Announcing A New Project: National Park Service 413!

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.

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Winners of the Allianz New York Times Travel Show Experience

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

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

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 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).


Win A Trip to the New York Times Travel Show

The New York Times Travel Show is one of the biggest travel events of the year in the United States.

The folks at Allianz Global Assistance will give one lucky winner an all-expenses paid trip to New York City to attend the show which runs from January 8 – 10, 2016.

The VIP Allianz Global Assistance “Concierge” experience will feature a special guided tour of Lower Manhattan and lunch with renowned travel author Pauline Frommer. Winners will also have breakfast with travel personality Mark Murphy and receive expert travel advice over dinner with the “Travel Trifecta” – myself, Johnny Jet, and Lee Abbamonte.

The three-night package includes airfare, accommodation at Ink 48 – a Kimpton Hotel, meals with travel personalities, access to The New York Times Travel Show, a travel itinerary curated by Pauline Frommer and a NYC City Pass for VIP admission to iconic New York landmarks including the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Winners will also receive an Allianz Travel Insurance “Go Bag” comprising of a GoPro, Portable Power Pack, Passport Holder with RFID Protection and a personally-signed Frommer’s EasyGuide to New York City.

To enter the contest, submit the form on the Allianz Facebook page.

Click here to read the official rules.

I hope to see you in New York City this January!


Photo Essay – The Blue Hour

Ivana and Gianni are a Slovakian and Italian couple who have been traveling around the world since 2012. They blog at NomadIsBeautiful.com I met them in Athens last October and asked them if they would be willing to do a guest photo essay for my site. They agreed and quickly got me the photos. However, because of my travel schedule, new blog launch, and sheer forgetfulness, I didn’t get around to post it until now.

The subject they chose for their photo essay was “The Blue Hour”. That time of the evening just after sunset where the sky has a blueish tint, but the isn’t totally black yet.

In addition to their website, you can also view their photography on Instagram.


Wat Chedi Luang, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Wat Chedi Luang, Chiang Mai, Thailand

An impressive temple in the old city of Chiang Mai. Although it’s ruined, it’s an active place of worship and “monk chats” run by Buddhist monks.

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Global Travel Conspiracy, Episode 1 – Chester Arthur’s Pants and a Blue Clarinet

My new podcast, The Global Travel Conspiracy, is now live!

My first guest is Robert Reid, National Geographic’s Digital Nomad and the former US editor at Lonely Planet. We talk about a whole range of things including his project to take clarinet lessons on the island of St. Lucia.

The podcast is a project with the CBS PlayIt Podcast Network. New episodes will be uploaded weekly with different formats. In addition to interviews, I’ll also be doing some monologue shows from the road and some shows where I talk to locals in the places I visit.

Please subscribe on iTunes and leave a review. Positive reviews, especially in the first few weeks the podcast is on iTunes can make a world of difference.

BEHOLD! The New and Improved Everything Everywhere!

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Back in 2009 I commissioned what I thought was a really cutting edge website.

The designers I had picked jerked me around, left some gaping holes on the site which were later exploited by hackers, and it wasn’t long after that I was starting to regret my decision.

The black background of the site really turned people off (although I did eventually sort of fix that) and it reminded people of either a heavy metal or porn website. The load time wasn’t nearly as fast as it should have been and I have been plagued with SEO issues since I launched it.

I vowed I’d get around to getting a new site eventually.

However, traveling around the world takes up a lot of time. One year turned into two which eventually turned into SIX! Last year I made the decision to cut back on my travels so I could restore some balance in my life.

Part of that was getting around to projects I had been putting off. At the top of my list was getting a new website. In November at TBEX Athens I spoke to Mitch Canter who does WordPress development. We spoke and things got put into motion.

After many revisions, the site is finally live.

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