Digital Nomad en route to Africa
INTERNETBy BiztechAfrica - Oct. 18, 2012, 7:30 a.m.
Andrew Evans , National Geographic Traveler magazine's "Digital Nomad," has set off on an ‘Around the World by Private Jet’ trip that will take in Africa’s World Heritage sites.
As he explores with National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Wade Davis, art historian Jack Daulton and National Geographic photographer Massimo Bassano , Evans will tweet, blog, vlog and "Instagram" on NationalGeographic.com's Digital Nomad blog (http://digitalnomad.nationalgeographic.com/), his Twitter feed @WheresAndrew and his Where's Andrew Facebook page.
"I've gone on some pretty cool trips, but this one truly will be an expedition of a lifetime for me and my digital community," said Evans. "Who else but National Geographic could offer such an exceptional trip to some of the world's most legendary places, accompanied by top National Geographic experts?"
After a welcome reception at National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., in early October, the group of travelers boarded the private jet for Peru, where they visited Lima, Cusco and Machu Picchu. They then flew to Easter Island , Samoaand Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Evans joins the group in Cambodia, where they explore Angkor Wat's vast temple complex. From there, they encounter giant pandas on a visit to the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center in China and continue to Lhasa, Tibet, to see the fabled Potala Palace. In Agra, India, they explore the exquisite Taj Mahal , one of the greatest monuments built for love.
The next stop brings the group to Tanzania, where paleontologist and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Louise Leakey will meet with them to discuss the Leakey family's historic fossil finds. Then it's off to Egypt to explore Luxor, the Pyramids and the Sphinx. The final stop is Marrakech, Morocco, where they visit the Koutoubia Mosque, Bahia Palace and the colorful suqs. In just 24 days, the travelers will have discovered 12 UNESCO World Heritage sites and seen some of the most legendary places in the world.
"Our Around the World by Private Jet expedition is one of the most unique and exhilarating trips out there," said Lynn Cutter , National Geographic's executive vice president for Travel. "Our travelers explore so many celebrated sites in just 24 days, in the company of some of our top researchers, photographers and adventurers. To have Andrew Evans on board capturing and sharing incredible moments as they happen is a fantastic opportunity for all of us to join in the adventure."
Evans is a veteran travel writer for National Geographic Traveler magazine and National Geographic's Intelligent Travel blog. His most recent assignments have taken him to Switzerland and Norway. These trips came on the heels of a journey through South Africa and Malawi, where he was one of the first people to report the death of Malawian President Bingu wa Mutharika.
In February he visited Maya sites in Mexico. Last year he explored the best of Ontario, Canada; tweeted and blogged around Japan; and wined and dined his way through Louisiana, experiencing the best of the bayou and New Orleans. He finished the year skiing, snow-shoeing and trekking through western Canada's ski country with renowned mountaineers, ski instructors and naturalists.
In 2010 Evans journeyed from Washington, D.C., to Antarctica — a 10,000-mile trip through 14 countries — using public transportation as far as he could go. He rode buses to Ushuaia in Argentina, the southernmost city in the world, and then boarded the National Geographic Explorer to Antarctica.
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