Welcome to the All New TheGlobalTrip.com!

This blog entry was originally posted on September 30, 2003.

When I originally started this website last year, it was just supposed to be a simple, single page where travel editors could quickly review my clips of published work. 

Over the months, it has evolved into the place where people would come to see my videos and pictures, plans for my upcoming trip, and above all, that “Would You?” slideshow that seems to have been forwarded all over the world so far (and continues to be.)

Each section of the old site was produced at a separate time, and it was difficult to find things.  So it was about time it was all consolidated into one simple design, with an easy pull-down menu to navigate through all the sections.

As you may have noticed, the new design has been cleaned up and finally has some consistency throughout, including the blog.  (Chris, Sean, this is the final design.)  There’s even an Easter Egg which links to a surprise video if you can find it.

As you may have also noticed, the most noticeable change in the site is the first announcement that I’m finally going to be published in a book that’s actually to be sold in stores!  When I started getting in travel writing, I read the stories of Bryson, Lansky and Cahill, and now I’ll be in a book alongside them…  wow.

Anyway, the trip is less than three weeks away!  NOW I think, it’s starting to sink in…

Next entry: The Music in “Would You?”

Previous entry: T-Minus 23 Days… Back to the Doctor

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Comments for “Welcome to the All New TheGlobalTrip.com!”

  • Just ordered my copy from Amazon. This kid is the best travel writter out there, look out Doug, you got competition!

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  09/30  at  05:12 PM

  • Erik, what’s the name of the book?

    Did you get the $ I sent you?

    How exciting it must be hope ever step of the journey is beyond your hopes & dreams!

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  09/30  at  09:36 PM

  • Hey Socal…thanks!  Funny, I never got notification that a donation was sent, but I checked the account and its there.  THANKS!  You get a postcard now, just email me your address. 

    Now I know you’re REAL name! muhahaha

    The name of the book is “Hyenas Laughed At Me and Now I Know Why.”  It’s linked off the home page http://www.theglobaltrip.com .

    Posted by Erik  on  09/30  at  11:04 PM

  • Congrats on getting published!  “Disbelief of Wonder” is one of my favorite stories that you’ve written.

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  10/01  at  06:42 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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The Music in “Would You?”

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T-Minus 23 Days… Back to the Doctor


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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