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Gary is currently in Grand Chute, WI (May 22nd, 2015)
My name is Gary Arndt. In March 2007 I set out to travel around the world...
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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.
During my trek to Mount Everest base camp I snapped this photo after a tough climb to the memorial for those that lost their lives on Mount Everest. I spent a lot of time here reading the names and enjoying the contrasting beauty of the mountains and all the prayer flags. When I look back at this photo it reminds me why I travel and why it is worth the effort and cost. #MountEverest memorial, #Nepal. #everythingeverywhere
The theme for this week is: holidays and festivals.
The theme for this week’s contest is: Mountains.
This week I’m launching my weekly travel photography contest on Instagram!
I’ve been really enjoying Instagram this year. It has become my favorite social network by a wide margin.
I’ve had a lot people who have asked me to review their photos, so I thought I’d systematize the process so I can get a chance to view a few photos from a lot of people, and reward those who have taken some amazing shots.
Here is are the rules and how the contest will work:
I’ll be giving away a travel and/or photography related prize each week to the image I select as the best. This week Lonely Planet is giving the winner their choice of any Lonely Planet ebook!
So, tag your photos and best of luck to everyone!
It is time once again for the annual Passports With Purpose event to raise money for good causes around the world. In the past Passports With Purpose has built schools, water wells and entire villages. This year they will be giving to Sustainable Harvest International to help farmers in Central America.
The way Passports With Purpose works is that travel related sponsors partner with bloggers to donate prizes. You can then bid on the prizes in $10 increments. Each $10 gives you 1 entry to win that prize. You can submit as many times as you’d like.
I’m partnering with Smugmug who is offering a full year of business class photo hosting. I’ve been a Smugmug customer for years and all of the photo’s you see on my site are hosted by them. They are an absolutely critical part of what I do online and I highly recommend them. You might be able to win a full year of hosting for only $10!
Just go to the Passports With Purpose website to donate and put in a bid. You can submit bids until 11:59 p.m. EST on Wednesday, December 17, 2014.
I am writing this in a hostel in London. My feet are sore, my back hurts and I still want to sleep after having slept for 10 hours. I’ve just finished the big World Travel Market show in London and I’m exhausted.
I’ve been to 35 countries and territories this year already. That includes a 12,000 mile road trip this summer which took almost 3 months. Last year I visited 44 countries.
I’ve now been traveling for 2,793 consecutive days. Over the last 7.5 years I’ve been to 175 countries and territories. Not only do I travel more than most people, I travel more than any other blogger or travel writer that I know of.
That isn’t a complaint. I’ve seen and done more during that time than many people do in their life. I’ve swam with sharks, bungee jumped and have had the pleasure to have taken amazing photos from all 7 continents. The decision to travel full time is probably the best decision I’ve ever made.
However, it hasn’t come without a cost.