Monthly Archives: July 2012

Monday Travel Update – Wisconsin Heatwave Edition

Posted by on July 23, 2012

The last week has been a busy one for me. I spent most of the week in New York and flew to Wisconsin on Friday. While in New York I had meetings for what may turn out to be the biggest project in the history of this website. I’ll have more information if/when it is finalized and confirmed.

In addition to the business meetings, I was also able to meet old and new friends while I was in New York. I also enjoy visiting New York, but I also enjoy leaving as well. My limit for New York is about a week. Beyond that, it gets a bit too much. Whenever I’m there I always think that it would be a good idea to move to New York for a few months, but that idea is almost always tossed aside within a few days.

I’ll be in Wisconsin until the first week of August and then I’ll be off to the Book Passage Travel Writing Conference outside of San Francisco. After that I’ll be on a project that I’ll be announcing soon, and then I’m off to northern Manitoba on August 25 to take photos of polar bears!

One thing I never do when I’m in Wisconsin is be a tourist in my own home state. This time I’m actually going to do some tourist things, starting with visiting the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Show in Oshkosh. For one week Oshkosh, Wisconsin becomes the busiest airport in the world as people from across the globe fly in their private planes. During the show you can see historic aircraft flying over head all the time. I also might finally get down to Frank Lloyd Wright’s home in Taliesin.


8 Places I Am Embarrassed To Say I’ve Never Been

Posted by on July 21, 2012

Over the last five and a half years I’ve managed to visit 116 countries and territories around the world. Despite that, there are still many places I have yet to step foot. Most people are surprised that I’ve never been to these countries because they are so big and many are popular destinations for travelers.

Sure, I’ve been to Nauru, Vanuatu, Samoa, Liechtenstein and San Marino, but they are just specks on the map. There are some enormous holes on my list of countries.

So with all humility, here is my list of places I’m ashamed to say I haven’t yet visited:


Photo Essay : The Falkland Islands

Posted by on July 19, 2012

In January 2012, I went with G Adventures to the Falkland Islands. It was the first stop on a trip which included South Georgia Island and Antarctica. The Falklands is one of the places you seldom hear about unless it is in a news story about its disputed status between the UK and Argentina (who called it the Islas Malvinas). I found the Falklands to be a wonderful if not isolated, remote and barren collection of islands where penguins vastly outnumber people and tourists seldom visit.

I hope you enjoy viewing the photos as much as I did taking them.


Sydney’s Second Chance and How You Are Never “Done” With A Place

Posted by on July 18, 2012

Sydney Opera House at NightIn February of this year I was invited by New South Wales tourism to attend the Australian Open of Surfing in Sydney, Australia. I’m not a surfer and I had been to Sydney several times before, so I wasn’t really that interested in attending and suffering through a 16 hour flight. However, having read my list of my 13 Most Wanted Destinations, they sweetened the pot by throwing in a trip to Lord Howe Island.

This, however, is not a story about Lord Howe Island.

This story is about Sydney and about how no matter the number of times you visit a place, you can never assume you have it all figured out.