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provide you with ideas & inspiration!
THANK YOU SOJOURNERS!
Sojourners,We often return from our
travels and dive right back into routine, however, we
would like to take this opportunity to reflect on the
adventures and people that made this a memorable year
for us. A big thank you to all of you who traveled
with us, we are continually inspired by our great
clients and will continue to scout out and put trips
together with you in mind.
Take a moment
and enjoy a
year's trips to Africa and
Just think of all the
possibilities in the coming
Check out globalsojourns.com to read more about
past trips and scroll to the bottom of the newsletter
for the upcoming ones.
An Interview with
Traveler Extraordinaire, Peter
No distance is too great,
no plane ride too squished and no carry-on is too
small for the intrepid travels of Peter Macy. Deemed
overqualified for the Amazing Race, he has crossed
paths with the contestants anyways-- what else would
you expect when you hang out at the Ouagadougou
Q:What has been one of
your more difficult flight schedules recently? What
did you learn from the experience?
A: It was a tortuous
trip to Timor Leste (East Timor), routing through the
Philippines. It took me 2 full days of travel and 7
airports for my return. While in Dili (Timor Leste) I
had 22 meetings in 2 days - so 2 days of actual work
for 4 days of total flying! When I got back, I went
directly into a proposal effort that often meant 16 hr
days. I found that I was less than 100% for about a
week. The lesson learnt was to allow myself a bit of
recovery time upon return to the US. Also, when
reviewing the itinerary try and really imagine every
step of that itinerary, try and "live it" and see if
you think it's manageable. Going through this exercise
is important and may result in a thankful change in
the itinerary to be one that is more
Q: Since flying is
such a regular event for you, do you have a routine
once you get on the plane that you always
A: Yes, 1) I try to
always get the exit-aisle seat before even boarding
the plane, 2) I try to be one of the 1st on the plane
so that my chances of getting my bags in the overhead
bin are increased, 3) I take off my shoes, get my
noise cancelling headphones on, don my eyeshades and
neck pillow and settle in for the long flight, 4) I
read or sleep while the plane is taking off and never
worry since worrying won't change anything, 5) I pull
up a movie during the meal (I only manage about ¼ of
any movie and at most ½ of any meal), 6) work on my
laptop until I'm too tired, 7) try and sleep - but I'm
not good at this task, 8) stretch/ walk around/ drink
water as much as possible and 9) try and enjoy time
away from phones and email.
Q: What is one travel
mistake you see people make most often?
They check in their luggage. There is no other way to
put it - it's a BIG mistake to check
Q: In airports,
check-in lines, security lines, etc. people seem so
frenzied and frustrated, how do you prevent it from
affecting you negatively?
A: Be like Buddha
and zone it out, enjoy people watching, and bring a
book to read in line. Also, keep the items that you
have to pull out for the X-ray machine (liquids,
shoes, computer, coats) either to a minimum or at
least very accessible. Find corners of the airport
that are quiet and either work, read or people
Q: If you are
traveling on business and only have a few hours to
explore on your own, what is the first thing you look
A: Go to a local
market place and take in the sites, sounds, smells.
You get so much culture and entertainment in just ½ hr
by being at a local market. Leave your wallet, watch
and other valuables at the hotel!
Q: Have any gadgets
made your life easier or do they take up too much
A: Noise cancelling
headphones are THE one item that everyone should have.
I don't like the Bose because they are too bulky. I
like the Sennheiser brand. The other is the roller bag
that fits into most overhead compartments by Eagle
Creek. Of course the jet engine gadget has been
In November Peter will embark
on a trip that includes Johannesburg, South Africa,
Maseru, Lesotho, Dili, East Timor and Hanoi, Vietnam.
Hot and steamy, wet and cool, presenting at
conferences, working out in the field and exploring
the wilderness. ..traveling carry-on only as
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Global Sojourns' commitment to responsible travel,
Priscilla will be attending and presenting at the
Traveler's Philanthropy Conference in Arusha, TZ in
November. Stay tuned for the ideas she'll bring back
and share in the next newsletter.
live streaming video from the Mashatu Game Reserve,
Botswana and forget about the ongoing political and
economic craze for a few moments. Watch wildlife
visit the waterhole and turn up the volume and enjoy
the sounds of the bush.
|PRODUCTS WE LOVE
Preparing for a trip where
you expect cool temperatures? Try clothing made with
merino wool, especially mid-weight tops. They are
soft, wick away moisture, breath well, pack a lot of
warmth for their size/weight and are almost odor
free! One of our favorite brands is SmartWool
(available at REI, Patagonia and other outdoor stores
as well as on-line). Great for
trekking in to see the gorillas, going out on an early
morning game drive and hiking in the
Istanbul is the
only city that spans two
We hope you've enjoyed our
newsletter, Off The Beaten Path and that you
will share it with friends.We hope
to provide you with travel ideas, stories
and tips that inform and inspire.
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small groups to Africa and around the globe.
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insights and authentic interactions with local
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