Day 2, West Africa Cruise – Cape Town

Latitude: 33° 54.2614′ S
Longitude: 18° 24.9283′ E

Checking passengers on to a ship is not the same as checking into a hotel. You can’t just have people check-in willy nilly over the course of a day. There are issues with security, immigration and the port authority, so the first day is usually at a hotel so everyone can then board the boat at the same time in an organized fashion.

It also gives an opportunity for everyone to explore Cape Town and meet the other travelers before we board the ship. Exploring the endpoints of cruise are usually up to the individual, so this actually a great opportunity for people who haven’t been to Cape Town before.
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Day 1, West Africa Cruise – Cape Town

Latitude: 33° 54.2614′ S
Longitude: 18° 24.9283′ E

Today I begin one of my biggest adventures yet: spending one month sailing up the West Coast of Africa on G Adventure’s M/S Expedition. We will be spending 32 days going up the west coast of Africa from Cape Town to Morocco.

As a Wander in Residence for G Adventures, I have had the opportunity to travel with G on tours around the world. This tour, however, might very well be the most coveted one in the entire G catalog. Just to put it in perspective, since I got approval to go on the tour last year, almost every single person I’ve met who works for G, 1) knew that I was going on the trip and 2) expressed their jealously that I was going. This is from a company of well traveled people who deal with tours on a daily basis.

Two months ago I took a day trip to the Drakensberg Mountains in South Africa where I met two men who worked for STA Travel in South Africa. STA is a partner of G Adventures and books many trips for them. When I told them I was going on the West Africa trip, even they expressed their jealously.

Though this is only the second year the trip has been run, it has quickly developed a reputation as one of the most desired tours in the entire G Adventures lineup.

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This Week In Travel – Episode 164

This week’s guest Dick Jordan from Tales Told from the Road.


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My #Awesome #BlogHouseDetroit Experience!!! #OMG!!!

This is the #bloghouse where I spent a week with several #amazing #bloggers in #Detroit!

I just finished up the most incredible week in #Detroit with the #AwesomeBlogger Media group where we learned about #blogging, #socialmedia and #monetization. We also got to visit one of the best cities in the world: #Detroit!

The house was packed with an #All-Star line up of #Bloggers. The instructors were some of the most internet famous travel people in the #WORLD. Many of them have appears of such sites as #Matador or the #HuffingtonPost! The whole week was tots cray cray!

Here were some of the #bloggers in attendance:
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April 2014 Desktop Calendar

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OnTravel Interview: St. Helena

Jamestown, St. HelenaAfter an aborted attempt to record while I was on the island, if finally managed to contact Paul and Elizabeth from OnTravel when I was in Cape Town to talk about my recent trip to St. Helena. This is the first of my reports from my 3 week trip to the island.

OnTravel Interview: South Africa

After spending several weeks driving around Southern Africa, a week of which with my friend Shannon O’Donnell, we did a joint appearance on, OnTravel. It was a two part show where we talked about our impressions of Africa and the travels we had upcoming during the next few months: my trip to St. Helena and Shannon’s trip to Tanzania and Kenya.


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Seven Years On the Road

Today marks the 7th anniversary of the day I turned over the keys to my house and began a life of full time travel. There are other dates close to this I could have chosen as my anniversary, but I picked turning over the keys to my house as the start of my travels because that was the point of no return.

When I began in 2007 I told everyone I would be gone for a year, but secretly I thought I might be gone for two. Never in my wildest dreams, however, did I think I be doing this seven years later.

Never did I think I’d be celebrating this day on a remote island in the Atlantic Ocean having visited over 150 countries and territories around the world. I never could have imagined that I’d have won so many major travel photography awards, because when I started I never thought of myself as a photographer.
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Off to St. Helena!

In 2011 I did a post listing the 13 places in the I most wanted to visit but haven’t yet. To date, I’ve only visited one of the places on that list: Lord Howe Island in Australia.

Today I’m embarking on a trip in Cape Town to cross off the second destination on my list: the island of St. Helena.

For those of you who have no idea where or what St. Helena is, here are some quick facts:
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Visions of Namibia

I visited Namibia for the first time in November 2013. What I experienced was far beyond my expectations. I found it to be a land of contradictions. It is a place where you can experience daily fog in the desert. Where you may have to wear a coat in the tropics. It has some of the oldest land and human artifacts on Earth, yet it is one of the youngest countries in the world.

It is also a spectacular place for photography. You could almost throw your camera in the air and be guaranteed a great photo.

This collection is the result of a five day trip I took into the Namib Desert and a shorter two day trip to Damaraland to visit the ancient rock carvings of Twyfelfontein. Both are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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