Monthly Archives: September 2012

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.

Photo Essay : Dresden, Germany

Posted by on September 6, 2012

In November 2011 I took a Eurail trip through Germany, visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the central and eastern parts of the country. Perhaps the most fascinating city I visited on that trip was the city of Dresden. Dresden has been through a lot over the last half century. Fire bombed in WWII, subject decades of communism and massive floods on the Elbe in 2010 it was also one of the the few UNESCO World Heritage sites ever to be delisted by UNESCO (I have given my thoughts on the Dresden delisting which I think is one of the low points of the whole World Heritage program).

Dresden has handled its hardships well. Almost the entire city center was rebuilt after WWII and today it is one of the cultural centers of Germany. If you ever get the chance to visite Dresden, in addition to the city center also take the time to visit the palaces along the Elbe River. It is a testament to Dresden’s role in Central European history.


Literally The Only Three Things You Need To Travel Anywhere In The World

Posted by on September 4, 2012

One of the 3 things you need to travel

One of the 3 things you need to travel

The impetus for this post comes from a discussion I had with my assistant Amy over 10 years ago.

I commented to her that there were only 3 things that you really needed to travel. If you had those three things, then you really didn’t need anything else. Moreover, all three of those things could fit in your pocket.

A few days ago I was having a conversation with someone about packing light and I repeated those same three things. In 10 years, my opinion of the absolute minimum necessary to travel hasn’t really changed.

When you strip everything down to the barest of essentials, there are only 3 things you need to go anywhere in the world (other than the clothes on your back). Those three things will fit in your pocket and take you anywhere. They are:

Monday Travel Update – Labor Day in Toronto Edition

Posted by on September 3, 2012

Bush plane in Manitoba

Bush plane in Manitoba

I’m currently in Toronto for a few days before heading off to Spain on Wednesday.

The last week I was up in Northern Manitoba as a guest of Churchill Wild and Manitoba Tourism to see polar bears in the wild. The lodge I was at was a remote place on the shore of Hudson Bay, about 20 miles from the settlement of York Factory. The lodge was so remote that we had to fly in via bush plane. There are no roads leading there and given the wet conditions of the surrounding landscape, it would be very difficult to build one even if they wanted to.

Every summer after the ice melts from Hudson Bay, polar bears will head for the shore and try to conserve energy until the next winter when they can get back on the ice and hunt seals. (more…)