Thursday, November 11, 2010

Vote to Send Economist Around the World... With No Luggage

Long-time readers of this blog will know how much I love to travel and that how travel to the developing world played a huge role in getting me interested in economics. I've journeyed to 28 countries and all 50 states so far and successfully made it to each of the 7 continents without checking any luggage (including Antarctica). A natural progression of my travel-light philosophy is traveling with no bags whatsoever -- and I just entered a contest to do exactly that. My proposal? To travel to all seven continents on one journey with zero bags.

Rolf Potts, renowned travel writer and blogger, recently proved this type of trip is possible -- traveling for six weeks to twelve countries on five continents, as part of a No Baggage Challenge. Scott Jordan, founder and CEO of travel clothing company SCOTTEVEST, was one of the sponsors of Potts' journey and has now extended this challenge to others in the form of a contest.

In applying for this contest, I propose emulating much of what Potts did with the added dimension of two extra continents involving more extreme weather conditions. If selected, I intend to share my journey on this blog including photos, videos, and regular journal entries -- using both my iPhone and iPad to document my travels. (To get an idea of what you might expect, here are just a few of my many misadventures over the years.)

Your votes are needed!

In order to make this journey, I need your help. Below are my two video entries for the No Baggage Challenge (you can see entries of other contestants here), describing my proposed itinerary and the gear I intend to bring. To be selected, I have to garner the most votes -- either on this poll on Facebook or else by sending SCOTTEVEST a direct e-mail ( indicating a vote for me. I sincerely appreciate any support you are able to give.

And if you like my entry, please help spread the word.

Brian's No Baggage Challenge Entry:

Brian's No Baggage Challenge Entry Follow-Up:


Triya said...

Good Luck Brian. I am voting for you.

zhu said...

Hope u make ur dream come true. And welcome to China, Brian. Vote f u;)

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