This week’s WSGT Travel Influencer is Gary Arndt of the Everything Everywhere travel blog and @everywheretrip, dedicated to bringing people along for the trip of a lifetime with beautiful, award-winning photography. He is a judge for our first travel photo competition–sign up for his Travel Photography Academy!
1.)Where was the first place that you traveled that made you think WOW—travel is amazing (think history book
come to life or …..)
It would probably be a business trip I took back in 1999. I went to Taipei which was the first time I had ever traveled out of North America.
2.)If you had unlimited resources, where would you go and what would you do?
I’d travel to the South Pole. It is very difficult and expensive to get there, but it is the ultimate destination for explorers.
3.)What were you afraid to do and how did you find the courage to overcome it?
I wasn’t afraid. Once I made the decision to travel around the world, it was just a matter of tying up all the loose ends before I could start.
4.)What apps do you use regularly that make your life easier?
TripIt, Google Maps, Instgram
5.)What place do you wish more people have seen?
There are so many places which most people don’t know about. There are places in the Pacific such as Micronesia which are unknown to most people, as well as national parks in Nothern Canada like Nahanni.
6.)Best advice you have been given and by whom?
The ability to adapt is more important than the ability to plan. I figured that out myself.
7.)When were you surprised by the kindness of strangers on a trip?
In Oman I was given a ride form Nizwa to Muscat by a stranger who spoke no English. He refused to accept any money and left before I could say goodbye.
8.)What inspired you to travel for extended periods of time or live in a new country?
I enjoy learning and the world is the greatest school there is.
9.)I travel because….
Gary Arndt is an awarding-winning blogger and travel photographer who has been traveling around the world since 2007.
His travels have taken him to over 175 countries and territories and has earned membership in the elite Traveler’s Century Club. He has also visited over 300 UNESCO World Heritage sites and all 50 US states.
His blog Everything Everywhere is widely considered one of the most popular travel blogs in the world. In 2010 Time Magazine named it one of the Top 25 Blogs on the Internet and it earned a Gold Medal in the Travel Blog category in the North American Travel Journalist Association (NATJA) awards.
He is one of the most awarded travel photographers of this decade. He was named the 2014 SATW Travel Photographer of the Year as well as the 2013 NATJA Travel Photographer of the Year. He is the only travel photographer to have been named photographer of the year by both organizations. He is also a 3-time Lowell Thomas Award winner in Photo Illustration of Travel and a 2x Northern Lights Award winner in photography. Sign up for his Travel Photography Academy!
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