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May 1st, 2011

Around the World Travel Contest

This round-the-world trip contest runs for eight weeks–with eight chances to win!

Each Monday, starting May 2nd, we put up some clues to help you guess one destination our Grand Prize winner will visit. Fill in the destination and your vitals and that’s it–you’re entered! On Sunday night we pick a winner for that week. If it’s you, that week’s prize is coming your way and you’re one of the eight who will be in the running for the Grand, First, or Second Prize.

After eight weeks, everyone will know the route and we will pick our winners. The Grand Prize winner gets showered with goodies and starts making plans to travel around the world on us. It’s that easy! Click on the appropriate box to get in on the game.



The Indie Travel Media Association is giving away the ultimate traveler’s treat – an around the world trip with a plane full of prizes!

We’re giving our readers the chance to take off, big time, by putting their travel knowledge to the test and inviting them to enter our contest. The challenge? Guess the route of where the Round the World journey will take them.

The Grand Prize winner will receive the following:

* Round-the-world airfare for two from the BootsnAll Travel Network
* A Southeast Asia tour for two from All Points East

* One year of travel insurance from World Nomads

* One-week First Class Eurail passes
* Four hotel nights from Anantara
* Two BRX luggage sets from Briggs & Riley
* Head-to-toe travel clothing from ExOfficio
* One-week rental car in Europe from Auto Europe
* Shoes from Lowa Boots
* $500 in spending money from Transitions Abroad
* Two pairs of Serengeti Eyewear sunglasses with Polar PHD lenses
* A grab bag of useful apps and guidebooks

First Prize – $2000 in airfare to go anywhere in the world from 1800FlyEurope.

Second Prize – Two Full-Fare roundtrip tickets anywhereSouthwest Airlines flies.

With prizes this big, we do need some time to find the perfect travelers to win our prizes so participants have 8 weeks to enter. Here’s how it works.

Each week, participants guess the destination from the provided clues and enter online. One random winner will be chosen from the correct answers each week and awarded a weekly prize. After eight weeks—with eight chances to win—everyone will know the route and there will be eight finalists. One of those eight finalists will win the Grand Prize package for two while two more winners will receive the First and Second Prize awards!

For more information and to sign up, follow the link posted here on Monday, May 2nd.

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January 4th, 2010

My Year in Cities: 2009

Here are the places that I slept overnight in 2009. Links to previous years post at the bottom of this post. What were yours?

Snowden, WA
New York, New York
Washington DC
Phoenix, Arizona
Palm Springs, California
Los Angeles, CA
Seoul, South Korea
Auckland, New Zealand
Wharekaho Beach, New Zealand
Ohope, New Zealand
Wellington, New Zealand
Greymouth, New Zealand
Nelson, New Zealand
Fox Glacier, New Zealand
Christchurch, New Zealand
Wanaka, New Zealand
Queenstown, New Zealand
Hamner Springs, New Zealand
Melbourne, Australia
Brisbane, Australia
Surfers Paradise, Australia
Noosa, Australia
Sydney, Australia
Manly Beach, Australia
Bangkok, Thailand
Koh Samui, Thailand
Seminyak, Bali Indonesia
Mountains of Bali, Indonesia
Seraya, Bali
Boston, USA
Chicago, Illinois
Poipu, Hawaii*
Orlando, Florida
Las Vegas, Nevada
Leavenworth, WA

* denotes more than 1 time, separate occasions.

2008 list

2007 list

2006 List

2005 List

January 29th, 2009

What kind of traveler am I?

I’m like Rolf Potts. That’s cool.

I travel like Rolf Potts !
Rolf Potts

You are a travel legend in the making, with a sense of adventure that will lead to hundreds of fascinating stories. Locals all over the world will give you special nicknames, and almost all of them will be complimentary.

What type of traveler are you?
Take BootsnAll’s Travel Quiz to find out.

Take the BootsnAll Traveler Quiz and see what type of traveler you are

January 25th, 2009

1st stop on my upcoming 4 month trip: New Zealand

January 9th, 2009

My Year in Cities: 2008

Portland, OR
Las Vegas *
Chicago, IL *
Phoenix, AZ
Snowden, WA
Eugene, OR*
Hollywood, CA
Honolulu, HI
Poipu, Kauai*
Bucharest, Romania
Kathmandu, Nepal
Pokara, Nepal
Random Villages, Nepal
Delhi, India
New York, NY
Boston, MA
San Diego, CA
Del Mar, CA
Enterprise, OR
Lake Tahoe, CA
Chico, CA
Orlando, FL*
Santa Rosa, CA
San Francisco, CA
Seattle, WA

* denotes more than 1 time, separate occasions.

2007 list
2006 List
2005 List

May 20th, 2008

BWCA Jam: Video

My buddy Chuck and his mates goto Boundary Water every spring for Canoeing, Fishing, and jamming. I hope one day I get to go. Seems like a great bunch of blokes.

April 24th, 2008

Dancing in the Himalayas

Backstory: Our guide, Bishnu and and porter Drupa, loved this Nepali Musician (watch video to listen). As we started our trek in some small town, they bought a little tape player and the tape of this artist. Almost every town we came into, Bishnu and Drupa would break out into a dance and start jamming, Nepali style. Eventually Adam and I caught on and just didn’t care that we looked like wankers and just danced.

So, it was a great time. I am thinking of seriously going back for a 2 or 3 week trek later this year. Who wants to go?

originally posted on BnA Videos

April 13th, 2008

Lonely Planet Writer: Bad Seed

I just saw this article on CNN about a LP writer that plagirized, didn’t goto the countries, and was a general arse.

Thomas Kohnstamm, who has written a book on his misadventures, also said he didn’t travel to Colombia to write the guidebook on the country because “they didn’t pay me enough,” The Daily Telegraph reported.

“I wrote the book in San Francisco [California],” he is quoted as saying in the Telegraph. “I got the information from a chick I was dating — an intern in the Colombian Consulate.”

My questions for this arse hole are:

1) Why did you take the job if you didn’t think it would pay you enough?
2) Lying, cheating – and now you get another book published – who is publishing it? Do you believe him this time?

Anyway – this guys sounds like a 1st class jerk. Yeah – it slipped through Lonely Planet’s editorial staff. I can’t blame them, considering the volume of data that produce, stuff like this is bound to happen.

It goes to show you, you don’t necessarily need to travel to a place to write about it factually these days. The data is there, it just needs to be brought together in an easily understandable format.

April 1st, 2008

BootsnAll Insiders and Portland Hipsters

We have a new ad running on BnA for our updated Insiders section:
Travel Insiders

They guy on this images is awesome. Could totally pass for a Portland Hipster, which as I get older, is hard to be. But a lot of the BnA die hards over the years are bad arse experts on a part of travel in their own right. If you got some travel skillz, share it there with an intimate non-troll bait community.

February 28th, 2008

Nepal Petrol Lines Video

On the way back into Kathmandu the other day, I video’d a huge line of buses waiting for Diesel Gas. Lotsa these petrol lines all over the city.

Note: Just slopped those subtitles on there using iMovie again. Not that polished – but easy.

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