Tony Eitnier and Thomas Arnold of Contemporary Nomad on Travel Blogging | Transitions Abroad

An interview with Tony Eitnier and Thomas Arnold, a couple who were forced into perpetual travel when the exclusionary marriage laws in their respective countries prevented them both from obtaining a visa in the other’s home country.

Ten Quotes About Walking

Why would I write a list of walking quotes? Today wrote a a query letter to a magazine editor about an article about different walks that a person can take in Taiwan.  While looking up quotations to use in the query I suddenly remembered how much I used to enjoy walking.  When I first started traveling, whenever I arrived in a new city, after putting my things in a hostel, the first thing I would do was walk down random streets and alleys and I wouldn’t stop until I had gotten myself good and lost.  That would usually take one or two hours, and finding my way back several more. One my first trip outside of North America ( I was 18 at the time) I spent eight hours lost in Madrid at night.  It was the most exciting thing that I had ever done.  I explored cobblestone alleys and unknown plazas and wandered among centuries old pillars holding up centuries old roofs. I saw gangs of street hoods and tapa bars filled with overweight, overly made-up prostitutes — things I’d never seen before in my life.  I was even accosted by one extremely persistent old hooker missing several teeth who insisted in walking arm-in-arm with me and chattering away to me in Spanish even though it was obvious that I didn’t speak Spanish and wasn’t going to give her any money.

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Learning to Fly: Paragliding in Fang Liao Taiwan

learning to paraglideRecently I’ve been working on a series of articles about paragliding in Taiwan.  I’ve been learning how to paraglide, and about the evolution of paragliding in Taiwan, from Malcom Vargas who is, as far as I know, the only certified foreign paragliding instructor in the country.  These are some photos from one of my first outings with Malcom taken while he taught two other students: Tim Hillebran and Paul Wesson.

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An Interview with Gary Arndt of Everything Everywhere

Gary Arndt

Ranking travel blogs is a tricky business.  There is no way of knowing exactly how much traffic a blog gets, and how long visitors stay for, unless you’re the administrator of the blog.  There are several tools you can use to rank other peoples’ blogs, but none are completely accurate.  However, whenever I read a travel blog toplist, search on Google, or compare blogs using any of the afore-mentioned ranking tools, one is almost always on top: Gary Arndt is, by my best estimate, the most popular solo travel blogger in the world.

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