I am Randall Shirley, a widely published travel writer and photographer, and occasionally appear as a \"travel expert\" \"http://www.randallshirley.com/images/PanamaRailway.jpg width=281 align=right vspace=6 border=0>on TV shows. My first airplane ride happened when I was just five days old. I love airplanes and airports...even \"these days!\"
Since then I\'ve visited
All Canadian provinces & territories (I only know 2 other people who can make that claim).
43 US states
On 47 different airlines, 5 cruise lines, numerous ferries and trains
5-star resorts and camped in high mountain tents.
Iíve been pampered on luxury cruises and group tours through Europe, Asia, and the Arctic.
Iíve travelled budget and solo through India, Jordan, and even London.
And Iím a whiz at finding the lowest airfare and most economic hotel ratesóusing a variety of sources.
I recently completed my 500th flight! Wow...who\'d have thunk an Idaho farm boy could ever say that. It may not sound like a big deal to a corporate road warrior, but I\'ve never had a true road-warrior job; I\'ve done it mostly on my own. Flight 500 was on Continental Airlines, Houston (IAH) to Buenos Aires (EZE), aboard a Boeing 767, on December 10, 2007.
People constantly tell me I have the greatest job in the world. They\'re right--and it\'s the right job for me because I\'ve had a passion for travel ever since I can remember. It\'s also the right job because writing comes relatively easy to me. I don\'t have a degree in either (in fact, I have a music degree...I\'m a reasonable cocktail pianist).
What people don\'t realize is that travel writing is a huge amount of work for very little pay. Quite honestly, I haven\'t been on a vacation--a real kick\'er back and relax--in over three years. No matter where I go, I work. Much to my partner\'s dismay, my laptop, cameras, and voice recorder always go with me. However, he\'s a fantastic photographer too, and sometimes shoots the photos for my stories--allowing me to focus on the words.
In addition to my busy life as a travel personality, I do a lot of freelance writing and photography for corporate clients. You can learn more about that at my corporate-side website, www.creative2go.com.
My Favorite Places:
First: my adopted hometown of Kona, Hawaii!
And then, are you kidding? NEW YORK NEW YORK! It\'s a hell of a town!
Vancouver, Canada (I like it so much, I lived there for 10 years)