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My Favorite Travel Gear of 2014

I’ve always been a bit of a minimalist. I rarely buy new equipment if I am able make do with what I have for ethical as well as economic reasons. But, the more I travel, the more important my travel gear becomes to me.

Over the past few years I’ve been lucky enough to have started receiving gear for review from companies — often things that I could never afford. I’ve also become much more calculated in my purchases and have gradually refined my travel kit, swapping out second-rate pieces of gear for top-notch ones. It’s had an enormous effect on the quality of my travels. Continue Reading →


PTBA ITB Asia Panel 2014

This page has information about the Professional Travel Bloggers Association presentation at ITB Asia 2014, and also all the information you need to make an appointment with me (Matt Gibson), as I am offering free consultations to anyone who would like them during the conference. 

I look forward to hearing from you!


Claudio Cuccu:


Matt Gibson:      +65 915 61150

Nicole Smith:

Matteo Ionescu:

Chris Backe:

Useful Links

TCB Asia Conference, November 14 – 18, Colombo Sri Lanka

Professional Travel Bloggers Association

Navigate Media Blogging Group

The New World of Travel Writing by Don George (about the merging of advertising, traditional media, and new media)


Matt’s ITB Asia Appointment Availability

I am free to meet any time that is not blocked off on this calendar.

You can reach me to book an appointment at+65 915 61150 or at


This $47,720 Ski Vacation Sweepstakes is Way Over the Top


The winner and a guest get a ski vacation to Vail…and Chile.

They also get new skis, outwear, and more.


This is just over the top. I don’t think I’ve ever actually seen a ski vacation giveaway this big.

It includes two ski vacations (one in the USA and one in Chile) as well as sweet outerwear, skis, resort stays, and more. No purchase is required.

LAN Airlines, Vail Resorts, Tourismo Chile,, Wagner Custom Skis, and Helly Hanson have teamed up to create the Peak Seasons sweepstakes. Continue Reading →


How To Write An Article Pitch That Sells


I got started travel blogging differently than most other bloggers I know. Most of the travel bloggers I know loved travel so much that they wanted to find a way to earn a living while traveling.

I arrived in this occupation from a completely different direction. I always wanted to be a writer (you can read more about my writing adventures in my Timeline of My Life As A Writer on this page) and I studied journalism in university.

I was teaching English in Taiwan then I first started pitching magazines, but I wasn’t getting assignments as consistently as I wanted to. I thought that choosing a niche to focus on would help. Since there were few people writing about Taiwan at the time, I decided to become a travel writer. Continue Reading →


Climbing Kilimanjaro Through New Eyes

kilimanjaro peak

Images and text by Mark Whitman

Climbing Kilimanjaro is definitely an adventure, but I’ve never personally looked at it that way.

Thousands flock to Tanzania every year with the sole purpose of attempting to reach what many colloquially call the Roof of Africa. Standing at 19,341 feet (5,895 meters), Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain on the African continent and the tallest non-massif (free-standing) mountain in the world.

The mountain’s popularity among hikers can be attributed to its Seven Summit status and the fact that it’s a non-technical climb. This means that anyone at (nearly) any age can climb Kilimanjaro. Fitness and physical ability are also more flexible than on many other climbs. Canadian couple Esther and Martin Kafer reached the summit at the ripe old ages of 84 and 85, while armless and legless Kyle Maynard crawled to the top of Kilimanjaro unassisted in 2012.

Compared to these extraordinary feats, I’ve never felt that my young, able-bodied experiences on Kilimanjaro were very adventurous.

It then dawned on me, recently, that I had indeed been part of a Kilimanjaro experience similar to those described above.

My first experience on Kilimanjaro was with a childhood mate who had suffered from partial sightedness for most of his life. Continue Reading →


Super Short Travel Stories: The Bolivia Makes Me ‘Hot’ Edition

Colombian Coffee Farmer A few weeks ago, after reading a Buzzfeed article about people’s bad roommate experiences of all things, I decided that I wanted to compile an article of peoples’ most poignant travel experiences, whether they were funny, scary, or sentimental.

The results were way better than I expected, so now I think I may do a series (if you’d like to contribute a story, there’s info at the end of the post).  Continue Reading →


How To Breeze Through Airport Security This Summer

Airport security does not have to be an unpleasant experience

Airport security does not have to be an unpleasant experience

Summer is the busiest air travel time in Canada. Whether you’re packing for a family vacation, visiting relatives or exploring new corners of the world, an easy and stress-free travel experience starts by preparing for the security checkpoint. These tips from the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) can help. Continue Reading →