So, Where Was I?

This blog entry about the events of Monday, June 24, 2013 was originally posted on June 24, 2013.

PROLOGUE FOR THE NEXT GLOBAL TRIP: The Global Trip travel blog has been around for ten years now(!), but it’s been quite some time since I posted a dispatch while on the road, from Berlin in the late summer of 2012. Well, that doesn’t necessarily mean I haven’t been traveling. If you recall my statement about “journalistic integrity,” I’ve decided to keep this here Global Trip blog independent (for reasons explained in said statement), meaning I would not blog about a press trip. And I’ve been on a few of them since last summer, on behalf of some of the travel publications I write for, which were Instagrammed and Facebooked instead — you know, for posterity. (Obviously, I also wrote the articles after the fact.)

Like many things, traveling as a journalist has its ups and downs. I mean, from a non-journalist point-of-view you’re probably thinking, “What’s not to like about it? You’re traveling for free!” The reality is, you’re traveling through someone else’s agenda and not your own, plus you’re stuck with the people they make you go with. (Generally they are great, but sometimes they’re awful — not that I’m going to name names.) Plus, you’re always taking notes and stuff, and you always have a lot homework to do, especially when you get back — unless you don’t. What I mean is, I had been invited to Abu Dhabi as a writer for, but just on my last day before heading back to the States (I was in Palawan), I got the email from my editor that our original web content team was being shut down in a big restructuring of the Discovery company, and we were no longer to write for them. Obviously, the Abu Dhabi Culture and Tourism Authority hated me for having sent me on their trip with hopes I’d write a piece for — only for me to not being able to do so. (Don’t fret ADCTA, I have a prospective article in an upcoming issue Departures magazine.)

I did get other pieces published though. My time in the Netherlands spawned an article for Cooking Channel, plus a new science travel video that is still in talks with one of my editors. My latest jaunt in the Philippines spawned another Cooking Channel piece. And a science travel video I shot in Singapore ended up on Treehugger, a subsidiary of Discovery — until that too got the boot from corporate, and was sold off to Mother News Network.

It was a bummer to lose my association with Discovery, but with that byline under my belt, I had enough clout and experience to work my way onto the digital team at National Geographic Traveler as one of their Intelligent Travel writers. That’s right; the guy who started a blog posting pictures of his traveler’s diarrhea is now a writer for the 125-year-old National Geographic Society! (Dian Fossey is totally turning in her grave.) I’ve authored a few pieces for them since, including one about Singapore’s hawker food scene. So that’s news for those of you who’ve been following this travel blog for ten(!) years.

This all brings me to my upcoming trip, slated to last a duration of five weeks. It’s based around a press trip to Papua New Guinea (PNG), which I’m going on as my first official assignment for National Geographic. Whether or not I’ll blog that part of the trip in detail out of a sense of integrity I’m not sure yet, but I’m thinking it might be a good idea since I’m writing in a more narrative style for Nat Geo — and blog entries have proven to be good notes. (You can compare The Global Trip blog entry on gorilla trekking with the piece that ended up on Nat Geo and see why that is.) However, I’m told that there will be really slow and spotty internet in PNG, so maybe not.

I will however, try to blog my travels before my time in PNG: Calgary and the Canadian Rockies (this time without a press junket) with Leigh-Anne, whom I met on Easter Island. With that region still in the aftermath of one of Alberta’s most disastrous floods in history, who knows what will happen?

I’ll also try and blog my journeys after PNG: New Zealand via Brisbane, Australia, which I’m going to make up as I go. I’ve missed those kinds of independent trips when you’re alone and don’t have a strict agenda, which leads to meeting new people and discovering more about a place. It’ll be the heart of winter there when I go, so if there’s anything on my loose agenda in that region, it’s snowboarding.

Anyway, 2013 marks an entire decade since people started reading The Global Trip blog in 2003. Thank you for your continued readership! The Fellowship of the Blog prevails!

THE GLOBAL TRIP CONTINUES… JUNE 27, 2013. (Really soon.)


I will not be posting pictures of my travelers’ diarrhea for National Geographic — unless they ask me to.

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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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