So Jessica and I are in the middle of planning a trip to China in May and we needed to get our visas but after finding out the closest consulate was in San Fran we decided to use a 3rd party. After a Google search we found a company with an office in Seattle, We made a day trip out of going and having them do our visas for us. In this episode you will find out how we did our visas for china as well as a trick to get around needing confirmation of where you’re staying. I hope you enjoy the podcast.
Lost in Transit Podcast
It's been a rough week trying to finish all the Photo Blogs on my website and it led me to think about the fact that I don't only take photos for my trips but I also try and journal them as well. In this podcast I talk about the different ways you can document and remember the trips you've taken.
In last weeks episode I talked about over tourism, what it is and a little about how you can help. On this weeks episode I share some alternative destinations to help you avoid the massive crowds. Below you can find links to guide books for each destination.
There is a problem some of the worlds most popular tourist attractions are facing and its called overtourism. Over tourism is what happens when a place becomes too popular and tourism becomes unsustainable. In this episode I talk about my experiences with overtourism, some ways to combat it and posting responsibly on social media while you travel.
Ive spent most of this week researching overtourism, Im just not fully ready to create the podcast about it yet so I ask the listeners a question. How much do social media influencers and social media in general contribute to overtourism? If you follow us on social media I love to hear what you think or email us at Lostintransitpc@gmail.com
On this weeks episode I polled some Listener questions off of my personal and the Podcast Social Media Pages. Questions like “How the novice traveler can start” and “How to Prepare for foreign toilets”. I would like to thank all those who sent messages, for those I didn’t get to Ill keep them around for next time. I briefly talk about my photography in the episode below is a list of the camera gear I typically carry when I travel.
Does the winter weather got you down? Did the poler vortex really ruin your mood? Looking to get away? Well today is your lucky day. I bring to you 5 destinations any American can visit.
In the show i talk about the
US Virgin Islands ( 1:20)
Puerto Rico (2:15)
America Samoa (4:34)
Northern Mariana Islands (7:38)
Some Useful Tools.
Hawaiian Airlines ( For Flights in The Pacific)
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Pair of vans
2) Sebastian (@sebsummit)
Smartphone - Incredible useful, wherever I go i try to get a local sim, since I book hotels/airbnb or couch surfing stays last minute I need a good and constant connection. It helps to navigate. Find spots to eat and get in touch with locals (via IG I get a ton of recommendations where to go, what to see and where to meet) Besides that apps like google translate, uber ect save me more than once. Taking pictures fast when not having the huge camera ready and so on. Honestly I would struggle not having it with me on a trip since I’m not taking any other device like an ipad or a laptop so all the research and travel organization is done on the phone.
My Little shoulder Bag. - Which is a bit ugly but extremely handy. I keep my most important items close to me (passport, Smartphone, Credit cards, money) and depends where i am i can hide it.
The Watermelon - it's a gift from a good friend and it reminds me of how fragile life is. Ibe been together with my ex girlfriend for more than 11 years before we broke up on our big trip around the world after a year. Since then i travel the world alone and the melon makes a good photo item. An eyecatcher if you want. But even better is that its a conversation starter where ever i take it. A pillow and a mattress on hard floors if there is no good place to rest and most important as mentioned at the beginning it helps me remind myself that i can’t take all the good things I’ve experienced for granted.. Even the best things in life can end with in a heartbeat and with no warning.it might have become my USP for pictures here on IG but for me it means so much more and caring this huge inflatable around when you travels uper light (always just a small trolly (Cabin size bag) and a small day pack shows how serious i take this.
A good Hat
A few harmonicas
A coffee kit in case I’m in a jam
6 Minute Journal - I fill it out in the morning and evening and I guess it makes you more mindful and Grateful. It makes you see the positives in your day and then helps with personal growth through daily reflections. Also makes me much more productive.
7) Heather Sorrenty (@Livefreeortour)
Laptop for movies
Board shorts no matter the climate
A Sense of Humor
Curiosity (that’s all i need other than a camera and a pen of course)
10) Kyle Henderson (@Kyle.Henderson.Photography)
An Amex Card
Wrist watch set to mountain time so i always know what time it is where my family is
An irish 1990 Erie Punt Coin given to me by my fiance for good luck
Leather bound notebook w pencil tucked in it to write down whatever crazy idea pops in my mind
Grayl water filter - its compact, fast and filter bacteria, viruses and heavy metals. I’m definitely Plastic conscious and although this filter is made of plastic, your saving so much on the long run. It's great to take water straight from the earth and be confident you'll not get sick.
Good Boxers - Icebreacker’s, they're expensive but really the best clothing product I’ve ever bought. However much i sweat they never feel wet and never smell. I own 4 pairs for a cycling trip this is a must.
Juggling Balls - a luxury item, yes but they are small and can be squashed in my bag. I’m a big Procrastinator and i have a go on these every time i'm waiting for transport or anything it is good to keep your hand eye coordination in check and they're great to break the ice with local kids while traveling through remote villages and such. Throwing and catching is a universal game that kids enjoy.
13) Kevin Perry (@Ventureforthphoto)
A Steripen Water Purifier - Im often traveling to places that are remote enough that you can’t count on bottled water
A USB charging hub with 8 slots - Im often Staying in places where I will be lucky if there is one working power outlet. The hub allows me to charge all my gear.
A Money Belt - that fits down the front of my pants. I use one that is meant to hang around your neck, but instead i wear it around my waist and tucked into the front of my pants. That way its in contact with a part of my body i will always be aware of any tampering. (Passport and monday need to be in plastic to ward off sweat)
Small bag to travel light (Osprey Porter)
Field Notes Notebook - aside from my wallet, passport, and camera there is one essential i am almost never without - a worn 3.5 x5.5” green field notes notebook. I’ve been carrying the same notebook in my backpack or pocket for coming on 4 years now. Its where I collect the national park service passport cancellation stamps. The best, easiest free souvenir you can bring home from on of the NPS 418 units
A bandana - Be prepared. You don’t want to sneeze on a plane and be caught without one. Also wipes sweat, is a napkin, makeshift dust mask for desert wandering.could be a tourniquet, soak it in an alpine lake and wear it on your head for evaporative cooling, cleans your car when you spill coffee everywhere is environmentally friendly and infinitely reusable.
Coffee Kit - after too many trips relying on instant or gas stations coffee, I just want to carry good coffee now. At its most compact it’s an aeropress with a baggie of pre ground beans. But more often than not im bringing a hand grinder, scale, fresh beans , and sometimes even a ceramic mug.
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So first I would like to start off by saying this podcast is what I do sometimes and it’s not something you have to live by. Below you will find a list of the things I talk about that I carry with me. It will be broken up in sections much like in the podcast.
This is my home - The North Face Base Camp Duffle Size Small, Plain Black T-Shirts , Quick Dry Underwear, Socks - I usually try and wear socks with some flare. , Pants - I tend to lean towards plain old fashion levi’s. I rock those cargo shorts like a nerd. Also Swimmers , A Nice Fancy Shirt Some Thermal Undies, Anyone? and they all get stuffed in a Space Saver bag. It gets sweaty when you travel take a bandana or 2. It also get’s cold don’t forget to take a Hat. I keep all of my small things in these Eagle creek bags
I keep my camera gear in another one of those Eagle Creek Bags. Inside the bag you will find 2 Leica Q Camera Batteries, 1 Leica Battery Charger, 4 (Depending on if i’ve got my computer) 64gb SD cards, A Battery Backup, Headphones (In a pelican 1010), 2 iPhone Chargers, 2 Lighting to 1/8” adaptors.
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In this episode I recall some highlight from my big 4 trips I took in 2018. 3 of with were with Jessica Dixon and one with Brian Stowell. IN 2018 I went to 13 different countries and 4 of those were new. Ive been trying to complete the Century travelers list of countries and territories. Needless to say thats going slow.i also keep calling them the century travelers club when its actually the Travelers Century Club. So i Talk about traveling by train from Bangkok to Cambodia. I talk about the nice people at The Local Guesthouse and brew pub in Siem Reap. Theres a quick little stories of visiting one of the driest places on earth, Micro countries (Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City), and our time at the Munduk Molding Plantation. I Love Phants Lodge is an outstanding place to interact with elephants who are being rehabilitated for the wild. I also talk about traveling alone. One thing I don’t discuss this episode that I will link are some of my favorite travel Items.
Leica q - Great Lightweight Camera for traveling.
Lightweight Packable Day Pack - So you don’t have to carry all your things with you.
Sandisk 64GB SD card - To store those beautiful photo on
Anger Battery Charger - perfect to keep your device charge while you are out on your adventure.
Marmot Rain Jacket - Never leave home without one.
In this episode I explain a little about how I set aside money and make travel a priority.
Remember to take local transport, stay in hostels, couch surf, or stay in cheap hotels, Eat street food. try and be flexible with your plans and get uncomfortable.
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Links below to some of this website mentioned
Qapitol - The money staching app
Scotts Cheap Flights - Email List with Great Prices on Flights
Google Flights - I think this is self explanatory if you’ve used the internet
Kayak - A great search engine that compares flights and hotel cost from a bunch of other websites.
Agoda - Hotel Website I use a lot while traveling
Ryan Air - Cheap European Airline
Anker Battery - Never leave home without a back up battery for your devices.
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I was in line for a lunch one day and I saw a tourist in front of me and I got to thinking with all the stuff going on with America right now what would bring someone here. So I recorded this little Podcast. Please feel free to tell me what you think.
The title says it all. What inspires you to travel? I give a run down of some of the things that give me inspiration to travel while i’m sitting home wishing I was on the road. Some of the things I talk about are Anthony Bourdain, Madventures, Paul Theroux and much more.
IN the classic lost in transit form. I do the 10 questions myself. In this episode I tell you what my least favorite country was. What My biggest fear while traveling is and 8 more questions.