Review: Traveling With G Adventures

Review: Traveling With G Adventures

Since 2010 I have been on 14 different trips with G Adventures. The fact that I’ve been on so many trips should give you an indication of what I think of the company. Not only have I been on 14 different trips with G, but I’ve traveled with them to all seven continents and to 40 countries and territories around the world. I’ve had dinner with the founder, attended their annual corporate meeting, and have served as an ambassador for the company.

I guess I know the company about as well as anyone who isn’t an employee can.

This article isn’t a review in the same way that a movie review is. This isn’t intended to criticize, praise, or compare so much as it is intended to give you an overall idea of what you can expect when you are on a G Adventures trip. Each tour is a difference experience, so it is impossible to provide a review which covers every possible trip. Also, even though I’ve been on 14 different tours with G, they run hundreds of tours around the world, so your mileage may vary.

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How to cross the border overland between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea

How to cross the border overland between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea

Traveling to Papua New Guinea is like exploring the last frontier. It might sound cliche; it’s not. Papua New Guinea is one of the less-visited countries in the world. The road system is limited, the tourist infrastructure still developing, and the safety a primary concern. However, the country is home to rich forests and jungles, untouched beaches and marine life, and of course, to hundreds of different ethnic groups talking over 800 different languages. Each of these groups has its traditions, all featuring incredible and colorful masks, traditional headgear, and dances.

Most travelers arrive in Papua New Guinea into Jacksons International Airport (also called Port Moresby Airport), in the country’s capital. Those wanting to visit Mt. Hagen and the Highlands, or Port Moresby, should indeed fly into the capital.

Those looking to explore Northwest Papua New Guinea around the Sepik River region have the option to cross the border from Indonesia into PNG. The journey requires more preparations and a solid adventurous spirit but is an exciting way to learn about the local life.

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After 11 Years of Traveling Around the World, What’s Left? (Answer: A Lot)

I recently celebrated my 11 year anniversary of turning over the keys to my house to travel around the world. Since I started traveling full-time I’ve done and seen more than most people ever will in their lives. I’ve been to over 120 countries, 340 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and all 7 continents.

After so much travel, I get asked by many people “what’s left?”

The simple answer is that there is a whole lot left. The world is huge and in some respects, I feel like I have barely scratched the surface. The more your travel, the more places you learn about which you want to visit. The potential universe of places I want to visit is much larger now than it was back in 2007 just because I’ve become more aware.

I’ve compiled a list of places I want to visit and trips I want to take. These are all places I’ve never been to or things I’ve never done before.

I don’t consider this a “bucket list”. I’ve already gone through the equivalent of several bucket lists already. This is more of a “to do” list.

This list is going to be updated over time. I’ll be indicating when I visit places and will be adding more places when I learn about them.

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6 Backpacking Travel Tips For the Budget Traveler

6 Backpacking Travel Tips For the Budget Traveler

Many a young nomad dreams of a backpacking journey around the U.S.A., Asia, Europe, or even around the world. However, many a young (or not so young) nomad lacks the zeros and commas in their bank account to do it in style. Fortunately, there are many ways to see the world without dipping into your college fund (or cashing in your 401k). We put together 6 backpacking travel tips for the budget traveler so no matter the size of your bank account, you can go forth and explore.

Pack Light

The less luggage you carry, the less cash you’ll have to shell out for checked baggage fees or even large carry-ons. Some airlines charge as much as $35 for anything bigger than a daypack in the cabin. Nearly all of them charge for a checked bag. If you can fit everything you need for your 2-, 6- or 12-month jaunt in one large backpack, great! If you can fit it in one small daypack and an oversized jacket full of pockets, even better!

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11 Thoughts on Traveling Around the World for 11 Years

11 Thoughts on Traveling Around the World for 11 Years

March 13 marks the anniversary of the date in 2007 when I turned over the keys to my house to travel around the world. It is the date I use to mark what I call my Travelversary.

The last 11 years have totally changed my life in every way imaginable. I have been to more places, and have done more things, and met more people than I have in the rest of my life combined.

I never ever imagined that I’d still be at this 11 years later. When I left I told everyone I’d be gone for a year, but I secretly thought I’d be gone for 2. I couldn’t conceive of 11 and I really had no idea what I’d do when the trip was over.

Things have changed since I started, but for me and for the world. Two years ago I stopped traveling full-time and got an apartment in Minneapolis, which has provided me a bit more stability and a place to put my stuff between trips. Nonetheless, travel is still my raison d’être and is now my business too.

I can think of no better celebrate my Travelversary than with a good ol’ list post, using 11 arbitrary points which happens to match the number of years I’ve been traveling.

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Travel and Developing A Daily Routine

9 years ago, still early in my travels, I wrote an article about the Paradox of Travel Blogging. Basically, you can be out exploring or you can be in front of your computer working, but you can’t do both. I dubbed it Gary’s Paradox, because who doesn’t like naming stuff after themselves, amirite??

While smartphones and social media apps have lessened this somewhat, the fundamental truth of what I wrote 9 years ago still applies today. Travel and work are fundamentally incompatible. You can work away from home, but you can’t work while being out and about doing the things.

Tangential to the subject of working and traveling is being able to have a daily routine.

One of the great parts of traveling is that every day is a new adventure.

One of the downsides of traveling is that the daily new adventure makes it almost impossible to develop a daily routine, which in turn makes it very difficult to be productive.

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Low-Carb Options When Flying

Low Carb Options When Flying

There is no sense in burying the lead: There are no good low carbohydrate options available on any major airline.

I try to eat a low-carb diet when I’m at home and I can do so quite successfully. However, it is extremely difficult to do when you are traveling. It is especially hard to do when flying as no airline that I know of offers a low carbohydrate option for meals.

The reason, as far as I can tell, has to do with cost. Proteins cost more than carbohydrates. Both meat and green vegetables are more expensive than grains and potatoes. Even meals which you might think would be low-carb usually aren’t.

I’ll be going through many of the meal options available on flights and explain why they don’t cut it as a low carbohydrate option. I’ll also be giving my tips and suggestings for keeping to a low carb diet when you have to fly.

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The Three Things You Need To Travel Around The World Is Quickly Becoming One Thing

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Back in 2012, I wrote a post about how when you strip everything down, you only need three things to travel around the world: a passport, a credit card, and a smartphone.

This still holds true today, but those three things are quickly all being condensed down into one single thing: a smartphone.

I’m going to go through just how technology has changed to allow this to happen and what the implications are for international travel, and how close we are to taking an international trip with nothing but your phone.

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