Welcome to TheGlobalTrip.com version 3.0!

This blog entry was originally posted on March 26, 2007.

In March 2006, exactly one year after my big trip around the world, I announced I was to skip the country again and race off to Timbuktu.  This year, in March 2007, roughly two years after my return to New York, I announce what you see before you:  TheGlobalTrip.com version 3.0!

At first you may be impressed with its slick new look, its improved navigation bar, and its new navigator map (which still might have some kinks in it — please comment below and tell me any issues you have with it).  Then you’ll marvel at the new sections and the new sidebar content, and then continue to browse and browse — until you come to the realization, “Hey, wait a minute… this is all the same stuff I’ve read before!  That Erik’s a real douchebag.” 

Okay, you got me; it IS all the same old stuff you read before, just re-packaged, much like an old movie re-packaged on a DVD as an “ULTRA SUPER SPECIAL EDITION” and resold to the masses again.  So, is this just all nothing but The Global Trip Special Edition?  Well, not exactly.  Behind the scenes, the website has gone a major overhaul from the ground up, from its creative visuals to its technical structure — all an ordeal that has taken up all my free time for the past five months.  On the back end, every page is now generated on the fly via an SQL database and CSS templates using the amazing Expression Engine web publishing software package.  I have actually gone through each and every entry I’ve written in the past and revamped it — a task I wasn’t looking forward to before, but eventually overcame.  My apologies to all the non-tech-savvy readers out there for boring you with that bit of information.

I MUST take this opportunity to thank and praise the ultra, super, and special Mia Eaton, my friend, muse, and co-worker who is pretty much the reason why this 3.0 website exists today.  She is without a doubt, the coolest, most endearing web developer/creative non-fiction writer on New York’s Lower East Side.  At the New York interactive ad agency we work at, her desk is full of toys (picture above), more toys, and other random decorations — all of which complement my own playful cubicle nearby of toys, a self-contained ecosphere of brine shrimp, and random pin-ups on the wall (yes, that’s me with Mr. T).  Perhaps the only time my cubicle gets extra points is when I bring in a game like Milton Bradley’s Perfection, or the time I brought in my PS2 and set up a Guitar Hero station at my desk for a week.

But I digress.  Anyway, it was Mia who coached me on setting up a new and improved host provider, and tutored me in htaccess files and the inner workings of the Expression Engine software, following the examples of her website.  With her guidance, and some help in CSS structure from Sarah the Webfairy — another super cool web developer and fellow traveler/cyclist from Montreal — TheGlobalTrip.com v3.0 website was born, after five months in the works.  As always, TGBTGBTB markyt was around to help QA things for me when he wasn’t too occupied with his new son and my nephew, Logan.

Anyway, enjoy the new site, and let me know if there are any bugs you find.  In the meantime, I’ll get cracking on tweaks, populating the new wiki with information, and other such issues you find in a beta release of something.

Oh, and for the tons of people asking me, “So when’s your next trip?”  Let’s just say I’ve booked it already and that it’ll be “different” from any other trip I’ve done before.  Details to come…


This here is a new feature of TGTv3: Fun Facts, for those little behind-the-scenes or “deleted scenes” stories that get edited out of an entry.

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Comments for “Welcome to TheGlobalTrip.com version 3.0!”

  • FIRST! This is a test of the emergency broadcast system.

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  03/26  at  09:52 PM

  • Hey Erik - I caught wind of your site from the praise on BootsnAll for your inspiring video “Would you.”  The revamped version looks great, and I look forward to spending a little more time here going forward.  Please let me know if you have any feedback on the blog I started in January as I prepare for my own RTW trip to begin Dec 07!

    Posted by Dave  on  03/27  at  05:47 AM

  • Rad. It looks nice. Hurry up and go on your “different” trip, b/c I need something to occupy my work time.

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  03/27  at  06:52 PM

  • That Erik’s a real douchebag.

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  03/28  at  08:42 PM

  • Looking forward to hearing about your new upcoming trip!

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  04/07  at  05:26 AM

  • fancy, fancy new website:)

    i’m on here to check out BOLIVIA! road of death might be the summer destination.

    so what’s your ‘different’ trip? something MARATHON training related? hehe..

    (i’m jealous)

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  04/28  at  04:12 AM

  • VERSION UPDATE:  3.01.  I’ve tweaked the map navigator on the home page; people were telling me it wasn’t intuitive and confusing.  Now the photographic overlays don’t completely cover up the map, and loading animations appear when you are waiting for pages to load.

    Posted by Erik TGT  on  05/15  at  05:22 PM

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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)

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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.

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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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