The Global Trip LIVE!

This blog entry was originally posted on September 22, 2005.

In the tradition of motivational speaker Tony Robbins and many countless evangelists, The Global Trip is coming to you LIVE!*

*provided you’re in Greenville, NC, USA on September 16th

FIRST OFF, an update for all you faithful Blogreaders who still look me up from time to time (plus all you new fans who discovered me this year).  It’s been one hell of a productive summer.  Without landing a full-time 9-to-5 job, I’ve managed to work my way out of post-trip debt via freelance design projects, and am finally on my financial way to the next phase of my life — whatever that is.  But the summer hasn’t been all about workin’ for The Man; I’ve also managed to get published in the September 2005 edition of Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel magazine and the September 4th edition of the Chicago Tribune‘s travel section.  Pitches for further publications are in the works.

But perhaps the most significant event of the summer (or at least the most relevant to this entry) is when I received an email from one Stephanie James, a Blogreader and fan who just so happened to be a member of the Program Board at East Carolina University, Home of the ECU Pirates.  On behalf of the Student Union, Stephanie invited me to fly down to ECU’s Greenville, NC campus as a guest lecturer to talk to 1985ers about ‘round-the-world travel and to share my personal insights and experiences about life on the road.

After months of back-and-forth e-mails and phone calls, I’ve finally signed the contract and am happy to announce that I’m slated to appear for an exclusive engagement on the evening of September 16th.  This is both good news and bad news for me:  the good news is that I’ll be put up in a nice hotel near campus, and that I get to hang out and party with college kids (again), but the bad news is that I might actually have to write something and speak before a crowd of people for an hour. 

It may be of note that this will be the first time I’ll be speaking in such a circumstance, so not even I know what to expect — the lecture is either going to be really great, or like watching a train wreck.  Either way, come on down because I’ll be giving away free stuff.


THE GLOBAL TRIP LIVE!
An Evening with Travel Writer/Blogger Erik R. Trinidad
Friday, September 16th, 2005
7 p.m.
Hendrix Theatre
East Carolina University
Greenville, North Carolina, USA


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Comments for “The Global Trip LIVE!”

  • oh cool!!! you’re gonna be famous. =) not that you aren’t already.

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  09/06  at  04:47 PM


  • yarrr matey…you should just talk in your pirate voice for the entire lecture…

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  09/06  at  04:57 PM


  • DON’T FORGET INTERNATIONAL TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY ON SEPTEMBER 19TH!!!!  YAAAARRRR…

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  09/06  at  04:58 PM


  • SHIVER ME TIMBERLANDS…IF THE COLLEGE PIRATES GET TOO ROWDY JUST SAY ‘PARLEY’ AND THEY’LL BACK OFF

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  09/06  at  05:23 PM


  • that is fancy smile i’m sure you’ll inspire those young minds to get off their lazy a$$es! if not, make them walk the plank!

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  09/06  at  05:47 PM


  • I attend ECU and found out about this and your lecture from a buddy of mine.  I think it is great! I will be in attendance to hear of your experiences.

    I also checked out your portfolio site, and I am quite impressed.  You are a talented person and success has obviously already found you! CONGRATULATIONS! Now if only there were a way to coax success into looking my direction smile

    Good Luck! Hope to see you the 16th at Hendrix

    Posted by Axis of Stevil  on  09/06  at  09:57 PM


  • Congratulations, Erik!
    Glad to hear things are going great for you.

    Posted by Alyson  on  09/07  at  06:23 AM


  • Very cool, congratz!  If you can hold our attention for 503 days and counting, an hour should be cake.  But if you start to lose your audience… wow ‘em with some of them poo pics.  tongue laugh

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  09/07  at  07:34 AM


  • you are in the Chi Tribune!  cool.  I forgot to buy the paper this weekend so I looked it up on-line.  I hope I see you in there more often!

    I’m going to Brazil for Christmas/New Years so I’ve been looking up your old entries.  Definitely going to hang glide over Rio!

    I’m sure your speech will be great.

    I miss being a blog hog!

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  09/08  at  12:58 AM


  • wow, congrats!

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  09/08  at  01:57 AM


  • Ha… the ECU Pirates.  How ironic….  And just 3 days before talk like a pirate day. 

    Chum it up good, and drop ‘em in.

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  09/08  at  04:07 AM


  • Yarrr, that’s hot Erik!

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  09/08  at  05:05 PM


  • I am a slacker…

    In life and on blog.
    Anyway, super fun, and fantastic. So party like a 1985-er rock stah and take lots of pics to keep us slackers at home enthralled.

    BTW, ditto to what Ali said - if you can keep us entertained for more than a year, an hr will be a piece of cake.

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  09/09  at  08:26 AM


  • Shiver me timbers!  The treasure that is the Global Trip still lives on!  I’m glad I checked back! 

    Congrats and good luck Erik, you’ll knock’em dead, plunder those beers and keep up with the best of those 85’ers! 

    Hope someone’s going to video tape it for those of us that can’t make it!

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  09/09  at  06:38 PM


  • A rowdy bunch of ‘85ers eh? You’ll knock ‘em dead!

    I’d love to fly down, but a freak wakeboarding accident has left me without the use of the right side of my body… Just Kidding! But l would like to see a video.

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  09/10  at  07:04 PM


  • Good to see TGT is paying off somewhat.

    I took two weeks of lunch breaks to read your entries and Im finally done.  You have truly inspired me and I am now planning another quest on my own.

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  09/12  at  01:46 AM


  • Avast me hearties!

    Good luck to ya and don’t forget to rile them younguns.

    When’s the next GT? I can’t wait.

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  09/12  at  07:20 PM


  • I’m warming up for Monday…

    AHRRR!! BREAK YAR’ PEG LEG TONIGHT MATTIE! ARRRRR!

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  09/15  at  04:27 PM


  • great news on the speech. i have finally

    read through all your blogs and you really

    are talented writer. you kept me

    entertained. im leaving on my own vacation in couple days and i hope its as

    good as yours

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  09/15  at  08:03 PM


  • great news on the speech. i have finally

    read through all your blogs and you really

    are talented writer. you kept me

    entertained. im leaving on my own vacation in couple days and i hope its as

    good as yours

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  09/15  at  08:04 PM


  • Great news Erik…happy speaking. You will rock, chill!

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  09/16  at  06:54 AM


  • me hearty,
    I hope they knew how to party like we do at our college…
    And - I was glad to hear I made it into that last publication. My name comes up on google more and more thanks to you.

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  09/17  at  02:00 AM


  • The lecture went okay, for a first-run.  Funny, I was worried about whether or not I could fill 40 minutes, but ended up babbling for an hour and a half.  There wasn’t even time for a formal Q&A, but fans came to meet me on stage after the fact.

    A video of the event will be put together soon and posted on-line—so that perhaps I can land more speaking gigs at a university near YOU!

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  09/22  at  02:55 PM


  • Will the tour include any Canadian stops?

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  09/25  at  05:11 PM


  • TD0T:  If you have contacts on the Canadian speaking circuit, talk me up!

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  09/26  at  05:25 AM


  • Were you received well by the students? Lots of questions, etc?

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  09/26  at  10:59 PM


  • That’s great news Erik!  I haven’t logged on to your site in a while but here I am today!

    Canadian Speaking Circuit….must think about this…..

    smile

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  09/27  at  04:39 PM


  • JYOUKNIT:  Well, ECU is a party school, so I didn’t expect much of a turnout for a 7pm talk on a Friday night that wasn’t as advertised as much as it could since school was closed for two days that week in all the Hurricane Ophelia hype.  But about 25 showed, and laughed at my jokes.  Surprisingly, a large projected photo of my own poo wasn’t so well-received, but they loved the photo of the beer with a Happy Meal in Paris.

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  09/29  at  02:28 AM


  • Surprisingly?!

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  09/29  at  08:48 PM


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This blog post is one of over 500 travel dispatches from the trip blog, "The Global Trip 2004: Sixteen Months Around The World (Or Until Money Runs Out, Whichever Comes First)," originally hosted by BootsnAll.com. It chronicled a trip around the world from October 2003 to March 2005, which encompassed travel through thirty-seven countries in North America, South America, Africa, Europe, and Asia. It was this blog that "started it all," where Erik evolved and honed his style of travel blogging — it starts to come into focus around the time he arrives in Africa.

Praised and recommended by USA Today, RickSteves.com, and readers of BootsnAll and Lonely Planet's Thorn Tree, The Global Trip blog was selected by the editors of PC Magazine for the "Top 100 Sites You Didn't Know You Couldn't Live Without" (in the travel category) in 2005.


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One Year Later

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Amazing Fantasy #9




THE GLOBAL TRIP GLOSSARY

Confused at some of the jargon that's developed with this blog and its readers over the years? Here's what they mean:

BFFN: acronym for "Best Friend For Now"; a friend made on the road, who will share travel experiences for the time being, only to part ways and lose touch with

The Big Trip: the original sixteen month around-the-world trip that started it all, spanning 37 countries in 5 continents over 503 days (October 2003–March 2005)

NIZ: acronym for "No Internet Zone"; a place where there is little to no Internet access, thus preventing dispatches from being posted.

SBR: acronym for "Silent Blog Reader"; a person who has regularly followed The Global Trip blog for years without ever commenting or making his/her presence known to the rest of the reading community. (Breaking this silence by commenting is encouraged.)

Stupid o'clock: any time of the early morning that you have to wake up to catch a train, bus, plane, or tour. Usually any time before 6 a.m. is automatically “stupid o’clock.”

The Trinidad Show: a nickname of The Global Trip blog, used particularly by travelers that have been written about, who are self-aware that they have become "characters" in a long-running story — like characters in the Jim Carrey movie, The Truman Show.

WHMMR: acronym for "Western Hemisphere Monday Morning Rush"; an unofficial deadline to get new content up by a Monday morning, in time for readers in the western hemisphere (i.e. the majority North American audience) heading back to their computers.

1981ers: people born after 1981. Originally, this was to designate groups of young backpackers fresh out of school, many of which were loud, boorish and/or annoying. However, time has passed and 1981ers have matured and have been quite pleasant to travel with. The term still refers to young annoying backpackers, regardless of year — I guess you could call them "1991ers" in 2013 — young, entitled millennials on the road these days, essentially.




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