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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Quest for the Perfect Bag – Update

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My 32″ Gear Warrior which I use as my primary bag

Last December I wrote about my problems in finding the right bag. When you travel as much as I do, your bag/suitcase/backpack is a vital piece of equipment.

After six years of traveling around the world, I still hadn’t found a bag I was satisfied with. I tried backpacks, duffle bags, rolling duffle bags, suitcases and combinations thereof. I wasn’t happy.

Some bags were too heavy. Some were painful to carry. Some just fell apart because they were designed poorly.

Last December I decided that I was going to take a stab at solving this problem once and for all. I’d owned enough failed bags to know what I didn’t want. I just needed to find a bag that avoided all those bad things.
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Caribbean Island Hopping – Leeward Islands Recap

I’m approximately half way through my Caribbean island hopping adventure. Since I began in June I’ve gotten through the Leeward Islands and have now begun traveling down the Windward Islands. Here is where I’ve been so far:

  • St. Thomas (USVI)
  • Tortola (BVI)
  • Virgin Gorda (BVI)
  • St. Martin (Dutch)
  • Anguilla
  • St. Martin (French)
  • St. Bart’s
  • Saba
  • St. Eustatius
  • St. Kitts
  • Nevis
  • Antigua
  • Montserrat
  • Guadeloupe

All of my comments and observations in this post will be limited to the above islands.
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August 2013 Desktop Wallpaper

August 2013 Desktop Wallpaper

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Behind the Lens – Jellyfish Lake in Palau

jellyfish lake palau

One of the most incredible things I’ve ever done is gone swimming with jellyfish in Palau.

Palau is a small island country of approximately 20,000 people in the Pacific Ocean, east of the Philippines and north of Indonesia. It is also home to, what I believe, is the greatest diving in the world.

The most unique feature of Palau however, doesn’t require any SCUBA gear to experience: the jellyfish lake.
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This Week In Travel – Episode 146

This week Jen Leo, Chris Christensen and myself are joined by our guest Brian Kelly from ThePointsGuy.com

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Behind the Lens – The Milky Way over La Palma, Canary Islands

astrophotography la palma canary islands

I am not an expert in Astrophotography. Nonetheless, I had the chance to try my hand at it when I was on the island of La Palma back in 2011.

La Palma, along with Mauna Kea in Hawaii, is one of the most important locations for professional astronomy in the world. It is the location of the world’s largest single mirror telescope as well as many other high end devices. The reason why La Palma is such a great place to do astronomy is because the top of the mountain there is almost always above the clouds which means there a large number of nights each year where you can see the heavens.

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This Week in Travel – Episode #145

This week I called in from the island on Antigua and I was joined by my co-hosts Chris Christensen, Jen Leo and our guest this week Johnny Jet.


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Behind the Lens – Samoan Coconut Blowhole

blowhole samoa coconut

When I began traveling back in 2007 I didn’t know much about photography. From a technical standpoint, this isn’t my greatest photograph, but it is one of the most interesting.

Some backstory is necessary to understand what makes the photo one of my favorite…
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July 2013 Desktop Wallpaper

July 2013 Desktop Wallpaper

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This month’s image was taken in Wadi Mujib Canyon, Jordan.

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