My 2013 Travels in Airport Codes

This year I landed on the world’s shortest commercial runway on the island of Saba

During 2013 I’ve kept track of every flight I’ve taken, including connections and layovers. As all my flights for the rest of the month are already booked, I am able to publish a complete list of every flight of 2013.

Believe it or not, I didn’t qualify for elite status on any airline this year! Many of my flighst in the summer were on LIAT which doesn’t have a frequent flyer program. My flights to Africa on South African Airlines were only given 1/2 credit by United. I will end up 13 miles short of elite status on United. My next Star Alliance flight is on January 1, 2014 out of Sydney!

My other flights were scattered amongst other airlines. This is one of the reasons I am giving up on chasing elite status. The benefits just aren’t worth it anymore.

Where you see a | symbol, I transferred between airports by ground or water.

Total flights: 84
Unique Airports: 72
Shortest Flight: 12 minutes (St. Martin to Saba)
Longest Flight: 15 hours, 50 minutes (Vancouver to Sydney)
Lost Bags: 3 (Virgin Gorda to St. Martin, Boston to Dublin, Vancouver to Sydney)
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This Week in Travel – Episode 157

This week’s guest is Andrew Evans, National Geographic’s Digital Nomad.

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Announcing My 3rd Annual Travel Photography Tour To…. SOUTH AFRICA!

2014 Travel Photography TourI’m happy to announce my 3rd annual travel photography tour with G Adventures. The 2014 edition of the tour will be going to South Africa!

In 2012 we did a tour of the American Southwest where we photographed some of the great national parks like Yosemite, Death Valley, Zion and the Grand Canyon. In 2013 I lead a group to Italy where we shot in Venice, Rome, Cinque Terra and the Amalfi Coast.

Next year I’ll be going with photographers to explore the nation of South Africa. I’ve been wanting to do a photography tour where we could photograph wildlife. The previous two tours had lots of great landscapes and cultural sites, but little in the way of animals. Kruger National Park should provide this in spades. In addition to trying to photograph the Big Five, we’ll be capturing the sights of Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Here are the basic details you need to know:

  • Dates: May 12-20, 2014
  • Staring Point: Cape Town
  • Ending Point: Johannesburg
  • Cost: US$1899.00
  • Meals Provided: 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners
  • Lodging: Hotels (4 nights), Sleeper Train (1 night), Lodges (3 nights)

In addition, you’ll be getting personal instruction from myself during the trip and online assistance BEFORE the trip.

We expect this trip to be sold out again, and seats are sold on a first come, first serve basis. If you have any questions about the tour, feel free to ask in the comments or send me an email.


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December 2013 Desktop Wallpaper

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December in Australia

December 2013 Australia RouteI’m happy to report that I’ll be spending most of the month of December in Australia!

Starting in early December I’ll be embarking on a 3-week long tour of Australia with G Adventures. This will tour be the 5th continent I will have traveled to with G Adventures and my longest trip with them to date.

I’ve been to Australia six times now, but my first and biggest trip to Australia was back in 2008 when I spent almost 5 months in the country and visited every state and capital city. I drove from Melbourne to Cairns and from Darwin to Perth. I even took a bus from Adelaide to Alice Springs.

I’m often asked if I revisit places I’ve been before, and the answer is a resounding YES! Most of the stops on this trip are places I visited in 2008, but it was under different circumstances. My photos from 2008 were OK, but I have a much better idea of what I’m doing now. Also, after years of daily photos, I’ve pretty much run out of decent photos of Australia to post on my site. So if nothing else, I’ll be able to restock my portfolio with Australia images.
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This Week in Travel – Episode 156

This week’s guests are Janice Waugh of Solo Traveler and Mara Gorman of and author of The Family Traveler’s Handbook.

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Photo Essay: On the Trail of the Yukon Quest

2013 Yukon QuestIn February 2013 I was invited to be part of the media pool which covered the Yukon Quest sled dog race which starts in Whitehose, Yukon and finishes in Fairbanks, Alaska by way of Dawson City. I knew next to nothing about dog sledding before my visit, but left fascinated by this little known sport. I also got to try my hand at driving a sled dog team and it was one of the enjoyable things I’ve done in all my travels.

Photographing the dogs and the mushers was a pleasure and I developed a respect for the men, women and canines which compete in this extreme sport.

The 2014 Yukon Quest starts February 1 in Fairbanks, Alaska.

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This Week in Travel – Episode 155

This week’s guest is travel writer Rolf Potts, author of Vagabonding.

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Donate to Support Philippines Relief Efforts

Philippines Relief

One thing that traveling has done for me is that it has a given me a more visceral and emotional connection to many places around the world. When a disaster strikes someplace I’ve been, it isn’t just a abstract curiosity. Traveling makes the people and places who are effected real.

The Philippines is a real place to me. I spent almost a month exploring the country and I’ve met dozens and dozens of Filipinos around the world since my visit. I’ve consistently said that Filipinos might be my favorite people in the world. I’ve literally met Filipinos on every continent (that includes Antarctica!)

As you are aware the Philippines was hit by a devastating typhoon only months after the same region was hit by a large earthquake. There are estimates of 10,000 dead and hundreds of thousands without homes.

G Adventures and Planeterra is looking to raise money for reconstruction efforts. G Adventures will match every dollar raised up to $30,000. It doesn’t have to be a lot. Every little bit adds up.

I just donated and I encourage you to as well.

This Week in Travel – Episode 154

This week’s guest is Catharine Hamm, travel editor of the award winning LA Times Travel.

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