actonsteve

Why I write for IgoUgo:
IgoUgo is a worldwide collection of writers who are inspired by travel. We all share a common love of travelling and a further love of writing about it. IgoUgo is the best website on the net.
Worst travel mishap:
I went to India in 2000. The monsoon came early. There was torrential rain and flooding. We had to be towed by tractor through a village, and the water came up to the windows. A shortcut took us across the fields and involved a nasty incident with a Brahma bull.
If I could be anywhere, I’d be:
In Rio de Janeiro, my favourite all-time city. A spectacular tropical paradise surrounded by mountains, crystal beaches, and fantastic nightlife. I might retire there.

cls223

Why I write for IgoUgo:
I happened across the website; the idea of travelers sharing their experiences appealed to me. I became committed to honing my writing, taking occasional classes. I took a class with Peat O'Neal this summer; it was both humbling and encouraging to have my writing critiqued by someone of her caliber.
Best travel tip:
The best tip I have is "be prepared." Often I hear travelers' tales of woe, and it seems as though they could have been averted with a little more preparation. Don't be reluctant to call hotels and airlines directly and ask them about questions or concerns you have.
If I could be anywhere, I’d be:
In Lincolnshire, England. This is where my ancestors are from, and last summer I took a trip back in time to visit the towns and villages where they lived. That trip offered a sense of connection and belonging that I have not experienced elsewhere.

LenR

Why I write for IgoUgo:
Well, it sure isn't for the money!! Maybe fame? Perhaps, although "LenR" doesn't seem to get me into the best restaurants or upgrades on flights. I guess it must be because I hope to encourage others to travel and share the great benefits of experiencing new places, cultures, and beliefs.
Best travel tip:
Always travel with an open mind. The world is a rich and varied place. Be welcoming to new ideas, different experiences, new ways of doing things, and different beliefs. Remain true to yourself, but absorb other cultures and traditions so that you become a better, more understanding, more tolerant person.
If I could be anywhere, I’d be:
Sharing a meal and conversation with others in their home, anywhere in the world. New places may be fascinating, but it is the people who make me want to travel. No matter where I am, the people provide a constant supply of pleasures, surprises, fun, and lessons in life.

Marianne

Why I write for IgoUgo:
Way back in 2000, I realized that the standard of IgoUgo's journals exceeded any I had read elsewhere. Contributing to IgoUgo has been the perfect way to share experiences and meet other travelers. Besides, writing in English is a true challenge, as it is not my first language.
First travel memory:
1964. It was difficult to buy a backpack, as backpacking had hardly been invented. Three months thumbing lifts all across England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. My travel itch had been activated.
If I could be anywhere, I’d be:
On a public minibus in Indonesia, chatting happily with passengers, squashed between a bamboo box of cackling hens and a little old toothless lady who pinches my arm to test if my white skin is real. Children running alongside, white teeth gleaming, dark eyes sparkling, and pink palms waving madly.

parramore

Why I write for IgoUgo:
It's important for travelers to be able to share first-hand information, and doing it online is the most effective, fastest, and most interactive way of doing it. I've come across information I don't think I would have gotten anywhere else by reading postings on IgoUgo.
First travel memory:
Being on top of the Empire State Building at age 5, and having an overwhelming desire to throw a penny. My dad told me firmly it would not be a good idea—that my penny could go right through one of those tiny yellow taxicabs I saw below.
Worst travel mishap:
Taking an overnight bus from Istanbul to Ephesus. It was 100 degrees and the windows were inexplicably nailed shut. The stench was incredible, so a boy walked down the aisle dousing people with rose water. I was also the only woman aboard, which was very bad luck.

Re Carroll

Why I write for IgoUgo:
I love to travel; in fact, it's more accurate to say I'm obsessed with travel. IgoUgo is like an extension of my travel journal and lets me relive my travel experiences. It's fun, easy, and allows me to share tips and interact with like-minded travelers from around the world.
First travel memory:
I was 5 years old and traveling with my mom via train from Nova Scotia to Ontario. The trip took 2 days and the attentive staff brought me lots of goodies, including second helpings of ice cream. To this date, train travel makes me hungry.
Favorite travel quote:
"The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page."

smmmarti guide

Why I write for IgoUgo:
1. I travel too much to hold down a real job.
2. Writing allows me to experience things twice: once in the doing and once in the recollection.
3. To convince everyone I had a better time than I did, since, as Paul Theroux wrote, "travel is glamorous only in retrospect."
Worst travel mishap:
The time I was pregnant, had a 1-year-old, and was barricaded après-ski for four days in a friend's Wisconsin home by a sudden snowstorm. There was no food in the house except pasta and ketchup, which I accidentally spilled on the floor. We scraped it up and ate it anyway.
If I could be anywhere, I’d be:
Here in Maui on my lanai, counting the rainbows, gazing across the ocean, plotting my next journey, dreaming my next dream. The only thing I'd change would be to have all my friends and family here to see that I rarely just sit on the lanai, though I often dream.

zabelle

Why I write for IgoUgo:
IgoUgo allows me to combine the two things I like to do most: travel and talk about travel. Long before I wrote on this site, I was very active on travel boards all over the Internet. Sharing my experiences is a great way to relive every moment of my vacations.
First travel memory:
A long drive to Canada in those days before seatbelts. I was next to Uncle Henri in the front seat, and when he stopped quickly, I flew into the knobs on the radio. My French cousins liked me even with my puffy lip, and I've had a love affair with Quebec ever since.
If I could be anywhere, I’d be:
In England, though where in England would be hard to decide. I do love London, but Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire are big favorites. I adore the Cotswolds, and Yorkshire is so beautiful. I've always wanted to go to Cornwall and Devon. Okay, I can't decide. I want it ALL.