Category Archives: Travel Contest

Travel Contest–Part II (and the winner is … )

I am pleased to announce  the winner of the travel contest is Mr. J. Green of California.  A copy of my book On The Other Guy’s Dime will be sent to him in the mail.  He correctly identified the mystery location as the Gobi Desert region of Mongolia.  Congratulations.

A little while back I ran a travel contest in which readers were asked to identify an unknown location from a set of clues–much like Conde Nast’s monthly “Where Are You” feature.  It was a lot of fun and over two hundred people submitted guesses; the only problem was that 190 had the right answer!  I had forgotten that applications like Google and Wikipedia made it easy to identify any place on the planet by entering a few key words taken from each clue.

So, for this second contest I want to make things a bit more difficult.  Instead of written clues, I will provide a sequence of three photographs–one every two days–with each picture giving a little more information about the secret location.  The earlier you get the correct answer the greater your chances of winning:  If you identify the place (not simply the country but also the location within that country) after only a single photograph you will have your name entered into the drawing three times; if you get it correct after two photos you will have your name entered twice;  finally, if you name the right location after seeing all three photos you will get only one shot at the brass ring.  When the contest is completed I will randomly draw a single winner from among all the names in the pool, and that individual will receive a free copy of my travel memoir entitled On The Other Guy’s Dime: A Professional’s Guide To Traveling Without Paying. Instead of submitting guesses as blog comments for everyone to see, I ask that you email them directly to me at  That way, readers won’t see the wrong answers and  know where not to guess.

So, good luck, and here is my first photograph from the mystery location–rather forlorn and not too informative.  However, don’t give up hope as two more snaps are on the way!

Travel Contest. Photograph 1. Where Are You?

OK, no one has been able to locate where in the world we are.  (Not surprising)  So, here is photograph number two–a picture of some people that I met while in this mystery location.

Travel Contest. Photograph 2. Where Are You?

OK, we have four correct answers so far, but there is still lots of time to enter a guess and win the “grand prize.”  Photograph 3 is of a musician entertaining guests at a hotel in our mystery location.  He is wearing traditional national dress and is playing a musical instrument that is the symbol of his people.  This instrument, which is said to sound like the unrestrained call of a wild horse, was recently declared a UNESCO cultural masterpiece artifact.

Travel Contest. Photograph 3. Where Are You?

And The Winner Is …

Dear Readers,

We had nine people provide the correct answer, Nairobi Kenya,  to the contest question.  They were:  dreambreak, Krista, Cara, Peter Drexel, Animash Rawal, Gloria, joe, Alfred Thompson, and Felicity.

So,  I put all nine names in a hat and drew out one for the $25 gift certificate to  And the winner is: Gloria.  I will be sending her the gift certificate shortly.

Congrats to all, whether you guessed correctly or not.  And please tune in tomorrow when I put up a new post about our family’s working vacation adventures in Nairobi.

Talk To Me, People. Talk to Me!

For the past few months I have been running off at the mouth about my working vacations, about my travel experiences.   Well, let’s change that.  Instead, I now would like to know your feelings about leaving home for a temporary position overseas,  your thoughts about living in a completely new culture, your “dream destination.”

Here is the scenario:  Your department chair, director, manager, or supervisor has just informed you that your request for a temporary six-month leave of absence to work overseas has been approved and, best of all, your job will be waiting for you when you return.  You are free to rent out your house and search for a temporary position abroad, comfortable in the knowledge that you are not burning any bridges behind you–your home, friends, family (and paycheck) will be there when you get back.

So, my questions to you are:  1) Where in the world would you most like to go or, if you have already lived out this scenario, where did you go, and 2)  what kind of work would you like to do (or did you do) overseas?

Finally, to spice things up a bit, I am adding a “Jeopardy!” style travel contest to the mix.  See if you can guess, from the following clue, the location of our family’s next working vacation, a trip I will begin to describe in the next post.  Include in your comments  the city identified in the clue, and the winner will receive a $25 gift certificate from to purchase a travel memoir or guide book for that next dream trip.  If we have multiple correct answers I will draw one name at random from among all the correct responses.  Please send in your comments and guesses prior to my next blog entry which will be posted early on the morning of June 17th.  (Sorry, no friend or family winners allowed since you were probably there at the airport to see us off!)  And, while you are here, I invite you to subscribe to my blog and get automatic notification of future posts and contests.  Just click the “Sign Me Up!” button in the right-hand column.

Clue: I am the capital of a country whose name means “God’s resting place” in the local language.  My two largest agricultural exports are tea and coffee but my biggest money earner by far is tourism, with about 2 million visitors arriving last year.