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Monday Travel Update – Deep in the Heart of Texas Edition

Last week was a busy one for me. I began the week on Lord Howe Island, where I had limited internet access, flew to Syndey where I was for 24 hours before taking a 14.5 hour flight back to the United States.

I’m staying in Forth Worth with my assistant Amy this week, working on catching up with projects and trying to get as much work done as I can.

One thing I’ve been working on is getting my iPhone app done. My developer Paula and I have been working on this for over a year now and I am finally ready to upload the final release to iTunes today. This has been a very long process, mostly due to the fact that working with me while I’m traveling is very difficult.

I’m also working on editing my photos from Australia and Belize as well as my Antarctica photos. It is always a time consuming process for me…

Speaking of photos, I am now showing a weekly travel photo on the Today Show website. For those of you who aren’t in the US, the Today Show is the most popular morning television show in America. This week’s photo was taken on my 2011 trip to the Galapagos Islands. You can also follow the travel photos from the Today Show on Facebook.

I’ll be here the rest of the week before heading off to San Francisco next week where I will be speaking at the Eye For Travel Conference.


What I’m Reading

I have been on a bit of a WWI bent lately. After reading the Guns of August, which only covered the first month of the war, I wanted to read more. I picked up A World Undone as sort of a continuation of the story. There are a few other post-WWI books I have my eye on as well. I don’t know how much reading I’ll get done this month because of my work load, but I’ll have them ready to go on my Kindle.


What I’m Listening To

Those who know me well probably know that I am a HUGE Philip Glass fan. I probably listen to his works as much as every other artist and composer combined. With the release of his 9th Symphony and his recent 75th birthday he has been getting a lot of press in the last month. I don’t think it is his best work, or even his best symphony, but it isn’t bad. Fun fact: because so many composers died after writing their 9th symphony, Glass wrote his 10th symphony concurrently with his 9th.


Sponsor News

Traveling around the world isn’t easy. My sponsors help make my travels and this site possible. I turn down 99% of the offers I get. I work with these companies because they are great companies with great products.

G Adventures
As you may know, I went to Antarctica with G Adventures last month. Most of the ships which visit Antarctica head up to the Arctic in March to reposition the ship, because you can’t run tours during the Antarctica winter.

In April 2013, G Adventures is going to do something VERY cool. They are going to sail up the west coast of Africa from Cape Town, South AFrica to Dakar, Senegal! This is a trip with very few companies offer and it has some amazing stops planned: South Africa, Namibia, Angola, Congo (Brazzaville), São Tomé and Príncipe, Benin, Togo, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau, The Gambia and Senegal.

I am very seriously considering taking the full 27 day trip from Cape Town to Dakar, but there are shorter options available as well.

Check it out and start planning!

Scottevest
The folks at Scottevest are on a roll with new products. On the heels of the new Transformer Jacket (which I just got by the way, and it is really cool) Scottevest recently announced the new Standard Jacket. Here is a video of CEO Scott Jordan showing demonstrating it:

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  2. Christina says:

    That’s a looong flight for such a short time!!

  3. Hai says:

    Is the man in the picture a cowboy?

    • Amy says:

      The photo was taken in the Stockyards in Fort Worth, Texas. There is a “cattle drive” twice a day through the streets, and the cowboys ride horses herding the cattle. If you stay out of the street it is pretty safe, and is fun for the kids. And for those asking if Gary was on the bull, no.. he was taking the picture!

  4. Mary says:

    Oh, the photo makes my scare :(
    Who is that in the back of bull ?

  5. Tigranuhi says:

    Is that you in the back of the bull? :) Funny!

  6. Texas is one of those states that has always fascinated me.. especially the country side. After Brazil I think Im going to head on a good old fashioned American Road Trip and see all of the tourist attractions in center part of the country.

    Just bought my scottevest a few months ago and its probably one of the best investments I made in my trips around the world

  7. Kate says:

    Congrats on having your picture on the today show site. The iguanas look so peaceful!

  8. CheezyK says:

    Wow, that cruise looks amazing!

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