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Monday, April 1, 2013

A is for Adventure Travel

Welcome to the A to Z blogfest, where I and more than a thousand other bloggers run through the alphabet this month. I'll be focusing on the regular subjects of this blog: the Civil War, Wild West, and travel.

A is, of course, for adventure travel. I've been a dedicated traveler for more than 20 years and one of my jobs is as a writer for the Gadling travel blog. I've written several series, including a road trip around Ethiopia, visiting Somaliland, and most recently visiting Iraq. Here you can see me hanging out with some Iraqi cops. I'm the younger guy with no firepower. My travel companion is an accomplished sailor from Norway whose hobby is sailing in small boats far north of the Arctic Circle. Not really my thing, but certainly cool!

Check out the map at the bottom of this blog to see where else I've been. Later this year I'll be doing a solo writer's retreat in Tangier and hopefully a long trip to the Sudan. When I'm not traveling I split my time between Santander, Spain (great caving) and Oxford, England (awesome pubs and libraries).

Where do you like to travel? Tell me about it in the comments section!


  1. Wow! You've definitely seen some cool stuff! And yeah... small boats where there may be ice in the water? Not so much my thing, either... I am more a medium size boat in tropical waters gal... The Iraqi stuff though, would be cool--a lot of history in Iraq, and it is still in the progress of making it.

  2. Anywhere. It doesn't matter if it is a drive to the next town or a flight across the ocean. Every trip can be an adventure. Looking forward to the rest of your posts.
    Denise at Organization and Inspiration for Fellow Writers, participant of A to Z Blogging Challenge

  3. Dude you need to get out Oxford only has pubs selling crap to tourists like you. Come with me I'll show you a real pub. I only travel round the UK now as I gave up my passport, but I have been to a lot of places round the world.

    1. Tourist? Nope, part-time resident and have been for five years. I do research at the Bodleian and my wife is connected to the astronomy department. If you go to the right pub in Oxford you can find plenty of real ale served right. Abingdon just along the river has some nice ones too.

  4. I really do not travel much, especially to exotic places but I love reading about other peoples adventures. Great start to the challenge.

    Come by from Tales Of The Reborn Crafter.

  5. You've been to some amazing places, Sean.
    I've enjoyed traveling in Europe, and one day would like to go back to Japan. I was young when we lived there and don't remember it well.

  6. I haven't traveled out of the States yet. But what you do sounds irresistibly fun!

  7. That's quite an adventure you must've been having, but when I looked at the photo, I thought--how brave!

  8. Italy is the only place I've traveled to, though I am going to France in May. I would love to visit the rest of Europe!

    Writing Through College

  9. Hi Sean .. Southern Africa .. but I'd love to do more travelling sometime .. I've been other places too - your adventures are great to share vicariously!

    Cheers - Arctic seas .. no thank you! Looking forward to reading more .. Hilary


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