“What is your one travel dream above all other travel dreams?”
This is the opening question from Gadling friend Andrew Evans, who was recently invited to the TEDxDanubia conference in Budapest to present a talk on pursuing your travel dreams. Andrew’s one travel dream was to see Antarctica and he details how he managed to get there by planning less, trusting more, and always traveling with a sense of wonder.
If you are in need of a push to go after your travel goals, spend 15 minutes listening to Andrew’s incredibly inspirational talk. I guarantee you’ll be glad you did.
With its unique culture, diverse landscapes, and rich history, Japan has long been a popular destination for travelers visiting Asia. The country offers everything from sprawling high tech cities to beautiful countrysides, and is as captivating for its food and art, as it is for its people. National Geographic’s Digital Nomad Andrew Evans has been traveling through Japan for several weeks now, posting on everything from the country’s love for baseball to the therapeutic experience that comes with a “sand bath.”
One of the more interesting aspects of traveling through Japan is the bullet train, so named because of their distinctive shapes and the fact that they routinely hit speeds in excess of 150 mph. The trains are well known for being safe, efficient, and on time, making them a popular way to get around the country. Recently, Andrew, who has written for Gadling on numerous occasions, wanted to see if he could cross the length of the country by train in a single day – a journey of more than 1200 miles. The result is the video below, which gives us a glimpse of the urban landscapes that dot Japan, while providing insights into what its like to travel on their famous trains – sushi box and all.
Here at Gadling, we’re not above shameless self-promotion. Particularly when the prize is a free trip to Australia for one lucky winner.
Our blogger-at-large, Andrew Evans, just returned from a month-long trip to Australia and he’s hosting a Twitter-based contest to send a winner (plus a friend) on a similar journey.
The best part? Entering is simple. Just tweet @WheresAndrew with the reason that the Northern Territory is the place you’d most like to visit in Australia. Be sure to include the hashtag #Takeme2NT or your entry won’t count – that leaves just 130 characters!
The winner of the “best tweet” (decided by an external body in the Northern Territory) will win two round-trip tickets from the winner’s nearest flight departure city to either Darwin or Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia and a five-day rental of a Britz 4WD camper van.
Our good friend and writer-at-large Andrew Evans is on the road with National Geographic for the next few months, writing, video blogging and tweeting his adventure around the planet.
As part of his engagement with readers he’s leaving clues and tidbitds about his journey scattered across the interwebs, like tiny bread crumbs of travel fodder for his faithful fans to gobble up. Our favorite so far? From @wheresandrew:
My take on #Vegemite: If “oil spill” was an artisanal cheese.