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My name is Gary Arndt. In March 2007 I set out to travel around the world...
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November 2013 Desktop Wallpaper

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This Week In Travel – Episode 152

This week’s guest is former US editor of Lonely Planet, Robert Reid


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Photographing Vietnam’s Rainy Season

My friend and two-continent club member Sherry Ott is a prolific travel photographer and blogger. She recently visited visited Vietnam during the rainy season. While that might be a deterrent for most people traveling, Sherry managed to find inspiration and beauty in the rain. Here is Sherry…


I often get people who tell me they are skipping a country in Southeast Asia because it’s rainy season, monsoon season, or it’s ‘just too hot’ at that time of year. Little do they know that traveling in rainy season is one of my best kept travel secrets and I always wonder if I should tell them what they are missing when they skip countries or locations due to a less than desirable weather season.

From a cultural experience and photography standpoint, inclement weather seasons are wonderful opportunity to see how the locals really live in situations that we would deem less desirable. You get a true feel for the country and local culture and traditions through the ‘tough’ times. On top of it you get introduced to a number of new products that are used in that inclement weather season that you probably never even dreamed of. In Vietnam you’ll see surprising products such as the double headed ponchos or ponchos with a headlight window.

On my recent trip to Saigon during rainy season, I was lucky enough to have the skies open up and pour down their wrath on city streets. I was on a motorbike myself, so I had a great perspective for photography and luckily I had proper rain gear for my camera. I watched as the streets flooded rapidly and the Vietnamese locals didn’t skip a beat. Rain doesn’t stop them – and it shouldn’t stop you.
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Impressions of Wisconsin

One of the fundamental truths I’ve learn from traveling is that everyone is proud of where they are from.

I am no exception.

I grew up in Wisconsin like circus elephants, you can take the boy out of Wisconsin, but you can’t take Wisconsin out of the boy. Even thought I haven’t lived in Wisconsin full time for almost 20 years, I still have an immense amount of pride in where I am from.

I spent the last week in August driving around my state, visiting many popular attractions and destinations. It was a trip which let me get back to my roots and see places that I haven’t seen in a long time.

Here are some of the first impressions from my trip as seen from my iPhone.

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Announcing the North American National Parks Project!

As most of you know, during the last 6 1/2 years of traveling around the world, I’ve set to visiting as many UNESCO World Heritage sites as possible. One question I always get is if I plan on visiting them all, and the answer is, no. I’m not sure it is possible as they are always adding about 20 new sites every year. Moreover, some of them are extremely remote and difficult to visit. To the best of my knowledge, no one has ever done it or even come close.

In the back of my mind however, I have been also attempting something else: To visit and photograph all the National Parks of the United States and Canada.
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This Week in Travel – Episode 150

This week’s guest is Lee Abbamonte, the youngest American to visit all 193 countries.
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Exploring Wisconsin

Milwaukee Museum of Art

Milwaukee Museum of Art

This week I’m going to be doing something a bit different. I’m going to spend it exploring my home state of Wisconsin.

Usually when I’m in Wisconsin I’m here to relax and catch up on work. Like most people, I’ve never visited many of the significant things in my state because I felt like it was always something I could do. I’ve seen this time and time again all over the world. Locals never visit attractions they live next to. I’ve met people who have lived their whole life in New York, for example, and have never been to the Statue of Liberty.

This week I am going to rectify that problem by driving around the state for five days.

Monday, I’m starting in Green Bay, which is only about 25 miles from where I grew up. I’ll be taking a tour of Lambeau Field as well as visiting the Packer Hall of Fame.

Tuesday, I’ll be in Milwaukee to visit the Harley-Davidson Museum, do a brewery tour, watch the wings on the art museum close, and attend a Brewers game.

Wednesday, I’ll be heading to the capital of Madison to take a tour of the capital building and visit some of the Frank Lloyd Wright homes in the area and his studio Spring Green: Taliesin. (they will probably be put on the world heritage list in a few years).

Thursday I’ll be in LaCrosse and driving up the east side of the Mississippi River, taking photos of the bluffs.

Friday, I’ll be finishing the trip by heading to the north woods to the town of Cable.

I’m excited to do this and to share a region that most people know little about. You can follow along on Google+ and I’ll also be posting images to Facebook and Instagram.

Let me know your favorite thing to see or do in Wisconsin!

September 2013 Desktop Wallpaper

September 2013 Desktop Wallpaper

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Tuesday Travel Update – Working in Wisconsin Edition

Waterfall in Trinidad. Last stop on my Caribbean tour

Waterfall in Trinidad. Last stop on my Caribbean tour

I have finally finished with my island hopping trip through the Caribbean. I thoroughly enjoyed it even though the logistics were often a giant pain. I have a post in the works about how you can actually do an island hopping trip of your own, but suffice it to say it is far more difficult than it should be given how close together the islands are. Not surprisingly, the reason involved politics and money.

The islands themselves were fantastic. I have so much to say, and I’ll soon have my photos edited and I’ll start posting more about the region.

I’m currently in Wisconsin for two more weeks catching up on things and taking care of business that I can only do when I’m here. (Banking, etc.).

My travel plans for the next two months are now pretty set. Here is where I’ll be through the first week in November:
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