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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 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

Posted by on November 13, 2015

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

Posted by on July 3, 2015

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

Posted by on June 25, 2015

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!

Posted by on June 20, 2015

If you are reading this in your RSS reader, please click to see what I am talking about.

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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An Open Response To the Society of American Travel Writers For Having Stripped Me of My Travel Photography Awards

Posted by on April 1, 2015

This morning I was notified by the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) that I have been stripped of all travel journalism awards given by the organization and its foundation for the use of performance enhancing drugs. In particular I have been stripped of the following awards:

Moreover, I have been notified that my membership has been suspended pending a review by the special committee looking into the use of performance enhancing drugs by writers and photographers.

I take these accusations very seriously as this is a major attack on my reputation. This action was taken without any hearing, or ability for me to plead my case. Given that I was not given the chance to defend myself, I’ll will use the only platform I have available to me to answer these charges.


Every year after the SATW awards ceremony, winners are required to submit a urine sample for testing of various regulated compounds. For the last 3 years I’ve dutifully submitted my sample at a certified facilities wherever I happened to be in the world. The processing of the samples are done out of pocket and every year I have passed with flying colors. I’ve often had to go far out of my way to visit certified testing facilities in various countries. I remember having gone far out of my way in both Thailand and in the United Kingdom.

My most recent test came back in February testing positive for several banned substances. In particular Foolazine, a drug manufactured by the Pfizer Corporation which provides stability, strength and speed to your right index finger, and Anselize, a drug used by former East German photographers which supposedly improves image composition. (although this has never been proven!)

I want to categorically state for the record I have not, am not, or ever will use any performance enhancing drugs to improve my photography.

The results from my most recent test had to have been a false positive, as I have never taken any such drugs. Moreover, the fact that SATW took such drastic action, which besmirched my good name, without any advanced notification is reckless and without precedent. The fallout from their announcement was immediate. I have already lost my staff position with Newsweek Magazine and my spot in BlogHouse Detroit.

It isn’t often discussed publicly, but photographers are aware of the illicit market in photography enhancing drugs. Like many other travel photographers, I’ve been approached by underground photodrug dealers all over the world. However, I have never given in to the temptation. I have always believed in an all natural approach to my photography and have never taken anything more than herbal-photo supplements.

Also, why does SATW crack down on performance enhancing drugs, but turns a blind eye to extensor truncation surgery, aka “Bob Holmes Surgery” which provides almost all the same benefits to the index finger???

Moreover, I’m saddened that SATW has chosen to target photographers as the focus of their witch hunt, when everyone knows that travel writers are more apt to use performance enhancing drugs to overcome writers block.

I have spoken to my attorney Roy Dewitt, and we will be filing an injunction against SATW to reverse these actions and seek a formal investigation.

I know there are a lot of bloggers, writers and photographers who will use this as an opportunity to attack me and try to bring me down. Do not believe what they are saying.

I have full faith that I will see this wrong righted, and that my name will be cleared. Thank you all for your support during this troubled time.

Win an Allianz Global Assistance GoBag

Posted by on January 31, 2015

Win an Allianz Global Assistance GoBag

Win an Allianz Global Assistance GoBag

This week’s Instagram photo contest has a special prize. The good folks at Allianz Global Assistance, and my newest sponsor, will be providing the winner of this week’s contest with a TravelSmart GoBag, which is filled with essential things for your next trip. Items include a first aid kit, toiletries and other items to make your trip safer and more enjoyable.

All you have to do to win is tag your photos on Instagram with the hashtag #EverythingEverywhere that fit this week’s theme: Roads. Just tag any photo which you think fits the theme of “roads” and on February 7 I’ll pick a winner. If you have posted a photo to Instagram in the past which fits the theme, just add the hashtag in the comments of the photo and it will count.

I’m excited to be working with Allianz, as they are probably the best travel insurance company for global travelers. Almost everywhere I’ve been in the world, I see signs for Allianz. When you are traveling around the world, a global presence is exactly what you want in an insurance company. If something happens to me I want to know that the company that is trying to help me has experience and resources to help me.

Instagram Travel Photography Contest – Mountains

Posted by on December 23, 2014

This winner in last week’s photography contest is Darren Clarke! He won for his photo of prayer flags in Nepal. He will be getting a $200 voucher to use on a trip with G Adventures and a year of photo hosting on Smugmug.

The theme for this week is: holidays and festivals.

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