Hong Kong has been one of my favorite global cities for nearly a decade now. This short film focuses mostly on the city’s architecture, which has always been impressive and continues to develop as more people settle from mainland China and elsewhere. The last time I was there, I’d recently seen a series of…Read More
So many good things in this one. Best bet is to watch the video. “When you make something, you wonder: Will it stay at the top? Will it speak to people? Will it lose its relevance? But you can’t worry about those things. You have to create things that are truthful to yourself.” “Every…Read More
"Do you ever see those people who sit around and bitch about something that happened 20, 30 years ago? I could have sued, but I didn’t want to bother with that ... I’m going to concentrate on getting back to nirvana"Read More
Watching this video makes me want to return to Oman. Located on the tip of the Arabian peninsula, the country is an unexpected gem. Some of the neighbors are good for short transits and nice hotels, but not much else. At least for now, Oman remains a land of authentic adventure. ###Read More
Meet Jack: a 93-year-old man who lives in a cabin in the wilderness. He built the cabin 36 years ago and has lived in it full-time since his wife passed away. “This house is five miles from the nearest road. That’s why I bought it.” “It’s not that I don’t like people. I do. But…Read More
"There’s no trick. The trick is that I’ve spent 17 years practicing."Read More
Note: This post contains videos. If you can't see them, you can view the collection over here. After flying through the day and night via Hong Kong, Johannesburg, and Nairobi (yes, I'm perpetually tired), I made it to Kigali, Rwanda—the starting point for my latest trip. This was a special adventure: a visit to several countries in Central-East Africa, and my first time to trek into the forest of Virunga National Park in Eastern Congo.Read More
For everyone all over the world who isn't able to come out to the Unconventional Book Tour, this 4-minute movie gives you an idea of what it's about.
This mini-documentary was filmed and produced in Durham, North Carolina by Crystal Street at StorytellingTraveler.com. Crystal spent a lot of time on this project as a volunteer—check out some of her other great work on her site, or subscribe to her newsletter to stay connected with her.Read More
Today’s post arrives in 3-minute video form, recorded on location at the airport in Guayaquil, Ecuador. If you can’t watch the video, here’s a short summary: Lots of people have asked me about the goal of visiting every country. What criteria or standards do I use? This is a big discussion in the travel community…Read More
In this video update, I give my answer to a good question I recently received from a reader: how do you convince someone to change their mind? My answer is, “You don’t.” At least, not easily. Convincing someone to change their mind is like selling vacuum cleaners door-to-door. It’s not impossible, but why try?Read More
Hi everyone, here's a video update live from PDX International Airport before a recent flight to Los Angeles. Highlights include more news about Escape from Cubicle Nation, what Yoga Journal and Outside magazine have in common, and my middle seat (grrrr) on Alaska Airlines ...Read More
Greetings from Georgetown, Guyana - the launch point for the second part of my trip.
For the past couple of days I've been staying in what TripAdvisor calls the worst hotel in all of Guyana. Is it really that bad? Check out the video.
Also, a note from the director (that's me): I recorded this video outside at 6:00 p.m., thinking that sunset would be half an hour later. It turns out that sunset in Guyana starts about 5:45. Who knew? Anyway, I had to rush to get this going. I did a second take afterwards, which was a bit more concise, but the sky was too dark. I know, I know - it's a work in progress.
See you next from Suriname, a 10-12 hour journey from here via ferry and a combination of buses. Thank you for the great feedback last week; I have read all the comments and wish I could be more responsive.
I'll hole up in the Dominican Republic at the end of this trip and get back up to speed. Have a great week!Read More