inspired you to write The
Globetrotter Diaries? In all of my global travels, I would
send dispatches, blog posts or emails to family and friends, while I was
on the road. Many of them encouraged me to compile all of them into a
book. I have been to over 120 countries and have stories about each of
does it differ from your previous books?
My previous books were photography books of my travels with some minor
text. This book is a collection of travel stories with a limited
amount of photography. The stories presented here offer insights, tips,
and strategies for travelers.
have been to over 120 countries. Which ones stick out the most? That's a hard one to answer. It's like naming your
favorite movies or books. How can you just name a few, there are so many
genres. But if I could only take one last trip around the world, I'd have
to say Italy, South Africa, India, Thailand, New Mexico and Argentina
would be on my list.
is the most challenging aspect of being away from home so often? While modern technology allows me to stay in touch
with family and friends via email, texts, Facebook, it just isn't the same
as sitting with someone face to face to talk about life!
a business traveler, what advice can you share with fellow corporate
fliers? Zen. Delays, mechanical
problems and long security lines are all part of the road warrior’s life.
Don't aggravate yourself. Always bring a good book or magazine with you.
have been some of the biggest obstacles to getting around in foreign
lands? Language. Especially Arabic,
Chinese, Japanese. If you have no working knowledge of the alphabet,
it is difficult. There are now apps for that, but there is nothing like a
local guide. Also, many countries have lots of bureaucracy and you have to
figure out what needs to be done to move it all forward.
are some of the highs and lows of your travels? There is nothing like waking up on Christmas morning
on Nukubati, Fiji to see a 180 degree rainbow in the sky. Or standing at
the top of Kilimanjaro when the sun rises over Africa. Or when your
campsite in Bhutan is on the top of a mountain and the clouds are below you.
Those are the marvels of travel. For the lows, Mother Nature's fury can
impede a traveler's life. Pouring rain and clouds prevented us from
taking in the full grandeur of Scotland. Our marathon in Knysna, South
Africa was cancelled due to horrible weather. It's disappointing, but the
goal is to always make the best of it.
could airlines or hotels do to improve the servicing of their patrons? Be transparent. Communicate often if there is a
problem ....with mechanical issues, weather, etc. Hotels should post
if they are going through a renovation during your stay, or if there is
major disruption in the surrounding neighborhood. A lack of
transparency creates bad will that far outweighs not being upfront.
us about some of the photographs in your new book. What do they capture? The photos in The
Globetrotter Diaries are actually in the background. We decided to
publish them in black and white, so that the stories are the hero.
That being said, each photo is designed to capture the essence
of the story.
cities do you find to be utterly romantic? Paris. Paris. Paris. And Buenos Aires and
countries have the most natural landscapes in which to absorb pure, raw
beauty? Namibia, Tanzania, Argentina,
Chile, Bhutan.....all stunning.
the president of marketing and publishing for Hearst Magazines, what are
you finding readers are most interested in when it comes to learning about
travel? With so much information
available on the Internet, readers crave authority, professional editing,
and the credibility that magazine writers and editors bring to them.
Whether it is the destination itself, or tips about the place, readers get
quality content from us.
does the U.S. compare to many of the countries you have visited? When I'm
traveling, I always miss America. We have so many different regions and so
much beauty in our country; it is like visiting many countries in one.
In the U.S., there is always that spirit of possibility, something
that is very rare to find in other parts of the world.
what age and to what country did you begin your globetrotting? At 12 years old, I went by myself to Ireland and
England to visit family. The moment I boarded the airplane, I knew
that I was destined to a life of globetrotting.
in college, you backpacked for 94 days across 22 countries. As an adult
you have stayed in the finest hotels. Which experience do you prefer? I still do an adult version of backpacking with
camping trips in the Himalayas, Patagonia and Africa, and I wouldn't trade
it for any five-star resort. Then again, I'm more than happy to go
to the Oberoi, Aman or a Four Seasons property. I want both
experiences. Each has its own place in a travel life.