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Global Scavenger Hunt

101 Travel Websites That Make Planning Your Trip Easy

William D. Chalmers | Posted 01.10.2016 | Travel
William D. Chalmers

mong the 101 website stars below are passionate blogs, travel news aggregators, useful research and booking tool sites, traditional weekly travel sections and excitingly irreverent takes on 21st century travel by some thoughtful travelers.

2016 Travel Resolutions for the New Year

William D. Chalmers | Posted 12.31.2015 | Travel
William D. Chalmers

I polled a gaggle of great travel buddies last week, and assembled the following 2016 Travel Resolutions that would make us all better travelers.

8 Coming Travel Trends for 2016

William D. Chalmers | Posted 12.30.2015 | Travel
William D. Chalmers

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.

Santa's 2015 Travel Naughty-Nice List

William D. Chalmers | Posted 12.21.2015 | Travel
William D. Chalmers

I dreamt I was snowbound last night. But due to El Nino, it will not be a white Christmas. A tad deflated, I set out reflecting on a year's worth of...

Been There. Done That. What's Next? 8 Epic Travel Adventures for 2016

William D. Chalmers | Posted 11.16.2015 | Travel
William D. Chalmers

Getting a kick taking an adventure used to be easy: running with the bulls, swimming with dolphins, climbing Kilimanjaro, riding the Trans-Siberian Express. Been there?

Can There be a World's Greatest Traveler? Yes!

William D. Chalmers | Posted 04.01.2015 | Travel
William D. Chalmers

Every traveler I know, be they armchair wannabes, neophytes, blog writers, media personalities or travel industry professionals, all believe that they have it wired and know the best way to travel.

2015 Travel Resolutions You Can Actually DO

William D. Chalmers | Posted 03.01.2015 | Travel
William D. Chalmers

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.

2015 Travel Must Dos

William D. Chalmers | Posted 02.26.2015 | Travel
William D. Chalmers

Some destinations and activities are not new, just things we would like to do in 2015. And some destinations are not obscure never-heard-of-before off the Google Map, but well known fun destinations.

10 Politically Incorrect Travel Hacks

William D. Chalmers | Posted 12.22.2014 | Travel
William D. Chalmers

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?

7 Amazing Sites You've Maybe Never Heard Before

William D. Chalmers | Posted 09.16.2014 | Travel
William D. Chalmers

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?

Too Connected When You Travel?

William D. Chalmers | Posted 04.01.2014 | Travel
William D. Chalmers

It is hard to get lost when your Smartphone's GPS won't let you. It is hard to allow absence make the heart grow fonder when you are connected 24/7.

22 Reasons You Are a Travel Snob

William D. Chalmers | Posted 03.25.2014 | Travel
William D. Chalmers

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!?)

A Travel Addict's Index to Higher Highs

William D. Chalmers | Posted 03.17.2014 | Travel
William D. Chalmers

"When you travel often, you will be addicted to it forever." -- Henry Miller Gateway drugs push you on to higher highs. Could the same be said for...

The World's Greatest Traveler's Go/No-Go List for 2014

William D. Chalmers | Posted 03.02.2014 | Travel
William D. Chalmers

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!

10 Travel Resolutions for a New Year

William D. Chalmers | Posted 03.01.2014 | Travel
William D. Chalmers

We resolve to not flaunt our travel exploits and long-winded adventure stories to others -- nor to shamelessly show off our travel selfies to others. What are your 2014 Travel Resolutions?

Santa's 2013 Travel Naughty/Nice List

William D. Chalmers | Posted 02.22.2014 | Travel
William D. Chalmers

Reflecting on a year's worth of travel and assorted adventures, I thought "What would Santa do?" Here's a quick, down and dirty 2013 Travel Naughty/Nice List.

7 Mashup Global Travel Trends

William D. Chalmers | Posted 02.19.2014 | Travel
William D. Chalmers

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.

Do Americans Just Travel Wrong? Part II

William D. Chalmers | Posted 02.01.2014 | Travel
William D. Chalmers

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.

How to Travel the Travel 3.0 Way

William D. Chalmers | Posted 08.26.2014 | Travel
William D. Chalmers

Travel 3.0 means that instead of being sequestered in comfortable digs at resort hotels away from the local and indigenous people you are supposedly visiting, you get out of your comfort zone and engage in authentic, challenging and participatory travel experiences

The World's Greatest Travelers

William D. Chalmers | Posted 06.10.2013 | Travel
William D. Chalmers

People have now walked, biked, hitchhiked, ballooned, any other mode of transportation you could think, to become famous, and infamous, great travelers. But who are the world's greatest travelers? Battle-tested against their peers and proven?

On Being a Responsible Traveler

William D. Chalmers | Posted 06.04.2013 | Travel
William D. Chalmers

I believe that traveling in the spirit of conscious awareness, humility and curiosity only enhances anyone's journey, and over the years I have expanded what I believe is a sensible and sensitive Traveler's Creed to live and travel by.

Good Travel Mates Are Good to Find

William D. Chalmers | Posted 05.27.2013 | Travel
William D. Chalmers

Vacation personalities, travel styles, and interests vary among us homo touristicus. Travelers inevitably have different goals and expectations. Being patient, compassionate and showing empathy towards each other is critical.

Global Travel Indicators For 2013

William D. Chalmers | Posted 03.11.2013 | Travel
William D. Chalmers

Here are the top seven global travel-related barometers that, when taken as a whole, indicate positive global travel trends for 2013.

Where To Go (And Not Go) In 2013

William D. Chalmers | Posted 02.26.2013 | Travel
William D. Chalmers

If you are reading this, you survived the Mayan Day of Reckoning and are now happily imagining some fresh 2013 travel destinations.

Dateline Prague: Day 21 Of The Global Scavenger Hunt

William D. Chalmers | Posted 07.04.2012 | Travel
William D. Chalmers

Teams have four required scavenges to perform in this leg, one each in Italy, Slovenia, Austria and the Czech Republic!