Tuesday, 5 October 2004

Take your own "21st Century Grand Tour"

This month’s issue of National Geographic Traveler magazine is a 20th anniversary special issue on “The New Grand Tour — A Travel Adventure for the 21st Century”:

A recent poll done with Yahoo! Travel found that American’s top travel dream is an “around-the-world trip.” Most people feel that this experience is unattainable — too expensive, too time-consuming and just too decadent overall. But as readers will discover in this special issue, “The New Grand Tour — A Travel Adventure for the 21st Century,” such a trip is actually within reach — and it’s not nearly as expensive as one might think. National Geographic Traveler has dedicated its entire October issue to a trip around the world… From buying the right round-the-world ticket, to expert tips and useful Web sites, to advice on the best sights to see, this issue provides readers with the resources to help them plan the ultimate travel trip.

The editor’s note from Keith Bellows introducing the issue mirrors exactly what I’ve been saying since the first edition of “The Practical Nomad: How to Travel Around the World”:

Travel, once a rarity for so many, has become an intrinsic fact of life — a right and an expectation. In a real sense, the Grand Tourists were the early precursors of the tribes of backpacking students who roam the globe on a lark and a shoestring. And those old Grand Tourists gave us all a philosophical road map to the world. Now we are no longer satisfied to simply visit a place — we want to experience it, steep ourselves in its cultural otherness, and dig beneath the surface in an effort to understand its inner workings. And with that has come a hunger for the next best place, for experiences beyond the ordinary, and for places that have escaped mass attention.

So to celebrate Traveler magazine’s 20th anniversary, and to reflect how dramatically travel has changed since this magazine was born in 1984, we offer a Grand Tour for the 21st century — a trip around the world in 80 destinations….

Around-the-world tourism has been with us for a long time, though something of a curiosity, a venture often undertaken by thrill-seekers. But we think around-the-worlding will soon become more commonplace as people decide to take off longer chunks of time, as college grads delay their entry into the workforce, as retiring boomers embark on trips they once only talked about. True, most of us still dismiss the thought of such an adventure. We say we don’t have the time. We say we don’t have the money. But such a trip is actually within reach of most readers of Traveler . And it’s not nearly as expensive as you might think. There are terrific resources to help you plan it. Amazing places to see. And great role models to inspire you. All in this issue. We hope our 20th birthday special convinces you that seeing more of the world need not be a dream. You can make it happen.

Want to do it yourself? In addition to being quoted in the magazine, I was part of a special panel discussion on around-the-world travel at the National Geographic Society in washington last month. And I’ll be giving more presentations on around-the-world travel in the San Francisco Bay area this month and next:

  • Saturday, 9 October 2004: Adventures in Travel Expo, San Mateo County Expo Center, 2495 South Delaware St. (next to Bay Meadows Race Track; approx. 3/4 mile walk from the Hillsdale Caltrain station), San Mateo, CA. Talk on “How to Travel Around the World” and booksigning, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Info and discount admission coupon ; directions

  • Thursday, 11 November 2004: “Around-The-World Travel Night” at Airtreks.com , 301 Howard St., 4th floor, San Francisco, CA (entrance at the corner of Beale and Howard, 2 blocks south of the Embarcadero BART/Muni Metro station; note that the building management requires all visitors to show ID for admission to the building). 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Free copy of “The Practical Nomad: How to Travel Around the World”, with a deposit towards an air trek! Info and RSVP’s (requested but not required): Airtreks.com , +1-415-977-7100, ext. 183.

Complete details on these and other public appearances are on my events page.

Link | Posted by Edward on Tuesday, 5 October 2004, 10:08 (10:08 AM)
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