Monthly Archives: September 2011

Cruising as an Independent Traveler

Posted by on September 25, 2011

The Carnival Magic

The Carnival Magic

Last May I was invited onboard the Carnival Magic for its inaugural cruise from Venice to Barcelona. With that cruise I have now been on a whopping 3 cruises in my life, which probably takes me out of the category of a rank novice but a far cry from the 100+ cruises that many people I met on board have been on.

Before my first cruise I assumed that I would hate the ship and would enjoy the shore excursions. Three cruises later, to my shock and surprise, I find my views to be the exact opposite of what I original supposed: I like being on the ship and I loathe most of the shore excursions I’ve been on.

September 2011 Question and Answers

Posted by on September 21, 2011

The following questions have been delivered by Pony Express, processed by the Dwarves of Mal-Kunath, scanned and security tested by the best and brightest TSA Agents, and finally kept in a hermetically sealed mayonnaise jar on Funk and Wagnall’s doorstep.

This my dear friends, is the September 2011 Q&A!

Bogdan Epureanu asks on Google+: I know that you’re using a DSLR and that you have an own bag for it (as well as your other electronics), still you know probably better than anyone that when you travel (especially if you’re an “off-road” backpack traveler) you have to go as “light” as possible. Under these circumstances, what camera would you recommend? (more…)

Fall 2011 Travel Schedule

Posted by on September 20, 2011

I haven't been to New Zealand in over four years

My trusty assistant Amy and have I been working on developing my schedule for the rest of the year. It shouldn’t be as hectic as April-July was for me, but it will still be pretty busy. Starting on Thursday, here is where I’m scheduled to be:

  • September 22 – September 28, Toronto, Ontario: I’ll be in Toronto for G Adventures annual corporate meeting in Niagara Falls and on the 27th I’ll be speaking the Future of Travel event in Toronto for UN Travel and Tourism Day. On the 26th I’ll be having a meetup in Toronto and everyone is invited. RSVP on Facebook.
  • September 28 – October 12, Ecuador: Latin America has been a weak point in my travel resume and I aim to make up for it in the next 15 months. I’ll be traveling to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands with assistance from They are a new travel planning startup and I am serving on their board of directory. You can help me plan my trip to Quito and the Galapagos. To get access to the beta version of the site, just use the code word: ARNDT
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Monday’s Links for Curious People: Between Disney and Toronto Edition

Posted by on September 19, 2011

I just got back Saturday from the North American Travel Journalist Association conference. It was the first time I had ever attended an event just for travel writers (TBEX not withstanding). One on the things that surprised me was just how old the average age of the attendees was. At a blogging conference I’m on the older end of the spectrum, but here I was easily one of the younger people.

I spoke on an All-Star pannel with Johnny Jet, Tim Leffel and Jen Miner about travel blogging. The reception seemed to be good, but it is hard to measure how much really sunk in or who will be albe to really implement changes (or who really wants to).

I was also able to visit Disneyland for the first time in my life. I have visited Disney World several times, but never Disneyland. Many of the rides at Disneyland seemed dated. The “It’s A Small World” ride seemed like it would have been cool….in the 60’s. The California Adventure park was far more interesting. The rides were newer and they are currently doing an expansion of the park which is scheduled to open in 2012. If I had to choose I’d still go to Disney World, but Disneyland was still worth the visit.