Category: Round The World

RTW Trip means circumnavigating the planet

RTW Trip Planning

Back in 2012, I took off on a solo trip around the world. Circumnavigating the planet is known as a “RTW Trip.” (I have no idea why nobody calls them “ATW.”) Back then, I went from Paris to Copenhagen to Malmö to...

Thank You Greensboro News & Record

I was flattered when Doug Clark over at the Greensboro News & Record invited me to contribute some excerpts from this blog to their paper. I was humbled when I saw the result this morning. So, if the $382 in...

A Long Wait at Customs Inside the Country

In what I think will be the final act of this RTW adventure, I headed to Raleigh a couple of days ago to pick up a package I sent myself from Cape Town. The package went air mail. It turns...

Getting Around the World in About One Month

When I set out on this journey, I planned to take in the world, not take it on. I went to places I’d read about, but never seen. Nowhere I visited was “undiscovered.” There were Starbucks, Apple Stores, and KFC’s...

Welcome to the Sky

I can’t talk about my day without acknowledging what happened in Connecticut. It’s impossible to imagine anything more sad. As I’ve encountered people from all over the world today, when they learn I’m American, they have offered their condolences. It’s...

Queenstown is Remarkable

Saying the Remarkable Mountains, which stand guard over Queenstown, are “remarkable” is a bit like telling a tall person he’s tall. “Hey! How’s the weather up there, guy?” Sure, it’s true, but you’re not the first idiot to say it....

God Save the Queenstown

I’ve only just come into Queenstown from Auckland, but may I illustrate the difference between these two cities? Auckland is a big city — beautiful — but big. It’s not unlike Philadelphia. Queenstown is more like, say, Vail. As I...

Kia Ora Auckland

In the Maori language, “Kia Ora” means “Hello,” “Welcome,” and “Thank You.” There is so much to this country. For example, skiing is abundant in the winter. You could head to Whakapapa, which is pronounced “Fuck-a-Papa.” No, sadly, I’m not kidding....