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William D. Chalmers
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William D. Chalmers, is a writer, philanthropist and professional traveler who splits his time between Santa Monica, CA and Vancouver, BC. He is the author of A Blind Date with the World, On the Origin of the Species homo touristicus, and, America's Vacation Deficit Disorder, released in 2013. He is the creator of the annual The Global Scavenger Hunt around the world travel adventure competition. The next world travel championship is scheduled for April-May 2016. In 2002, National Geographic Traveler magazine called him the "world's greatest traveler."

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Entries by William D. Chalmers

Five Ways to Travel for Free in 2016

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2016 | 7:01 AM

Free. Travel. Fun. Sex. Win. New. Six words that always get our attention.

Last week's national Powerball obsession clearly demonstrates that we all want to win something. And who doesn't want more sex or more travel experiences? Everyone wants to have more fun and loves new experiences....

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World's 101 Best Travel Websites: 2016 Edition

(15) Comments | Posted January 8, 2016 | 3:57 PM

In my position as the Event Director of the annual world travel championship, The Global Scavenger Hunt--some liken me to a traveling circus ringmaster--I have a lot of planning to do. Ten countries spread out around the world, all the personalities, all the logistics, all the hotels.

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2016 Travel Resolutions for the New Year

(1) Comments | Posted December 31, 2015 | 4:14 PM

2016...a clean slate.

2015 was annus horribilis--a really bad year! Yet optimism reins.

It is called the January Effect--off with the old and on with the new--where we are overly optimistic and full of wishful thinking about the coming New Year.

Every year we make resolutions. Every...

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8 Coming Travel Trends for 2016

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2015 | 9:33 AM

"Trends, like horses, are easier to ride in the direction they are going." -- John Naisbitt

We live in unsettling times. Frankly, who really knows what is going on -- let alone what will be -- and the world of travel is no different. No one has a proverbial crystal...

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2016 Travelers GO/noGO List

(1) Comments | Posted December 29, 2015 | 12:57 PM

Do under-the-radar travel gems really exist? It depends whose radar you are using.

Around this time of year, avid travelers start looking for exciting destinations to visit in the coming year. We notice the family and friend's social media posts from far-flung places, we survey captivating trip blogs and...

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Dear Santa: My 2015 Holiday Wish List

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2015 | 2:22 PM

Like a lot of kids, I wrote to Santa Claus every year. More or less, my Christmas wishes were usually fulfilled. Being young at heart this year, I thought I'd try it again.

Dear Santa -

My name is William Chalmers, and I have been pretty good this year....

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Santa's 2015 Travel Naughty-Nice List

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2015 | 2:12 PM

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 assorted travel adventures. There was a lot to cheer and jeer in 2015, with so many high peaks...

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Why My Family Will Still Be Going to Paris for Christmas

(14) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 9:25 AM

Our family holiday vacation was booked the day before the merciless attacks on Paris last Friday evening. We excitedly planned on spending a once-in-a-lifetime Christmas in the welcoming, beautiful and timeless City of Light--Paris.

Bad timing indeed.

Needless to say, we were immediately showered with tweets, IM's and...

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

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2015 | 5:39 PM

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?

Nowadays, jaded travelers looking for the next adrenaline rush have to go biking in Antarctica or the Khyber Pass, visiting Chernobyl's exclusion zone or zip-lining...

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Eight Great Global Swimming Holes

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2015 | 4:28 PM

Summer is here and who doesn't love jumping into a cool refreshing swimming hole? Oases of pure joy.

Both cathartic and therapeutic by nature, swimming allows us to envelop ourselves in a sensory-opening overload of liquid.

I was raised a water baby in Canada along the mouth of...

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

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 11:07 AM

Travelers today are a very competitive breed. We're all capable Indiana Joneses and would-be Magellans. And who hasn't sat watching The Amazing Race saying, "I could do that?"

We all know the story: An English gentlemen bets £20,000 in 1872 that he can travel around the world in 80 days...

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2015 Travel Resolutions You Can Actually DO

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2014 | 6:32 PM

2015. A Clean slate.

Every year we make resolutions. Every year most of us break them.

Travelers are a different breed, however; we usually follow through. Even when we have more will than wallet, we figure out a way to wherever it is we really want to go.

In...

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2015 Travel Must Dos

(0) Comments | Posted December 27, 2014 | 4:15 PM


2015 can't come quick enough, I am ready to go!

Every year around this time, many of us avid travelers start looking at destinations for the coming year. For us, this started decades ago when their Bucket Lists were just being formed; and the current process has me...

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2015 Holiday Wish List

(2) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 1:33 PM

When I was kid I wrote to Santa Claus every year. More or less, my Christmas wishes were usually fulfilled. Nowadays I make lists about my wishes as I travel the world. That list is long. Here is my 2015 holiday travel wish shortlist:

● I wish for a...

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7 Travel Trends for 2015

(2) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 2:02 PM

"The future ain't what it used to be," declared Yogi Berra.

Indeed, a short decade ago who would have thought that we'd have smartphones that can translate languages, make dinner reservations and never let us get lost--let alone have over 17,000 travel apps. That we'd have digital cameras and...

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Já fiz de tudo. E agora? 8 aventuras épicas para 2015

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 6:27 PM

Já foi de snowmobile ver a aurora boreal. Mergulhou nas Galápagos. OK. Fez rafting nas águas escuras das cavernas da Nova Zelândia; se misturou aos orangotangos em Bornéu. Fez o tour das favelas do Rio; ficou cheio de areia em todos os orifícios depois do Burning Man. E agora?

Já...

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Been there. Done that. What's Next? 8 Epic Travel Adventures for 2015

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 2:24 PM

Snowmobiled to the aurora borealis; snorkeled the Galapagos. Been there.

Blackwater rafted New Zealand's glow-worm caves; communed with orangutans in Borneo. Done that.

Took Rio's favela tour; and sick of sand in every orifice after Burning Man. What's next?

Been there. Done that. What's Next? Indeed, what?...

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101 Best Travel Websites

(9) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 5:48 PM

Travelers need information when planning their adventures -- or are in the thick of a tricky misadventure they need help getting out of.

Not too long ago travelers dragged along volumes of heavy guidebooks and waited days to get their hands on a soiled copy of the International Herald Tribune...

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Walls Come Tumbling Down -- or Do They?

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 3:28 PM

Everything old is new again. Walls are back in style.

Twenty-five years ago, I was traveling from Venice, Italy to Ljubljana, Yugoslavia (now Slovenia) by train aboard the Gypsies, Thieves and Tramps Express. I desperately wanted to head north to Berlin to partake in the end of the Cold...

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10 Politically Incorrect Travel Hacks

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 6:29 PM

People tell me the craziest things. I guess I seem like a sympathetic listener?

They divulge their best travel tips to me at travel and adventure trade shows across the country, international travel markets, at book signings, and I hear them from fellow travel writers and arm-chair travelers alike....

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