Ted Anderton


Ted Anderton

Welcome to my travel blog. I try to do a write up on my experience in every country I travel to. Hopefully the information is useful. If not, then hopefully it's amusing. See you around!

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2012 World Trip (Actual Route)

South America » Colombia » Bogota December 12th 2016

Ecuador: Quito – When Chum and I landed in Quito we immediately felt the infrastructure was a few steps up over Peru. The road from the airport to the hotel was new and it seemed like there were a lot of newer buildings. The main reason to go to Ecuador was to see The Galapagos Islands. We still hadn’t confirmed our cruise because we couldn’t seem to confirm flights to the Galapagos. We discovered that the cheap flights on Avianca that we just couldn’t seem to book were for citizens of Ecuador. There was also a travel agent we were working with the book a cruise. When we got to Quito the first thing we did was try to go to his office. Chum was texting him and we told him we would come over. I ... read more
Middle of the World
Beach in the Galapagos
Turtles in the Galapagos

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz November 23rd 2016

Peru: Lima - I was able to get a direct flight to Lima from Buenos Aires, where I was to meet my friend, Chum. I got in first and waited around the baggage claim until Chum arrived. To this point I had been traveling solo for about 2 months. Chum and I planned a little over a month to cover Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, and part of Colombia. From the airport we took an Uber to the url=http://www.starwoodhotels.com/sheraton/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=284&language=en_USSheraton in downtown Lima. It only cost us $12 USD. It was late so we went to bed. The next day we walked to the main square and saw the Cathedral and took a tour of that and the Cardinal’s Palace. I have to admit, the Cardinals lived well back in the day. Across from the Cathedral in the same ... read more
Coffee in Cusco
Salkantay Trek
Machu Picchu 2

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires » Buenos Aires October 31st 2016

Chile: My arrival to the South American continent came on a 787 direct from Auckland. Santiago was the stop and I had plans to meet my friend Alex, his wife Jo Ana, and his brother and parents. Alex and I went to Duquesne together and worked at Deloitte as well. It was good to finally meet people I knew. We were all staying at the url=http://www.starwoodhotels.com/whotels/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=1979&language=en_USW Santiago, which made it convenient. After checking in and getting situated I meet the family in the lobby and we went to a great restaurant called url=https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g294305-d928983-Reviews-Happening-Santiago_Santiago_Metropolitan_Region.htmlHappening. The next day we went on a tour of a few wineries and to Valparaiso. The wineries were amazing and the bus ... read more
Train to the Clouds
New Friends in Salta

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland September 21st 2016

New Zealand: I flew from Tokyo to Auckland via Sydney. I had less than a two-hour layover in Sydney and immediately wished I had booked a few days there. Sydney is one of my favorite cities in the world and probably my top choice to live/work outside the US. It looked like a perfect day, but it was not to be. I had been there before. To me, Sydney is like having London marry Chicago and placed in Southern California. Auckland – Even though I’m coming into New Zealand at the tail end of winter, it was still in the mid-50s and sunny. This was a nice break from the humidity of Asia. It was easy to get used to the sweater weather. Auckland is constantly ranked as one of the top cities to live in ... read more
Queenstown 2
Franz Josef Glacier

Asia » Japan » Tokyo » Shinjuku September 17th 2016

Japan: Fukuoka – This was my entry point on the island. A friend of mine that I worked with at Accenture lived there for a few years on the JET Programme and loved it. She sent me a bunch of recommendations for Fukuoka, along with the rest of the country. I left a sunny Seoul to arrive in a rainy Fukuoka. It was a welcome change, given I hadn’t seen rain in over 4 months. Los Angeles doesn’t get much rain. Come to think of it, the last time I saw rain was in Pittsburgh in June. Either way, it was nice to see. I took the subway to downtown and got off at the exit closest to where I thought my hotel was. I booked a small independent hotel. I asked a guy at the ... read more
More Sushi
A-Bomb Dome
Hiroshima Today

Asia » South Korea » Seoul » Gangnam September 10th 2016

South Korea: On my last trip I didn’t use any of the airline points I had acquired traveling as a consultant. This time I redeemed points for a 1 way to Seoul in business class on Korean Air. I had never flown business class on an intercontinental flight. After the flight I realized why everyone raves about it. I was able to lie down completely vertical and got a good 7 hours of sleep. I also picked up a pair of noise cancelling headphones (not sure if I was allowed to but no one stopped me as I walked off the plane with them in clear sight). I flew on an Airbus A380. This was the same aircraft I took to Asia on my last trip. The entire upstairs was business class. I watched Nixon & ... read more
Changdoekgung Palace
Korean BBQ with John
Bridge of Freedom

Getting back in the saddle: It’s that time of life again. I’ve decided to take another multi-country trip. Though I don’t plan to physically circumnavigate the globe again, I do plan on hitting a good number of countries over the next 3+ months. I’m hoping to take some of the lessons from my last trip. This time I got a friend to rent my place for a few months. I also have credit cards that don’t have international fees. Most importantly I switched to T-Mobileand get free text messages, unlimited 2G data, and $0.20 phone calls if I’m not on wifi. On wifi it’s as if I’m in the US. This is a huge difference over the last time, as I was constantly jumping into coffee shops or McDonalds’ to check my email or Facebook. Back ... read more

North America » United States » California » Los Angeles October 26th 2012

The United States of America: In Italy I pretty made up the decision to head back to the US. I figured that I would finish over 7 months of international travel. After all this time I had spent outside the US, I still needed to see my own country. I've been to 62 countries lifetime, but only 25 states. Last year when I quit my job I told my dad that I would fly back to PA, buy a car, and then drive cross-country with him. Then I bought a car in LA, so that put an end to that. I then told him I was going to a wedding in Nashville in April and I would again fly out, rent a car, and then drive cross-country with him. That didn't work out either because I ... read more
Chicago Art Museum
Millenium Park 1

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin August 26th 2012

I've decided that it's time to end the international portion of my trip. In Italy I decided that I would go to Portugal and Ireland and then head back to the US. I've been traveling for 7 months now and feel that it's time for me to head back home. I've had an amazing trip so far. However, I'm looking forward to being in the US and driving cross country with my dad. Leaving Italy was tough. I wanted to stay in Venice as long as I could. The hostel I stayed at had some weird rules, like opening at 7:00 am. I had to catch my bus at 7:20 so it didn't leave me much time. My flight to Lisbon went through Brussels. On the way there we circled over Venice one last time. Portugal: ... read more
Lisbon 4
Fatima 1
Porto 2

Europe » Italy » Veneto » Venice August 23rd 2012

Italy: The anticipation to get to Italy had been building over the last few days. Scandinavia is probably one of the nicest places I’ve been – definitely one of the most affluent. The summers are pretty mild as well, which was a nice break. However, it was one of the most expensive places I had been. Paying $4.00 for a bottle of water takes some getting use to. Sardinia - My flight to Alghero went through Rome. I was heading to Sardinia to visit a good friend of mine that I’ve known for 14 years. My friend Tonio has opened his home to me every time I’ve gone to Milan. However, the question has always been 'when would I go to Sardinia?'. I told Tonio that I would make it a point to go to Sardinia, ... read more
Sardinia 4
Sardinia 6
Dinner with Tonio and Tiziana

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