The Therapeutic Value of Sunshine and Seawater

I have always remember my time in the Pacific fondly
Two months ago I was miserable.

I had spent almost 8 weeks traveling through Europe during an abnormally cold spring. Not only was it cold, but I wasn’t really prepared for the weather. I had to shovel my rental car out of snowdrifts in Germany (without a shovel) and I got another rental car stuck in the snow in a freak April snowstorm in Croatia.

I caught a cold which lingered with me for months and reignited a hacking cough I always get when I get sick. On top of all that, I was on a travel schedule which left me exhausted as well as sick.

Fast forward to today and I’m sitting on the island of Anguilla feeling better mentally and physically than I have since I began traveling in 2007. I owe it all to the incredible power of warm sunlight and seawater.

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Let the Caribbean Island Hopping Adventure Begin!

Route of my Caribbean Trip
Hello from the island of St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands where I’m one week into my Caribbean island hopping adventure!

I have been excited about this trip for quite some time. I’ve always had a fascination with small countries and islands. When I began my travels in 2007 I started in the Pacific for exactly that reason. I wanted to visit the small places I had only seen as small dots on a map.

Since then I’ve gone out of my way to visit places like San Marino and Liechtenstein but have never bothered to visit many large countires like Russia and China. This trip is my chance to visit a part of the world I’ve so far ignored as well as scratching my itch for visiting tiny countries.

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OnTravel Interview: TBEX, Italy and Jordan

My recent interview with Paul Lasley on the American Forces Radio Network. This week we talk about my recent trips to Jordan, Italy and Toronto for the annual TBEX conference.

25 Random Thoughts On Visiting My 250th World Heritage Site

My first World Heritage Site: Volcanoes National Park
Last month I spent 2 hours exploring the Emperor Hadrian’s villa in Tivoli, Italy. It marked my 250th visit to a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Here is a collection of thoughts and facts about world heritage sites that I’ve collected over the last 6 years:

1) As of the time of writing, there are 962 UNESCO World Heritage sites scattered around the globe. I’d estimate that number of people on Earth who have visited as many are in the low 1,000’s. Nonetheless, I still have only been to 1/4 of all the world heritage sites on the planet. That is a very humbling fact.

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