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Cases Travel & Explorations...

“Mostly, I want to see how the world works...”

- Richard Dean Anderson as MacGyver in The Gauntlet -

As a Romantic Geographer, I know Travel. Exploring, wandering, pondering, and observing landscapes has always been one of my favorite things. For me, the lure of travel rests in the uncertainty. I never know what Ill see next. And because of that philosophy, I’ve traveled a lot...Experienced harrowing situations...Seen amazing things. But regardless, it all begins with slowing down and taking time to see landscape. Its okay to get lost. Its okay to not know your next location. Embrace the unknown. Keep an open mind. Be spontaneous (even if you have to plan for it). See my blogs and TikTok for more travel stuffs.

Cases Traveling Style

My travel style revolves around five core behaviors: adaptability, flexibility, patience, humbleness, & gratitude. Without these traits, travel can become tedious, tiring, and even seem like an obligation – something you have to do because...well...you are already there.

 

Based on those traits, strict lists of things to do and see when traveling bother me. Though I often have an idea of what I want to see and a basic itinerary sketched out, both usually get modified because, once on the ground, things change. Sometimes really fast. Adaptability. Flexibility.

While I enjoy staying in posh places and high-class flying, for me, staying close-to-the-ground remains key to my travel philosophy. For example, although I would never sacrifice health or safety while doing it, sleeping under the stars, in a car, staying in hostels, or sharing a Bedouin tent is not a big deal. Those experiences serve to enhance my overall appreciation for the privilege of travel, allowing me to savor times of extravagance. Humbleness.

As a Traveler and topophiliac who likes to just see what they see, I relish any chance to wander and explore. Whether that means driving a foreign vehicle, riding a train, hopping a local bus, climbing ruins, canoeing a river, riding a camel, or hiking through a jungle, I believe being with/in a landscape remains the key to truly appreciating it. Humbleness. PatienceGratitudeAdaptability.

 

My travel style also includes finding an effective yet light packing strategy, like what I usually pack for most any excursion. Once you begin packing less/lighter, you’ll be surprised how little you actually need, even for longer trips. AdaptabilityHumbleness. Flexibility.

 

Finally, take gander at some of my general travel tips. Remember that travel centers on arranging priorities and the most important souvenir might not always be what you think. But also talk to other people. Learn from their experiences. Gratitude. HumblenessPatience.

Cases Places

I’m not really a country counter, but I do keep track of where I’ve visited in case I want to return for something specific (this is why I always do my best to keep a travel journal). Still, once people find I’ve traveled to lots of places they tend to ask me where. So here are some countries I have lived in, studied in, and explored over the years – and many of them multiple times...

  • Africa:

    • Egypt, Morocco

  • Americas:

    • 49 US States, Argentina, Barbados, Brazil, Bolivia, several Canadian Provinces, Chile, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, St. Vincent & Grenadines, Uruguay

  • Asia/Middle East:

    • China, Cyprus, India, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Maldives, Oman, Qatar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Turkey, United Arab Emirates

  • Europe:

    • Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Czechoslovakia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, (Republic of North) Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Romania, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, & my family castle!)

Cases (International) Field Studies

One of my greatest joys centers on helping people gain field experience. To enhance this endeavor, I developed different programs over the years, such as my Geography by Rail® program, which I run for students and regular folks alike, as a novel way to learn about and appreciate the landscape better. Please contact me if you are interested. I enjoy leading GbR excursions.

A wise Traveler said, “When is the last time you allowed yourself the time and space to simply go somewhere without any directions or expectations? Thats a true luxury that we rarely afford ourselves...were always out of time...Dont be afraid to travel boldly or carve your own path. Dont worry about losing time...or not seeing everything. You may just see enough. And maybe that enough is even more meaningful”. Indeed. What lies around that next corner? Why not go...and see?!

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