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Global Scavenger Hunt

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!

Day 16 Of The Global Scavenger Hunt

William D. Chalmers | Posted 06.30.2012 | Travel
William D. Chalmers

Yahsas! Welcome to Cyprus, the island known as the playground of the gods!

Dateline Sri Lanka: Mid-Point Of The Global Scavenger Hunt

William D. Chalmers | Posted 06.25.2012 | Travel
William D. Chalmers

Hard to believe that in 2008 this nation was on one of those, "most dangerous places in the world" lists. Not anymore, as things are a hustle and bustle here, with one of the fastest-growing economies in the world today.

Day 10 Of The Global Scavenger Hunt

William D. Chalmers | Posted 06.23.2012 | Travel
William D. Chalmers

Today is a day of transition in the 8th annual around the world travel adventure competition. We are neither here nor there yet, but hovering in a place in between -- also known affectionately as a layover!

The Global Scavenger Hunt Visits Myanmar

William D. Chalmers | Posted 06.19.2012 | Travel
William D. Chalmers

If it were not for U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton's visit to this hermit-like nation-state just a few short months ago, this event would not be here today enjoying the spectacular sights, sounds and smells of a truly one-of-a-kind mesmerizing, mysterious and beguiling travel destination.

Day Four Of The Global Scavenger Hunt

William D. Chalmers | Posted 06.17.2012 | Travel
William D. Chalmers

Checking in now from Taipei, Taiwan, with the majestic 101 Taipei building -- formerly the world's tallest -- looming in the distance and seemingly radiating as a tropical lightening storm illuminates the early evening sky.

Annual 'Global Scavenger Hunt' Begins

William D. Chalmers | Posted 06.13.2012 | Travel
William D. Chalmers

The Global Scavenger Hunt is all about fun and engaging. It is about novelty -- day in and day out for 23 days as you circumnavigate the globe. It is about challenges, being creative, learning, being open and trusting strangers in strange lands.