Barb B

Why I write for IgoUgo:
How can I possibly NOT write? I've traveled so long and enjoyed so many experiences that are much too wonderful to go unshared! If I ever find myself in the poorhouse, I can at least say, "I've been there, done that!"
First travel memory:
A trip to Yosemite Valley—absolutely beautiful! We slept under the stars, cooked on a Coleman, and traveled in Daddy’s ‘49 "Woodie." Although I was only 2 years old, I knew even then that I loved to travel.
If I could be anywhere, I’d be:
On a barge skimming the Rhine River, living out my dream. My husband and I would live onboard; we’d never have to unpack. We'd deliver goods along Europe's rivers, visit its charming towns, and always take our three dogs along. Maybe someday!

becks

Why I write for IgoUgo:
I like traveling, writing, and writing about traveling. I enjoy reliving a trip in my mind while writing about it. I write mostly for the fun of it, and, of course, to entertain my regular readers.
Favorite travel quote:
"Die beste Bildung findet ein gescheiter Mensch auf Reisen." (An intelligent person obtains the best education by traveling.)
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Best travel tip:
Traveling is expensive, so prepare in advance. Don't plan to the finest detail, but at least know when and where to wander aimlessly. A good guidebook and map are worth their weight; photocopies of selected pages are even lighter. Do send postcards.

Ben the Grate

Why I write for IgoUgo:
I make my living from writing, but I write for free at IgoUgo because the true spirit of travel—the wild, wayward siren song of a remote mountain village in Uruguay or a Bedouin camp on the Sinai—cannot be bought or sold. Who doesn't want to share their life's passion freely with others?
Worst travel mishap:
After climbing Mt. Sinai and going 48 hours without sleep, my friend fell asleep at the wheel on New Year's Day and drove us over a cliff in the remote Sinai desert. We were rescued by Bedouins on camels and spent an evening in their tent village. It changed my entire outlook on life.
If I could be anywhere, I’d be:
Unfortunately, all the perfect, unspoiled havens I've found have been paved and polished by the incessant tourism machine. Honestly, after tromping across all seven continents, I'd be happiest sitting under a massive Douglas fir tree in the cool, crisp air of the Sacramento Mountains in New Mexico.

billmoy

Why I write for IgoUgo:
I've always enjoyed swapping travel stories with my friends. My journals are an organized way of describing my observations to a worldwide network of like-minded travelers. This interactive trading of knowledge amongst writers and readers empowers one to visit destinations with more confidence and enhances the overall experience.
First travel memory:
My family brought me to the enclosed observation deck of the World Trade Center in New York. I wanted to visit the open-air platform above. My grandmother and mother envisioned me falling off the edge, so my father accompanied me up. Standing on top of the world was exhilarating!
Best travel tip:
I like to utilize several sources of information before I visit a destination. I then digest the facts and opinions before I plan my own trip. This prevents me from being biased with any one particular point of view. This tip also applies to life in general, not just travel.

jemery

Why I write for IgoUgo:
I tell friends that IgoUgo is a cost-free vanity publishing house, a superb way to share my travel experiences and photographs with acquaintances scattered throughout North America, and to help others discover the joy of training and to understand why it's important to preserve our heritage of rail passenger travel.
First travel memory:
The first time Dad took me downtown, when the Chicago & North Western Railroad still hauled commuters behind steam locomotives. Overnighting in a Pullman berth to visit grandparents in Kansas. Being trusted, at age 9 or 10, to take my first Kansas trip ALONE. I was ready for THE WORLD.
Favorite travel quote:
"My heart is warm with the friends I make,
And better friends l'll not be knowing;
Yet there isn't a train I wouldn't take,
No matter where it's going."
—Edna St. Vincent Millay

Jose Kevo

Why I write for IgoUgo:
Our world may be the stage, but IgoUgo provides a captive audience for sharing a passion for travel combined with a love of writing and photography. It's a tailor-made hobby, therapeutic fun, while also giving something in return. Meeting like-minded travelers, inspiring others while helping to plan trips—where else could these things be accomplished?
Best travel tip:
As a dedicated cultural and budget traveler, I've always tried to emulate the life of the locals, getting twice the authentic experience at half the cost. I wouldn't have it any other way.
If I could be anywhere, I’d be:
Sitting in an office at American Airlines' corporate headquarters signing a lifelong contract to be their One World Alliance quality assurance mystery traveler. Of course, I’d add in a lucrative salary to enjoy myself during breaks. How else could I ever dissolve my travel wish list?

kjlouden

Why I write for IgoUgo:
Writing about travel is like creating a disc for the details that the hard drive (real brain) can't store. IgoUgo is where we exchange discs—I'll show you my chateau if you show me your butterfly forest. A few years later, we'll exchange again, only it'll be my butterfly forest and your chateau.
Best travel memory:
I sort them like photos. The best memories require creative arrangement, the Internet, and a sense of victory after pulling it all together. I think of writers at IgoUgo as "memory wizards," and don't we love to watch each other work?
Worst travel mishap:
I don't have them—I read IgoUgo! They even warned me about the sidewalks in Belgium. There was one time, though, when I forgot to pack my list of attractions. I missed something! That's the worst that can happen...isn't it?

lcampbell

Why I write for IgoUgo:
After starting a new life and career with the U.S. National Park Service, writing travel and hiking journals was a great way to share my adventures with my family and friends back home. Nowadays, I love IgoUgo for the people, who are part of my daily life (except when I’m on the trail!).
Favorite travel quotes:
"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all."
—Helen Keller
"An adventure is only an inconvenience wrongly considered."
—G.K. Chesterton
If I could be anywhere, I’d be:
The ultimate physical, mental, and logistical challenge would be to backpack the Pacific Crest Trail, stretching from Canada to Mexico, hiking through premier alpine scenery, lush forests, and startling deserts. The greatest reward would be the same as all other travel experiences—the people you meet along the way.

Linda Kaye

Why I write for IgoUgo:
At first it was for the airline miles, but it quickly turned to enjoyment of connecting with other travelers, sharing experiences and ideas, and creating memories of our trips through the written word. My writing has taught me to be more aware of where and who I am.
Favorite travel quote:
When you come to a fork in the road, take it!
Worst travel mishap:
Our first day in Athens, Greece, found us in the middle of a taxi strike, 11 miles from our hotel, with the kiosks that sold bus tickets closed. We got on a bus without tickets and, during a random check, were detained by the bus police until we paid a fine.