Monthly Archives: November 2012

Showing Up In A Foreign City With No Place To Stay

Posted by on November 29, 2012

I’m often asked by readers how much planning I put into a place before I visit. The truth is, very little. Mostly I just show up and often I will show up with out a place to stay. As I write this I am sitting in Barcelona where I arrived two days ago. When I landed at the airport I had no room reserved.

The idea of showing up in foreign city with no place to stay terrifies some people. Some are just anal retentive and need to have everything they do planned out in advance. Others fret about the worst case scenario: what if I can’t find a place to say and I have to sleep on the street!

The fact is, you can show up to most cities in the world on most days and easily find an affordable place to stay. There are some exceptions but for the most part, it is something that you shouldn’t be afraid of doing. (more…)

Monday Travel Update – Back to Barcelona Edition

Posted by on November 26, 2012

Church in Grand Pre, Nova Scotia

Church in Grand Pre, Nova Scotia

I have just finished an enjoyable four days in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I arrived in the wee hours of Thursday and spoke that evening at the G Adventures Future of Tourism event. My presentation was based on an article I wrote several years ago about what I’ve learned traveling around the world. You can view the slides I used in my presentation here.

On Friday I visited Canada’s newest and my 190th UNESCO World Heritage site: The Landscape of Grand Pré. It was an interesting and educational visit. Grand Pré is the ancesteral homeland for Acadians, the French speaking people who can now be found all over the world in places such as New Brunswick, Louisiana and Quebec. In the mid-18th’s century they were expelled by the British and sent all over the world. It is also on the shores of the Bay of Fundy, so the farmers who have worked the land here have adapted to the enormous tides by building a series of dykes to hold the water at bay. (more…)

1,827 Photos Later….

Posted by on November 25, 2012

My first daily photo posted on Nov. 24, 2007

My first daily photo posted on Nov. 24, 2007

On November 24, 2007 I decided to post a photo to my website. It was an image I took of Tarawa Atoll, Kiribati out of the window as my plane was landing early in the morning.

The next day I posted another photo, as I did the day after that, the day after that and the day after that.

Saturday marked the 5th anniversary of my daily photo. It means that I’ve posted an image from my travels every day for half a decade, or 1,827 days in a row.
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