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I look behind the curtain at some rather untraditional 21st century mashup travel metrics that have in the past warned you about: selfie drones, Hipster Holidays, peak-time pricing, marijuana tourism and off-the-grid travel.
It is my strong belief, as well as the collective sentiment of many medical professionals, family counselors, clinical psychiatrists and cultural scholars alike, that America is in need of an immediate intervention.
Of course we all know the commonsense ones, like: Don't eat where you sleep. Don't wear shorts riding an elephant. Don't talk-back to customs or immigration officials. And never present yourself at a car rental desk after a few drinks on the plane. Duh, right?
Serving as the Event Director for over a decade of the annual world travel championship, the around the world travel adventure competition known as The Global Scavenger Hunt, I am regularly asked what my favorite spot in the world is?
Some would say they are jaded. Their style is best and they alone are the arbiters of travel dharma truisms. (And here I thought travel was a highly subjective personal experience and that diversity was a good thing!?)
Mauritania: the slave capital of the world. Yea, slavery! An estimated four percent of the population are bonafide slaves. Then there is the sand, the land mines and indiscriminate attacks on everything foreign. Other than that it's beautiful!
Unsatisfied, I took an even deeper look-see behind the curtain at some rather untraditional 21st century mashup travel metrics, that all point to an even bigger (and better) year for traveler's in 2014.
Obviously, travel is exceedingly personal; everything is relative, and everyone travels for different reasons. There cannot be a one-size-fits-all approach; there are exceptions to every rule. Indeed, there is no right way to travel, but maybe there are a few wrong ways.