RTW People

This blog entry was originally posted on July 31, 2003.

Some may think my traveling around the world is a crazy idea, but in fact, outside the USA, it’s pretty normal.  Every time I’ve gone away before, I’ve always run into a Brit, Aussie, Canadian, or Kiwi that was on sabbatical for a year, touring the world.  They all thought I was crazy at the time for only going away for “two weeks.”

I’m not the only American that I know from around here that’s going around the world for a year or more.  Last night, I went to a farewell dinner for my friend Claudia, who is leaving to go RTW for a year, beginning this Sunday, 8/3. 

If you can’t wait to live vicariously through my blog, you can live through hers:


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Comments for “RTW People”

  • Let us just say, craziness lies in the eyes of the beholder. I shall live vicraously thru two blogs, yours and PC’s. Make them interesting…! till of course I run away around the world and join the bloggers…

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  07/31  at  07:31 PM

  • Thanks for the plug!!!  smile  I’ll link you up to mine as well!!!


    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  07/31  at  07:33 PM

  • Erik,

    Since receiving your email (which has thoroughly inspired me), I have sent it to several colleagues and friends.  Everyone has RAVED about the slideshow…I even caught two people checking a world map in an empty office planning where they would like to go!!  The fever is catching, my friend…

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  07/31  at  09:08 PM

  • Thanks Lars… spread the fever and then get on out there too!

    Posted by Erik  on  07/31  at  09:17 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.

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