Monthly Archives: September 2012

For the Want of an Adaptor, the Kingdom Was Lost

Posted by on September 14, 2012

As I was leaving Elche, Spain a few days ago, I packed up all my things as I’ve done hundreds of times and headed out the door. When I arrived in Granada later in the day I realized I had committed a grievous error.

I had left my European electrical adaptor in the hotel.

In the rush to leave the room, when I pulled my power strip out of the wall, I left the adaptor sitting in place.

It didn’t hit me right away just how crippling this mistake was. This tiny, cheap hunk of metal and plastic was critical everything I do. Without it I had no way of charging my laptop, my iPad/iPhone and my camera battery. I couldn’t backup my photos. The lack of this tiny widget had left digitally stranded in Spain. It forced me to realize just how important an electrical adaptor is to everything I do blogging during international travel.

Photo Essay : Caye Caulker, Belize

Posted by on September 14, 2012

After my trip to Antarctica in January 2012 I wanted to go someplace where I could relax and work for week or two. I ended up going to Caye Caulker, Belize. With the exception of the exceptionally slow interent (which made uploading my photos extremely frustrating) I found it to be one of the most laid back places I have ever visited. With the exception of a few service trucks, there are no automobiles on the island and there are no large resorts. The entire island is walkable and you will find some of the freshest and cheapest lobster in the caribbean.

If you are a looking for a place to go and relax, you can do a whole lot worse than Caye Caulker.


Amateur Traveler Interview – Micro-states of Europe

Posted by on September 9, 2012

Chris Christensen, my co-host of This Week In Travel, is also the man behind the Amateur Traveler Podcast, one of the most popular travel podcasts on the internet.

I recently did my 4th appearance on the show talking about the micro-states of Europe: Monaco, San Marino, Liechtenstein and Andorra.

My previous appearances include interviews on Micronesia, the Persian Gulf States and UNESCO World Heritage Sites.