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Chris Guillebeau and Traveling Around the World

Chris Guillebeau has been “challenging authority since 1978”.  His blog/website, The Art of Nonconformity, chronicles his adventures around the world and is full of encouraging material to conquer your dreams.  Chris has never had any sort of traditional employment.  After college (I think) he joined a volunteer organization in Africa.  Now he has an audacious goal of visiting every country by the time he thirty something (I believe he is currently at 130/192).  He makes a living selling products on his website and finding ways to squeeze airline miles out of credit card companies! 

I first came across Chris because I was searching for entrepreneurship blogs.  Somehow I ended up coming across his free manifesto, A Brief Guide to World Domination  (which, by the way, is excellent).  Chris has a lot of great material on his site for entrepreneurs and for people who just want to live differently.  Also, I love to read his travel journals.  We also share a love for one of the coolest cities in the world, Hong Kong!

I encourage anyone to check out his blog and his free materials.  Also check out his products for purchase, but he will tell you not to buy them unless you actually need them. 

So, in the spirit of world travel, here are the top 10 places I would like to visit in the world (not really in order):

  1. South China Tour – Hong Kong, Guilin, and Sichuan Province – been to South China before but not to Sichuan or Guilin.  And Hong Kong is the coolest place on earth!Guilin
  2. Eastern Europe – I really don’t have much of a desire to visit the popular areas of Western Europe.  Instead I would rather explore the cities of Vienna, Budapest, and Prague.
  3. Bora Bora, French Polynesia – is this pick too turisty?  Oh well, from the pictures it looks like one of the most beautiful islands in the world! Bora Bora
  4. Whistler or Kamloops, B.C. – Been to Vancouver, but that is on the edge of the Canadian Rockies.  Next time I want to go deeper into the beauty of British Columbia.
  5. Cape Town, South Africa – My friend Chris will not stop bragging about how beautiful this city is.  I love cities that are limited by their geography and Cape Town definitely fits that description.

    The city is pinned against Table Rock Mountain in the distance.

    Cape Town is pinned against Table Rock Mountain in the distance.

  6. Nepal – A country that rises from 3,000-29,000 feet has to be interesting and beautiful!
  7. Botswana – I would love to see the great animal migration when the Okavango Delta floods (it looks great on Planet Earth!).
  8. Appalachian Mountains – I have seen pictures of the beautiful balds on the Appalachian Trail and will one day camp on one!
  9. Maldives9.  Maldives – Hey, they could be gone in my lifetime.
  10. 10.  Jordan – Would like to visit Wadi Rum and the amazing city of Petra.

What are the top places you would like to visit?

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I feel like a Stanford Alum!

One of the great things, perhaps the greatest thing, about the internet is the amazing availability of information.  Certainly this has and will continue to impact and change the way my generation approaches the world and understands the world.  New innovations are constantly furthering and making more readily available information on just about anything.  Just off the top of my head I can think of a basic time line in innovation – America Online, Yahoo, Google, Wikipedia…

Since college my use of the internet has evolved, the existence of this blog is probably the biggest example.  I love to search and read blogs of all types around the internet.  I also listen to a lot of podcasts.  I already love macs (they are amazing! My wife and I have had the same laptop for 4 years now and love it!) so the advent of podcasts was genius!

Now, Stanford University has taken everything to another level!   ITunes has a special section labeled iTunes U, a special section where universities can post material and podcasts.  I have downloaded a couple of the Stanford podcasts before and enjoyed the topics that they presented.  Now, however, they have expanded their presence.  They have hundreds of different lectures on iTunes now on topics ranging from the historical Jesus to sustainable entrepreneurial leadership!  They are posting entire courses!  And they are not just lectures on antiquated material.  They are posting what seems like every conference, forum, or lecture taking place on campus that has to do with very contemporary issues.  For example, I have been listening to round table forums on health and energy issues confronting the world today and the importance of entrepreneurship in solving these issues!

So, in short, I feel like going out and buying a Stanford sweater!

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