your extensive travels? While I believe I’ve read it is a combination, is it because of your blog that you have been contacted by different entities?

For basically the first 3 1/2 years I traveled I covered the costs of everything. I sold a business over 10 years ago and also sold my home to help fund my travels.

It has only been in the last year or so that I’ve had some trips covered by tourism boards and other companies.

Also, as my website has grown, more opportunities have come in for me to earn revenue which is also helping me travel. (more…)

This Week in Travel – Episode 89

Posted by on July 19, 2011

This week’s guest is Trey Ratcliff of StuckInCustoms.com. Unfortunately I couldn’t make it again this week. I raced to my hotel in La Gomera only to find it didn’t have internet in the room and it was also in a 3G dead zone so I couldn’t use my mifi.

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Canary Islands Update and Monday’s Links for Curious People

Posted by on July 18, 2011

Update from the Canary Islands

View from my window on La Gomera

It was an extremely busy week for me again with little or no time to write or edit photos. I’ve been moving from one place to the other with only two nights in a row being in the same hotel. I’ve seen a lot of amazing things and visited my 150th UNESCO World Heritage site.

While I have technically remained within the boundaries of Spain, the difference between the mountains of the Pyrenees and the beaches of the Canaries couldn’t be more drastic. It isn’t just the difference between mountains and beaches, it is the difference between Europe and Africa.

I’ve visited 4 of the major islands in the chain so far: Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Tenerife and La Gomera. Today I’m taking a ferry to the island of La Palma, which I’ve heard from many people here is the most beautiful of the Canary Islands. It also happens to be home to one of the largest collection of astronomical telescopes in the world, which I am excited to visit. (more…)