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Year End Reminder – Renew Your Travel Insurance

Posted by on December 31, 2016

This is a reminder that if you are even a semi-frequent traveler, be it for business or leisure, you should considering getting an annual travel insurance policy. The start of the new year is a great time to do it.

Relatively speaking, travel insurance is cheap. Even a top-tier annual policy will run you a bit over $1 per day. The great thing about getting an annual policy (which is what I do) is that you don’t have to worry about insurance on a per trip basis, and you save money over getting a different short term policy every time you travel.

Travel insurance covers many basic and extreme things which travelers may encounter. This includes:

  • Canceled flights
  • Delayed flights
  • Lost luggage
  • Emergency medical coverage
  • Medical evacuation

If you even make one of those claims in a given year, it can cover the cost of the insurance, especially for major medical emergencies.

I get my annual policy through Allianz, who has offices in over 30 countries around the world to provide assistance to travelers (disclosure: I have a business relationship with them).

Take care of your insurance this week and be covered for all of 2017!


Disclaimer: I work as an ambassador for Allianz Global Assistance (AGA Service Company) and receive financial compensation.

We Have A Winner of the $400 GoBag From Allianz!

Posted by on December 6, 2016

The good folks at Allianz Global Assistance have just been selected as the supplier of travel insurance on Priceline.com and the Priceline Partner Network. Allianz products are available to consumers booking flights, hotels and rental cars on all these platforms.

To celebrate we ran a contest giving away a bag full of amazing travel gear valued at $400. The bag includes:

  • GoPro Hero Session w/SD card ($200 value)
  • Camleback Unbottle ($50 value)
  • iLive Wireless Earbud Headphones ($60 value)
  • Smart Travel First Aid Kit ($50 value)
  • Allianz Portable B200 Power Pack ($20 value)
  • Allianz Passport Holder with RFID protection ($20 value)

The winner of the GoBag is Lili Armstrong, who would love to take the gear on a trip to Jordan.

Congrats!


Disclaimer: I work as an ambassador for Allianz Global Assistance (AGA Service Company) and receive financial compensation.

48 Hours Left To Win A GoBag Filled With $400 Worth Of Travel Gear from Allianz Global Assistance!

Posted by on November 28, 2016

There are 48 hours left to win a GoBag Filled With $400 Worth Of Travel Gear from Allianz Global Assistance. Here is what the bag includes:

  • GoPro Hero Session w/SD card ($200 value)
  • Camleback Unbottle ($50 value)
  • ilive Wireless Earbud Headphones ($60 value)
  • Smart Travel First Aid Kit ($50 value)
  • Allianz Portable B200 Power Pack ($20 value)
  • Allianz Passport Holder with RFID protection ($20 value)

To have a chance to win, just leave a comment on the original post telling me where you would like to travel with this GoBag filled with gear and what you would do with it (comments have been closed on this post).

Only residents of the United States are eligible to win.


Disclaimer: I work as an ambassador for Allianz Global Assistance (AGA Service Company) and receive financial compensation.

Win A GoBag Filled With $400 Worth Of Travel Gear from Allianz Global Assistance!

Posted by on November 9, 2016

The good folks at Allianz Global Assistance have just been selected as the supplier of travel insurance on Priceline.com and the Priceline Partner Network. Allianz products are available to consumers booking flights, hotels and rental cars on all these platforms.

To celebrate they are giving away a bag full of amazing travel gear valued at $400. The bag includes:

  • GoPro Hero Session w/SD card ($200 value)
  • Camleback Unbottle ($50 value)
  • iLive Wireless Earbud Headphones ($60 value)
  • Smart Travel First Aid Kit ($50 value)
  • Allianz Portable B200 Power Pack ($20 value)
  • Allianz Passport Holder with RFID protection ($20 value)

To win, just leave a comment on this post telling me where you would like to travel with this GoBag filled with gear and what you would do with it. I will randomly select one winner on November 29.

Only residents of the United States are eligible to win.


Disclaimer: I work as an ambassador for Allianz Global Assistance (AGA Service Company) and receive financial compensation.

Win A Travel Scholarship From Allianz Insurance

Posted by on October 15, 2016

“ScholarTrips,” an Allianz Global Assistance USA scholarship program designed to support international study and volunteer programs, has launched its 2016 video and essay contest. Believing that study abroad programs are critical to a student’s development and help promote the benefits of travel, Allianz Global Assistance hopes that the ScholarTrips program will promote meaningful global exchanges.

Since 2004, Allianz Global Assistance has awarded more than $100,000 in travel scholarships to students who demonstrate a desire to learn or help others through travel. The goal of this year’s contest is to provide students over the age of 14 with a platform to showcase their creativity while answering the question, “What inspires you to travel abroad?” Students entering the contest will be eligible to win one of six $2,500 scholarships and one of thirty $50 Amazon Gift Cards*.

This year, Allianz Global Assistance has provided travel agents with tools to promote the contest with local media and on their social media platforms. Travel agents can use the tools provided on the ScholarTrips’s “Promote the Contest” page to connect with customers and potential customers who may be interested in entering the contest. These can be found at scholartrips.org/promote.

“We believe that some of the best educational opportunities happen outside of the classroom, such as in international exchange programs that promote travel, cultural understanding and personal growth. ScholarTrips can help students enrich their lives through these experiences and make travel dreams a reality,” said Joe Mason, Chief Marketing Officer of Allianz Global Assistance USA.

The ScholarTrips Contest will run October 10 th through November 10 th . The top 30 entries will be featured on the ScholarTrips website and six winners will be selected from those finalists. Full details can be found at scholartrips.org.


Disclaimer: I work as an ambassador for Allianz Global Assistance (AGA Service Company) and receive financial compensation.

Announcing A New Project: National Park Service 413!

Posted by on August 25, 2016

One of the 413 sites in the US National Park System

Today is the 100th anniversary the National Park Service in the United States.

As many of you might know I’m in the middle of a project to photograph all 59 national parks in the United States. I’m about 75% through with the project and I should be able to finish it sometime in 2017. (I’m also attempting to visit all the national parks in Canada, which is a whole other thing…)

Today I am announcing a new project, to go above and beyond just visiting America’s 59 national parks.

While the national parks are usually considered the highlights of the national park service, the system is much larger than just the 59 places with a “national park” designation. There are national monuments, memorials, battlefields, seashores, lakeshores, preserves, trails, and historic sites.

With the recent addition of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in Maine, there are now 413 sites in the United States National Park System.

….and I’m going to visit and photograph all 413 of them!

This isn’t anything new for me. I have been visiting National Park Service sites as far back as the late 90’s when I had to travel for work. I’d bring my National Park Passport with me and visit sites all over the US. Based on my most recent count, which was a while ago, I’ve been to over 150 sites already.

Here are the constraints I’m putting on myself for the purpose of the project. They are similar to what I’ve done for my national parks and UNESCO World Heritage Site projects:

  1. Any sites I visited before 2007, will be revisited. This is actually a rather hefty number as over 100 of the NPS sites I’ve been to were before I started traveling full time. Thankfully, many of them are in a dense area around Washington DC and New York City.
  2. I will take at least one representative photo at each site. Some sites, like the Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial, are really small. Some, like on the Mall in Washington DC, are just statues. Nonetheless, I should be able to get at least one decent photo from each place I visit.
  3. Each visit is to be a meaningful visit. This is very vague I realize. My intent is that the goal isn’t just to take a photo or get a passport stamp. I’ll try to have an experience like what a normal visitor might have, which includes going to the visitor center (if there is one), watching a film, talking to a ranger, and exploring the site. The sites are all very different from each other, so what might constitute a meaningful visit in Northern Alaska will be very different for an urban park in Washington DC.
  4. I will walk at least one mile out and back on each national trail. I am aware that this is only a tiny fraction of the size of most trails, but I’m not trying to hike every inch of every trail in the US. That would be over a year of walking. For most trails, I’m assuming I park my car at a trailhead, walk out for at least a mile, and then walk back.
  5. I will not be collecting passport stamps. I always forget to bring my passport. I’ve purchased 3 of them over the years because I visit a place when I didn’t have my passport. I’m just going to forego it entirely and just focus on visiting and taking photos.

This is a big undertaking and it will take me years to complete. That being said, I’m well on my way there already. Even with the rules I’ve placed upon myself, I’ll probably be well over 100 by the time I visit my 59th national park next year.

Much of this will consist of doing regional road trips throughout the US: fly into a city, rent a car, and drive to the NPS sites in a region. I’m sure there will be a few big road trips as well. Unlike full blown national parks, it is entirely possible to visit multiple sites in a single day as many of them are quite small and close together (again, New York and Washington DC).

I’m revisiting sites I visited in the past simply because of photography. I didn’t have a camera back then and I’d like to be able to share the images of all the places on the website.

I will not be the first person to accomplish this. According to the National Park Travelers Club, there have been 43 people who have visited all 413 National Park Service sites. Fewer than the number of people who have visited every country on Earth. I’m quite sure that by the end of the project several more people will have completed it, and the number of sites will probably be more than 413. (I remember it being in the 390’s back when I started visiting them in the 90’s)

I’ll try to announce trips on social media before I embark on them, so I can do meet-ups in the various cities across the US that I’ll be visiting. For some of the more urban sites, I’ll also be arranging small group trips as well.

Announcing my new EBOOK and Online Course: Living the Location Dependent Lifestyle through Active Income.

Posted by on April 1, 2016

Are you longing to break free from the road? Sick and tired of waking up and not knowing what city you are in? Are you constantly wondering where you money is going to be coming from?

If this describes you, then you are probably a candidate for living a location dependent lifestyle.

Location dependence has been the world’s #1 lifestyle since the rise of agriculture over 6,000 years ago. Since then over 10,000,000,000 people have embraced the location dependence movement and have lead a location dependent life.

The benefits of location dependence are many, which is why so many people have embraced it. They include:

  • Family
  • Friends
  • Housing
  • Leisure Time
  • Personal Space
  • Many others!

However, there is so much more!

I’ve created a unique system of active income generation for those who live a location dependent live. I call it a Juxtaposed Offline Business, or JOB.

Through my JOB technique, you can you be earning positive cash flow every other week through active income.

How can you earn active income? The possibilities are endless. Some potential JOB’s include:

  • Farmer
  • Teacher
  • Doctor
  • Astronaut
  • Barrista
  • Trash Collector
  • Mechanic
  • Clergy

Most of these JOB’s require little or no start-up capital and require nothing but time and effort!

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Winners of the Allianz New York Times Travel Show Experience

Posted by on January 21, 2016

I got back from New York where I attended the 2016 New York Times Travel Show with Allianz Travel Insurance. As you may have seen earlier, the folks at Allianz held a contest where 3 lucky people were able to attend the show as well as experience a weekend in New York. The winners were: Blake Mandelberg, Lori Rogers, and Cat Crews.

Allianz contest winners

I also had the opportunity to meet with my friends Johnny Jet and Lee Abbamonte who were speaking at the show:

The New York Times travel show is one of the biggest events of the year. This year one of the highlights for me was attending a dinner with the team from Allianz and the contest winners at the Mastro’s Steakhouse in Midtown, one of the best steakhouses I’ve ever been to.

I had a great time at the show as always and I can’t wait to return to New York next year!


Disclaimer: I work as an ambassador for Allianz Global Assistance (AGA Service Company) and receive financial compensation.

Winner in the Allianz Travel Insurance GoPro Giveaway

Posted by on December 10, 2015

We have a winner in the Allianz Travel, GoBag giveaway, which contains a GoPro camera. The winner is Nancy Mueller for her photo of the Florida Keys!


Just a reminder, that with the end of the year approaching, now is the time to start looking at getting an annual travel insurance policy. I get an annual policy every year, and it takes care of all my trips, all year long. I never have to worry about not being covered. Allianz has annual policies for as little as a few hundred dollars a year.

WIN A GoPro With Allianz Travel Insurance

Posted by on December 1, 2015

December is upon us, which means it is time to start thinking of getting or renewing your annual travel insurance policy for 2016. I always get my policy to start on January 1, so I know I’ll be covered for an entire calendar year.

In that spirit, I’m teaming up with Allianz Travel Insurance to give one lucky reader a GoBag full of travel and photography goodies. It includes:

  • GoPro Hero Camera
  • Gorillapod Action Tripod
  • Camera Lens Insulated Cup
  • Mini MAGlite LED Flashlight
  • Allianz Passpord Holder with RFID Protection
  • iClick B-200 2,200 mAh Portable Battery
  • Nikon Lens Cleaning Kit

All you have to do to enter is follow me on Instagram @EverythingEverywhere and tag a photo with #EverythingEverywhere. On December 10, I’ll announce a winner.

You must be a resident of the United States to be eligible (for shipping purposes).