Learn "How to Travel Around the World"
and "How to Use the Internet for Travel"
Travel planning seminars and events with
Edward Hasbrouck, "The Practical Nomad"
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Thinking about a trip around the world? Not sure how to start? Not sure if it's
For an empowering and informative introduction to long-term, independent
international travel, and for a head start on planning your own dream trip around the
world, come to one of Edward Hasbrouck's inspiring and educational seminars on "How to
Travel Around the World."
Edward Hasbrouck wrote the books on around-the-world travel, and on travel and the
Internet: The Practical Nomad: How to Travel Around the World
(5th edition, 2011) and The Practical Nomad Guide to the Online Travel Marketplace
(2001). "A journalist and travel expert, Mr. Hasbrouck brings to the
table in-depth knowledge of the travel industry," says the Wall Street Journal
in recommending his blog.
The winner of a Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism award for investigative
reporting from the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation,
author, blogger, journalist, and consumer advocate Edward Hasbrouck is, "That rare person, the expert who's willing to tell all." (GNN Whole Internet Catalog).
"An inside expert." (Yahoo!).
"A nationally renowned expert [on how to] get the best of the budget deals without
getting burned." (Tripod).
Edward has been around the world 3 times and visited all 50 U.S. states and more than 50 other countries.
His most recent big trip, in 2007-2008, lasted 13 months and covered 80,000 miles through 28 countries on 6 continents,
including 10,000 miles in North America through 30 U.S. states and 4 Canadian provinces.
Venues for Edward's seminars and talks have included:
- Clubs and associations: National Geographic Society (Washington, DC),
Commonwealth Club of California (San Francisco), World Trade Club of San Francisco,
Globetrotters' Club (New York)
- Travel shows: Independent Travellers' World (London),
Los Angeles Times Travel Show, International Adventure Travel and Outdoor Show (Chicago)
- Colleges and university international studies centers,
study-abroad programs, travel clubs, and other programs:
University of California (Berkeley, Los Angeles, and Santa Barbara),
Stanford University, American University (Washington, DC),
University of Utah, Utah State University, Salt Lake Community College,
California Polytechnic University (San Luis Obispo, CA), San Diego State University
- Book fairs, writing conferences, and literary and blogger events: Pacific Northwest Book
Festival (Seattle), San Francisco Bay Area Book Festival,
Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, re:publica (Berlin),
Sacramento Library Foundation (keynote)
- Hostelling International travel fairs and events: Boston (keynote),
Boulder (keynote), New York, Washington, Chicago, Seattle, San Diego, Santa Monica,
San Francisco, Honolulu
- Travel writing groups and events:
The Travel Bloggers Show (keynote), Bay Area Travel Writers, Society of Professional Journalists,
Outdoor Writers of California, Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference
- Travel industry, technology, and professional conferences and events:
eTravelWorld, The Trade Show (American Society of Travel Agents),
Partners in Responsible Tourism, LaborTech/Access,
Islamic Society of North America, Peace and Justice Studies Association
- Civil liberties and other public policy research centers, think tanks,
Brennan Center for Justice (New York University), Cato Institute (Washington, DC),
Computers Freedom & Privacy conference,
International Conference on Computers Privacy and Data Protection (Brussels),
Harvard University, Oxford University
- In-store appearances, book signings, and workshops: bookstores,
travel stores, outdoor and adventure equipment stores
- Pecha Kucha: San Francisco, Brussels
- Television and radio: NBC (TODAY Show), CNN, C-SPAN, BBC-TV, CNBC, TechTV,
National Public Radio (The Savvy Traveler, Marketplace, All Things Considered),
Pacifica Radio (KPFA, WBAI), Voice of America,
National Radio Project, Working Assets Radio, KGO, KRON, KCBS, KQED
- Government agencies: Expert testimony on travel-related
technical and policy issues before the European Parliament (Brussels),
Canadian House of Commons (Ottawa), Transportation Security Administration (Washington, DC),
California state Senate and Assembly (Sacramento). Testimony on behalf of the
National Writers Union before the U.S. Copyright Office.
"Your wonderful workshop received rave reviews."
(Hostelling International, New York, NY)
"Thank you so much for the great presentation.... Everyone learned a lot... Many
of those in the audience said, and I concur, that your presentation was one of the most
interesting and informative seminars they ever attended at The Savvy Traveler."
(The Savvy Traveler, Chicago, IL)
"We were all impressed with the information that Edward Hasbrouck was able to share
with our students, staff and other potential world travelers."
(International Education and Programs, California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, CA)
"Customers are raving about the program saying you really knew your material
and it was very interesting -- you were a big hit!
(Changes in Latitude, Boulder, CO)
"Wow! Great job.... Thank you so much for speaking to the group. We often get new
members by doing these programs; this one brought in a record number of non-members.
It was a great success." (Sierra Club, Modesto, CA)
"I was at your talk and enjoyed it greatly... You compressed so much information
into that relatively short time. I was impressed with your knowledge and recall."
(Hostelling International, Boston, MA)
"We (the older couple in the back), enjoyed your talk... Having backpacked for 2 1/2
months around Europe in 1970, we wish we knew then some of the things you were telling
us. Appreciate your passion on the topic, your insight, and the eloquence of your
presentation. Thanks for a wonderful evening." (Stanford University, CA)
"It was a wonderful opportunity to hear first hand from a guy that has been three times
around the world. Fascinating and informative, Edward made a very good presentation
and also answered many questions."
(Get Lost Travel Books / World Travel Meetup, San Francisco, CA)
"One of our best meetings ever ... extremely useful material and ideas ... rave reviews from members."
(Bay Area Travel Writers, San Francisco, CA)
"Your talk to the whole huge crowd was perfect. And you were a delight to work with
through and through." (Sacramento Library Foundation)
"In one hour, Edward gave the most complete, well-rounded presentation
of the current state of travel writing that I have ever heard. The audience was scribbling
notes like mad. Edward's eloquence and animation were in great form. Kudos!"
author of more than 40 guidebooks, co-founder and faculty member emeritus of the Society of
American Travel Writers' Institute for Travel Writing and Photography)
Edward Hasbrouck's seminars on "How to Travel Around the World" address how to get
the time and money for extended travel, how to choose where to go, how to plan your
budget and manage money on the road, and how to get around on your own and minimize
culture shock. Edward explains the facts and widespread myths about travel safety and
health, how airfares work, how and why international airfares are completely different
from domestic airfares, and how to get the best set of airline tickets, at the best
price, for a multi-stop journey.
Edward's presentations on "The Internet As a Travel Tool" include how to navigate
the virtual library of travel planning information on the Internet, consumer guidance
on how to buy tickets and make travel reservations online, when the best deals are
-- and when they aren't -- online and where and how to find them,
tips and tricks for accessing and using the Internet while you are traveling,
and do's and don'ts for consumer protection, privacy, and security.
Edward's talks on "Travel Writing" include tips, techniques, and advice for
travel writers of all types, amateur and professional, whether you
are writing to preserve your own travel memories, to share your
travel stories with friends and family, for publication, for profit,
or perhaps even in hopes of making a living at it.
Edward also speaks on "Freedom to Travel", including
how our right to travel is protected by the U.S. Constitution and
international human rights treaties, the records that travel
companies and governments keep about our travels (including what information
they contain, why they are important, how they are used, and the need for
better privacy protection for travel data), and the ways that governments
in the USA and around the world are seeking to limit and control our right to travel.
In each of these presentations, Edward can give updates, tips, and advice
on travel safety, security, and the latest changes in airport and airline procedures
affecting travelers in the USA and the rest of the world since 11 September 2001.
There's time at each of these events for individual questions.
Edward's latest trip around the world was in 2007-2008 (13 months; 80,000 miles;
6 continents; 28 countries; 30 states of the USA; 4 Canadian provinces)
and he has lots of stories, experiences, and travel lessons from the school of hard knocks to share.
In addition to his in-person appearances, Edward provides commentary as a
travel expert and consumer advocate on news and public affairs broadcasts and
talk shows, and on topical issues related to his travel reporting and
his work with the Identity Project
on travel-related human rights and civil liberties issues and as Policy Analyst
for the Consumer Travel Alliance.
[photo by kind permission of Jeramie D. Scott]
- Saturday, 29 September 2012 (San Francisco, CA):
OneWorld Travel Mart international travel expo and festival. Presentation on
"How to Travel Around the World", 11 a.m.-noon Saturday (main stage),
followed by booksigning at the Books, Inc., onsite travel bookstore, noon-1 p.m. Saturday. Also signing books 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sunday.
Concourse, Exposition Center, 620- 7th Street (between Brannan St. and Townsend St.), San Francisco.
Expo open Thursday-Friday, 27-28 September (travel trade only), Saturday-Sunday, 29-30 September (general public).
Advance general admission $8 includes expo and all
seminar programs Saturday and Sunday.
Readers of this blog can get a $3 per person discount off admission by using the discount code "TRADE3" on the
"checkout" page when you buy your ticket online in advance.
- Wednesday, 3 October 2012 (New York, NY, USA):
Brown-bag lunch presentation on Government Surveillance of Travellers and my recently-concluded
lawsuit against the DHS for its records about my travels.
12:30 - 2 p.m., Brennan Center for Justice, NYU School of Law, 161 Avenue of the Americas (6th Ave.), 12th Floor
(in SoHo, 1/2 block from the Spring St. station on the C and E subway lines). Free and open to the the press and the public, but please RSVP by e-mail to
"email@example.com" or by phone to +1-646-292-8345, as space is limited.
- Friday-Sunday, 5-7 October 2012 (New York, NY, USA):
Annual meeting of the national executive board of the National Writers Union
(UAW Local 1981, AFL-CIO), as co-chair of the NWU Book Division.
- Monday-Tuesday, 26-27 November 2012 (Los Angeles, CA, USA):
Testifying on behalf of the National Writers Union
at a hearing before the U.S. Copyright Office on Remedies for Copyright Small Claims.
9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday, 9:30-3:30 Tuesday, UCLA School of Law, 405 Hilgard Ave., Room 1314 (Bruce Spector Conference Room), Los Angeles, CA.
Hearing info: http://www.copyright.gov/docs/smallclaims/.
NWU written submisison to the Copyright Office and related info: http://www.nwubook.org.
- Sunday, February 17, 2013 (Berkeley, CA, USA):
Speaking on "Changing Copyright Law or 'Screwing the Writer'?" at a general membership meeting of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the
National Writers Union, 1-4 p.m. at the office of the Mieklejohn Civil Liberties Institute,
1715 Francisco St. (rear), Berkeley (1/3 mile due east on Francisco from the North Berkeley BART station).
Discussion, networking, refreshments, and a chance for NWU members to share our writing and share what it means to be a writer.
Prospective NWU members and other guests welcome.
- Friday-Friday, 15-22 March, 2013 (Geneva, Switzerland):
Representing the Identity Project, the
Consumer Travel Alliance, and the
Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute
at the United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC)
consideration and adoption fo the list of issues for its review of
implentation in the USA of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), including the
provisions of the ICCPR guaranteeing the right to freedom of movement.
- Tuesday, 2 April 2013 (Washington, DC, USA, and online):
Noon-1:30 p.m. Cato Institute policy forum on Travel Surveillance, Traveler Intrusion,
with Ginger McCall (EPIC, moderated by Jim Harper (Cato). Free and open to the public. 1000 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC.
Live and archived webcast (also broadcast live on C-SPAN).
- Thursday-Friday, 18-19 April 2013 (Berkeley/Oakland, CA, USA):
Representing the National Writers Union
at a symposium on "Reform(aliz)ing Copyright for the Internet Age?",
co-sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology; the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic;
the Berkeley Technology Law Journal; and the University of California at Berkeley Law School.
- Tuesday, 14 May 2013 (Portland, OR, USA):
Representing the Identity Project
at the civil penalty hearing
(civil trial) before an Administrative Law Judge of
John Brennan on charges of "interfering with screening" by
taking off all his clothes in protest
at a TSA checkpoint at the Portland airport on 17 April 2012. Hearing begins at 9 a.m. and is expected to conclude sometime the same day.
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, 1001 SW 5th Ave., 9th Floor, Courtroom #2, Portland, OR. (This is not a bankruptcy court case, but the TSA is using their courtroom for this hearing.)
- Tuesday, 21 May 2013 (Washington, DC, USA):
Attending an all-day meeting of the U.S. Department of Transportation, Advisory Committee on Aviation Consumer Protection (ACACP).
9 a.m.-5 p.m., FAA headquarters building, 800 Independence Ave. SW. (closest Metro station: L'Enfant Plaza), Washington, DC.
"Attendance is open to the public, however, any member of the general public who plans to attend this meeting must
notify the Department [of Transportation]
at least five days prior to the meeting date."
More info: Meeting notice from the Federal Register;
article from my blog.
- Saturday-Saturday, 1-8 June 2013 (Kimball, NE - Ashland, NE, USA):
Bicycle Ride Across Nebraska (BRAN). If all goes well, I'll be continuing east by bicycle across the USA from the Omaha area after the BRAN ride.
Contact me if you are interested in meeting up along the way.
- Other dates and places to be announced.
Nothing scheduled in your area? Interested in
arranging an event during one of Edward's future trips? Edward is an evangelist for
independent travel, and is available to speak to any group that will listen,
especially if you are in the San Francisco Bay Area, or if I'm already going to be in
your area on other business. Contact Avalon Travel Publishing
(phone +1-510-595-3664, extension 3824), or contact Edward directly, to arrange for Edward to give
a presentation to your organization, conference, club, or school, or at a hostel, travel store,
or bookstore near you -- and start planning now to make your travel fantasy come
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