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How to Quit Your Job and Travel the World

A step by step guide on how to tell your boss to “take this job and shove it” so you can follow your dream of traveling the world. (, originally published on, December 2011)

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Mountains and Motown: Why Kyrgyzstan left me speechless

A narrative about horseback riding and living with the locals in the Lake Issyk region of northern Kyrgyzstan. (, April 2017)

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To Mush or Not to Mush: Dogsledding in Québec

A narrative of dogsledding in the boreal forest of the Québec, Canada. (National Geographic Intelligent Travel, December 2014)

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The Wild, Wild West Bank: A tale of Bedouins and bladders

A narrative of hiking through the desert of the Palestinian West Bank with a partner who overhydrated — the “Bad Trip” Silver Certificate Winner in the tenth annual Solas Awards. (Travelers’ Tales’ Best Travel Writing, March 2016)

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Where to Find Traditional Eats in Modern Macau

Behind the casinos of the “Las Vegas of the East” is the traditional cooking heritage of the Chinese region of Macau, a fusion of Portuguese, Chinese, and African influence.  (National Geographic Intelligent Travel, October 2015)

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The Secret Life of Solo Trekkers

Reflections on how traveling solo enriches your life, from prominent travelers around the world. (Gore-Tex presents Experience More, April 2016)

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Heli-Skiing 101

A narrative of heli-skiing in the Bugaboos Range of the Canadian Rockies — from a non-experienced skier. (National Geographic Intelligent Travel, March 2014)

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Authentic, Staged, or Somewhere in Between?

A narrative commentary on whether or not culture shows retain their authenticity when performed amidst tourists in Papua New Guinea. (National Geographic Intelligent Travel, October 2013)

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A Guide to Singapore’s Hawker Food Culture

A narrative guide to some of Singapore’s signature dishes, and the hawker food centers to find them. (National Geographic Intelligent Travel, May 2013)

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Along The Trail Of Brotherhood

A gripping tale of survival from the Everest trail — the Adventure Travel Silver Certificate Winner in the second annual Solas Awards. (Travelers’ Tales’ Best Travel Writing, March 2008)

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‘Gorillas in the Mist’ Amidst Gorillas in the Mist

An article about gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park in northwestern Rwanda — with an affinity for puns. (National Geographic Intelligent Travel, May 2013)

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Coffee Crisp and Panorama Cars: Riding and Dining Through the Canadian Rockies

An article about riding through the Canadian Rockies from Vancouver to Edmonton via rail — eating, drinking, and meeting friendly Canadians along the way. (Saveur, September 2012)

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Up and Over

PART 15 (DAYS 33-35): “How’s everything here?” I asked Chris, the manager at Southern Laughter Lodge, when I arrived back in Queenstown for a day in order to catch a homeward bound flight early the following morning.

“Oh, it’s quiet. It’s finally slowing down,” he answered.

“Oh, is the ski season over?”

“No, the season can go all the way until October,” he told me. “But all the Aussie kids have gone back to university.”

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When he’s not making a living as an interactive/motion designer or playing with fast food, Erik R. Trinidad is a travel writer, blogger, video host and producer focusing on adventure and culinary content. His work has been featured on National Geographic Intelligent Travel,,, Saveur, Condé Nast Traveler, and Hyenas Laughed at Me and Now I Know Why, which also includes the work of Tim Cahill, Doug Lansky, Jennifer Leo and Rolf Potts. He has also referenced his travel experiences in his solo book, Fancy Fast Food: Ironic Recipes with No Bun Intended.

For over ten years, Erik has traveled to the seven continents of the world — from Timbuktu to Kalamazoo — with a curiosity for exotic foods and a thirst for adventure (and writing material).  In his travels, he has been mugged at knifepoint in Cape Town, extorted by corrupt Russian police on the Trans-Siberian Railway, stranded in tornadic storms in the American midwest, and air-lifted off the Everest Trail by a helicopter that was thankfully paid for by his travel insurance.  But it hasn’t been all fun; he has also donned a tuxedo amidst the penguins of Antarctica, paraded with Carnival-winning samba school Beija Flor in Rio, run for his life at Pamplona’s “Running of the Bulls,” cage-dived with great white sharks, gotten shot point-blank in the stomach in Colombia (while wearing a bulletproof jacket), and above all, encountered many people around the world, including some Peruvian musicians in Cuzco who learned and played “Y.M.C.A.” at his request. He loves the irony that, after everywhere he’s been, he has never been to Mexico.

Erik writes stories and news articles when he’s at his base camp in New York City, and continues his blog when he is on the road — provided he’s not occupied tracking down lost luggage.

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